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Love the Hard Way Reviews

September 20, 2003
Feels like it was crafted by an outsider, with the cliche-filled dialogue reading like a rough translation.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 12, 2003
One of those films where great acting and occasionally brilliant dialogue attempt to overcome an unbelievable plot and a cowardly Hollywood ending.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 1, 2003
Brody pulls the juggling act off -- bringing to mind some riveting cinematic misfits before him, from Brando to McQueen to Pacino.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
July 11, 2003
Heartfelt but fatally overwrought romantic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 27, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
June 27, 2003
A dark, uneven character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 25, 2003
Brody creates exactly the taunting demi-monster who could inveigle Claire.
June 20, 2003
[Brody] can be proud of his work here, and the movie is better than just a pre-stardom curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 19, 2003
[The story] is often overly simplistic when it is trying hardest for emotional complexity.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 12, 2003
Packed with characters wallowing in self-conscious cool that's as tedious as their anomie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 12, 2003
The pair have little chemistry: Ayanna is a lovely girl with a sweet smile and a fine pout, but she simply can't match the soul shining from Brody's big brown windows.
June 11, 2003
The cool, detached German director lacks the kind of warmth needed to bring such characters to life.
June 9, 2003
[W]orth seeing mainly for Brody's electric performance ...
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.
June 6, 2003
Desperately overblown 2001 melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 5, 2003
Wildly uneven romantic drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 5, 2003
Loses tension (and ultimately credibility) as it wanders through three possible endings before grinding to a halt.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 5, 2003
The movie is of the sort that relies exclusively on charm and charisma. Love the Hard Way has neither.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 5, 2003
It's a posturing, pandering tale of sexual obsession in thrall to its own overweening self-importance.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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+
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.