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Harsh Times Reviews

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May 5, 2008
A crazy little film, modest in its scope but grand in its ambition. It paints it's story in loud primary colors, with intense pressure cooker characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 14, 2007
HARSH TIMES is a portrait of a male-dominated world and inChristian Bale's fierce performance, Ayer has found the perfect actor. It's just unfortunate that the screenplay feels like a left-over from an era that has passed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 9, 2007
just like its protagonist, Harsh Times is fatally flawed, but in a manner that still remains compelling to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 27, 2007
A movie that seems gritty and pointless for its first third, begins to grow in meaning as the pointlessness snowballs into absurdity and then tragedy.
March 24, 2007
It's an amazing performance, one of the best of the year, with Bale truly making you believe in this over-the-top character.
December 29, 2006
Por alguns instantes, o filme parece ter algo relevante a dizer sobre a desumanização provocada pela guerra ou o niilismo de uma geração entediada e descrente, mas constatamos que quer apenas chocar, desperdiçando as ótimas atuações de Bale e Rodriguez.
| Original Score: 2/5
December 25, 2006
A gritty, automobile-intensive, buddy flick rather reminiscent of director David Ayer's similarly amoral Training Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 4, 2006
Harsh Times is dark and brutal, not the kind of film that lures a large audience or garners awards, although it deserves both.
November 25, 2006
The mix of black humor and pitiless drama makes for a very effective cinematic slow burn
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2006
Harsh Times wins in the end by keeping its fingers wrapped tightly around its viewers' throats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 19, 2006
Jim Davis (Christian Bale) may be the most aggressively self-destructive character since Johnny Boy Civello in 'Mean Streets.'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 18, 2006
None of these characters are the least bit likeable, and that's the fault of David Ayer, who structures the film as a series of mostly disconnected episodes with a single theme:
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 16, 2006
Ayer has a feel for the grimy underside of urban life...
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2006
Harsh Times is an hour-by-hour diary of two crazy, unreliable, irresponsible dudes trying to find a way to fit into the same society they hate, facing one hurdle after another until they appear to butcher half of Los Angeles.
November 15, 2006
We don't like the view from this dark place, but is that a flaw or precisely the point?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2006
Bale's wild-eyed menace keeps you watching for a time, but by the grisly end he's just another American psycho.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 14, 2006
"Harsh Times" is a tragedy whose finale is obvious right from the start.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
November 14, 2006
As a character study it lacks characterization, and it's too predictable to be an effective cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 13, 2006
Ayer's overly flashy direction epitomizes how the film never finds the right balance between too much and too little.
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November 13, 2006
On the one hand, this grinding interpersonal week-in-the-life thriller is an energetic kick in the face, a no-holds-barred pulp fiction reveling in personal demons, muddy self destruction and the kinetic vitriol of doing things not remotely good for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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