The Hard Word Reviews

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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 28, 2003
The Hard Word may not be the last word in underworld thrills, but, like eternal patsy Pearce, it possesses a certain wild-eyed affability.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 28, 2003
Much of The Hard Word feels like hard time.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 28, 2003
Nothing new or earthshaking here, but The Hard Word is tense and compelling, with the added charm of a mischievous spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 28, 2003
It's way below Jackie Brown and even Trainspotting, though the cast has that Aussie Thing down.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 28, 2003
The film has an appeal for lovers of the genre. Little else in this unpredictable thriller by first-time director Scott Roberts requires immediate attention.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 28, 2003
Hard Ward is coherent and sometimes even clever, but it's also a late entry in a genre that's been flogged nearly to death.
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
June 28, 2003
You get the feeling that these actors had fun making this film, and that fun is contagious.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2003
This movie could obviously go on fooling us forever, but we are good sports only up to a point, and then our attention drifts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
June 28, 2003
The Hard Word never steals our hearts, though it does kill time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 28, 2003
The Hard Word strains to be light on its feet but piles too much on its plate: characters come and go, changing personality at the director's whim, and you're never quite sure who's getting the shaft.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
June 27, 2003
There isn't much about the movie that "a more good-natured, Australian-flavored LOCK, STOCK & 2 SMOKING BARRELS" doesn't sum up.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
June 27, 2003
A good-but-not-great caper film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 27, 2003
A wannabe gritty Australian crime drama.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 27, 2003
Boasts enough originality and excellent performances to merit a look-see, especially from fans who love 'heist-gone-bad' flicks.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
June 26, 2003
Your brain may wander off elsewhere before the movie has a chance to get rolling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 26, 2003
Treads too closely to Quentin Tarentino and Guy Ritchie turf to claim much original thought.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 26, 2003
It's the kind of predictable programmer that used to fill the bottom half of double bills, but it's worth the effort to catch Ms. Griffiths.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 26, 2003
The entire cast perform ably, but Mr. Pearce and Ms. Griffiths ... are something special in their native habitat.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 25, 2003
a mish-mash of post-mod noir ideas (the butcher, the redeemed femme, cannibalism) arranged with little respect for rhyme and reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Alex Kranz
Premiere Magazine
June 23, 2003
Odd details certainly enliven the film, but their purpose in it is not always clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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