Hard Eight Reviews

  • Nov 10, 2019

    This was the weirdest film I've ever seen in my life. Oh my god.

    This was the weirdest film I've ever seen in my life. Oh my god.

  • Sep 17, 2019

    You know the first thing they should've taught you at hooker school? You get the money up front! Philip Baker Hall as Sydney

    You know the first thing they should've taught you at hooker school? You get the money up front! Philip Baker Hall as Sydney

  • Aug 30, 2019

    It's crazy how the more involved Sydney becomes in these people that he's trying to help, the more deep shit he gets himself into. I feel bad because he's only trying to do good and help these poor schmucks out. The soundtrack sometimes is very ominous and disturbing almost highlighting what's to come or what is happening. The movie definitely took a turn once Sydney and Jimmy met up. What an unexpected role played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Never thought how good she would have been playing a hooker. But she nailed it. It's admirable to see how John C. Reilly can play a sensitive serious character that cries. An interesting tale about a man hiding what he's done in the past. All along thinking that he's just some guy that wants to help a random person in need when in reality there's history behind it all. Really good movie.

    It's crazy how the more involved Sydney becomes in these people that he's trying to help, the more deep shit he gets himself into. I feel bad because he's only trying to do good and help these poor schmucks out. The soundtrack sometimes is very ominous and disturbing almost highlighting what's to come or what is happening. The movie definitely took a turn once Sydney and Jimmy met up. What an unexpected role played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Never thought how good she would have been playing a hooker. But she nailed it. It's admirable to see how John C. Reilly can play a sensitive serious character that cries. An interesting tale about a man hiding what he's done in the past. All along thinking that he's just some guy that wants to help a random person in need when in reality there's history behind it all. Really good movie.

  • Aug 17, 2019

    Who are all these people giving this thing 83%? It was completely stupid and a waste of my time.

    Who are all these people giving this thing 83%? It was completely stupid and a waste of my time.

  • Jul 28, 2019

    Sam Jackson, John C Riley, Paltrow and cameo by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Gambling motifs. Tough talk. Classic 90s grit.

    Sam Jackson, John C Riley, Paltrow and cameo by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Gambling motifs. Tough talk. Classic 90s grit.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    I just saw this film after many years and it reaffirms my belief that PT Anderson is a once in a lifetime talent. He'd have been barely 25 when he made Hard Eight and yet you see the dexterity and assuredness you'll find only in legendary filmmakers. Hard Eight starts with an old man offering a cigar rete and coffee to a random young man. After a brief chat they head to Vegas where the old man takes the young under his wings. There isn't much happening in the movie and you could say the first half is dragging, but it only adds to the complexity of Hard Eight. This is a great character study and all the actors involved give towering performances. From Philip C Baker to John C Reilly and Gwyneth Paltrow this is a fine display of thespian skills. Do not be put off by the indie tag, or the lack of big names. Hard Eight is a masterful film by a master filmmaker.

    I just saw this film after many years and it reaffirms my belief that PT Anderson is a once in a lifetime talent. He'd have been barely 25 when he made Hard Eight and yet you see the dexterity and assuredness you'll find only in legendary filmmakers. Hard Eight starts with an old man offering a cigar rete and coffee to a random young man. After a brief chat they head to Vegas where the old man takes the young under his wings. There isn't much happening in the movie and you could say the first half is dragging, but it only adds to the complexity of Hard Eight. This is a great character study and all the actors involved give towering performances. From Philip C Baker to John C Reilly and Gwyneth Paltrow this is a fine display of thespian skills. Do not be put off by the indie tag, or the lack of big names. Hard Eight is a masterful film by a master filmmaker.

  • Mar 29, 2019

    Upcoming acting mainstays are embroiled by in a simple tale of naivety and greed, guided by Philip Baker Hall's unwavering above-it-all swagger, like a combination of a Las Vegas Yoda in charge of a gambler's Twilight Zone. His personal twist does provide an interesting parallel, but only after so many giant, cliched mistakes are made by those outside of Hall's aegis. Monologues aplenty.

    Upcoming acting mainstays are embroiled by in a simple tale of naivety and greed, guided by Philip Baker Hall's unwavering above-it-all swagger, like a combination of a Las Vegas Yoda in charge of a gambler's Twilight Zone. His personal twist does provide an interesting parallel, but only after so many giant, cliched mistakes are made by those outside of Hall's aegis. Monologues aplenty.

  • Jan 28, 2019

    PT Anderson is a wunderkind and Hard Eight(also known as Sydney) is a testimonial of the young auteur's immense talents. During the first half, virtually nothing happens -- the characters are stuck in a stasis from which escape seems impossible. Then, during the second half, momentum carries the story to its inescapable conclusion. The dualistic nature of Hard Eight makes it a difficult picture to size up. At times, it's engrossing, but, on other occasions, it's a lesson in frustration. Hard Eight borrows its share of conventions from noir thrillers, but this is more of a character drama than anything else. Sure, there's some violence, gunplay, and a few plot twists, but everything keeps coming back to the relationship between Sydney, an aging man with an opaque past, and John, the damaged and none-too-bright individual he takes under his wing.

    PT Anderson is a wunderkind and Hard Eight(also known as Sydney) is a testimonial of the young auteur's immense talents. During the first half, virtually nothing happens -- the characters are stuck in a stasis from which escape seems impossible. Then, during the second half, momentum carries the story to its inescapable conclusion. The dualistic nature of Hard Eight makes it a difficult picture to size up. At times, it's engrossing, but, on other occasions, it's a lesson in frustration. Hard Eight borrows its share of conventions from noir thrillers, but this is more of a character drama than anything else. Sure, there's some violence, gunplay, and a few plot twists, but everything keeps coming back to the relationship between Sydney, an aging man with an opaque past, and John, the damaged and none-too-bright individual he takes under his wing.

  • Nov 10, 2018

    This film was almost good.

    This film was almost good.

  • Sep 28, 2018

    It has no center story it's more of just a collection of vignettes that focuses on its four complex main characters. Excellent performances and strong direction give Paul Thomas Anderson a strong debut feature.

    It has no center story it's more of just a collection of vignettes that focuses on its four complex main characters. Excellent performances and strong direction give Paul Thomas Anderson a strong debut feature.