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.
July 9, 2007
just like its protagonist, Harsh Times is fatally flawed, but in a manner that still remains compelling to watch.
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.
January 27, 2007
December 29, 2006
Por alguns instantes, o filme parece ter algo relevante a dizer sobre a desumanizao provocada pela guerra ou o niilismo de uma gerao entediada e descrente, mas constatamos que quer apenas chocar, desperdiando as timas atuaes de Bale e Rodriguez.
December 25, 2006
A gritty, automobile-intensive, buddy flick rather reminiscent of director David Ayer's similarly amoral Training Day.
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
November 25, 2006
Harsh Times wins in the end by keeping its fingers wrapped tightly around its viewers' throats.
November 19, 2006
Jim Davis (Christian Bale) may be the most aggressively self-destructive character since Johnny Boy Civello in 'Mean Streets.'
November 16, 2006
Ayer has a feel for the grimy underside of urban life...
November 15, 2006
We don't like the view from this dark place, but is that a flaw or precisely the point?
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.
November 10, 2006
Despite its flaws, the cumulative effect is powerful...
November 10, 2006
...Moral extremes make for an intense, intelligent character study.
November 10, 2006
For a neophyte director, Ayer displays a lot of style.
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.
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.
November 10, 2006
Ayer's writing is loaded with wit and malice.
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