Harsh Times
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An unstable Gulf War veteran with a savior complex receives a shocking wake-up call upon returning stateside and accepting a position with the Department of Homeland Security in the directorial debut of Training Day screenwriter David Ayer. Jim (Christian Bale) is a Gulf War veteran who believes his sworn duty to protect his fellow Americans extends to the streets of Los Angeles, and he longs to fulfill his destiny by joining the LAPD. Rejected by the force and left to ponder his future with his impoverished Mexican paramour -- whom he had intended on bringing to the city after joining the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Harsh Times is an hour-by-hour diary of two crazy, unreliable, irresponsible dudes trying to find a way to fit into the same society they hate, facing one hurdle after another until they appear to butcher half of Los Angeles."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Endless scenes of the two guys riding along, venting and cursing and chugging beers play like acting-class exercises, badly written ones at that."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A crazy little film, modest in its scope but grand in its ambition. It paints it's story in loud primary colors, with intense pressure cooker characterizations."
‑ Brian Holcomb, CinemaBlend.com
"A movie that seems gritty and pointless for its first third, begins to grow in meaning as the pointlessness snowballs into absurdity and then tragedy."
‑ Michael Wade Simpson, culturevulture.net
"A gritty, automobile-intensive, buddy flick rather reminiscent of director David Ayer's similarly amoral Training Day."
‑ Kam Williams, BlackFilm.com
"Jim is such a psycho and Mike is such a patsy, we don't care about these guys. We've seen dozens of more interesting head cases in dozens of smarter films."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Ayer makes his directing debut with Harsh Times, which is so relentlessly grim that it occasionally goes over the top and invites derision."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"HARSH TIMES is a portrait of a male-dominated world and inChristian Bale's fierce performance, Ayer has found the perfect actor. It's just unfortunate that the screenplay feels like a left-over from an era that has passed."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"It's an amazing performance, one of the best of the year, with Bale truly making you believe in this over-the-top character."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"Harsh Times is dark and brutal, not the kind of film that lures a large audience or garners awards, although it deserves both."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Harsh Times is so into its own nihilism, it sometimes forgets the humanity beneath the hurt."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"For a neophyte director, Ayer displays a lot of style."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"just like its protagonist, Harsh Times is fatally flawed, but in a manner that still remains compelling to watch."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Por alguns instantes, o filme parece ter algo relevante a dizer sobre a desumanização provocada pela guerra ou o niilismo de uma geração entediada e descrente, mas constatamos que quer apenas chocar, desperdiçando as ótimas atuações de Bale e Rodriguez."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The mix of black humor and pitiless drama makes for a very effective cinematic slow burn"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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