Heavy (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Heavy (1996)



Critic Consensus: With Pruitt Taylor Vince's naturalistic performance and sympathetic direction from James Mangold, Heavy soars as an affecting exploration of loneliness.

Movie Info

This character drama, set in a local pub in rural New York State, focuses on the lives, thoughts, and emotions of a group of social outcasts. The lead misfit is Victor, a shy and very rotund man in his '30s who works as a pizza maker in a roadside inn. His mother, Dolly owns the establishment. She dominates his life. The senior waitress there is Dolores, an aging woman with a reputation for being easy. Dolores is resentful when Dolly hires the vivacious teenager Callie, who is in love with Jeff, a garage mechanic. Victor develops a painful crush on Callie and fantasizes about rescuing her from a life with Jeff. To help himself, he begins to diet and enrolls at a chef school. His mother becomes suddenly ill. Then Delores makes a pass at him, but he doesn't respond. He does however, feel emboldened to make a play for Callie. His actions lead him into a new world of expression.

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Liv Tyler
as Callie
David Patrick Kelly
as Grey Man in Hospital
Marian Quinn
as Darlene
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Critic Reviews for Heavy

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8)

A small, quiet miracle of a movie in which tenderness, compassion and insight combine to create a tension that yields a quality of perception that's almost painful to experience.

February 14, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mangold captures the nuances of life perfectly, and, by never cheapening his vision through facile resolutions, he fashions a memorable cinematic portrait.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Even at 80 minutes, Heavy would have been weighted with redundancies. So you can imagine what happened on the way to making it 105 minutes long.

January 1, 2000

You've been in places like this. You linger over a second cup of coffee and people-watch, trying to guess the secrets of the sad-eyed waitress and the drunk at the bar and the pizza cook who looks like he's serving a sentence.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The performances are all exquisitely drawn portraits, restrained (even Shelley Winters) and gentle.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Mangold's sympathy is genuine and his refusal to mock or condescend to his characters -- indeed, that may be the point of the film -- is a pleasure.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heavy


Evan Dando as the boyfriend does all the sensitive-right things but is phony-wrong for her; not sure if the movie is like him; good lighting & music

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer


I don't really like Liv Tyler and Pruitt Taylor Vince makes me shudder, so I found very little to like about this movie. There was absolutely nothing special about it. I almost don't even remember watching it, it was so nondescript. Instead of watching this, just stare at a blank wall and invent a movie in your head.

Emily Armstrong
Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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