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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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Bale is mesmerizing and Rodriguez keeps up with him as the whole unsafe contraption zooms.
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75

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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75

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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75

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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75

ReelViews

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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75

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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50

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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50

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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38

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...

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...

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..........

PRETTY SICK

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

By QQQ
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 not for kids Complex, mature story of a Gulf War vet in crisis.
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