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This contemporary film noir is an international endeavor with key creative forces hailing from China, Germany, and the United States. It is based on the Chinese novel Yoban shi huoyan she hai shu (Fire and Ice) by subversive writer Wang Shuo, who has been called a "corruptor of youth" by critics in his native land. German screenwriter/director Peter Sehr fell in love with the novel and chose to adapt it as a film set in New York City. For Sehr, the location best represents a contrast of "people and light" that compliments the film's subject matter, a dark love story… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

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"Feels like it was crafted by an outsider, with the cliche-filled dialogue reading like a rough translation."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"There must be some reason to worry over the fate of these people, but it's not in the movie."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"To say the love story was hard to believe, is putting it mildly--it was impossible to fathom."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"It's a mostly clichéd story about a good girl who falls for a bad boy and believes that their love is strong enough to make him change his ways. When has that ever worked -- in real life or the movies?"
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"One of those films where great acting and occasionally brilliant dialogue attempt to overcome an unbelievable plot and a cowardly Hollywood ending."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Heartfelt but fatally overwrought romantic melodrama."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The biggest flaw in Love the Hard Way is its total inability to coherently convey the passage of time."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
""Love the Hard Way" looks low budget and any box office will be made from those interested in seeing Brody in his post "Pianist" role..."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Annoying as it is in some ways, is worth seeing for Brody's performance alone."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Brody pulls the juggling act off -- bringing to mind some riveting cinematic misfits before him, from Brando to McQueen to Pacino."
‑ Misha Berson, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Though the lanky, dreamy-eyed Brody shows range, he's got a dorky quality that's hard to dismiss -- his strutting his stuff sends eyes rolling."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"so damn weird in refusing to go where one expects that it maintains interest - too bad it missed a chance at last minute redemption with a satisfying conclusion"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Brody's performance as Jack is about as good as that which won him the Oscar for The Pianist."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
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