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The Harder They Come Reviews

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
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.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
October 2, 2015
With this 1972 cult hit, Jamaican filmmaker Perry Henzell produced a proud, forthright indictment of national and personal corruption.
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
June 5, 2012
Atrocious acting, amateurish camerawork and a hackneyed story line all make for one painful slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 5, 2012
The definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical.
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
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.
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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