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Hit So Hard Reviews

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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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Alison Willmore
AV Club
April 12, 2012
[Love] burns much brighter than the film's focus; she's a raucous, disastrous, undeniable star.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 23, 2011
Hit So Hard never coheres into anything other than a collection of rock-star clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
April 13, 2012
Ebersole has amassed some great footage that never quite hangs together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Camille Dodero
Village Voice
April 10, 2012
[It] could have been an amazingly told story. Instead, Hit So Hard is just amazing treatment-facility programming.
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
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 18, 2012
Watching this overlong movie is a painful experience.
Fred Topel
Screen Junkies
March 31, 2011
Hit So Hard would be fine for a VH1 documentary. That's right, Hole would be on VH1 now.
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David Fear
Time Out
April 10, 2012
Schemel is a major rock & roll survivor; Hit So Hard is a minor rockumentary at best, as well as a seriously missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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April 13, 2012
There's a better documentary to be carved out of Hit So Hard, but not necessarily a great one, because the gossip and drug-fueled capers offered up by Love are simply more compelling than the tremulous course of Schemel's life.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
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
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
Andy Tweddle
Little White Lies
November 15, 2012
Hit so-so hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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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
Alex Zane
Sun Online
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
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
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 22, 2012
This is a well-constructed, enlightening documentary about a challenging period in music and society at large. Whether you are a Hole or Nirvana fan or not, check it out.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

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