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Hard Eight

Rated R for strong language, some violence and sexuality.

R In Theaters 02/28/1997 , 101min.
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Washington Post
Paul Thomas Anderson shows off the same sort of quirky smarts that Joel and Ethan Coen did in "Blood Simple." Full Review
James Berardinelli
There's something almost hypnotic about the way Hard Eight develops -- even in its slowest, most tedious moments, it keeps our attention. Full Review
Joe Leydon
Four excellent lead performances, vividly evoked ambience and a masterfully sustained mood of quiet desperation mark Sydney as an impressive piece of work. Full Review
John Anderson
Los Angeles Times
Anderson, who makes as impressive a directing debut as has been seen in some time, creates a perfectly modulated mystery that doesn't even feel like one. It's a character play, and Hall, Reilly and Paltrow are so convincingly damaged they take on the properties of fine china. Full Review
Keith Phipps
The Onion A.V. Club
One of the best films of the year. Full Review

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