Hesher Reviews

  • Hesher, whose arrival on screen is almost always heralded by a demonic speed-metal riff, is a delinquent sociopath with a heart of gold. That's the false, rather cloying concept behind this smug indie dud...

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Not even Mr. Gordon-Levitt's unremittingly savage performance can begin to salvage such hokum.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • It's unflinching stuff, and might have worked if there were a reason for any of it. Levitt, Portman and Wilson work hard to infuse the film with some likeability.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • Bad role models sometimes make the most interesting movie characters.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • [Gordon-Levitt gives] a fearsome and giddily unhinged performance in a movie that isn't entirely sure what to do with it.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Hesher finds uncommon sympathy for people at loose ends, and although Hesher himself is sentimentalized and backhandedly inspiring, he never softens into an actual role model.

    Mark Holcomb — Village Voice

  • At a future date, when some grad student writes a thesis on 'Wild Men of the Subconscious in Popular Culture,' there will certainly be a special place for 'Hesher.' Just as long as it stays there and is never in front of my eyes again.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Impressive influences all, but Susser's first film feels like an original -- imperfect but often fresh and true, and a worthy showcase for a star on the rise.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • The movie's piling on of miseries blurs the boundaries of goopy sincerity and cynical marketing; the calculated dose of daring melts into hearts-and-flowers sentiment.

    Richard Brody — New Yorker

  • "Hesher" assembles a group of characters who aren't sure why they're in the same movie together.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Writer-director Spencer Susser and cowriter David Michod generate fresh hells at a surreally rapid clip but cop out with an incongruously sentimental ending.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • Hesher has its genuinely affecting scenes, but too much of the time it feels false and shallow.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt is riveting as the title character, an ambiguous, intriguing mentor/menace.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Only the great Piper Laurie delivers dollar value. Otherwise, Hesher is to movies what graffiti is to a rotting fence.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • The problem with the script by Susser and David Michod, working from a story by Brian Charles Frank, is that Hesher's uncouth behavior is so aggressively pushed to single-minded, crudely exploitative effect.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

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

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Moviegoers will have to admit the movie is true to itself.

    John DeFore — Hollywood Reporter

  • Warts and all, "Hesher" is still a good shot in the arm.

    Jake Coyle — Associated Press

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