Harriet

critic Reviews

72% Fresh Tomatometer Score72%
  • Harriet serves as a sincere tribute to a pivotal figure in American history -- albeit one undermined by its frustratingly formulaic approach.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    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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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    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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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    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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    Jonita DavisThe Black Cape
    'Harriet' is a portrait of a Black woman that so relatable and so real that only a Black woman could've told this story. Kasi Lemmons did that and more.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Chris KnightNational Post
    The by-the-numbers telling doesn't do justice to the power and scale of her accomplishments, though Cynthia Erivo (Widows, Bad Times at the El Royale) does good work in the title role
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    Robert RotenLaramie Movie Scope
    This movie is a powerful portrait of a remarkable woman. It also highlights the dangers faced by slaves trying to escape to freedom. It provides an inspirational representation of Harriet Tubman and the times she lived in.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jim JudyScreen It!
    The film is worth seeing simply for the history-making moments as well as Erivo's terrific lead performance. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available)
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