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Paul Thomas Anderson United States, 1996

Zac Weber's rating of the film Hard Eight

Hard Eight always commands your attention, even in its most tedious moments. PTA isn't aiming for any grand statement, but I appreciate the understated performances. This film in many ways reminds me of Melville's 1956 classic Bob le flambeur. Although Hard Eight lacks the confidence seen in the rest of the director's oeuvre, this is an impressive debut considering PTA was only 26 years old when the film premiered.