• Released
  • June 6, 2003
  • Romantic Drama
    Post-Noir (Modern Noir)
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Not perfect; a vice cop played by Pam Grier is oddly conceived and unlikely in action, and the movie doesn't seem to know how to end. But as character studies of Jack and Claire, it is daring and inventive, and worthy of comparison with the films of a French master of criminal psychology like Jean-Pierre Melville.
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Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Writer-director Peter Sehr displays obvious directing talent, especially in his use of nonlinear love scenes. He shows the coupling, the approach and release all at once, out of order, mixing the entire seduction ritual into one fluid montage.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Adrien Brody completists will appreciate Love the Hard Way, if only as an example of the kind of self-conscious, brat-noir projects their man probably won't be doing anymore.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film's final scenes are among its silliest, unfortunately.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Wildly uneven romantic drama.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Low-budget, oddly cast and strictly indie all the way.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
None of it is enough, though, to save this glum drama from its schematic self.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Brody does have a mesmerizing presence and is the only reason to see a film that likely would have gone straight to video if he hadn't won that Oscar for "The Pianist."
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Brody has offbeat charisma, but it's no match for the corny dialogue he's given here, not to mention the "Wild at Heart" snakeskin jacket he wears.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
To shine in a turd like this shows Brody has the stuff that -- damn the Oscar jinx -- makes an actor last.
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42 out of 100
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