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The Hard Word (2003)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 49

This caper flick lacks the originality necessary to elevate it above other films of its genre.

36

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 18

This caper flick lacks the originality necessary to elevate it above other films of its genre.

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Three brothers who would argue that crime does pay have a hard time getting their fair share of the proceeds in this witty action thriller from Australia. Dale Twentyman (Guy Pearce) and his brothers, Mal (Damien Richardson) and Shane (Joel Edgerton), are serving time together in prison for robbery. Dale is the brains and the cool head of the group, Mal is the eager-to-please nice guy, and Shane is something of a loose cannon. Dale and his siblings are eager to get out of jail, and their lawyer,

Oct 7, 2003

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It is at most a middling effort.

July 31, 2003
Arizona Republic
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The movie-jaded will dismiss The Hard Word as just another slick heist flick with a band of burglar buddies. Too bad for their cynical souls. They'll be missing a grand (theft) time.

July 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Roberts stuffs the film with clever twists that keep us one step behind the plot, which is where you want to be in a heist picture.

July 25, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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Just when you think you've got it all figured out, there's another disorienting jolt.

July 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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'Amiable' is an odd way to describe a crime drama that contains wall-spattering amounts of bloodshed, but it fits The Hard Word.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A Tarantino-esque mishmash of tough crime cliches spit out in Aussie accents.

July 8, 2003
Detroit News
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Undemanding derivative caper film.

January 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A nearly unrecognizable Guy Pearce gives a solid performance in an otherwise forgettable film

April 16, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

You always get the feeling here that Roberts never actually knows where he's going with it.

September 16, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Every heist movie trope is trotted out and given an Australian accent.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

The film seems unsure what it wants to be about, only that it wants to be edgy while it's doing it.

August 9, 2003 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

This Aussie thriller is all about characters -- interesting characters, and several of them could hold a movie on their own.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Not everything works... but Roberts' knack for realistic action, hard-bitten dialogue and finding humor in unexpected places keeps your attention to the finish.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The movie wants to be provocative but just comes off trashy.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

The three Twentyman brothers are so good at stealing stuff you wonder why they couldn't have swiped a better heist movie.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

When it's finally time to lay down the cards, we discover Roberts was simply trying to get by on his wit and charm, and he didn't have enough of either.

July 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

This one's destined for a dusty spot on an Australian video-store shelf.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A wily, performance-driven heist-gone-wrong picture with shrewd underworld savvy reminiscent of Snatch without the smug self-awareness.

July 1, 2003 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
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Audience Reviews for The Hard Word

Watch this if ur into Snatch and Lock Stock style movies - this Aussie version is a great movie along those lines - and worth watching - If your aussie you'll get the jokes no problem.
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