Hardly Working Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Lewis has described this as his worst movie, but it also may be his most revealing one.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 20, 2014
It's a bumpy movie, no more graceful than its buffoonish main character. Worse, the star tries to have it two ways, alternating between manic physical comedy and softspoken self-pity. The result if often awkward, and sometimes downright weird.

People Magazine
May 20, 2014
To adults this poky movie may seem a bit sad. Lewis' once-manic energy is barely suggested in a few labored outbursts, and his lovable bewilderment is now more like bitterness.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 19, 2014
The movie's desperately amiable tone plays like a chastised boy's terrified plea for love; the oblivious cruelty that emerges nonetheless (as in Lewis's embarrassing parody of a Japanese chef) makes it all the sadder.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 17, 2007
I was absolutely stunned by the vast stupidity of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 17, 2007
Hardly Working hardly works.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Emanuel Levy
June 26, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
April 17, 2005
Wow. Almost criminally bad.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
November 21, 2004
Cannonball in maven ... eeee ...yeah! My cat could eat a spool of celluloid and crap a better film than this.
| Original Score: 0/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The result is utter confusion.
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