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  • Summary: The story of the unlikely romance that develops between a con man, Jack (Brody), and a Columbia biology grad student, Claire (Ayanna).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. 75
    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.
  2. 70
    Their relationship is so subtly inflected with fear, envy, and self-loathing on both sides of the class divide that I was drawn in nonetheless. Brody is a compelling presence throughout.
  3. It's too little Grier too late, but it's also fairly satisfying to watch.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Doesn't ring true as a love story between a cocky scam artist and a clever biology student, despite a game effort by Charlotte Ayanna in an impossible role and Adrien Brody at his loosest.
  5. Although Love the Hard Way is saturated with a doomed romanticism that feels more fictitious than real, the actors lend the movie a potency that it would not have had otherwise.
  6. 40
    If this adaptation of Chinese punk-lit writer Wang Shuo's fiction doesn't survive its Bronx trick-out, you can't really blame Brody, whose luminous autodidact seems caught between camp and coolsville.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. jamies
    Apr 8, 2008
    i loved this movie.i'm sick to death of the average love story.i couldnt stop watching it i even bought it.brody is great,this is the first time ive seen himand i want more. Expand

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