The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.