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Hit So Hard Reviews

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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
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Tal Rosenberg
Chicago Reader
May 11, 2012
Choppy camerawork, sloppy editing, and lack of a coherent narrative structure make for a frustrating viewing experience.
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David Malitz
Washington Post
May 11, 2012
Ebersole pieces things together in a workmanlike way, but the tacky supertitles and camera effects often create a bit of an amateur feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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."
Full Review | 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
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2012
Ebersol seems uncertain throughout of what tale he is telling, whether to focus on Schemel specifically or the larger picture of the band and the moments in contemporary rock history they were all witness to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
April 13, 2012
Ebersole has amassed some great footage that never quite hangs together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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April 13, 2012
There's a better documentary to be carved out of Hit So Hard, but not necessarily a great one, because the gossip and drug-fueled capers offered up by Love are simply more compelling than the tremulous course of Schemel's life.
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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
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
April 12, 2012
[Love] burns much brighter than the film's focus; she's a raucous, disastrous, undeniable star.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Fear
Time Out
April 10, 2012
Schemel is a major rock & roll survivor; Hit So Hard is a minor rockumentary at best, as well as a seriously missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Camille Dodero
Village Voice
April 10, 2012
[It] could have been an amazingly told story. Instead, Hit So Hard is just amazing treatment-facility programming.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
April 4, 2011
Though stylistically incoherent at times, pic benefits from the percussionist's plainspokenness.