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Harsh Times Reviews

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 11, 2006
Christian Bale, who also executive produced, has gone to the psycho well one too many times...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
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
Pete Hammond
Maxim
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 10, 2006
Despite its flaws, the cumulative effect is powerful...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 10, 2006
...Moral extremes make for an intense, intelligent character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 10, 2006
For a neophyte director, Ayer displays a lot of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
November 10, 2006
Lacking soul, it plays as exploitation, not insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pam Grady
Reel.com
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
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.
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 10, 2006
Ayer's writing is loaded with wit and malice.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
November 10, 2006
Ayer romanticizes a certain type of true-grit persona and relies on actors tough enough to pull it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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