(2011)

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80
Village Voice
The film's brittle and quiet, on occasion touched with the techniques of horror, especially as Helena stalks her store after hours. It's also trenchant, stinging, and acted with great frumping subtlety.
70
The filmmakers, largely forgoing a soundtrack, skillfully manipulate stillness, silence and anomie to unsettling effect.
60
There is a darkness in all these “average” characters, underlined by low-key acting and the film’s sinisterly calm, measured pace.
50
Hard Labor teeters uncertainly between horror and social commentary. It feels as if the helmers tried to imagine what Bunuel would have done if he had made a horror film.
50
At its best, the film has the quality of a nightmare, one that keeps happening whether the characters are asleep or awake.
38
Slant Magazine
The allegorical possibilities of a disintegrating wall point to a film that could have been.

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