The Hard Word Reviews

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Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jay Richardson
Future Movies UK
November 6, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matthew Turner
August 17, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 1, 2003
This Aussie thriller is all about characters -- interesting characters, and several of them could hold a movie on their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 31, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 25, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
July 17, 2003
Just when you think you've got it all figured out, there's another disorienting jolt.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
July 16, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 8, 2003
'Amiable' is an odd way to describe a crime drama that contains wall-spattering amounts of bloodshed, but it fits The Hard Word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Blackwelder
July 1, 2003
A wily, performance-driven heist-gone-wrong picture with shrewd underworld savvy reminiscent of Snatch without the smug self-awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Kim Morgan
June 28, 2003
You get the feeling that these actors had fun making this film, and that fun is contagious.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
June 27, 2003
A good-but-not-great caper film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
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.
Michael Tunison
Boxoffice Magazine
June 20, 2003
It would be hard not to feel something for such a lively outlaw crew.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
June 20, 2003
Like an Australian Ocean's Eleven, which is still better than an American version of The Italian Job.
| Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006

October 1, 2003
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
September 5, 2003
Top Critic

Houston Chronicle
July 9, 2003
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 3, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
July 1, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 12, 2002
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