The Harder They Come Reviews

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December 31, 2019
You should by all means see The Harder They Come. There's not even the slightest chance you'll be disappointed.
August 30, 2019
The Harder They Come is a landmark work of cinema, a film that helped expand understanding about a corner of the world often ignored.
August 24, 2019
A rough, raw and realistic work that became a box office sensation in its homeland and a cult favorite stateside.
August 22, 2019
The themes present in the film remain particularly relevant in today's climate.
August 13, 2019
The movie showcases the development and subsequent frustration of the Jamaican version of the "American Dream." [Full Review in Spanish]
May 22, 2019
The Harder They Come for all its populist appeal, though, forces the audience to confront our idea of respectability politics and the value of art in a Caribbean society.
October 2, 2015
The Harder They Come is always exuberant, and sometimes strong, as casually surprising and effortlessly sinister as the blade sliding out of a gravity knife.
October 2, 2015
With this 1972 cult hit, Jamaican filmmaker Perry Henzell produced a proud, forthright indictment of national and personal corruption.
October 2, 2015
Whatever the film's shortcomings, though, the music is superb.
October 2, 2015
Rough 'n' ready but also rather wonderful.
September 30, 2015
A gritty, realistic view of urban Jamaica that reveals the squalor of shantytowns tourists never see.
September 30, 2015
A film so assured and professional that it makes one suspect the presence of a thriving industry that has for years gone unacknowledged in Europe.
August 26, 2015
Predated Bob Marley's success by a year.
June 5, 2012
Atrocious acting, amateurish camerawork and a hackneyed story line all make for one painful slog.
June 5, 2012
The definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical.
April 7, 2010
Perry Henzell's 1972 rugged reggae crime story--loosely based on a '40s-era Jamaican folk hero/criminal--plays like a musically-inspired docudrama of the raw social reality of the impoverished island nation in the '70s.
August 20, 2009
Packed with indelible images and potent subtexts (and great songs), this isn't just another bridge between Godard and MTV.
May 27, 2009
Perry Henzell emerges a director with a solid visual flair who can mix action and inchoate rage sans excess to give the film a taut pacing and use the local color and a basically predictable tale with a few new twists.
July 11, 2007
OK story, fabulous music by Jimmy Cliff
May 2, 2007
A Jamaican classic with an awesome OST.
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