Harsh Times
Harsh Times (2006)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 10, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite a dedicated performance by Christian Bale, Harsh Times suffers from a heavy-handed and overly bleak plot.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Endless scenes of the two guys riding along, venting and cursing and chugging beers play like acting-class exercises, badly written ones at that.

Brian Holcomb

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Ayer makes his directing debut with Harsh Times, which is so relentlessly grim that it occasionally goes over the top and invites derision.

Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Harsh Times is so into its own nihilism, it sometimes forgets the humanity beneath the hurt.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

For a neophyte director, Ayer displays a lot of style.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

just like its protagonist, Harsh Times is fatally flawed, but in a manner that still remains compelling to watch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
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three stars
Bethany Murphy
It was quite a good film, it takes a while to really get into but when Christian Bale's character starts to lose the plot you become a little more… More
Albert Kim
I was excited to watch Harsh Times cause 1) They had Christian Bale 2) Gritty crime drama Wow.. this movie was crap. The plot was one of the most dull plots to… More
Cynthia S.
Not my favorite Christian Bale movie, that's for sure. Bale goes way over the top playing an unlikeable, obnoxious, arrogant, self destructive idiot. All… More
Bruce Bruce
This film just didn't capture me, but it might be a hit for you, a out of control ex gulf war veteran returns home to find a job in law enforcement and he… More
Dean King
This film does feel like it's on auto pilot for a lot of the time. The first 3/4 of the film are just a couple of days in the life of a couple of friends,… More