• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:
    Perry Henzell
    In Theaters:
    Feb 8, 1973 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 14, 2002
  • Syndctd Entertainment

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The Harder They Come Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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The definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 5, 2012
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

April 7, 2010
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Packed with indelible images and potent subtexts (and great songs), this isn't just another bridge between Godard and MTV.

Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

August 20, 2009
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

OK story, fabulous music by Jimmy Cliff

| Original Score: 4/5

July 11, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 3/5

October 8, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2004
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

| Original Score: 5/5

May 15, 2004
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Entertaining if not incredibly professional.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 12, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2002
David Poland
Hot Button

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a hard-hitting social drama with revolutionary political overtones, but it is immensely enjoyable and, at times, light-hearted

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 27, 2001
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The real reason to see The Harder They Come in the first place, even if the film is surprisingly good, is the music.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

February 13, 2001
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 82/100

January 1, 2000
Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
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Atrocious acting, amateurish camerawork and a hackneyed story line all make for one painful slog.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

June 5, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2004
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 10, 2003

Variety
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May 27, 2009
Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
A.H. Weiler
New York Times
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May 9, 2005
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
James Sullivan
San Francisco Chronicle
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January 1, 2000
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
January 1, 2000

Jam! Movies

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