Critic Reviews



Based on 16 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
It is a film that will entice the viewer’s senses, if not necessarily their brain activity.
The gauzy cinematography also helps, as does the mise-en-scène, which poses Anne’s chosen family of proud perverts in studied tableaus reminiscent of the Renaissance masters. Only, you know, in a porno.
Knife hits you from its very first frame — and this is really a frame of celluloid and not a file of gigabytes — as a work engulfed in the pleasures of filmmaking's past.
Gonzalez has mastered the art of creating atmosphere and tone, but not tension, and the movie feels meandering and slow at times, since audiences are not invested in anyone’s survival.
Knife + Heart sometimes feels as rough around the edges and inelegantly plotted as its pornos-within-the-movie, but maybe that’s just conceptual consistency.
For a giallo riff so light on gore, Knife + Heart is still a bloody mess.
Gonzalez can be masterful in conjuring sexy imagery, febrile moods and erotic frissons, but his grip on the storytelling here is weak. Knife + Heart struggles to regain its initial momentum, falling flat until a lively climax.
A film drunk on its own trashy, lurid aesthetic, Knife + Heart (Un Couteau Dans Le Coeur) has style to burn but not as much sense.
Slant Magazine
The film quickly settles into a holding pattern of repetitive porno-movie hijinks and increasingly listless murder scenes.
It really is strange, a film with what is actually a pretty good premise for a comedy, but with no interest in actually being a comedy and also no interest in being a thriller, or even that mysterious erotic parable that it seems to be claiming to be.

More Critic Reviews

See all external reviews for Knife + Heart (2018) »

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews

Recently Viewed