'Hesher' Critic Reviews

78%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
54%
Rotten Tomatoes:   69 reviews
  • Chris Cabin Filmcritic.com
    60
    the film really picks up whenever Gordon-Levitt appears
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Noh Film Journal International
    Fit for the scrap heap which provides one of the heavy-handed visual motifs here.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle
    40
    Hesher is a muddle of inchoate feelings that never really grasps the cliches to which it raises its middle finger.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bob Mondello NPR
    80
    Director Spencer Susser doesn't try to make Hesher anything other than a sociopath - a walking, profanity-spewing id - and to his credit, neither does Gordon-Levitt.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Meek Boston Phoenix
    63
    The performances, especially by Wilson and Laurie as the grandmother, keep Susser's earnest effort afloat. Consider it a promise of things to come.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nathan Rabin AV Club
    17
    What does he want? Where does he come from? Director Spencer Susser appears too intoxicated by the title character to risk peering beyond the enigmatic surface for fear of losing some of his mystery, as mystery is all Hesher has.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 » 3 years ago
  • Eugene Novikov Film Blather
    67
    Fascinating in its shaggy, offbeat way.
    Full Review » 3 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 » 4 years ago
  • Chris Bumbray JoBlo's Movie Emporium
    90
    exactly the kind of film I was hoping I'd see at Sundance
    Full Review » 4 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 » 4 years ago
  • Tim Grierson Screen International
    Hesher is a risky gambit that's pleasingly provocative.
    Full Review » 4 years ago