Harriet

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Harriet serves as a sincere tribute to a pivotal figure in American history -- albeit one undermined by its frustratingly formulaic approach.

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Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Cast

Cynthia Erivo
as Harriet Tubman
Leslie Odom Jr.
as William Still
Janelle Monáe
as Marie Buchanon
Joe Alwyn
as Gideon Brodess
Jennifer Nettles
as Eliza Brodess
Clarke Peters
as Ben Ross
Zackary Momoh
as John Tubman
Tim Guinee
as Thomas Garrett
Tory Kittles
as Frederick Douglass
Omar J. Dorsey
as Bigger Long
Claire Bronson
as Rachel Garrett
Charles D. Clark
as Abolitionist / John Brown Bodyguard
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Critic Reviews for Harriet

All Critics (209) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (153) | Rotten (56)

  • Ultimately, though, Harriet is impressive, especially given the budget ($17 million).

    November 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a rousing piece of film-making from Lemmons.

    November 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • The film is dramatized in a way that neither exaggerates nor lessens Harriet's extremely real struggle-no film can tarnish a legacy so profound.

    November 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The pint-sized Erivo captures the pint-sized Tubman's determination and fire. And by focusing on the violence slavery did to families, Lemmons makes us feel its outrages afresh.

    November 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Harriet" often feels in awe of its subject, like it's staring at her through museum glass. There's a better, bolder story to be told from Tubman's life. "Harriet" is a start, but it never catches fire.

    November 3, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Harriet never feels like a fully formed human being with all the doubts and desires that come with that distinction.

    November 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Harriet

  • Jan 30, 2020
    Erivo's great (obviously) and the movie is better than just some run of the mill biopic, even though it certainly has elements of one. Kasi Lemmons sees Tubman as a force of nature and the best scenes lean in to that perspective.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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