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The Harder They Come Reviews

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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
June 10, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/5
June 5, 2012
Atrocious acting, amateurish camerawork and a hackneyed story line all make for one painful slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
February 13, 2001
The real reason to see The Harder They Come in the first place, even if the film is surprisingly good, is the music.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 82/100
August 26, 2015
Predated Bob Marley's success by a year.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 12, 2003
Entertaining if not incredibly professional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 11, 2007
OK story, fabulous music by Jimmy Cliff
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 29, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 5, 2012
The definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical.
May 15, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
August 20, 2009
Packed with indelible images and potent subtexts (and great songs), this isn't just another bridge between Godard and MTV.
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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