Harsh Times

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24

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  1. 38
    The real problem with Harsh Times is Jim himself. Bale goes at the part with his usual intensity, but the character still seems like a psycho without psychology or a soul.
  2. Harsh Times contains exactly 30 seconds of novelty.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Apr 25, 2016
    5
    Harsh Times is an interesting film that I would say is decisively average. On one hand, it is a brilliant character study into a truly damagedHarsh Times is an interesting film that I would say is decisively average. On one hand, it is a brilliant character study into a truly damaged man's mind and the horrific things he experienced. In many ways, this and The Deer Hunter and truly the gold standard of making me feel like I have PTSD myself. Christian Bale is fantastic in capturing this broken man's essence and the problems facing him. Yet, on the flip side, the film seems more content to show its two main characters just messing around and drinking while furthering your hatred for them. Harsh Times is clearly not a believer in creating protagonists that the viewer likes. Though they may be flawed, protagonists should still be somewhat sympathetic. Here, you just want him to get his just desserts. This element really holds back the film as well as the pure joylessness. Obviously a dark film, I have no problem with dark films but here, even when they party they seem to not enjoy themselves. This film is pitch dark. Overall, Harsh Times is an entertaining crime drama/psychological drama, but fails to create sympathetic leads and sputters out of control with its compelling premise. Full Review »
  2. Jan 25, 2015
    10
    Christian Bale arrasa na atuação como Jim Davis um ex-soldado sem emprego e mergulhado na merda. Um típico Scarface mostrando alguém que caíChristian Bale arrasa na atuação como Jim Davis um ex-soldado sem emprego e mergulhado na merda. Um típico Scarface mostrando alguém que caí na desgraça completa.
    Freddy Rodriguez também está ótimo como Mike Alonzo o grande amigo de Jim. Terry Crews é fenomenal numa performance de única curta cena. Eva Longoria está excelente também. E Tammy Trull também excelente como a gostosa mexicana Marta. Ótimo filme.
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  3. Aug 28, 2014
    6
    This movie just barely deserves all the three stars in my book. But that's my honest opinion: I'm sure someone else enjoys this movie moreThis movie just barely deserves all the three stars in my book. But that's my honest opinion: I'm sure someone else enjoys this movie more than I did.

    Altogether, this was a disturbing experience. While Bale's performance was strong, no doubt, it was also... totally out of it. The war has **** his character Jim up in the worst of ways, and while he fights to find his footing in the real world, he gets totally lost. Wrong people offering him a job, and he takes it, although it wasn't even what he wanted.

    His friend Mike (Rodriguez) is trying to find a job, but getting drunk/high instead of handing out applications is so much more fun. He gets busted, of course, which almost ruins his relationship with his girlfriend. Still, he remains the conscience of this movie to the end.

    All in all, the acting is pretty great. I just didn't like the way this whole movie seemed to be high on something. The plot was vague, and I just didn't find that something in this movie that I usually like in a film.
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