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.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    [Harriet] takes historical reality and stretches it over the canvas of an old-fashioned adventure story.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Ultimately, though, Harriet is impressive, especially given the budget ($17 million).
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    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    It's a rousing piece of film-making from Lemmons.
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    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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    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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    Janaya GreeneChicago Reader
    The film is dramatized in a way that neither exaggerates nor lessens Harriet's extremely real struggle-no film can tarnish a legacy so profound.
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    Elsa Fernández-SantosEl Pais (Spain)
    The actress and director Kasi Lemmons turns this brutal story into a series of implausible adventures, crudely developed, and with characters that are too flat. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Blai MorellFotogramas
    Cynthia Erivo is capable of hitting all the right keys to portray in a realistic way the anger, suffering, and determination of such an icon. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Nando SalváCinemanía (Spain)
    It's fortunate that Cynthia Erivo gives [Harriet] life, capable of communicating the determination, vulnerability and anguish of the character often using only a frown and a glance. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Beandrea JulyHyperallergic
    Instead of that soul-crushing feeling I often experience after seeing a "Black struggle film," Harriet sent me out of the theater feeling empowered.
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