Hesher Reviews

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May 12, 2011
Hesher has its genuinely affecting scenes, but too much of the time it feels false and shallow.
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.
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.
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.
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...
May 11, 2011
Warts and all, "Hesher" is still a good shot in the arm.
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.
May 11, 2011
Only the great Piper Laurie delivers dollar value. Otherwise, Hesher is to movies what graffiti is to a rotting fence.
May 10, 2011
Sundancey redemption-trajectory aside, the film is often unsentimentally tough and committed.
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.
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.
January 26, 2010
Moviegoers will have to admit the movie is true to itself.
January 26, 2010
Gordon-Levitt's Hesher is raw destruction and aggro comedy punctuated with a blast of crunching metal.
January 25, 2010
Hesher is a risky gambit that's pleasingly provocative.
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.
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