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A Rage in Harlem Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 5, 2013
It bleeds for a kind of Harlem justice, as its intense black characters act tough, nasty, sexy, twisty, heroic and lively.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide
July 1, 2013
A Rage in Harlem is the kind of film that, every ten minutes or so, requires violent bloodshed or a sexual rendezvous to prevent audiences from becoming glassy-eyed and slack-jawed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 1, 2013
With its snazzy Elmer Bernstein score, its snappy period flavor and its all-star cast doing something completely different, A Rage in Harlem should have been much more fun than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
July 1, 2013
Based on Chester Himes's novel, this is a stylish, fast-moving and often humorous thriller from Deep Cover director Bill Duke.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2013
Jazzy and jauntily funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
July 1, 2013
Underneath the fancy trappings, however, is a disappointingly ordinary caper movie that moves far too slowly for a picture of this type.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 1, 2013
That extraordinary cast, directed by Bill Duke, has little to do other than idle between sporadic outbursts of sadistic violence.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 1, 2013
As the movie becomes increasingly violent and unpleasant, the characters chase around after each other in a threadbare gangster plot about a trunk of gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
[A] flamboyant, engaging action comedy.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2013
Duke and company have been true to Himes' brash, blaspheming spirit, and that is no small thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
July 1, 2013
It's largely a cheap looking, tawdry affair, with tortuous interludes in which the humour devolves on gratuitous unpleasantness or tired old bad jokes at the expense of women.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 1, 2013
Bill Duke directed this mixture of high energy and low vulgarity, which doesn't do justice to the talents of its mostly black cast.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
July 1, 2013
Bill Duke's Harlem has the heft of an imaginatively heightened reality; it's a great place to visit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 1, 2013
A delightful rendering of a Chester Himes novel with a 50s setting.
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
July 1, 2013
A Rage in Harlem is an uneven combination of comedy and carnage. When it's good, it's very good. When it's not, it's simply bloody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
There's just enough atmosphere, comedy, and raw acting talent in Bill Duke's amiable gangster-caper movie, A Rage In Harlem, to make you wish the plot weren't a complete shambles.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Director Bill Duke has brought a stylish sheen to A Rage in Harlem, but his mix of comedy and violence in the Chester Himes period crime tale is dubious.
Emanuel Levy
October 31, 2006
It's hard to believe but this film offered the first to feature a black glamorous woman--Robin Givens--since Diana Ross's ill-fated Mahogany.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
For all the explicit violence, the film is less gritty noir than ebullient, good-natured fantasy.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
January 26, 2005
Strong adaptation of Chester Himes' pulp thriller
| Original Score: 3/5
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