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The Hard Word Reviews

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January 1, 2009
Undemanding derivative caper film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 16, 2004
A nearly unrecognizable Guy Pearce gives a solid performance in an otherwise forgettable film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 16, 2003
You always get the feeling here that Roberts never actually knows where he's going with it.
September 6, 2003
Every heist movie trope is trotted out and given an Australian accent.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
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
July 31, 2003
It is at most a middling effort.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
July 25, 2003
The movie wants to be provocative but just comes off trashy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
July 17, 2003
Just when you think you've got it all figured out, there's another disorienting jolt.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 10, 2003
This one's destined for a dusty spot on an Australian video-store shelf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
July 8, 2003
A Tarantino-esque mishmash of tough crime cliches spit out in Aussie accents.
Read More | Original Score: C-
July 5, 2003
Writer/Director Scott Roberts' (K2) first film in a decade doesn't exactly go places other movies haven't already tread.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 3, 2003
It's fun as far as it goes, but that isn't very far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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