Hardcore (1979)

Set in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this film stars George C. Scott as Jake Van Dorn, a Calvinist minister whose daughter Kristen vanishes while on a church-sponsored field trip to California. After hiring a private investigator, Van Dorn… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1979
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Cole Smithey

Although flawed by a trope-filled ending, "Hardcore" is a fascinating social drama that makes scathing commentary about capitalism and America's puritanical pretenses.

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Scott Weinberg

A big throbbing stress-headache of a movie, but you won't be able to turn it off.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Strong internal drama.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Hardcore is a mess, but it's a fascinating mess, and it's held together by a galvanizing performance from George C. Scott, an actor so perpetually intense that one feels he might bust a blood vessel or 12 right up there on the screen.

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Though Hardcore's so-called gritty images do have the power to disturb, it's because we're intrinsically aware of their psychic scourge on the hero

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Hardcore is a vivid and convincing parable about the dangers of spiritual pride.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hardcore is a softcore porn film that needed to be hardcore to have street cred as a believable investigative film about the porn industry.

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Victoria Alexander

Schrader;s gritty NYC runaway thriller.

Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Scott gives a terrific performance

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A good thriller, very dramatic and cool, it really feels like the end of the 70s.
Patrick Dolan
To put it one way: It's Alice in Wonderland if Alice dove head first in the rabbit hole. Then say she gets rather involved as wonderland build to a frothy… More
Michael S
I can`t believe this has become so forgotten. It`s a great film and C. Scott gives one of his best performances.
James Bond, Jr.
This shit is crazy!
Alec Barniskis
I felt that a lot of it was Paul Schrader rehashing 'Taxi Driver', only with a more stable protagonist. That shouldn't suggest that its bad, as I… More
Christopher Brown
Disturbing flick with great performances. Schrader don't need no Scorcese to make a classic.