'Hesher' Critic Reviews

79%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
54%
Rotten Tomatoes:   69 reviews
  • Eric D. Snider EricDSnider.com
    75
    A dark, weird, and wholly unique comedy that uses a bucketful of obscenity to help the sweetness go down.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Molly Eichel Philadelphia Daily News
    67
    As director Spencer Susser's movie unfolds, the heart reveals itself to be less and less sentimental.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    88
    As equal parts tough, touching and resolute as the renegade saving-grace of the title, "Hesher" is an uncommonly perceptive cinematic revolution.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • 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
  • 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