Hesher Reviews

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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.
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 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 14, 2011
... a promising concept gradually morphs into a predictable indie flick.
May 13, 2011
Some indie films seem to exist as exercises in strangeness, just to see how far they can go-and how long audiences will watch before screaming and running up the aisles. I stuck with Hesher till...
May 13, 2011
Like a knock-off of Chuck Palahniuk produced by people raised only on Sundance films, "Hesher" is a mess.
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.
May 13, 2011
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 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.
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.
May 12, 2011
Beyond the fact that Hesher is a character to be despised instead of admired, Hesher is distanced from its characters and their situation in its apathy toward them.
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.
May 12, 2011
Hesher is a muddle of inchoate feelings that never really grasps the clichs to which it raises its middle finger.
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.
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.
May 12, 2011
"Hesher" assembles a group of characters who aren't sure why they're in the same movie together.
May 12, 2011
Fit for the scrap heap which provides one of the heavy-handed visual motifs here.
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