Forgot your password?
Don't have an account? Sign up here
Got more questions about news letters?
Already have an account? Log in here
and the Terms and Policies,
and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.
Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password.
We encourage our community to report abusive content and/ or spam. Our team will review flagged items and determine whether or not they meet our community guidelines.
Please choose best explanation for why you are flagging this review.
Thank you for your submission. This post has been submitted for our review.
Sincerely, The Rotten Tomatoes Team
This is one of Segal's best and most well loved films, deservedly so at that. It is pretty well done for typical late 80's and 90's action.
One of Seagal’s best.
Benefits from being very 80s. A cheesy 80s actioner that thinks it is more than it is.
At this point Seagal was lean and mean, married to his co-star Kelly LeBrock (very hot) and seeming to have the world at his feet.
It seems silly nowadays but back in the early 90s it was pretty good but, the film has flaws.
First is K. Le Brock's role, she is stupidly good looking for a nurse and so unbelievable.
Second The film lacks action and when you do get the action it is more than stupid. The plot revolves around dirty cops that I.A. was investigating but they act like henchmen. One cop goes to hospital to kill him and kills 2 people in front of a witness...very silly, surely even a dirty cop does not want to get caught!?
Unlike previous Seagal movies the bad guys here don't work. With mobsters and gang thugs it was fun to see him beat up on but for this sort of action thriller they needed more finesse.
Fun for nostalgic reasons but the worst of Seagal's Early Hollywood roles.
Encore un bon Seagal du debut des annees 90
This is a typical avenge flick. While Segal is no Brando (Can't believe I'm putting Segal and Brando in the sane sentence). The film entertains and isn't that why we watch..
Seagal deserved an Academy award for this outstanding movie. And you can take that to the bank!
one of Seagal's better efforts
Hard To Watch. There are bits that will amuse and make you laugh, but there's too much that's genuinely awful. It's bizarre how many consider this his best. The fights are poorly shot and choreographed, the thread-bare story doesn't even attempt to explain its gaping holes, the characters are comically one-dimensional, and you'd swear some of the dialogue was written to be intentionally woeful. It's almost as though the guys who made this are daring the fans to like it. Probably the worst Seagal outing ever.
I can understand slamming Steven Seagal later in his career, but this early venture is without a doubt a solid thriller with some unique angles - namely his character - narcotics investigator Mason Storm's return from a coma in which his family is murdered and he is presumed dead. Elements of his return may strain credulity on some levels, but they also add some harrowing suspense and depth to a template story of revenge, which has since been abused in far more cliched ways in the 25 years since this film was released. Seagal in early form also shows why he became a star to whatever he degree - his charisma is undeniable in his youth, and Kelly LeBrock adds tons of chemistry and passion to the mix. The dialogue is also much stronger than his later direct to video efforts. The bad guys are bad to a depth often not reached in thrillers. This film deserves more credit than it receives here and elsewhere.
It's not a good film but it isn't a total loss either. It has decent cinematography, music, acting (almost all) and energetic action. A lot its problems come from its sluggish pacing and rather nonsensically obvious writing that none of the characters seem to understand.
For my full review of Hard to Kill (1990), check it out on this IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099739/reviews-105