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Hit So Hard (2012)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 8

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As grunge took off, the music industry was completely transformed in a way nobody expected... especially the young musicians who went from tiny shared Seattle apartments to international superstardom, sometimes overnight. Some handled it well... and some did not. As the acclaimed drummer of Courtney Love's seminal rock band Hole, Patty Schemel was right in the middle of all of it. The openly gay woman who always felt "different" never dreamed she would be part of a multi-platinum selling band,

Jun 5, 2012


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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (13) | DVD (1)

The torturous tale of a remarkable survivor of the grunge era - the troubled but talented drummer for Courtney Love's band, Hole.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Choppy camerawork, sloppy editing, and lack of a coherent narrative structure make for a frustrating viewing experience.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Ebersole pieces things together in a workmanlike way, but the tacky supertitles and camera effects often create a bit of an amateur feel.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Patty Schemel "lived through this." Once you witness what that "this" was, feel free to follow that up with a "wow."

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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An absorbing, educational, sad, humorous and ultimately uplifting film that is easily accessible and entertaining even for those not familiar with the grunge rock scene, or with the considerable role that Schemel played in that milieu.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Ebersol seems uncertain throughout of what tale he is telling, whether to focus on Schemel specifically or the larger picture of the band and the moments in contemporary rock history they were all witness to.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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When the film does (eventually) focus on Schemel herself, it provides a fascinating insight into the pressures of the music business and a cautionary tale of life in the fast lane.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Watching this overlong movie is a painful experience.

November 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

While this film documents drummer Patty Schemel's struggle with drug addiction, you can't help but feel that her main role in rock 'n' roll history has been as a first-hand witness to events more important and interesting than her own story.

November 18, 2012 Full Review Source:

Hole drummer Patty Schemel's feisty personality infuses this fast-paced film, which not only documents her rollercoaster experiences with drug addition but also provides a lucid exploration of the Seattle grunge scene.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source:

Hit So Hard allows her to look back in candour as she reflects on her career and life ...

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

There's not enough of the music on view and the film would be a more effective portrait of that era if Ebersole had edited it more effectively.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Sadly, the film loses focus far too often but it's never far from illustrating why drugs and rock 'n' roll have always gone hand in hand.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Hit so-so hard.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Hit So Hard is a good title for the film. Courtney Love looks like someone determined to carry on doing the hitting.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

As Hit So Hard broadens out to talk about Schemel's sexuality, it does offer some astute observations on the history of women in rock.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Scotsman

An entertaining and ultimately powerful and moving rockumentary that's something of a must-see for fans of grunge music and remains equally enjoyable for newcomers.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A carefully constructed survivor's tale.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

What hits hardest is how, without Cobain's talent, grunge's veneration of self-obsession/destruction really curdles.

November 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Schemel herself, now six years sober, comes across so well, addressing incredibly sensitive issues in a self-effacing and honest manner.

October 29, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Ebersole combines frank interviews with Schemel, her family and friends, and her bandmates to assemble this portrait of a talented woman dealing with the weighty pressures of the rock world, the drug world, and her own sexuality.

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Audience Reviews for Hit So Hard

I'm a 90's kids, it's the year I discovered all those lovely things like Sex, drugs and rock and roll. I was into the grunge scene, I had a very large baggy jumper (with holes), a curtain haircut (with undercut! oh yeah!) and a love of music that was far from lovely. I grew out of it like everyone else but I can still listen to Nirvana and think, yeah, that was a good time. I had tickets to see Nirvana a few months before Kurt Cobain's death but I sold them thinking that they'd be around a while, I'd catch them next time. It is in my top 10 personal worst regrets. Anyway, it was nice to see a documentary of a time I often struggle to remember, some of the unseen before now footage was a real treat. However, while watching I remembered something quite important. I loved the music but I didn't like the people. Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Kristen Pfaff etc, none of them were ever my idols, I just liked their music. As the documentary went on, I increasingly felt little emotion for any of them and came to the conclusion that none of them are very nice people or are worthy of praise. That probably sounds a little harsh but there are countless great bands that didn't make it but not through pissing their chances up the wall. Interesting to a point. The editing and narrative are fairly terrible too but thanks for the nostalgia trip.
November 29, 2013

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Great documentary - anyone who liked Hole or even just that 90's era of women in rock would enjoy this. Interviews with Courtney Love, Veruca Salt etc. Nice flashback and also Patty's story is interesting. Got to say, Courtney does not come off too well here (but that's not surprising!).
March 2, 2013

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