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Hard Eight Reviews

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Josh Larsen
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
October 19, 2012
A near-classic in a minor key, and a must-see for fans of later work.
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 20, 2007
...a low-key yet sporadically fascinating drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
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-
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 13, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 19, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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