Love the Hard Way Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 15, 2004
To say the love story was hard to believe, is putting it mildly--it was impossible to fathom.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 20, 2003
Feels like it was crafted by an outsider, with the cliche-filled dialogue reading like a rough translation.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
September 12, 2003
One of those films where great acting and occasionally brilliant dialogue attempt to overcome an unbelievable plot and a cowardly Hollywood ending.
| Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 6, 2003
The biggest flaw in Love the Hard Way is its total inability to coherently convey the passage of time.
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
August 1, 2003
Brody pulls the juggling act off -- bringing to mind some riveting cinematic misfits before him, from Brando to McQueen to Pacino.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 25, 2003
There must be some reason to worry over the fate of these people, but it's not in the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 11, 2003
Heartfelt but fatally overwrought romantic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
July 10, 2003
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.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 10, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 9, 2003
"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...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 27, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
June 27, 2003
A dark, uneven character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 26, 2003
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
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 25, 2003
Brody creates exactly the taunting demi-monster who could inveigle Claire.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 22, 2003
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
June 21, 2003
Annoying as it is in some ways, is worth seeing for Brody's performance alone.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 20, 2003
Brody's performance as Jack is about as good as that which won him the Oscar for The Pianist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 20, 2003
[Brody] can be proud of his work here, and the movie is better than just a pre-stardom curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 20, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 19, 2003
[The story] is often overly simplistic when it is trying hardest for emotional complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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