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Harsh Times Reviews



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Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 83

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    Entertainment WeeklyLisa Schwarzbaum

    Bale is mesmerizing and Rodriguez keeps up with him as the whole unsafe contraption zooms.

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  • 75

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    ReelViewsJames Berardinelli

    Harsh Times occasionally echoes "Taxi Driver," Ayer's own "Training Day," and even "First Blood" in the way it examines the psychological disintegration of a character and the seduction of amorality.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood ReporterFrank Scheck

    The film's unrelenting bleakness and misanthropic tone is likely to be a turnoff to mainstream performances, but it provides its lead actor with another opportunity to display his riveting intensity.

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