July 12, 2020
Works as a solemn story about dealing with loss, tragedy, and disappointment, primarily because Gordon-Levitt's character bridges the gap between laughter and tears.
June 10, 2020
Joseph Gordon-Levitt absolutely steals the show as a pranky, rude, anarchical antichrist figure...
April 2, 2020
I love the film, the character of Hesher, and the fascinating and entertaining yarn told by writer/director Spencer Susser. I feel that the script is a genius piece of writing.
November 16, 2019
Surprising, entertaining, unconventional, irreverant, crass and at times very vulgar, Hesher is something, and someone, new and different that just explodes with life...and love.
January 8, 2019
Gordon-Levitt never puts in a bad performance, and he carries this film as easily as he's done any other.
February 6, 2018
Perhaps more interesting than outright entertaining, Hesher is something of an acquired taste.
September 27, 2017
A quirky film that's served well by its great cast, but not enough to impress me that it had any depth.
June 2, 2013
An unlikeable main character and a weak narrative flow turn Hesher into a mediocre film.
June 6, 2011
Fortunately, there's enough humor in all this to counteract the exploitation of weird logic and audacious coincidence.
May 26, 2011
Susser cowrote the script, which relies on moments of profanity and impulsive violence to elicit terse little laughs and a melodramatic backstory to signal emotional resonance.
May 22, 2011
Powered by a character at once original and representational, Hesher courses with a unique verve missing in many independent productions, hovering somewhere between outright success and 'interesting failure.'
May 20, 2011
Since [Gordon-Levitt's] one of the most energetic and inventive young actors in the business, you can't take your eyes off him. Unfortunately, the quality of the material makes you wish you could.
May 20, 2011
While it arrives decorated with cooler hair and a louder soundtrack, it still sticks to the "Unusual Outsider Teaches Middle-Class People What It Means to Really Live" template.
May 17, 2011
Gordon-Levitt ... gets to play the opposite of his usual put-upon nice-guy roles - and he runs with it, to the point of making Hesher downright scary a lot of the time. The rest of the cast keeps up with him, in their less flashy roles.
May 15, 2011
The strength of Hesher is its acting. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is back to drawing on his natural power as an actor. He's skilled at creating absorbing human trainwrecks.
May 14, 2011
... a promising concept gradually morphs into a predictable indie flick.
May 14, 2011
Joseph Gordon-Levitt must be especially glad for this film to see the light of day, because his performance is award-worthy, a complete inhabiting of as unique a personality as you'll encounter in film.
May 13, 2011
...darkly funny and refreshingly blunt, giving a big middle finger to conventionality, and offering a rebel yell that's hard to ignore.