Hard Eight Reviews

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September 14, 2020
Hall is sensational; he's naturally levelheaded and entirely believable as the unflappable father figure.
August 13, 2020
I didn't like it. The whole thing seemed kind of smug to me
July 17, 2020
Just a soupcon of livelier drama would have improved the proceedings considerably.
July 17, 2020
This first feature by writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is impressive for its lean and unblemished storytelling, but even more so for its performances.
July 17, 2020
The film doesn't rush, it's not self-absorbed in the Tarantino fashion, it just clicks along relentlessly, picking up power, particularly as threats develop to Sid's well-ordered view of the world.
July 17, 2020
Despite the somewhat lethargic pace, this is a cool, sharply observed thriller that knows its own strengths and makes the most of them.
July 17, 2020
Although it tries to be clever, knowing and gritty, Hard Eight is never more than boring.
July 17, 2020
It's done with such intelligence and feeling, and such a brilliant cast, that it grips our attention from first shuffle to last bet.
July 17, 2020
Hard Eight is endlessly watchable thanks to Anderson's ability to intersect form and content.
April 28, 2020
While this crime drama is too down-in-the-mouth for most tastes, it remains a fascinating document of the early days of an incredible talent.
April 11, 2018
Hard Eight wouldn't be the compelling story it is without Philip Baker Hall as its center of gravity and values. Anderson wrote the script with Baker in mind, and it's about time somebody did.
October 16, 2014
A clever, confident debut from Paul Thomas Anderson and a showcase role for character actor Philip Baker Hall.
October 19, 2012
A near-classic in a minor key, and a must-see for fans of later work.
September 7, 2011
Gamblers live for the moment - for the next bet, the one that will take them over the top - and this gilt-edged noir contraption is an enjoyable wallow in life-is-a-craps-table existentialism.
December 20, 2007
...a low-key yet sporadically fascinating drama...
October 26, 2007
This minor Vegas-set drama, about a loser and his older mentor, shows the features that will mark Anderson's better films: love for his characters, taut dialogue at the expense of plot, and fascination with the possibilities of the film medium.
October 9, 2005
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July 25, 2003
Estria de Anderson, mostra que o diretor sempre teve talento para contar histrias, embora ainda no tivesse confiana o bastante para criar as belas tomadas e movimentos de cmera que marcam seus trabalhos posteriores.
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