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 Villaca
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
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006

Film Comment Magazine
August 21, 2004
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002

March 4, 2002
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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