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Love the Hard Way (2001)

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27

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 16

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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This contemporary film noir is an international endeavor with key creative forces hailing from China, Germany, and the United States. It is based on the Chinese novel Yoban shi huoyan she hai shu (Fire and Ice) by subversive writer Wang Shuo, who has been called a "corruptor of youth" by critics in his native land. German screenwriter/director Peter Sehr fell in love with the novel and chose to adapt it as a film set in New York City. For Sehr, the location best represents a contrast of "people

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Feels like it was crafted by an outsider, with the cliche-filled dialogue reading like a rough translation.

September 20, 2003
Detroit Free Press
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One of those films where great acting and occasionally brilliant dialogue attempt to overcome an unbelievable plot and a cowardly Hollywood ending.

September 12, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Brody pulls the juggling act off -- bringing to mind some riveting cinematic misfits before him, from Brando to McQueen to Pacino.

August 1, 2003
Seattle Times
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There must be some reason to worry over the fate of these people, but it's not in the movie.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Heartfelt but fatally overwrought romantic melodrama.

July 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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As character studies of Jack and Claire, it is daring and inventive, and worthy of comparison with the films of a French master of criminal psychology like Jean-Pierre Melville.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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To say the love story was hard to believe, is putting it mildly--it was impossible to fathom.

August 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The biggest flaw in Love the Hard Way is its total inability to coherently convey the passage of time.

August 6, 2003 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Though the lanky, dreamy-eyed Brody shows range, he's got a dorky quality that's hard to dismiss -- his strutting his stuff sends eyes rolling.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Brody has offbeat charisma, but it's no match for the corny dialogue he's given here, not to mention the Wild at Heart snakeskin jacket he wears.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

"Love the Hard Way" looks low budget and any box office will be made from those interested in seeing Brody in his post "Pianist" role...

July 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

so damn weird in refusing to go where one expects that it maintains interest - too bad it missed a chance at last minute redemption with a satisfying conclusion

June 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

It's a mostly clichéd story about a good girl who falls for a bad boy and believes that their love is strong enough to make him change his ways. When has that ever worked -- in real life or the movies?

June 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Annoying as it is in some ways, is worth seeing for Brody's performance alone.

June 21, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Brody's performance as Jack is about as good as that which won him the Oscar for The Pianist.

June 20, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Such a volatile presence needs control, and director Peter Sehr doesn't fine-tune either the character or the performance enough to keep it from burning out and self-destructing.

June 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Love the Hard Way

A tragic love story with too much tragedy and not enough love.
May 29, 2013
Lemure

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An interesting movie! Adrien Brody and Charlotte Ayanna are phenomenal. Intriguing story plot, but sad and tragic.
April 29, 2008
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