Harsh Times Reviews

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November 10, 2006
Ayer romanticizes a certain type of true-grit persona and relies on actors tough enough to pull it off.
November 10, 2006
The slang, the modes of dress, even the styles of fighting all have a high degree of specificity that lifts the movie above most urban crime dramas.
November 10, 2006
The ending's rather predictable, unfortunately, but the wild ride there is worth it.
November 10, 2006
This is a powerful film that combines a number of 'what if' situations with some true tragic moments and even a number of oddly funny situations.
November 10, 2006
It takes only a small leap of imagination to get from Jim Davis to GI Steven Green, the 21-year-old alleged rapist-murderer...men like Jim are trying to unwind from something worse than a bad day at the office.
November 9, 2006
A series of great acting performances surrounded by a movie with no plot.
November 9, 2006
If you took out every swear word and all of the "homeys" and "dawgs," the rest of the dialogue would fit on a page or two.
November 9, 2006
This is the sort of intelligent, daring work the genre truly needs.
November 9, 2006
[A] sour but haunting tale.
November 9, 2006
[A] messy, exasperating, but fascinating excursion through the darker corners of neighborhoods at risk -- and of one man's mind.
November 9, 2006
If you're looking for a movie that's a testament to the beauty of the human spirit... don't go anywhere near 'Harsh Times.' If you like Christian Bale, on the other hand, you shouldn't miss it.
November 9, 2006
An alternately tough and ridiculous thriller.
November 9, 2006
These are guys searching for what it means to be a man--either a lover or a fighter--and discovering that their friendship will never be the same.
November 9, 2006
Few individuals who go off to war and experience its devastation and chaos return as the same person. This factor lies at the heart of what Harsh Times illustrates.
November 8, 2006
Bale is mesmerizing and Rodriguez keeps up with him as the whole unsafe contraption zooms.
November 6, 2006
A vivid but ultimately wearisome portrait of Los Angeles' violent underbelly, redeemed by a powerfully intense lead performance from Christian Bale.
November 2, 2006
"Harsh Times" is a modern and raw reflection of the disastrous effects of war on the soldiers that survive them and the potential danger they pose.
August 26, 2006
Harsh Times sneaks up on you.
August 19, 2006
A tough, foul-mouthed movie, both physically and emotionally violent.
August 18, 2006
Christian Bale proves yet again why he's one of Britain's best actors in this nightmarish, nasty but unforgettable thriller.
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