A Rage in Harlem Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 5, 2013
It bleeds for a kind of Harlem justice, as its intense black characters act tough, nasty, sexy, twisty, heroic and lively.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
July 1, 2013
Based on Chester Himes's novel, this is a stylish, fast-moving and often humorous thriller from Deep Cover director Bill Duke.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2013
Jazzy and jauntily funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
[A] flamboyant, engaging action comedy.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2013
Duke and company have been true to Himes' brash, blaspheming spirit, and that is no small thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
July 1, 2013
Bill Duke's Harlem has the heft of an imaginatively heightened reality; it's a great place to visit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 1, 2013
A delightful rendering of a Chester Himes novel with a 50s setting.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 31, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
For all the explicit violence, the film is less gritty noir than ebullient, good-natured fantasy.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
January 26, 2005
Strong adaptation of Chester Himes' pulp thriller
| Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
It's painless, occasionally funny and has a heedlessly incomprehensible plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 26, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
February 16, 2003
Forgoes good taste in the name of exuberant entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
Surprisingly funny
| Original Score: 4/5
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What's best in the movie is the chemistry between Whitaker and Givens, who is surprisingly effective in her first feature role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
What's going to happen is clear almost from the start. What matters are the funny things on the way to the forum.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A Rage in Harlem is sheer jubilation.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The performances from this all-star cast are absolutely wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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