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The Hard Word Reviews

Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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It is at most a middling effort.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 31, 2003
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 31, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2003
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Just when you think you've got it all figured out, there's another disorienting jolt.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

July 17, 2003

Houston Chronicle
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July 9, 2003
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 8, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A Tarantino-esque mishmash of tough crime cliches spit out in Aussie accents.

| Original Score: C-

July 8, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 3, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It's fun as far as it goes, but that isn't very far.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

July 3, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Aside from the obviously Australian flavor to everything -- which can be entertaining at times -- there's no X factor to justify the whole exercise.

July 1, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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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

June 28, 2003
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Much of The Hard Word feels like hard time.

| Original Score: 2/4

June 28, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Nothing new or earthshaking here, but The Hard Word is tense and compelling, with the added charm of a mischievous spirit.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 28, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

June 28, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 28, 2003
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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The Hard Word never steals our hearts, though it does kill time.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 28, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

June 28, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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A wannabe gritty Australian crime drama.

June 27, 2003
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

June 26, 2003
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The entire cast perform ably, but Mr. Pearce and Ms. Griffiths ... are something special in their native habitat.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

June 26, 2003
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Few opportunities are seized.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

June 20, 2003
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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A compendium of caper clichés and stylistic Tarantino-isms in which neither the getting nor the getting away is particularly gripping.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 18, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[T]here's a real art to moving characters around in a caper film like this and in this film, I felt like I could see the hand of the director moving those pieces about ...

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

June 16, 2003
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The gore is intended as Tarantino-style black comedy, but instead, it's just weirdly grotesque.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

June 13, 2003
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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A raft of impressive performances -- and a dose of lunatic unpredictability -- float this verbose debut from writer-director Scott Roberts.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 13, 2003
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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The picture has a spiky, efficient hilarity, and the director uses his actors well.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 13, 2003
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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It takes a clumsy turn into comic-book violence a la Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 12, 2003
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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An Australian crime caper that's one part Sexy Beast, one part The Full Monty, and three parts very flat soda.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

June 11, 2003
David Ng
Village Voice
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Convoluted yet simple-minded, the movie frequently equates verbosity with wit, exhausting itself long before the racetrack robbery climax.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 10, 2003
Erin Free
Hollywood Reporter
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Roberts always grounds the film with the consistency of his characters and manages to punctuate proceedings with an 'Am I really seeing that?' moment about every 10 minutes.

July 17, 2002
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