Love the Hard Way

Critics Consensus

Love the Hard Way pits an intriguing ensemble against a cliché-riddled storyline, and the actors lose -- along with the audience.



Total Count: 43


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Claire, a brilliant student, seeks answers to the meaning of life in the calm of her biology laboratory. One day, she meets a mysterious young man, Jack, at the cinema, and is intrigued by his style, assurance and audacity. Apart from his artistic activities, Jack has a regular scam going, ripping off foreign businessmen with his loyal mate Charlie and two actresses. But his tough guy exterior conceals a secret passion for old books, and he dreams of writing a novel one day. Jack falls hard for Claire's purity and curiosity. An unusual romance develops between them. But Jack is scared of their growing intimacy and rejects Claire, withdrawing into his shell. Abandoned and confused, Claire gradually begins to neglect her studies and embarks on a spiraling course of self-destruction, whilst Jack, who tries to ignore her, concentrates on his criminal activities. However, a sharp detective, named Linda Fox, is following his dodgy tracks.

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Critic Reviews for Love the Hard Way

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (22)

  • Feels like it was crafted by an outsider, with the cliche-filled dialogue reading like a rough translation.

    Sep 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/4
  • One of those films where great acting and occasionally brilliant dialogue attempt to overcome an unbelievable plot and a cowardly Hollywood ending.

    Sep 12, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • Brody pulls the juggling act off -- bringing to mind some riveting cinematic misfits before him, from Brando to McQueen to Pacino.

    Aug 1, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
  • There must be some reason to worry over the fate of these people, but it's not in the movie.

    Jul 25, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Heartfelt but fatally overwrought romantic melodrama.

    Jul 11, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • As character studies of Jack and Claire, it is daring and inventive, and worthy of comparison with the films of a French master of criminal psychology like Jean-Pierre Melville.

    Jun 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love the Hard Way

  • Jan 05, 2010
    A tragic love story with too much tragedy and not enough love.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2008
    An interesting movie! Adrien Brody and Charlotte Ayanna are phenomenal. Intriguing story plot, but sad and tragic.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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