Harriet

critic Reviews

, 73% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 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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    Matthew St. ClairCinema Sentries
    Director Kasi Lemmons makes an admirable attempt at bringing Tubman's story to the big screen and even makes it more cinematic than its "glorified TV movie" criticisms have suggested.
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    A.S. HamrahThe Baffler
    Importing an actor to portray her, no matter how talented Erivo is, strikes the wrong note, so to speak.
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    MontiLee StormerMovieReelist.com
    Harriet is the kind of movie I would have liked to have seen in high school when learning about the Underground Railroad and the fight against slavery.
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    Kelechi EhenuloVultureHound
    It doesn't mean that Harriet as a film doesn't have value - the merit alone is worth telling, especially in this cinematic climate. But it also represents a missed opportunity to delve deeply into an aspect of history that's simply not taught enough.
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