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Harsh Times Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 10, 2006
Endless scenes of the two guys riding along, venting and cursing and chugging beers play like acting-class exercises, badly written ones at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pete Hammond
Maxim
November 10, 2006
The reason to see the movie is Bale who can play slow-burning psychosis about as well as any actor today and is outstanding again.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
HARSH TIMES is a portrait of a male-dominated world and inChristian Bale's fierce performance, Ayer has found the perfect actor. It's just unfortunate that the screenplay feels like a left-over from an era that has passed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
November 11, 2006
The movie's amusing moments are counterbalanced by a dark and dreary finale that effectively crushes the movie's mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 13, 2006
Jim is such a psycho and Mike is such a patsy, we don't care about these guys. We've seen dozens of more interesting head cases in dozens of smarter films.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 27, 2006
The only thing holding together the loopily overwrought Harsh Times is its unintentional humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 29, 2005
When your model is clearly Taxi Driver, a lack of directorial flair is especially conspicuous.
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
November 9, 2006
Harsh Times certainly wins points for being a vivid evocation of Los Angeles criminal life; I only wish Ayer had stuck with the almost improvisational feeling of the film's midsection for the whole shebang.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 10, 2006
Harsh Times is so into its own nihilism, it sometimes forgets the humanity beneath the hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 9, 2006
Before Harsh Times I would have sworn that there was no role that could trip up Christian Bale... But even he seems flummoxed by... Jim Davis, ex-Army Ranger, wannabe cop, and homeboy from the dangerous streets of South Central Los Angeles.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 9, 2006
... never manages to find a story in the unfocused, rambling piece, merely cautionary lessons and a scared-straight message.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 11, 2006
Christian Bale, who also executive produced, has gone to the psycho well one too many times...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 9, 2006
Harsh Times is almost a good, salty urban thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 9, 2006
The film amounts to a harsh and perpetual assault on viewers' sensibilities -- not only because of its violence but because of its overall bleakness.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 10, 2006
...If the movie is a comment on the dire straits of our returning soldiers, it's unconvincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 10, 2006
...For all its hyped-up acting moments, Harsh Times fails to get under our skin.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 10, 2006
...The movie consists of waiting for what you know is going to come. Waiting some more. And then waiting some more.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 10, 2006
Though Bale has the presence of a young De Niro, and the same volatile edge, he's being asked here to fill out a role that doesn't ring true on any level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 10, 2006
The film builds to a melodramatic finale that would like to make you weep, but by then it has worn out your patience.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
March 15, 2007
Janet Smith
Georgia Straight
November 18, 2006
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Film Ireland Magazine
August 18, 2006
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Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 11, 2006
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Arizona Republic
November 11, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 11, 2006

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January 27, 2007
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