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Love the Hard Way (2003)



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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.more
Rating: R (for sexual content, language and violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Sehr, Marie Noelle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 28, 2003
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Jon Seda
as Charlie
Pam Grier
as Linda Fox
Joey Kern
as Fitzgerald
Dave Simmonds
as Librarian
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Critic Reviews for Love the Hard Way

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (25)

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

September 20, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

One of those films where great acting and occasionally brilliant dialogue attempt to overcome an unbelievable plot and a cowardly Hollywood ending.

September 12, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Brody pulls the juggling act off -- bringing to mind some riveting cinematic misfits before him, from Brando to McQueen to Pacino.

August 1, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

There must be some reason to worry over the fate of these people, but it's not in the movie.

Full Review… | July 25, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

Heartfelt but fatally overwrought romantic melodrama.

Full Review… | July 11, 2003
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.

Full Review… | June 27, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Love the Hard Way

A tragic love story with too much tragedy and not enough love.

Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer


An interesting movie! Adrien Brody and Charlotte Ayanna are phenomenal. Intriguing story plot, but sad and tragic.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

Gritty and weirdly real and unreal at the same time. Brody's character and his desperation to connect with others (and his inability to do this in a non-douchey way) is actually really lovely and delicately done. His performance is very cool. The film kind of goes off the deep end, but I can appreciate the unconventionality of it. SIDENOTE: Is this really what it looked like in 2003? Because that shit looks like it was shot in the 90's...

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