The Hard Way
The Hard Way (1991)

Action film director John Badham bites the hand that feeds him in this action movie spoof that features ribbing of pretty-boy Hollywood action stars by Michael J. Fox and a parody of colorful, hair-trigger James Woods types by the man… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1991
DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Hard Way's overly familiar formula is enlivened by a witty script and the excellent comedic chemistry between Michael J. Fox and James Woods.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There is nothing very remarkable about The Hard Way, except for its comic energy, but the energy of this movie is everything, reminding me of the wisecracking, hard-boiled screwball comedies of the 1940s.

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Clint Morris
Film Threat

Fox and Woods let off some good sparks in a vivacious, witty and fast romp

Scott Weinberg

Surprisingly likable buddy action-comedy, thanks in no small part to James Woods and Michael J. Fox.

Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Along with some good laughs, there's also a bit of effective tension.

Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Utterly unremarkable, but harmless and not without its charms.

Chuck O'Leary

An underrated buddy flick with an original twist and some outstanding stunt work.

Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

An amusing diversion, with Woods and Fox perfectly cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
While it's nothing revolutionary, The Hard Way does what it does well. It's your fairly typical buddy cop film but with some nice moments and… More
Dean King
Seen this on TV a few times and always forgot the name. An enjoyable film about a big method acting star who teams up with a tough cop to prepare for his new… More
Jason Spencer
Funny action flivk. James Woods is great in this one.
xGary Xx
This buddy cop movie is exactly the kind of cliched formulaic nonsense parodied by Last Action Hero. Woods as the usual tightly wound workaholic cop and Fox as… More
Michael S
One of my favorite buddy/comedies ever made.
danny d
i remember this being good, been a while though