Hard Eight Reviews

September 7, 2011
Top Critic
April 12, 2002
January 22, 2002
Anderson coaxes top-notch performances from the male leads and also from Gwyneth Paltrow.
January 1, 2000
It's hugely refreshing to watch a movie populated almost exclusively by character actors.
January 1, 2000
Has ... meaning and truth, not to mention scarred humanity.
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.
January 1, 2000
Movies like Hard Eight remind me of what original, compelling characters the movies can sometimes give us.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
We get to see Jackson play one of his scarier characters.
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.