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Hit So Hard Reviews

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Terry Staunton
Radio Times
November 22, 2012
When the film does (eventually) focus on Schemel herself, it provides a fascinating insight into the pressures of the music business and a cautionary tale of life in the fast lane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk
November 18, 2012
While this film documents drummer Patty Schemel's struggle with drug addiction, you can't help but feel that her main role in rock 'n' roll history has been as a first-hand witness to events more important and interesting than her own story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
November 16, 2012
Hole drummer Patty Schemel's feisty personality infuses this fast-paced film, which not only documents her rollercoaster experiences with drug addition but also provides a lucid exploration of the Seattle grunge scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
November 16, 2012
Hit So Hard allows her to look back in candour as she reflects on her career and life ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
November 16, 2012
Sadly, the film loses focus far too often but it's never far from illustrating why drugs and rock 'n' roll have always gone hand in hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Tweddle
Little White Lies
November 15, 2012
Hit so-so hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 15, 2012
Hit So Hard is a good title for the film. Courtney Love looks like someone determined to carry on doing the hitting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2012
As Hit So Hard broadens out to talk about Schemel's sexuality, it does offer some astute observations on the history of women in rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 15, 2012
An entertaining and ultimately powerful and moving rockumentary that's something of a must-see for fans of grunge music and remains equally enjoyable for newcomers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
November 13, 2012
A carefully constructed survivor's tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lauren Mayberry
The List
October 29, 2012
Schemel herself, now six years sober, comes across so well, addressing incredibly sensitive issues in a self-effacing and honest manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Stout
Seattle Times
May 24, 2012
The torturous tale of a remarkable survivor of the grunge era - the troubled but talented drummer for Courtney Love's band, Hole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
May 23, 2012
Ebersole combines frank interviews with Schemel, her family and friends, and her bandmates to assemble this portrait of a talented woman dealing with the weighty pressures of the rock world, the drug world, and her own sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 4, 2012
Patty Schemel "lived through this." Once you witness what that "this" was, feel free to follow that up with a "wow."
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2012
An absorbing, educational, sad, humorous and ultimately uplifting film that is easily accessible and entertaining even for those not familiar with the grunge rock scene, or with the considerable role that Schemel played in that milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 22, 2012
This is a well-constructed, enlightening documentary about a challenging period in music and society at large. Whether you are a Hole or Nirvana fan or not, check it out.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 13, 2012
This keenly-observed, if generically-assembled, Grunge-era doc tells the Hole story through the eyes of its successfully rehabbed drummer.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
April 13, 2012
Gripping documentary about the rise, fall and recovery of charismatic Hole drummer Patty Schemel looks at so much more along the bumpy way.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 12, 2012
"Hit So Hard" is the touching story of how and why Ms. Schemel ended up in her own private hell and how and why she made her way out again into the world of sunshine, sobriety and puppy dogs.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
April 12, 2012
For outsiders, Schemel's story is actually quite inspirational, detailing admirable personal growth and acceptance while clinging to a forceful musical gift.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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