• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Spencer Susser
    In Theaters:
    May 13, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 13, 2011
  • Newmarket Films


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Hesher Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

An unlikeable main character and a weak narrative flow turn Hesher into a mediocre film.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 6/10

June 2, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"Hesher" assembles a group of characters who aren't sure why they're in the same movie together.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 12, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Rather than a character rooted in some sort of reality -- social, satirical, psychological, take your pick -- Hesher is an abstract notion animated by false energy.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 13, 2011
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

The guitar solos blasting from Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sullen, arson-prone wasteoid's van can't drown out the dominant bleat of indie-therapy whine.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 8, 2011
Sarah Boslaugh

... a promising concept gradually morphs into a predictable indie flick.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 4/10

May 14, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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At a future date, when some grad student writes a thesis on 'Wild Men of the Subconscious in Popular Culture,' there will certainly be a special place for 'Hesher.' Just as long as it stays there and is never in front of my eyes again.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

May 13, 2011
Todd McCarthy
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The problem with the script by Susser and David Michod, working from a story by Brian Charles Frank, is that Hesher's uncouth behavior is so aggressively pushed to single-minded, crudely exploitative effect.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 25, 2010
Brian Orndorf

Artifice is rodeo clowning for the script's flaws, with huge gaps of character development lost to a film that would rather stay on Hesher and his staring contests than tell a full-throated story.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: D+

May 12, 2011
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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The movie's piling on of miseries blurs the boundaries of goopy sincerity and cynical marketing; the calculated dose of daring melts into hearts-and-flowers sentiment.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 9, 2011
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO] "Hesher" is an experimental film that attempts to be transgressive. It isn't.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D

March 20, 2011
Brian Tallerico

Like a knock-off of Chuck Palahniuk produced by people raised only on Sundance films, "Hesher" is a mess.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 1/5

May 13, 2011
Michelle Orange

One by one the wheels start to come off, and before it's over you're working on your own metaphors for when the film fell apart instead of cleaving to those Susser is half-committing to the screen.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6/10

May 12, 2011
Matt Pais

Hesher's such a mystery that he seems like a device (bong hits with Grandma, really?), and the same goes double for [Portman's character].

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

May 12, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Hesher has its genuinely affecting scenes, but too much of the time it feels false and shallow.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

May 12, 2011
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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It's unflinching stuff, and might have worked if there were a reason for any of it. Levitt, Portman and Wilson work hard to infuse the film with some likeability.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 12, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Not even Mr. Gordon-Levitt's unremittingly savage performance can begin to salvage such hokum.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 12, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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[Gordon-Levitt gives] a fearsome and giddily unhinged performance in a movie that isn't entirely sure what to do with it.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 12, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Hesher" is about as awful as independent films get, a mix of ugliness and unearned sentiment, with a flat story, repellent and pathetic characters and dialogue that consists of lots of stammering and cursing.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 12, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2011
Chris Cabin

the film really picks up whenever Gordon-Levitt appears

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 12, 2011
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