The Harder They Come Reviews

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
June 5, 2012
Atrocious acting, amateurish camerawork and a hackneyed story line all make for one painful slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 5, 2012
The definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical.
Cole Smithey
April 7, 2010
Perry Henzell's 1972 rugged reggae crime story--loosely based on a '40s-era Jamaican folk hero/criminal--plays like a musically-inspired docudrama of the raw social reality of the impoverished island nation in the '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 20, 2009
Packed with indelible images and potent subtexts (and great songs), this isn't just another bridge between Godard and MTV.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
July 11, 2007
OK story, fabulous music by Jimmy Cliff
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
October 12, 2003
Entertaining if not incredibly professional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
a hard-hitting social drama with revolutionary political overtones, but it is immensely enjoyable and, at times, light-hearted
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 13, 2001
The real reason to see The Harder They Come in the first place, even if the film is surprisingly good, is the music.
Emanuel Levy
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 29, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
May 15, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
June 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
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May 27, 2009
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
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