'Hesher' Critic Reviews

79%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
54%
Rotten Tomatoes:   69 reviews
  • Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
    50
    "Hesher" is about as awful as independent films get, a mix of ugliness and unearned sentiment, with a flat story, repellent and pathetic characters and dialogue that consists of lots of stammering and cursing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Dujsik Mark Reviews Movies
    38
    Beyond the fact that Hesher is a character to be despised instead of admired, Hesher is distanced from its characters and their situation in its apathy toward them.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    25
    Artifice is rodeo clowning for the script's flaws, with huge gaps of character development lost to a film that would rather stay on Hesher and his staring contests than tell a full-throated story.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Moira MacDonald Seattle Times
    50
    A grim little drama that seems to exist in order to give the talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman a chance to look extra-scruffy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matt Pais RedEye
    63
    Hesher's such a mystery that he seems like a device (bong hits with Grandma, really?), and the same goes double for [Portman's character].
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Cabin Filmcritic.com
    60
    the film really picks up whenever Gordon-Levitt appears
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michelle Orange Movieline
    60
    One by one the wheels start to come off, and before it's over you're working on your own metaphors for when the film fell apart instead of cleaving to those Susser is half-committing to the screen.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Josh Bell Las Vegas Weekly
    60
    Hesher is funny and off-kilter without being cloying, and Gordon-Levitt gives an appealingly unpredictable performance.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    59
    ...Gordon-Levitt and Piper Laurie make for one of the year's most intriguing screen couples.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Keith Uhlich Time Out New York
    60
    Sundancey redemption-trajectory aside, the film is often unsentimentally tough and committed.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Marshall Fine Hollywood & Fine
    Gordon-Levitt has an expressive deadpan, marvelous control of his eyebrows and an air of menace. His lean, leathery physique and flat-footed gait convey purpose.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Weber Slant Magazine
    38
    The guitar solos blasting from Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sullen, arson-prone wasteoid's van can't drown out the dominant bleat of indie-therapy whine.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Fred Topel Screen Junkies
    Dangerous, immoral and just plain wrong at parts, and that makes it fantasy. I don't even think it's wish fulfillment. It's just putting bold concepts on screen and asking audiences to deal with them.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    17
    [VIDEO] "Hesher" is an experimental film that attempts to be transgressive. It isn't.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Eugene Novikov Film Blather
    67
    Fascinating in its shaggy, offbeat way.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Erik Childress Cinematical
    75
    It manages to succeed with a pastiche of great casting and an unapologetic slant towards being anti-touchy-feely. Until it needs to be.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Amy Nicholson Boxoffice Magazine
    60
    Gordon-Levitt's Hesher is raw destruction and aggro comedy punctuated with a blast of crunching metal.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Chris Bumbray JoBlo's Movie Emporium
    90
    exactly the kind of film I was hoping I'd see at Sundance
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tim Grierson Screen International
    Hesher is a risky gambit that's pleasingly provocative.
    Full Review » 5 years ago