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Harsh Times Reviews

Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Harsh Times is an hour-by-hour diary of two crazy, unreliable, irresponsible dudes trying to find a way to fit into the same society they hate, facing one hurdle after another until they appear to butcher half of Los Angeles.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 15, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

November 13, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 11, 2006

Arizona Republic
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November 11, 2006

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

November 11, 2006

Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 11, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Harsh Times is so into its own nihilism, it sometimes forgets the humanity beneath the hurt.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 10, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

November 10, 2006
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Ayer makes his directing debut with Harsh Times, which is so relentlessly grim that it occasionally goes over the top and invites derision.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 10, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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For a neophyte director, Ayer displays a lot of style.

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

November 10, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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...As well-written and acted as Harsh Times may be, you will be relieved when the adrenaline returns to an acceptable level.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

November 10, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's true that we don't need to like characters for a movie to work. We should, however, at least find them interesting.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 10, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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

November 10, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Ayer's writing is loaded with wit and malice.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

November 10, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

November 10, 2006
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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Ayer romanticizes a certain type of true-grit persona and relies on actors tough enough to pull it off.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

November 10, 2006
Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
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The slang, the modes of dress, even the styles of fighting all have a high degree of specificity that lifts the movie above most urban crime dramas.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 10, 2006
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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It's an ugly, brutal picture, and it's not about 'times' but rather timeless macho posturing run amok.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 10, 2006
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Harsh Times opens with a deadly nightmare and ends with a vast bloodbath - in between, things get a little gruesome.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 10, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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...The movie consists of waiting for what you know is going to come. Waiting some more. And then waiting some more.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

November 10, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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...For all its hyped-up acting moments, Harsh Times fails to get under our skin.

Full Review Source: Denver Rocky Mountain News | Original Score: C+

November 10, 2006
Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a powerful film that combines a number of 'what if' situations with some true tragic moments and even a number of oddly funny situations.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 10, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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...If the movie is a comment on the dire straits of our returning soldiers, it's unconvincing.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 10, 2006
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[A] sour but haunting tale.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 9, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The film amounts to a harsh and perpetual assault on viewers' sensibilities -- not only because of its violence but because of its overall bleakness.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 9, 2006
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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[A] messy, exasperating, but fascinating excursion through the darker corners of neighborhoods at risk -- and of one man's mind.

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

November 9, 2006
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Harsh Times is almost a good, salty urban thriller.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2006
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The film is basically a two-hour countdown to a predictable explosion. You may enjoy the ride, but you won't remember a whole lot about it farther down the road.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C+

November 9, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Few individuals who go off to war and experience its devastation and chaos return as the same person. This factor lies at the heart of what Harsh Times illustrates.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2006
David Germain
Associated Press
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Unpleasantly grim and often nasty just to be nasty, writer-director David Ayer's Harsh Times is more an ordeal than a movie.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

November 8, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Bale is mesmerizing and Rodriguez keeps up with him as the whole unsafe contraption zooms.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

November 8, 2006
Jim Ridley
Village Voice
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[Bale's performance is] the kind of vein-popping show-boating that might as well be performed in a mirror.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 7, 2006
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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A vivid but ultimately wearisome portrait of Los Angeles' violent underbelly, redeemed by a powerfully intense lead performance from Christian Bale.

November 6, 2006

Time Out
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[Screenwriter David Ayer] goes for the jugular at all times -- once, quite literally -- and the grainy, handheld camerawork adds to the scuzzy authenticity.

Full Review Source: Time Out

August 17, 2006
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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When your model is clearly Taxi Driver, a lack of directorial flair is especially conspicuous.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 29, 2005
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