Harper (The Moving Target) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 2, 2014
A star-driven Paul Newman crime mystery drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 27, 2008
Supported by colorful characters (played by Lauren Bacall, Shelley Winters, Julie Harris), Paul Newman gives a solid performance in his first private detective role, which catapulted him to major stardom and brought the genre back to the mainstream.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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TIME Magazine
September 30, 2008
By combining flamboyant suspense with a sunbaked slice of life and lots of good mean fun, Director Smight makes every clue a pleasure to follow.
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Variety Staff
Variety
September 30, 2008
Director Jack Smight has inserted countless touches which illuminate each character to the highest degree.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 30, 2008
William Goldman's adaptation of MacDonald's novel -- his first solo screenwriting credit -- is full of rapid-fire dialogue, but some of the characterizations are thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2006
Harper shows the actor to good advantage, Newman's nonchalant demeanor well suiting the character of the PI.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Enjoyable performances throughout. Just the same, a very minor Big Sleep.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
[Newman] is too fresh, too ruggedly good looking to be consistent as the sort of beat-up slob that his shady detective is intended to be and as Mr. Bogart used to be.

Film4
May 24, 2003
Newman smoulders in the lead role, a private eye hired by Bacall to find her missing husband.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 20, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
April 29, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 17, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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