Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
As played by the spectacular Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hesher is the id run rampant.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a fearsome and giddily unhinged performance in a movie that isn't entirely sure what to do with it.
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By Michelle Orange
Portman is also a producer of Hesher; it is the first of her new company's films. It's not too tough to see what might have drawn a producer to the project: The story's mix of the mythical and the mundane has become an indie staple, and Hesher's edge might have proved artful instead of shredding everything in its path. For any actress, however, the part of Nicole is embarrassingly thin.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Too dark for a very broad audience, it will flummox some viewers drawn by its cast but will strike others with its more-than-prickly approach and standoffish humor.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Hesher has its genuinely affecting scenes, but too much of the time it feels false and shallow.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As the checkout girl everyone's got a crush on, Natalie Portman makes a winsome return to her "Garden State" gawkiness.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Rather than a character rooted in some sort of reality-social, satirical, psychological, take your pick-Hesher is an abstract notion animated by false energy.
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Speaking of that middle-finger finale, there is one redeeming trait: At least it signals the end credits.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Hesher is about as awful as independent films get, a mix of ugliness and unearned sentiment, with a flat story, repellent and pathetic characters and dialogue that consists of lots of stammering and cursing.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Any way you slice it, writer-director Spencer Susser's movie is bad company, full of wanna-be-outrageous anecdotes from the fringe.
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45 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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