Harsh Times Reviews

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November 20, 2008
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.
July 14, 2007
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:
Top Critic
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 14, 2006
Bale's wild-eyed menace keeps you watching for a time, but by the grisly end he's just another American psycho.
November 14, 2006
"Harsh Times" is a tragedy whose finale is obvious right from the start.
November 14, 2006
As a character study it lacks characterization, and it's too predictable to be an effective cautionary tale.
November 13, 2006
Ayer's overly flashy direction epitomizes how the film never finds the right balance between too much and too little.
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.
November 11, 2006
Christian Bale, who also executive produced, has gone to the psycho well one too many times...
November 11, 2006
The movie's amusing moments are counterbalanced by a dark and dreary finale that effectively crushes the movie's mood.
November 11, 2006
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.
November 10, 2006
Harsh Times is so into its own nihilism, it sometimes forgets the humanity beneath the hurt.
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.
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.
November 10, 2006
Lacking soul, it plays as exploitation, not insight.
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.
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