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The Harder They Fall Reviews

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October 22, 2021
A good-looking film with a kicky soundtrack, "The Harder They Fall comes across as a bloody western shot like a music video. Samuel demonstrates an appealing slick style, but sadly the well-worn story lacks substance.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 3, 2021
Samuels has the iconic poses and flashy outfits down pat; it's all of the other stuff that actually makes up a movie that still needs work.
October 21, 2021
"The Harder They Fall', though inspired, never amounts to the sum of its parts and the quick jump cuts and chaotic transitions do minimal for already stagnant pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 4, 2021
Unfortunately, the whole is not the sum of its parts, and despite speckled with action, violence, and a script full of withering zingers, the narrative fiber disintegrates into slim pickings once the smoke clears and the dust settles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 22, 2021
The genre has never felt so small and streaming-friendly as it does in this tawdry misadventure.
November 15, 2021
If the soundtrack is absolutely gorgeous and the execution qualified, then the narrative reveals problems of its own, following excessively caricatured characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 8, 2021
Instead of breaking new ground, The Harder They Fall often feels reluctant to innovate - a love letter to classic westerns that initially succeeds at homage, only to find itself succumbing to cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 8, 2021
Samuel not only wears his admiration for Lee on his sleeve, but also for Quentin Tarantino. We could all applaud his film's originality, if only it weren't so blatantly derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 21, 2021
Apart from some periodically amusing banter, its better parts amount to studious imitation and homage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 4, 2021
A seriously soulless affair, all bullets and blood and no buckskin or satiric bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 7, 2021
Gaudy, muddled and slight, with a likeable ensemble but almost no command of atmosphere or tension, it feels like it exists primarily to look good on Netflix menu screens, where it will appear early next month.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 3, 2021
It all looks great but this is an empty exercise in style over substance. Yes, everyone knows how to strike the right pose but it's all done in the service of a bland, hackneyed script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
November 3, 2021
To call The Harder They Fall transgressive would be giving it too much credit: Its various outrages are obnoxious because they have so little to do with anything like a story.
November 5, 2021
"The Harder They Fall" wobbles between witty homage and ugly Tarantinoid overkill, resulting in a movie that looks like it was more fun to make than it is to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 5, 2021
Static and slow, the movie feels even longer than its 137-minute length. Part of that is all the exposition. But it's also Jeymes Samuel's many directorial self-indulgences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 11, 2021
Westerns were always fantasies, but The Harder They Fall is so abstract a fantasy it barely feels like a Western more a series of poses involving cowboy outfits, six-shooters and desert landscapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 6, 2021
Has undeniable pop, but as a movie needing character, narrative, and pacing beyond revitalized nostalgia, it's all too often a bloody, showy mishmash that rarely holds its clichés and archetypes together with any lasting resonance.
November 8, 2021
This revisionist work takes so much from a slew of the genre's memorable moments. To say 'The Harder They Fall' is cliché is putting it kindly.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 28, 2021
There's a hint at the end that we might see some of these characters again. Can we put in a request for a just a few less bullets, in favor of emotional firepower?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2021
Idris Elba on autopilot, an underused supporting cast and some terrible chunks of sub-Tarantino dialogue are among the many lowlights of this mishmash western from the singer-songwriter Jeymes Samuel, aka the Bullitts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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