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Lonely Hearts

  R HD Closed Captioning

Todd Robinson

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Plot Summary

Martha Beck (Hayek) and Raymond Fernandez (Leto) were America's notorious "Lonely Hearts Killers." Their lethal scam was simple; they would swindle and then viciously murder lovelorn war widows who would answer their personal ads in which Ray would describe himself as a sexy Latin Lover. Ironically, Ray's initial introduction to Martha was as a prospective mark. But when they met, it was love at first sight, perhaps as a result of their penchant for kinky sex and their mutual love for duplicity and easy money. With Martha posing as Ray's sister, they bilked elderly spinsters and widows of their savings and then viciously murdered them in a bloodbath of sexual frenzy. When they were arrested, Martha and Ray confessed to 12 killings, although it is believed the actual number is closer to 20. At their sensational trial, Martha and Ray cooed, held hands and seemed as though they could not get enough of each other. Their plea of not guilty by reason of insanity was rejected, and on August 22, 1949, the homicidal lovers were sentenced to death. After numerous appeals, they were electrocuted on March 8, 1951, side-by-side in Sing Sing prison.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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48%
  • Reviews Counted: 42
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 22
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A beautifully photographed remake of 1970 cult B-movie The Honeymoon Killers succeeds better than many in balancing the philosophical with the visceral, although its villains' dirty deeds still trump its deeper strain of melancholy. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Leto and Hayek make their erotic psychohistrionics fun, and John Travolta and James Gandolfini, as cops, work up a dour camaraderie. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Concentrating as much on the detectives investigating the case as on the killers, Lonely Hearts fails to show off its impressive cast at their best. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Strongly focused when it comes to atmosphere. But it strains too hard to contain its disparate plot elements. – Gene Seymour, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Excellent period-detective piece...

Well portrayed sociopaths being hunted by oft brooding detectives, with a grand dose of dark-sided cop-humor. Great story, well done!

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