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Hit So Hard Reviews

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Terry Staunton
Radio Times
November 22, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 18, 2012
Watching this overlong movie is a painful experience.
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk
November 18, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
November 16, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
November 16, 2012
Hit So Hard allows her to look back in candour as she reflects on her career and life ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
November 16, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
November 16, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Tweddle
Little White Lies
November 15, 2012
Hit so-so hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 15, 2012
Hit So Hard is a good title for the film. Courtney Love looks like someone determined to carry on doing the hitting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 15, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
November 13, 2012
A carefully constructed survivor's tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
November 6, 2012
What hits hardest is how, without Cobain's talent, grunge's veneration of self-obsession/destruction really curdles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lauren Mayberry
The List
October 29, 2012
Schemel herself, now six years sober, comes across so well, addressing incredibly sensitive issues in a self-effacing and honest manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Stout
Seattle Times
May 24, 2012
The torturous tale of a remarkable survivor of the grunge era - the troubled but talented drummer for Courtney Love's band, Hole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
May 23, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tal Rosenberg
Chicago Reader
May 11, 2012
Choppy camerawork, sloppy editing, and lack of a coherent narrative structure make for a frustrating viewing experience.
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David Malitz
Washington Post
May 11, 2012
Ebersole pieces things together in a workmanlike way, but the tacky supertitles and camera effects often create a bit of an amateur feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 4, 2012
Patty Schemel "lived through this." Once you witness what that "this" was, feel free to follow that up with a "wow."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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