It bleeds for a kind of Harlem justice, as its intense black characters act tough, nasty, sexy, twisty, heroic and lively.
| Original Score: B
A Rage in Harlem is the kind of film that, every ten minutes or so, requires violent bloodshed or a sexual rendezvous to prevent audiences from becoming glassy-eyed and slack-jawed.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
With its snazzy Elmer Bernstein score, its snappy period flavor and its all-star cast doing something completely different, A Rage in Harlem should have been much more fun than it is.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Based on Chester Himes's novel, this is a stylish, fast-moving and often humorous thriller from Deep Cover director Bill Duke.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jazzy and jauntily funny.
| Original Score: 3/4
Underneath the fancy trappings, however, is a disappointingly ordinary caper movie that moves far too slowly for a picture of this type.
| Original Score: 2/4
That extraordinary cast, directed by Bill Duke, has little to do other than idle between sporadic outbursts of sadistic violence.
As the movie becomes increasingly violent and unpleasant, the characters chase around after each other in a threadbare gangster plot about a trunk of gold.
| Original Score: 1/5
[A] flamboyant, engaging action comedy.
Duke and company have been true to Himes' brash, blaspheming spirit, and that is no small thing.
It's largely a cheap looking, tawdry affair, with tortuous interludes in which the humour devolves on gratuitous unpleasantness or tired old bad jokes at the expense of women.
| Original Score: 2/5
Bill Duke directed this mixture of high energy and low vulgarity, which doesn't do justice to the talents of its mostly black cast.
Bill Duke's Harlem has the heft of an imaginatively heightened reality; it's a great place to visit.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A delightful rendering of a Chester Himes novel with a 50s setting.
A Rage in Harlem is an uneven combination of comedy and carnage. When it's good, it's very good. When it's not, it's simply bloody.
There's just enough atmosphere, comedy, and raw acting talent in Bill Duke's amiable gangster-caper movie, A Rage In Harlem, to make you wish the plot weren't a complete shambles.
| Original Score: C-
Director Bill Duke has brought a stylish sheen to A Rage in Harlem, but his mix of comedy and violence in the Chester Himes period crime tale is dubious.
It's hard to believe but this film offered the first to feature a black glamorous woman--Robin Givens--since Diana Ross's ill-fated Mahogany.
For all the explicit violence, the film is less gritty noir than ebullient, good-natured fantasy.
Strong adaptation of Chester Himes' pulp thriller
| Original Score: 3/5