Reviews

  • Dec 17, 2021

    i thought this would be dumb, but i was wrong to doubt George C Scott!!

    i thought this would be dumb, but i was wrong to doubt George C Scott!!

  • Feb 07, 2021

    George C. Scott gives a great performance as a religious father searching for his daughter who has gone missing within the seedy porn industry. I must say however that the film's energy doesn't remain consistently thrilling or engaging throughout. Like many films from the 70s this one begins to lose steam in the middle act. Luckily it picks up again in the last half hour. The protagonists fish-out-of-water odyssey into this dark world combined with Scott's performance behind him is what ultimately saves the movie.

    George C. Scott gives a great performance as a religious father searching for his daughter who has gone missing within the seedy porn industry. I must say however that the film's energy doesn't remain consistently thrilling or engaging throughout. Like many films from the 70s this one begins to lose steam in the middle act. Luckily it picks up again in the last half hour. The protagonists fish-out-of-water odyssey into this dark world combined with Scott's performance behind him is what ultimately saves the movie.

  • Jul 01, 2020

    What makes this movie watchable is Scott's single-minded goal to find his daughter. Otherwise, skip it.

    What makes this movie watchable is Scott's single-minded goal to find his daughter. Otherwise, skip it.

  • Jun 12, 2020

    Strong - not for everyone. George C. Scott (in a Hawaiian shirt) goes deep into the Hollywood underbelly. The ending was a fitting surprise...!!

    Strong - not for everyone. George C. Scott (in a Hawaiian shirt) goes deep into the Hollywood underbelly. The ending was a fitting surprise...!!

  • Jan 03, 2020

    To adequately appreciate Hardcore, viewers must buy into George C. Scott's depiction of a tormented, Calvinist father reckoning with the reality of his Midwestern daughter's shocking involvement in the California pornographic entertainment industry. Scott's distinctive appearance and demeanor have always infused his performances with a quality few contemporary actors could rival, and it's fair to say they match perfectly with Paul Schrader's vision and script. However, in the late 70s it would have been difficult to foresee the degree to which porn has seeped into mainstream culture. Consequently, the impact of Scott's tortured histrionics may be softened with modern audiences. And while Season Hubley's portrayal of an unexpectedly complex sex worker for the most part rings true, the sloppy, rushed, and completely unfulfilling climax fails to provide a satisfying payoff to Schrader's authentically layered character studies.

    To adequately appreciate Hardcore, viewers must buy into George C. Scott's depiction of a tormented, Calvinist father reckoning with the reality of his Midwestern daughter's shocking involvement in the California pornographic entertainment industry. Scott's distinctive appearance and demeanor have always infused his performances with a quality few contemporary actors could rival, and it's fair to say they match perfectly with Paul Schrader's vision and script. However, in the late 70s it would have been difficult to foresee the degree to which porn has seeped into mainstream culture. Consequently, the impact of Scott's tortured histrionics may be softened with modern audiences. And while Season Hubley's portrayal of an unexpectedly complex sex worker for the most part rings true, the sloppy, rushed, and completely unfulfilling climax fails to provide a satisfying payoff to Schrader's authentically layered character studies.

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Intense and at times depressing drama about bigotry confronted with the harsh realms of reality is fascinating; the "happy" ending is deliberately ambiguous.

    Intense and at times depressing drama about bigotry confronted with the harsh realms of reality is fascinating; the "happy" ending is deliberately ambiguous.

  • Aug 29, 2019

    Felt too stagey, dated and self-aware for me to get onboard. My favorite part of this by far is that it was likely a precursor to 8mm.

    Felt too stagey, dated and self-aware for me to get onboard. My favorite part of this by far is that it was likely a precursor to 8mm.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    A shocking controversial film with a powerful performance by George C.Scott and great written and directed by the creator of taxi driver.

    A shocking controversial film with a powerful performance by George C.Scott and great written and directed by the creator of taxi driver.

  • Mar 12, 2019

    I watched this movie when came out in 1979. Someting came to mind and I just finished watching it again. The acting was very good including the whole cast. I noticed several short clips that other movies stole from it. The director was faifly good, but the writer missed the chance of making it into a great movie, possibly a classic. I am referring to the hooker "Niki" played by Season Hubley. Hubley's acting was as good and possibly better than the rest of the cast. "Niki's" role was difficult, going from a cheap $0.25 peep show girl/hooker to an optimistic helper for Scott finding his daughter, then at the end a very intelligent young lady wanting Scott's help. Where did the movie imo make the mistake? When "Niki" was on the sidewalk waiting for Scott, Scott walked over to her and offered Niki money. Niki w3alked quickly aw3ay7 from Scott as any decent young lady would do. the misstake was in Scott's character not inviting her to his home. With all of Scott's holier than thou character, then not inviting her to his home, he displayed such an un Christian character that even if he were one of the elected, his name would be erased from The Book of Life, if that would be possible. Certainly Paul Schrader shoud be ashamed.

    I watched this movie when came out in 1979. Someting came to mind and I just finished watching it again. The acting was very good including the whole cast. I noticed several short clips that other movies stole from it. The director was faifly good, but the writer missed the chance of making it into a great movie, possibly a classic. I am referring to the hooker "Niki" played by Season Hubley. Hubley's acting was as good and possibly better than the rest of the cast. "Niki's" role was difficult, going from a cheap $0.25 peep show girl/hooker to an optimistic helper for Scott finding his daughter, then at the end a very intelligent young lady wanting Scott's help. Where did the movie imo make the mistake? When "Niki" was on the sidewalk waiting for Scott, Scott walked over to her and offered Niki money. Niki w3alked quickly aw3ay7 from Scott as any decent young lady would do. the misstake was in Scott's character not inviting her to his home. With all of Scott's holier than thou character, then not inviting her to his home, he displayed such an un Christian character that even if he were one of the elected, his name would be erased from The Book of Life, if that would be possible. Certainly Paul Schrader shoud be ashamed.

  • Jul 10, 2018

    Hardcore is an film- good old film and deam off that song in the end wake me up. Four stars.

    Hardcore is an film- good old film and deam off that song in the end wake me up. Four stars.