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The Hard Word Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 28, 2003
The Hard Word may not be the last word in underworld thrills, but, like eternal patsy Pearce, it possesses a certain wild-eyed affability.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 28, 2003
Much of The Hard Word feels like hard time.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 28, 2003
Nothing new or earthshaking here, but The Hard Word is tense and compelling, with the added charm of a mischievous spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 28, 2003
The film has an appeal for lovers of the genre. Little else in this unpredictable thriller by first-time director Scott Roberts requires immediate attention.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2003
This movie could obviously go on fooling us forever, but we are good sports only up to a point, and then our attention drifts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
June 28, 2003
The Hard Word never steals our hearts, though it does kill time.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 28, 2003
The Hard Word strains to be light on its feet but piles too much on its plate: characters come and go, changing personality at the director's whim, and you're never quite sure who's getting the shaft.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 27, 2003
A wannabe gritty Australian crime drama.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 26, 2003
It's the kind of predictable programmer that used to fill the bottom half of double bills, but it's worth the effort to catch Ms. Griffiths.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 26, 2003
The entire cast perform ably, but Mr. Pearce and Ms. Griffiths ... are something special in their native habitat.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 20, 2003
Few opportunities are seized.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
June 18, 2003
A compendium of caper clichés and stylistic Tarantino-isms in which neither the getting nor the getting away is particularly gripping.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 16, 2003
[T]here's a real art to moving characters around in a caper film like this and in this film, I felt like I could see the hand of the director moving those pieces about ...
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 13, 2003
The gore is intended as Tarantino-style black comedy, but instead, it's just weirdly grotesque.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
June 13, 2003
A raft of impressive performances -- and a dose of lunatic unpredictability -- float this verbose debut from writer-director Scott Roberts.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
June 13, 2003
The picture has a spiky, efficient hilarity, and the director uses his actors well.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 12, 2003
It takes a clumsy turn into comic-book violence a la Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 11, 2003
An Australian crime caper that's one part Sexy Beast, one part The Full Monty, and three parts very flat soda.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Ng
Village Voice
June 10, 2003
Convoluted yet simple-minded, the movie frequently equates verbosity with wit, exhausting itself long before the racetrack robbery climax.
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Erin Free
Hollywood Reporter
July 17, 2002
Roberts always grounds the film with the consistency of his characters and manages to punctuate proceedings with an 'Am I really seeing that?' moment about every 10 minutes.