Hard Eight (Sydney)
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Hard Eight (Sydney)
Before his commercial breakthrough with Boogie Nights (1997), writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson made this low-key drama. John (John C. Reilly), a half-bright loser stranded in Reno, is down to his last few bucks when Sydney (Phillip Baker Hall), taking pity on him, buys him breakfast and offers him a few tips on making money in the casinos. Two years later, John has become Sydney's partner, but his lack of common sense goes from problematic to dangerous when he falls in love with Clementine (Gwyneth Paltrow), a cocktail waitress who isn't above turning a few tricks when she needs to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Anderson coaxes top-notch performances from the male leads and also from Gwyneth Paltrow."
‑ Kevin McManus, Washington Post
"It's hugely refreshing to watch a movie populated almost exclusively by character actors."
‑ Mary Brennan, Film.com
"A clever, confident debut from Paul Thomas Anderson and a showcase role for character actor Philip Baker Hall."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"This minor Vegas-set drama, about a loser and his older mentor, shows the features that will mark Anderson's better films: love for his characters, taut dialogue at the expense of plot, and fascination with the possibilities of the film medium."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A comedy without humor, a tragedy without emotion, and a story without meaning."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Has ... meaning and truth, not to mention scarred humanity."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"There's something almost hypnotic about the way Hard Eight develops -- even in its slowest, most tedious moments, it keeps our attention."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A near-classic in a minor key, and a must-see for fans of later work."
‑ Brett Ashley, Film4
"Estréia de Anderson, mostra que o diretor sempre teve talento para contar histórias, embora ainda não tivesse confiança o bastante para criar as belas tomadas e movimentos de câmera que marcam seus trabalhos posteriores."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"It is really little more than a small resonant mood piece whose hard-bitten characters are difficult to like. But within its self-imposed limitations, it accomplishes most of what it sets out to do."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Movies like Hard Eight remind me of what original, compelling characters the movies can sometimes give us."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...a low-key yet sporadically fascinating drama..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Suffice it to say that mood rules over story."
‑ , E! Online
"Anderson's screenplay is full of superb dialogue and has some unexpected twists."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
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