Hard Eight Synopsis
A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.
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The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
One of the best films of the year.
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100

Los Angeles Times

By John Anderson
Anderson, who makes as impressive a directing debut as has been seen in some time, creates a perfectly modulated mystery that doesn't even...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Movies like Hard Eight remind me of what original, compelling characters the movies can sometimes give us.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
We accept the sincerity and altruistic motives of the aging loner he (Philip Baker Hall) portrays in this consciously spare Nevada-set...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
There's something almost hypnotic about the way Hard Eight develops -- even in its slowest, most tedious moments, it keeps our attention.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson crafts a plot of manipulation and chance, in which some zigs and zags are more convincing than others....
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Russell Smith
Hall, one of our least appreciated great actors, is mesmerizing as Sydney.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The plot is bare-bones stuff, weak in story line and bereft of motivation.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Ultimately, the material is so familiar that it's hard to work up any enthusiasm for another trip though the seamy underside of glittering...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Noirish thrillers live or die by their plot twists and dialogue -- talk literally being cheap compared to action shots. Unfortunately, the...
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