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Hard Eight Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
October 16, 2014
A clever, confident debut from Paul Thomas Anderson and a showcase role for character actor Philip Baker Hall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brett Ashley
Film4
October 19, 2012
A near-classic in a minor key, and a must-see for fans of later work.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 20, 2007
...a low-key yet sporadically fascinating drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Estréia de Anderson, mostra que o diretor sempre teve talento para contar histórias, embora ainda não tivesse confiança o bastante para criar as belas tomadas e movimentos de câmera que marcam seus trabalhos posteriores.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin McManus
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
Anderson coaxes top-notch performances from the male leads and also from Gwyneth Paltrow.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
It is really little more than a small resonant mood piece whose hard-bitten characters are difficult to like. But within its self-imposed limitations, it accomplishes most of what it sets out to do.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
There's something almost hypnotic about the way Hard Eight develops -- even in its slowest, most tedious moments, it keeps our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Movies like Hard Eight remind me of what original, compelling characters the movies can sometimes give us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Best of all is Anderson's sense of character, expressed in dialogue that never strains for effect and in his expert handling of a first-rate quartet of actors.
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Mary Brennan
Film.com
January 1, 2000
It's hugely refreshing to watch a movie populated almost exclusively by character actors.
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Anderson's screenplay is full of superb dialogue and has some unexpected twists.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Suffice it to say that mood rules over story.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
In many ways this film reminds me of Melville's wonderful film, Bob The Gambler...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Odds are you'll like getting to the revealing good stuff. There are more than a few reasons why.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
A comedy without humor, a tragedy without emotion, and a story without meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
This being an acting piece, the four performances are of a very high order.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Anderson, who developed this first feature at the Sundance Institute, builds his characters well -- and the casting is perfect.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
We get to see Jackson play one of his scarier characters.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Has ... meaning and truth, not to mention scarred humanity.
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