New York Times - 05/03/2013
"The violence in HARD TIMES is swift and pulpy -- it’s thrilling to watch Chaney K.O. his first opponent with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it punch."
Writer-director Hill's first feature is a picturesque action film about a bareknuckle streetfighter (Bronson) who drifts into Depression-era New Orleans and hooks up with a small-time gambler. The gambler takes over the boxer's career, arranging illegal fights and involving him in a scheme to fleece some gangsters. Hill's eye for atmosphere combined with Bronson's best tough-guy role makes for a winning combination.