Hesher (2011)

Loud music. Pornography. Burning **** to the ground. These are a few of Hesher's favorite things. And they are what Hesher (Joseph Gordon Levitt) brings into the lives of TJ (Devin Brochu) and his father, Paul (Rainn Wilson) when he… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 13, 2011
DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It has a dark sense of humor and a refreshing lack of sentimentality, but like its title character, Hesher isn't really interested in going anywhere.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Happily, Hesher never lays things out too clearly. Just as you never know where he came from, it's hard to grasp where he's going, or even what he's doing in the moment. But you know he fits somewhere. And that's satisfaction enough.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Bad role models sometimes make the most interesting movie characters.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A quirky film that's served well by its great cast, but not enough to impress me that it had any depth.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Gordon-Levitt is a sly and inventive actor, and it can be genuinely fun to watch him having so much fun. But this character wears out his welcome fast.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Unlike many films that hope to be called black comedy, it does not skimp on either the black or the comedy.

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

An unlikeable main character and a weak narrative flow turn Hesher into a mediocre film.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Rather than a character rooted in some sort of reality -- social, satirical, psychological, take your pick -- Hesher is an abstract notion animated by false energy.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

When the blessed credits finally roll, the first thing Susser shows us is Hesher's tattoo of a raised middle finger. Backatcha, dude.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Fortunately, there's enough humor in all this to counteract the exploitation of weird logic and audacious coincidence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Everett Johnson
I hear movies get called a "dark comedy" quite a bit, and usually it's either not funny, or not dark. "Hesher" is exactly what a dark… More
Alice Shen
A stereotypical badass shows a grief-stricken family how to live again. Devin Brochu as young TJ is quite sad and broken-hearted over his mom's death, but… More
Chris Weber
This is the story of a dirty, dangerous, downright psychotic and unpedictable metalhead named Hesher who starts squatting in the living room of a family wrecked… More
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three stars
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Lucas Martins
The screenplay of Hesher doesn't go forward, doesn't try to know better the characters and situation of each one in the bad times which are all… More