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Hard Eight Reviews

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½ March 27, 2018
A rare gem of unpredictability
½ February 10, 2018
Primo film per Paul T. Anderson che oltre a ottimi piani sequenza e personaggi ben caratterizzati non ha molto da offrire. La storia Ŕ piuttosto blanda e non tanto coinvolgente, con risvolti narrativi banali e assolutamente non originali: sono solo gli splendidi dialoghi a risollevare l'attenzione dello spettatore, che resta comunque sottotono. La parte migliore del film sono le inquadrature, con sequenze girate con cura e attenzione da un regista che in futuro avrÓ moltissimo da dire, per ora, questo Ŕ solo un inizio promettente ma non del tutto entusiasmante.
January 26, 2018
Good performances by all and enough glimpses of Anderson's brilliance in his first film.
December 25, 2017


[Paul Thomas Anderson]
December 6, 2017
Although it's PTA's debut feature film, it sings of his now well-known panache and vigor.
½ August 29, 2017
PT Anderson's early work still dazzles. Some of the best work by character actor Phillip Baker Hall. Excellent for a small budget film.
½ August 16, 2017
Many mediocre directors would dream of having a movie like this, and yet, it is Anderson's less known and comparatively weak film which I highly enjoyed watching it second time.
½ July 24, 2017
Good movie, good pacing, good acting, main character Sydney played by Philip Baker Hall is very interesting to watch and so are the others. I also loved the movie's setting with Vegas and such and the casinos, I would recommend it
June 26, 2017
I Will Become A Filmmaker When I Grow Up.
May 24, 2017
It has solid performances and some fully realized characters. But the story isn't quite sure of itself, and ends up feeling like it was scrambled together after a five minute group brainstorm session.
April 16, 2017
Talk about dry, you'll need a drink to get this one down.
April 14, 2017
Philip Baker Hall is a bit of man crush of mine but this movie does him little justice.
December 10, 2016
A Scorsese-ish, character motivated crime drama that would landmark Paul Thomas Anderson as a future great filmmaker.
November 10, 2016
Paul Thomas Anderson's feature debut is a solid film anchored by a pair of superb performances from Philip Baker Hall and John C. Reilly. It's recognizably his work, while not really demonstrating the amazing self-assuredness of "Boogie Nights". Although the interference of the film's producers may have a lot to do with it, this one feels just a bit more awkwardly put together than his subsequent work. Anderson regulars Robert Ridgely, Melora Walters and Philip Seymour Hoffman all show up in small supporting roles.
½ November 1, 2016
This twisted faux-father-son story is poorly paced, but poignant. Like Michelangelo's test sculptures before David, PTA's first flawed feature gives a peek into the masterpieces that would follow. The new-age Kubrick sizing up his craft. 7/10.
½ October 9, 2016
Love seeing all the shots that would become known in PTA movies. The movie moves very slow, but I did not see that plot coming. Reminds me a lot of Jackie Brown (Sydney's like the Robert Forster character, Samuel L. Jackson's character, a character waiting alone in a house). Leaves a lot unexplained (Do they JUST gamble all day? That's it?! Are they scam artists? How do they make money?), but it's still a great movie.
½ June 24, 2016
Hard Eight is fairly entertaining. It has a steady pace from beginning to end and doesn't fail in any of the technical aspects. But compared to what PTA would later make, it's not really an exciting movie. There's plenty of back story to the characters that they assume we won't care for, and even if it's true, it still feels like it's missing something.
June 8, 2016
An early film from Paul Thomas Anderson. A gambler takes a young gambler under his wings and shows him how to work the system and make a living off of it. Eventually the young protege becomes involved with a cocktail waitress and he eventually comes to learn some bad information about his mentor. A pretty decent movie if it is a bit of a slow burn. A pretty solid cast from John Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, and Philip Baker Hall.
June 3, 2016
Saw this on 2/6/16
An average film from an always overrated Paul Thomas Anderson that is well shot and features a good performance from Philip Baker Hall. However, the story is so thin and despite some tension buildup, the film is mostly lacking in suspense.
½ May 25, 2016
Amazing journey! A must see!
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