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The Heart Machine

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Zachary Wigon

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About the Movie

This modern mystery tells the story of Cody and Virginia, who start talking while he is in Brooklyn and she is in Berlin. It is a romance that could only happen online, and they’re happy together, though they’ve never physically met. Once Cody becomes suspicious that Virginia may not be in Berlin at all, he becomes obsessed with finding the truth. Tracking two parallel journeys that show how technology complicates modern love, The Heart Machine explores the evolving relationships among physical and emotional intimacy, isolation in the urban hive, and the seduction of hiding behind a screen.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "The Heart Machine" neatly expresses anxieties about love in an age when technology has reshaped mating habits and urban existence. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Oct 23, 2014

Fresh: Kate Lyn Sheil and John Gallagher Jr. give excellent performances in Zachary Wigon's impressive debut. – Andrew Barker, Variety, Mar 13, 2014

Fresh: A thoughtful, emotionally tricky debut benefitting from two strong lead performances. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 28, 2014

Fresh: Its concerns are deeper, and more richly psychological, than merely trendy probings of the zeitgeist. – Calum Marsh, Village Voice, Jun 17, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Wonderful, original work.

Saw this film a few months ago at a film festival and was taken away by how wonderful it is. Takes a certain perspective on relationships not covered in many films and adds an extra layer by exploring its ideas through the lens of modern technology and dating. Well worth your time. Kate Lyn Sheil gives one of the best performances of the year.

Vertigo Meets Catfish

A very thrilling film with great performances from rising stars John Gallagher, JR. and Kate Lyn Sheil. It's super timely and has some cool Hitchcockian/Vertigo elements. Cool movie!

Well made, thrilling, yet real

You would never know that this was the director’s first film. This film exhibits the careful craftsmanship of a seasoned filmmaker with it’s never hamfisted look into the world of modern, technology driven dating. It’s an unsettling, must see love story.

The Heart Machine
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2014

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