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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    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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    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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    Johanna SchnellerGlobe and Mail
    The pint-sized Erivo captures the pint-sized Tubman's determination and fire. And by focusing on the violence slavery did to families, Lemmons makes us feel its outrages afresh.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    "Harriet" often feels in awe of its subject, like it's staring at her through museum glass. There's a better, bolder story to be told from Tubman's life. "Harriet" is a start, but it never catches fire.
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    Angelica Jade BastiénNew York Magazine/Vulture
    Harriet never feels like a fully formed human being with all the doubts and desires that come with that distinction.
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    Fausto PonceProceso
    The performances in general are good, as are the other elements that make up the movie. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Vincent SchillingIndian Country Today
    Harriet is a beautiful movie within all of its historic pain. But the one question I have, did Harriet need to be some sort of psychic to outsmart the horribly racist slave-owners? I question that choice.
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    Diane PershingMalibu Times
    Harriet, while not a masterpiece, does the job quite nicely of highlighting her amazing grit, bravery and dedication.
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    Nora Lee MandelMaven's Nest
    Takes populist educational approach to Tubman's own agency to comfortably be shown in schools and general public Black History Month commemorations. Erivo is charismatic.
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