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The Hard Word Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2009
Undemanding derivative caper film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
April 16, 2004
A nearly unrecognizable Guy Pearce gives a solid performance in an otherwise forgettable film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Grealis
RTÉ (Ireland)
September 16, 2003
You always get the feeling here that Roberts never actually knows where he's going with it.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
Every heist movie trope is trotted out and given an Australian accent.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 9, 2003
The film seems unsure what it wants to be about, only that it wants to be edgy while it's doing it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 1, 2003
This Aussie thriller is all about characters -- interesting characters, and several of them could hold a movie on their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 1, 2003
Not everything works... but Roberts' knack for realistic action, hard-bitten dialogue and finding humor in unexpected places keeps your attention to the finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 31, 2003
It is at most a middling effort.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 31, 2003
The movie-jaded will dismiss The Hard Word as just another slick heist flick with a band of burglar buddies. Too bad for their cynical souls. They'll be missing a grand (theft) time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
July 25, 2003
The movie wants to be provocative but just comes off trashy.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 25, 2003
Roberts stuffs the film with clever twists that keep us one step behind the plot, which is where you want to be in a heist picture.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
July 25, 2003
The three Twentyman brothers are so good at stealing stuff you wonder why they couldn't have swiped a better heist movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 24, 2003
When it's finally time to lay down the cards, we discover Roberts was simply trying to get by on his wit and charm, and he didn't have enough of either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
July 17, 2003
Just when you think you've got it all figured out, there's another disorienting jolt.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 10, 2003
This one's destined for a dusty spot on an Australian video-store shelf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 8, 2003
'Amiable' is an odd way to describe a crime drama that contains wall-spattering amounts of bloodshed, but it fits The Hard Word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 8, 2003
A Tarantino-esque mishmash of tough crime cliches spit out in Aussie accents.
| Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 3, 2003
It's fun as far as it goes, but that isn't very far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 1, 2003
Aside from the obviously Australian flavor to everything -- which can be entertaining at times -- there's no X factor to justify the whole exercise.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
July 1, 2003
A wily, performance-driven heist-gone-wrong picture with shrewd underworld savvy reminiscent of Snatch without the smug self-awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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