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Love the Hard Way Reviews

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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2003
Packed with characters wallowing in self-conscious cool that's as tedious as their anomie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 20, 2003
Such a volatile presence needs control, and director Peter Sehr doesn't fine-tune either the character or the performance enough to keep it from burning out and self-destructing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 26, 2003
so damn weird in refusing to go where one expects that it maintains interest - too bad it missed a chance at last minute redemption with a satisfying conclusion
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 9, 2003
"Love the Hard Way" looks low budget and any box office will be made from those interested in seeing Brody in his post "Pianist" role...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 15, 2004
To say the love story was hard to believe, is putting it mildly--it was impossible to fathom.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 4, 2003
I figure Brody chose his own hip-jutting, fashion-runway postures, little realizing at the time that he was about to punch a big-time ticket out of this indie palookaville.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 5, 2003
It's a posturing, pandering tale of sexual obsession in thrall to its own overweening self-importance.
| Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 5, 2003
The movie is of the sort that relies exclusively on charm and charisma. Love the Hard Way has neither.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 5, 2003
Loses tension (and ultimately credibility) as it wanders through three possible endings before grinding to a halt.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 5, 2003
Wildly uneven romantic drama.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 6, 2003
Desperately overblown 2001 melodrama.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 6, 2003
Full of bad dialogue, cheap locations, unbelievable situations and a lot of characters who have clearly spent too much time watching B-movies.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 19, 2003
[The story] is often overly simplistic when it is trying hardest for emotional complexity.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 11, 2003
Heartfelt but fatally overwrought romantic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
June 7, 2003
The film is as cliché-ridden as a rickshaw ride through Central Park, which is to say it tries hard to teach a tired formula new tricks.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 25, 2003
There must be some reason to worry over the fate of these people, but it's not in the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erich Scholz
Citysearch
June 6, 2003
The film's premise -- that the savvy student played by Charlotte Ayanna would get involved with this creep -- is a stretch at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
June 3, 2003
If this adaptation of Chinese punk-lit writer Wang Shuo's fiction doesn't survive its Bronx trick-out, you can't really blame Brody, whose luminous autodidact seems caught between camp and coolsville.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 6, 2003
The biggest flaw in Love the Hard Way is its total inability to coherently convey the passage of time.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 10, 2003
Brody has offbeat charisma, but it's no match for the corny dialogue he's given here, not to mention the Wild at Heart snakeskin jacket he wears.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
June 5, 2003

Boston Phoenix
August 2, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 8, 2003
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