Harriet

critic Reviews

73% Fresh Tomatometer Score73%
  • Harriet serves as a sincere tribute to a pivotal figure in American history -- albeit one undermined by its frustratingly formulaic approach.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    The whole package is so sleekly watchable, if risk-averse to a fault, that I can't recall a recent time at the cinema where I learned more by thinking less.
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    Tim BraytonAlternate Ending
    Turns out that it's more effective to claim that we should care about a historical figure because she's interesting than because she's important. Who'd have thought?
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Kaely MonahanWhiskey and Popcorn
    "Harriet" attempts to tell the whole life of Harriet Tubman in the span of two hours to mediocre success. This theatrical Harriet has "superpowers" and loses momentum as it tries to inject action while condensing her incredible story.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    Erivo tears through Harriet, a live wire in the heart of a biography of Harriet Tubman that without her might have risked stateliness.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    While it's gripping and inspiring, it's lacking in the dramatic nuance that might have brought people and events to more vital life on-screen
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    Amon WarmannEmpire Magazine
    Erivo's impressive central performance is frequently undercut by an all-too-conventional approach. Hopefully in a few years Tubman can get the definitive biopic she deserves. Sadly, this isn't it.
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    Dan WebsterSpokesman-Review (Washington)
    So while, similar to the real-life human being it portrays, the movie "Harriet" might have its flaws, it is an important depiction for our time: at least as important as a future president's supposed chopping down of a cherry tree.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Michael CalleriNiagara Gazette
    Starting with a magnificent, Oscar-worthy Cynthia Erivo as slave Harriet Tubman, the entire flawless cast assists director Kasi Lemmons and her co-screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard in measures that are both inspirational and remarkable.
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    Lisa JensenGood Times Santa Cruz
    Lemmons' melodramatic flourishes can be overdone... But Harriet's story is so important, it rises in triumph over all obstacles -- like the woman herself.
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    Matthew LucasThe Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
    There's something undeniably rousing about the way Lemmons directs this, as if she's directing a superhero film with Tubman as the hero.
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