Lonely Hearts

6.41 h 47 min2007X-RayR
John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto and Laura Dern star in this crime-thriller, based on a true story. Two homicide detectives track down Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez, a murderous pair known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers" who lured their victims through personal ads in newspapers.
Todd Robinson
John TravoltaJames GandolfiniSalma Hayek
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3.9 out of 5 stars

596 global ratings

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
solid movie
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Very solid, very dark, well written. My only complain is they fall into that Hollywood trope where male villains get their comeuppance but female villains do not. Hayek's Martha Beck was much more evil than Leto's Ray Martin was, and we never see her suffer for her evil. I don't want to see a villain smirking and smug beginning to end, she deserved far worse. Leto's villain cracks and breaks and you love it because he's pure scum, but Hayek's character was far worse, and the director gave her a pass.
9 people found this helpful
DoctorHardricReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nothing but low life Slime
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I disliked the constant portrail of sex around recently killed bodies. Sorry, just not my cup of tea. I checked out half way through this creep show.
15 people found this helpful
showmenowReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb performances by all actors, a modern day film Noir with a powerful, though dark message.
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I liked the music; it seemed to support the mood of the film. Though a color film, it echos classic film noir of the nineteen forties and fifties. Admirable direction, competent casting and believable. settings took me back to childhood. Such brutal crimes as these actually factual and depicted reveal inhumanity of the worst kind. The film acts warn viewers to avoid placing themselves in vulnerable situations, but reveals the tragedy of the crimes through the reactions of the actors and props. Key example is the reaction of John Travolta in the scene with thr tricycle box, slowly opening it, reacting in horror, turning away, slowly walking to the road and falling slowly onto his knees.. I disliked nothing about this film. Kudos to all concerned with the creation and production.
6 people found this helpful
star80Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thought Provoking True Crime
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This movie very loosely follows the story of the Honeymoon Killers. Selma Heyak is great although the real Martha Beck could never dream of being so beautiful. The casting might be questionable but the movie’s good nonetheless. Travolta and Gandolfino as the detectives searching for a strange pair of killers.
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Cato5Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Holds your interest, but no masterpiece
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It holds your interest mainly because of the incredible magnitude of the evil. Travolta seemed very wooden to me. The actor who stood out talent-wise was Salma Hayek. She was magnificent. The cop side of the story is pretty flat. Same goes for the personal woes of Travolta's character. He just wasn't likable enough of a character to care.

So, in a way, this movie appeals like a horror movie. You sit through the boring interpersonal stuff on the cop side to find out what monstrousness Leto and Hayek's characters are capable of, and it's quite a lot.
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CameronReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A very entertaining true crime film
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As an onscreen couple, Hayek and Leto have great chemistry. As others have pointed out, though, Selma Hayek was grossly miscast. Throughout the film, Martha and Ray repeatedly run a grift where they pretend to be siblings. Selma and Jared look nothing alike.

Pretty strong performance by Travolta, and the supporting cast is amazingly talented. If you like true (Hollywood) crime movies, this is a must see.
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rebelReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie!
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As usual James Gandolfini does a grand job along with John Travolta in solving this true crime story. However, the best actor performance goes to Jared Leto who plays one of the villains along with his crime partner Salma Hayek. Great acting & movie keeps your attention from start to finish!
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VeritaReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Blah movie
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Gandolfini, a great actor, does his damnedest to liven up this movie but Travolta sucks the air out of it faster than Gandolfini can replace it. Hayek and Leto are ok, but misdirected. Some of their scenes are tasteless camp and don't really fit the tone. Laura Dern, normally a good actor, has the same problem with the scenes with Travolta. His presence is like a lead weight on every scene. I suppose he could act at some point, but it's not evident in this film. Could have been a lot better.
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