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Hard Eight Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Has ... meaning and truth, not to mention scarred humanity.
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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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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Noirish thrillers live or die by their plot twists and dialogue... Unfortunately, the script by first-time filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson fails on both counts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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.
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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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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
We get to see Jackson play one of his scarier characters.
| Original Score: 3/4