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Hesher Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 13, 2011
Bad role models sometimes make the most interesting movie characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 13, 2011
When the blessed credits finally roll, the first thing Susser shows us is Hesher's tattoo of a raised middle finger. Backatcha, dude.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 12, 2011
A grim little drama that seems to exist in order to give the talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman a chance to look extra-scruffy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 12, 2011
Not even Mr. Gordon-Levitt's unremittingly savage performance can begin to salvage such hokum.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 12, 2011
What does he want? Where does he come from? Director Spencer Susser appears too intoxicated by the title character to risk peering beyond the enigmatic surface for fear of losing some of his mystery, as mystery is all Hesher has.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 12, 2011
Writer-director Spencer Susser and cowriter David Michod generate fresh hells at a surreally rapid clip but cop out with an incongruously sentimental ending.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 12, 2011
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is riveting as the title character, an ambiguous, intriguing mentor/menace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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May 12, 2011
Director Spencer Susser doesn't try to make Hesher anything other than a sociopath - a walking, profanity-spewing id - and to his credit, neither does Gordon-Levitt.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
May 11, 2011
Impressive influences all, but Susser's first film feels like an original -- imperfect but often fresh and true, and a worthy showcase for a star on the rise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 11, 2011
Hesher, whose arrival on screen is almost always heralded by a demonic speed-metal riff, is a delinquent sociopath with a heart of gold. That's the false, rather cloying concept behind this smug indie dud...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
May 11, 2011
Warts and all, "Hesher" is still a good shot in the arm.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
May 11, 2011
Hesher finds uncommon sympathy for people at loose ends, and although Hesher himself is sentimentalized and backhandedly inspiring, he never softens into an actual role model.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 11, 2011
Only the great Piper Laurie delivers dollar value. Otherwise, Hesher is to movies what graffiti is to a rotting fence.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 10, 2011
Sundancey redemption-trajectory aside, the film is often unsentimentally tough and committed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
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.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2010
Moviegoers will have to admit the movie is true to itself.
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
January 26, 2010
Gordon-Levitt's Hesher is raw destruction and aggro comedy punctuated with a blast of crunching metal.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.