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Hesher Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
June 2, 2013
An unlikeable main character and a weak narrative flow turn Hesher into a mediocre film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 6, 2011
Fortunately, there's enough humor in all this to counteract the exploitation of weird logic and audacious coincidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
May 26, 2011
Susser cowrote the script, which relies on moments of profanity and impulsive violence to elicit terse little laughs and a melodramatic backstory to signal emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 22, 2011
Powered by a character at once original and representational, Hesher courses with a unique verve missing in many independent productions, hovering somewhere between outright success and 'interesting failure.'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 20, 2011
Since [Gordon-Levitt's] one of the most energetic and inventive young actors in the business, you can't take your eyes off him. Unfortunately, the quality of the material makes you wish you could.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Grae Drake
Movies.com
May 20, 2011
Headbangs straight into your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
Movies.com
May 20, 2011
While it arrives decorated with cooler hair and a louder soundtrack, it still sticks to the "Unusual Outsider Teaches Middle-Class People What It Means to Really Live" template.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andy Klein
Brand X
May 17, 2011
Gordon-Levitt ... gets to play the opposite of his usual put-upon nice-guy roles - and he runs with it, to the point of making Hesher downright scary a lot of the time. The rest of the cast keeps up with him, in their less flashy roles.
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
May 15, 2011
The strength of Hesher is its acting. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is back to drawing on his natural power as an actor. He's skilled at creating absorbing human trainwrecks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
May 14, 2011
... a promising concept gradually morphs into a predictable indie flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Michael Dunaway
Paste Magazine
May 14, 2011
Joseph Gordon-Levitt must be especially glad for this film to see the light of day, because his performance is award-worthy, a complete inhabiting of as unique a personality as you'll encounter in film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
May 13, 2011
...darkly funny and refreshingly blunt, giving a big middle finger to conventionality, and offering a rebel yell that's hard to ignore.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
May 13, 2011
Some indie films seem to exist as exercises in strangeness, just to see how far they can go-and how long audiences will watch before screaming and running up the aisles. I stuck with Hesher till...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.1/2
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 13, 2011
Director/co-scenarist Spencer Susser has a definite feel for Hesher and T.J.'s little corner of the world.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 13, 2011
Happily, Hesher never lays things out too clearly. Just as you never know where he came from, it's hard to grasp where he's going, or even what he's doing in the moment. But you know he fits somewhere. And that's satisfaction enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
May 13, 2011
Like a knock-off of Chuck Palahniuk produced by people raised only on Sundance films, "Hesher" is a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 13, 2011
Hesher himself [is] a mysterious, magnetic, repellent, and alluring figure... It's quite an astonishing performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 13, 2011
Gordon-Levitt is a sly and inventive actor, and it can be genuinely fun to watch him having so much fun. But this character wears out his welcome fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 13, 2011
In his feature directorial debut, Spencer Susser establishes a deadpan, lost, grungy quality, the perfect place where a creature like Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) might have evolved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 13, 2011
[Susser] keeps us on our toes, and even when his choices seem flashier than they need to be, there's a reason for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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