Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    May 12, 2011
    Speaking of that middle-finger finale, there is one redeeming trait: At least it signals the end credits.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 12, 2011
    Hesher is about as awful as independent films get, a mix of ugliness and unearned sentiment, with a flat story, repellent and pathetic characters and dialogue that consists of lots of stammering and cursing.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 12, 2011
    For the rest of his life, Spencer Susser can brag to the other ditch diggers that he persuaded two of the best young actors in Hollywood to star in one of the worst movies ever made.
  4. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    May 12, 2011
    It's all quirk, posturing, attitude, and needless exertion signifying nothing beyond its own sad need to impress.
  5. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    May 10, 2011
    Only the great Piper Laurie delivers dollar value. Otherwise, Hesher is to movies what graffiti is to a rotting fence.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 13, 2011
    Any way you slice it, writer-director Spencer Susser's movie is bad company, full of wanna-be-outrageous anecdotes from the fringe.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 12, 2011
    You see, this character, who is given no back story, is Life with a capital L. He is the Forneys' guardian angel who rouses them out of their funk. Given the movie's U-turn into allegory, maybe he's supposed to be a punk Jesus. Not even Mr. Gordon-Levitt's unremittingly savage performance can begin to salvage such hokum.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Feb 23, 2013
    Hesher is a strange story that only works because of a terrific cast. The story follows a family who is suffering from a tragic loss. A mysterious stranger shows up and takes refuge in their garage and in his own twisted, up way, tries to help. That's what we were told, but I didn't see Hesher as anything more than a nuisance to the them. It's unbelievable that no one would have called the cops on this guy! Anyway, ignoring the weak story and obvious plot holes, this movie was good because of its cast, plain and simple. JGL continues to be the most under-appreciated talent in Hollywood. I guess that's what happens when you start out on a sitcom. Newcomer Devin Brochu in his first major role was amazing as TJ, he's gonna be a big star one day. Even Natalie Portman, who I don't usually like, was great! Hesher isn't the best story ever written, at times it's slow, at others it just doesn't click, but the amazingly talented cast manages to keep your interest and makes this one worth seeing. Full Review »
  2. Jan 19, 2013
    A film that seemed to contain a morale deep within. But after all the chaotic events that unfold in the end, it seemed unclear as to who and why the film was made for. Full Review »
  3. Jan 4, 2013
    I liked it, meanwhile I think a 10-rating is way too much.
    This movie got some very funny scenes and the characters play very well, but the
    story could be a bit better.
    So if you don't expect too much story from this movie, you'll like it.
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