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Hesher Reviews

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June 6, 2011
Fortunately, there's enough humor in all this to counteract the exploitation of weird logic and audacious coincidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 20, 2011
Headbangs straight into your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 13, 2011
Director/co-scenarist Spencer Susser has a definite feel for Hesher and T.J.'s little corner of the world.
May 13, 2011
Happily, Hesher never lays things out too clearly. Just as you never know where he came from, it's hard to grasp where he's going, or even what he's doing in the moment. But you know he fits somewhere. And that's satisfaction enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 13, 2011
Hesher himself [is] a mysterious, magnetic, repellent, and alluring figure... It's quite an astonishing performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 13, 2011
In his feature directorial debut, Spencer Susser establishes a deadpan, lost, grungy quality, the perfect place where a creature like Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) might have evolved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 13, 2011
[Susser] keeps us on our toes, and even when his choices seem flashier than they need to be, there's a reason for them.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 13, 2011
Bad role models sometimes make the most interesting movie characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2011
Unlike many films that hope to be called black comedy, it does not skimp on either the black or the comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 12, 2011
A dark, weird, and wholly unique comedy that uses a bucketful of obscenity to help the sweetness go down.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 12, 2011
Susser, who wrote the film with David Michod, has a kinetic filmmaking style and an impish, crash-and-burn sense of humor that keeps sentiment at bay long enough to let us appreciate the loose, uncomplicated performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 12, 2011
As played by the spectacular Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hesher is the id run rampant. Even when the script edges him into Hallmark sentiment, you can't take your eyes off him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2011
As equal parts tough, touching and resolute as the renegade saving-grace of the title, "Hesher" is an uncommonly perceptive cinematic revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 12, 2011
As director Spencer Susser's movie unfolds, the heart reveals itself to be less and less sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 12, 2011
The performances, especially by Wilson and Laurie as the grandmother, keep Susser's earnest effort afloat. Consider it a promise of things to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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