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A Rage in Harlem Reviews

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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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2013
Jazzy and jauntily funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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.
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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
Variety
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.
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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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
It's painless, occasionally funny and has a heedlessly incomprehensible plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A Rage in Harlem is sheer jubilation.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What's best in the movie is the chemistry between Whitaker and Givens, who is surprisingly effective in her first feature role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
What's going to happen is clear almost from the start. What matters are the funny things on the way to the forum.