The Hard Word
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Three brothers who would argue that crime does pay have a hard time getting their fair share of the proceeds in this witty action thriller from Australia. Dale Twentyman (Guy Pearce) and his brothers, Mal (Damien Richardson) and Shane (Joel Edgerton), are serving time together in prison for robbery. Dale is the brains and the cool head of the group, Mal is the eager-to-please nice guy, and Shane is something of a loose cannon. Dale and his siblings are eager to get out of jail, and their lawyer, Frank Malone (Robert Taylor), has pulled a deal that could pare some time off their sentences,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

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"It is at most a middling effort."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Just when you think you've got it all figured out, there's another disorienting jolt."
‑ Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News
"Undemanding derivative caper film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Every heist movie trope is trotted out and given an Australian accent."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Not everything works... but Roberts' knack for realistic action, hard-bitten dialogue and finding humor in unexpected places keeps your attention to the finish."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The movie-jaded will dismiss The Hard Word as just another slick heist flick with a band of burglar buddies. Too bad for their cynical souls. They'll be missing a grand (theft) time."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"'Amiable' is an odd way to describe a crime drama that contains wall-spattering amounts of bloodshed, but it fits The Hard Word."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A nearly unrecognizable Guy Pearce gives a solid performance in an otherwise forgettable film"
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"The film seems unsure what it wants to be about, only that it wants to be edgy while it's doing it."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"The movie wants to be provocative but just comes off trashy."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Roberts stuffs the film with clever twists that keep us one step behind the plot, which is where you want to be in a heist picture."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A Tarantino-esque mishmash of tough crime cliches spit out in Aussie accents."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"You always get the feeling here that Roberts never actually knows where he's going with it."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"This Aussie thriller is all about characters -- interesting characters, and several of them could hold a movie on their own."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The three Twentyman brothers are so good at stealing stuff you wonder why they couldn't have swiped a better heist movie."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
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