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Harsh Times Reviews

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November 13, 2006
Jim is such a psycho and Mike is such a patsy, we don't care about these guys. We've seen dozens of more interesting head cases in dozens of smarter films.
November 13, 2006
If more action propelled this water-treading plot, Ayer might have produced the mean streets classic that Harsh Times aspires to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 11, 2006
Christian Bale, who also executive produced, has gone to the psycho well one too many times...
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 11, 2006
The movie's amusing moments are counterbalanced by a dark and dreary finale that effectively crushes the movie's mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
November 10, 2006
The reason to see the movie is Bale who can play slow-burning psychosis about as well as any actor today and is outstanding again.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 10, 2006
Despite its flaws, the cumulative effect is powerful...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 10, 2006
Harsh Times is so into its own nihilism, it sometimes forgets the humanity beneath the hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 10, 2006
...Moral extremes make for an intense, intelligent character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 10, 2006
Endless scenes of the two guys riding along, venting and cursing and chugging beers play like acting-class exercises, badly written ones at that.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 10, 2006
Ayer makes his directing debut with Harsh Times, which is so relentlessly grim that it occasionally goes over the top and invites derision.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 10, 2006
For a neophyte director, Ayer displays a lot of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 10, 2006
A buddy movie shot with artless rawness, yet highly implicative about the wastage of modern street males and the sort of men cultivated by state agencies to be disposable killers, Harsh Times is a B-film with A-level morsels.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 10, 2006
...As well-written and acted as Harsh Times may be, you will be relieved when the adrenaline returns to an acceptable level.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 10, 2006
Lacking soul, it plays as exploitation, not insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 10, 2006
It's the rare movie in which audience members will reverently wish for the main character's death from the very beginning.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 10, 2006
In the end, Harsh Times feels overwrought -- Ayer holds too many guns to too many heads, and you can only keep viewers in that kind of suspense for so long.
November 10, 2006
It's true that we don't need to like characters for a movie to work. We should, however, at least find them interesting.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 10, 2006
The film builds to a melodramatic finale that would like to make you weep, but by then it has worn out your patience.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 10, 2006
Ayer's writing is loaded with wit and malice.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 10, 2006
Though Bale has the presence of a young De Niro, and the same volatile edge, he's being asked here to fill out a role that doesn't ring true on any level.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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