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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 5, 2012
Atrocious acting, amateurish camerawork and a hackneyed story line all make for one painful slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 2, 2007
A Jamaican classic with an awesome OST.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2006
The action is as gutsy as the well-integrated score, which makes the movie's Hollywood-style gloss a little anomalous, but the basic humour and toughness emerge unscathed.
May 9, 2005
Jimmy Cliff, a noted exponent of the native rocklike Reggae music, is natural and energetic in his movie debut as the ill-starred singer-gunman.
October 23, 2004
The characters aren't consistent, and Cliff eventually becomes so unbelievable that we just stop caring. The movie's ending is an exercise in plot; its beginning and its music deserve better than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 12, 2003
Entertaining if not incredibly professional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 10, 2003
The movie's critiques of the music industry, the ganja trade, and organized religion still ring true.
February 27, 2001
a hard-hitting social drama with revolutionary political overtones, but it is immensely enjoyable and, at times, light-hearted
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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