Harsh Times Synopsis
A Gulf War veteran (Christian Bale) incites violence in Los Angeles.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
If Martin Scorsese were 30 and a Los Angeleno, he'd be making movies much like this one.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Bale is mesmerizing and Rodriguez keeps up with him as the whole unsafe contraption zooms.
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Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
Not since "To Live and Die in L.A" has there been such a raw, cynical vision of living and dying in L.A.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
With his ersatz-gangsta swagger, the once-again buff Bale gives it his all -- he's got to be the most committed actor in Hollywood -- but...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Bale brings intense energy (and a convincing American accent) to the proceedings, and the film manages to make this borderline Travis Bickle...
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By James Berardinelli
Harsh Times occasionally echoes "Taxi Driver," Ayer's own "Training Day," and even "First Blood" in the way it examines the psychological...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
All along, you know something terrible is going to happen, and when it does, you leave the theater shaken and deeply moved.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
The film's unrelenting bleakness and misanthropic tone is likely to be a turnoff to mainstream performances, but it provides its lead actor...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The result is an angry, violent mess of a movie with a central character threatening to implode right on the screen.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The real problem with Harsh Times is Jim himself. Bale goes at the part with his usual intensity, but the character still seems like a...
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Harsh Times indeed ! !

By bass4hw
I would love to give you all a review of this fine film. I would love to, but I can't! Why you may ask? Because I live in New Hampshire & the nearest theatre playing Harsh Times is in... East...

Decent Movie

By the truth
Good story, better then the 1 showing its getting in the theaters.  Would recomend if your not feeling the whole borat saga..........

An example of a movie where drugs and smoking make artistic sense

By tom3000
A common theme in my reviews is a strong distaste for movies that show smoking and/or drug use for no artistic purpose. This movie has drugs and smoking out the wazoo, but (a) the movie's subject is...


By 619boy531
It was better than i expected. Christian Bale did a great job as the character that he plays. It was another side of him that you've never seen. Freddy Rodriguez also did a good job. Eva Longoria is...

crazy movie

By millagorilla
this is a must see movie...

seriously misleading

By xibanezabuserx
when i first saw this movie trailer it looked like a sequel to training day in sorts .. with obvious differences ... what i felt i got was a stoner movie mixed with his inner demons of war. the only...

Good Movie

A really good movie!...

Not worth it.

By big97redtj
There has only been one other movie I have ever seen that I have walked out of the theater. This movie is lacking talent and purpose....

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Rated R | For strong violence, language and drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Complex, mature story of a Gulf War vet in crisis.
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