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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Tense and compelling, with the added charm of a mischievous spirit. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Like many dreams that enliven filmmakers' nights, this one derives from other, better films, though it does have a few clever twists. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    I may be wrong, but I think Guy Pearce is wearing Nicole Kidman's false nose in The Hard Word. Whatever it is that's on his face, it looks like a dead cod and won't win him an Oscar. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This movie could obviously go on fooling us forever, but we are good sports only up to a point, and then our attention drifts. Shame, since there's so much good stuff in it, like how effortlessly Rachel Griffiths keeps two tough guys completely at her mercy. show more

  • 63
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Some of the plot points are confusingly vague, the tone lurches wildly between genres, and the film's epilogue pushes the bounds of believability - but The Hard Word could never be accused of being predictable. show more

  • 50
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    This Australian production pairs two always-watchable actors, Guy Pearce and Rachel Griffiths, yet never compels us to feel a thing. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The film would work better if its story unfolded more swiftly and if its twists were more unexpected. The acting is solid, though. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Wonderful characters, these three, and The Hard Word never figures out what to do with them. show more

  • 50
    Premiere

    Since the story really is about nothing more than who ends up with which bag of money, those eccentric details--that cow, the butchers' language--don't feel organic, but rather cosmetic. They're glamour to conceal the mundane. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    A blackly comic, neo-noir heist picture, Australian screenwriter Scott Roberts's directing debut fairly oozes strenuous eccentricity. show more

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