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Hesher Reviews

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June 2, 2013
An unlikeable main character and a weak narrative flow turn Hesher into a mediocre film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 12, 2011
"Hesher" assembles a group of characters who aren't sure why they're in the same movie together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2011
Rather than a character rooted in some sort of reality -- social, satirical, psychological, take your pick -- Hesher is an abstract notion animated by false energy.
May 8, 2011
The guitar solos blasting from Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sullen, arson-prone wasteoid's van can't drown out the dominant bleat of indie-therapy whine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 14, 2011
... a promising concept gradually morphs into a predictable indie flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
May 13, 2011
At a future date, when some grad student writes a thesis on 'Wild Men of the Subconscious in Popular Culture,' there will certainly be a special place for 'Hesher.' Just as long as it stays there and is never in front of my eyes again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 25, 2010
The problem with the script by Susser and David Michod, working from a story by Brian Charles Frank, is that Hesher's uncouth behavior is so aggressively pushed to single-minded, crudely exploitative effect.
May 12, 2011
Artifice is rodeo clowning for the script's flaws, with huge gaps of character development lost to a film that would rather stay on Hesher and his staring contests than tell a full-throated story.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
May 9, 2011
The movie's piling on of miseries blurs the boundaries of goopy sincerity and cynical marketing; the calculated dose of daring melts into hearts-and-flowers sentiment.
March 20, 2011
[VIDEO] "Hesher" is an experimental film that attempts to be transgressive. It isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 13, 2011
Like a knock-off of Chuck Palahniuk produced by people raised only on Sundance films, "Hesher" is a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 12, 2011
One by one the wheels start to come off, and before it's over you're working on your own metaphors for when the film fell apart instead of cleaving to those Susser is half-committing to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 12, 2011
Hesher's such a mystery that he seems like a device (bong hits with Grandma, really?), and the same goes double for [Portman's character].
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2011
Hesher has its genuinely affecting scenes, but too much of the time it feels false and shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 12, 2011
It's unflinching stuff, and might have worked if there were a reason for any of it. Levitt, Portman and Wilson work hard to infuse the film with some likeability.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 12, 2011
Not even Mr. Gordon-Levitt's unremittingly savage performance can begin to salvage such hokum.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 12, 2011
[Gordon-Levitt gives] a fearsome and giddily unhinged performance in a movie that isn't entirely sure what to do with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2011
"Hesher" is about as awful as independent films get, a mix of ugliness and unearned sentiment, with a flat story, repellent and pathetic characters and dialogue that consists of lots of stammering and cursing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2011
Gordon-Levitt is a sly and inventive actor, and it can be genuinely fun to watch him having so much fun. But this character wears out his welcome fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 12, 2011
the film really picks up whenever Gordon-Levitt appears
| Original Score: 3/5
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