Harsh Times Reviews

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Brian Holcomb
CinemaBlend.com
May 5, 2008
A crazy little film, modest in its scope but grand in its ambition. It paints it's story in loud primary colors, with intense pressure cooker characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 9, 2007
just like its protagonist, Harsh Times is fatally flawed, but in a manner that still remains compelling to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Wade Simpson
culturevulture.net
March 27, 2007
A movie that seems gritty and pointless for its first third, begins to grow in meaning as the pointlessness snowballs into absurdity and then tragedy.
March 24, 2007
It's an amazing performance, one of the best of the year, with Bale truly making you believe in this over-the-top character.

Los Angeles Daily News
January 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
December 29, 2006
Por alguns instantes, o filme parece ter algo relevante a dizer sobre a desumanização provocada pela guerra ou o niilismo de uma geração entediada e descrente, mas constatamos que quer apenas chocar, desperdiçando as ótimas atuações de Bale e Rodriguez.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kam Williams
BlackFilm.com
December 25, 2006
A gritty, automobile-intensive, buddy flick rather reminiscent of director David Ayer's similarly amoral Training Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
December 4, 2006
Harsh Times is dark and brutal, not the kind of film that lures a large audience or garners awards, although it deserves both.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 25, 2006
The mix of black humor and pitiless drama makes for a very effective cinematic slow burn
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
November 25, 2006
Harsh Times wins in the end by keeping its fingers wrapped tightly around its viewers' throats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 19, 2006
Jim Davis (Christian Bale) may be the most aggressively self-destructive character since Johnny Boy Civello in 'Mean Streets.'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 16, 2006
Ayer has a feel for the grimy underside of urban life...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
November 15, 2006
We don't like the view from this dark place, but is that a flaw or precisely the point?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 10, 2006
Despite its flaws, the cumulative effect is powerful...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 10, 2006
...Moral extremes make for an intense, intelligent character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 10, 2006
For a neophyte director, Ayer displays a lot of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 10, 2006
A buddy movie shot with artless rawness, yet highly implicative about the wastage of modern street males and the sort of men cultivated by state agencies to be disposable killers, Harsh Times is a B-film with A-level morsels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 10, 2006
...As well-written and acted as Harsh Times may be, you will be relieved when the adrenaline returns to an acceptable level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 10, 2006
Ayer's writing is loaded with wit and malice.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
November 10, 2006
Ayer romanticizes a certain type of true-grit persona and relies on actors tough enough to pull it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
February 27, 2009
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
March 15, 2007

culturevulture.net
January 27, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 11, 2006
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Arizona Republic
November 11, 2006
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Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 11, 2006
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