Hesher Synopsis
A grief-stricken boy finds a role model in an anarachist.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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I can't remember the last time I laughed this much at the movies.

By indiegoernyc
Incredible performances!!! Loved every bit of it....

Hardcore and heartfelt!

By earthdragon
A heartfelt, human drama that's also hilarious and vulgar the whole way through! Solid flick - see it. This is as unique and original as they come....


By BHS1963
Surprisingly funny & entertaining!!! Loved it! It's not for children or anyone mildly prudish-but the audience in the Village in NYC had a hilarious laugh out loud experience with some applause at...

Not bad....

By WickedTight666
I think the movie was pretty good. Don't let the A-list actors fool you, this is still an indie flick so don't expect anything spectacular. Great acting by Gordon-Levitt, this guy is something...

By jmbuytaert

By ricearoni

Awesome Movie!!

By christybell
My husband and I both loved this movie. It was incredible. I laughed and I cried, and it had a great ending. I highly recommend it! The acting was great and it was well written. It is a very good...

By szadkowski


By SethIsAwesome
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a great actor, he really falls into the character of Hesher and provides a twist and turn of craziness in the movie. This is proof that there are still good movies out there...


By devinbriggs
Really funny and an awesome story.I loved it....

More Info

Rated R | For Disturbing violent behavior, sexual content including graphic dialgoue, pervasive language and drug content - some in the presence of a child
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Coming-of-age dramedy is too dark, edgy for kids.
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