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The Harder They Fall Reviews

November 12, 2021
Leave your saddlebags at the door and mount up for one hell of a ride.
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
November 10, 2021
This is a Friday night affair: It wants to rouse us out of our seats -- and it does. Samuel's movie, with its reggae-inflected soundtrack and booming cast revels in the freedoms of pastiche, reckless violence, and glossy, staccato style.
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
There are joys throughout The Harder They Fall, and the film is entertaining enough for the most part. But its overly glossy slickness and its 130-minute runtime are distractions.
November 5, 2021
The Harder They Fall is a mess, but it's a fun mess.
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 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 3, 2021
Samuel makes the most of his formidable cast.
November 2, 2021
If HBO's supernaturally tinged "Lovecraft Country" didn't prove to enough folks that Majors is Hollywood's most captivating new leading man, "Harder They Fall" rests that case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 29, 2021
This movie operates on its own plane of existence, bursting forth onto the screen with a degree of confidence that rarely materializes on this scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 29, 2021
This cowboy tale is unapologetically strong and Afrocentric, a la Black Panther. It's as cutting edge as it is retro.
October 29, 2021
Bursting with dazzling Black stars, the Netflix-made Western introduces some of the fascinating Black cowpokes who made their mark on the Wild West.
October 28, 2021
This cast is gorgeous, charismatic, and they are all up for the challenges of the physicality of the Western.
October 28, 2021
This is a giant Western that is so, so fun.
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 28, 2021
"The Harder They Come" always manages to keep at least one foot on the ground. This is a film about real people, and - for all of its modern energy - Samuel's debut stays connected to the soil where their legends were born.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 28, 2021
In a movie stacked, and I mean stacked, with amazing actors one would think it would be nearly impossible to stand out and yet Majors does. That's not to say many of the others aren't great because they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 27, 2021
The result sometimes feels like a film made almost entirely of style and swagger, a body count with a killer soundtrack. But there's satisfaction in that kind of bloody, bare-knuckled storytelling too...
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 25, 2021
Though much of the narrative exists in the action sequences, the connections between the characters are profoundly humanizing. Samuel doesn't try to reimagine the Western. Instead, he presents the genre as it always should have been.
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October 25, 2021
"The Harder They Fall" is colorful in very smart ways.
October 22, 2021
Even with all the shootouts and robberies and action sequences, this is also a wonderful showcase for screen-stealing acting, with virtually everyone in the all-star cast getting some center stage moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 22, 2021
A bloody pleasure ... a revenge Western packed with memorable characters played by memorable actors, each scene and moment staged for voluptuous beauty and kinetic power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 22, 2021
The genre has never felt so small and streaming-friendly as it does in this tawdry misadventure.
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
October 22, 2021
Surely the truth (or something close to it) of who these men and women were must have been more fascinating, and more worth mythologizing, than what transpires in this strained mashup.
October 22, 2021
History lessons aside, "The Harder They Fall" is a spirited if overlong romp, a blood-splattered, tough-talking tumble in the dirt where Samuel establishes himself as a spiritual cousin to cinematic forebears Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 22, 2021
The Harder They Fall is an energetic and poppy crowd-pleaser of a film made even better by its punky indifference toward staid conventions of period filmmaking.
October 21, 2021
These actors are the true heart of The Harder They Fall. They feel so giant onscreen, so untouchable... it's a film that exists in the past, present, and future, all at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2021
The scale, the tone and the splatter go great with Samuel's soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2021
Apart from some periodically amusing banter, its better parts amount to studious imitation and homage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 21, 2021
Everyone, really, is in fine form, grooving on the nifty gait and rhythm of [Jeymes] Samuel's filmmaking.
October 21, 2021
History tells us that the presence of black gunslingers in frontier America was wildly underestimated by the cowboy movies of vintage Hollywood. Find here the correction to the record, served very rare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 20, 2021
It's not that the characters are particularly well developed. That's not the compelling thing here. It's the performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 20, 2021
If "The Harder They Fall" doesn't make Westerns popular again, I don't know what can.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 19, 2021
The movie goes hard with a great train robbery, breathtaking vistas and dynamite shootouts where the camera feels like it's part of the action, ducking and weaving between bullets and finding new positions for the best shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2021
A swirl of fact and fiction, history and humor, Italian spaghetti western and Jamaican reggae that is as far from historically accurate as Yuma is from New York but remains wildly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 19, 2021
The entire cast brings their A-game to the film, which helps make The Harder They Fall feel like a major event that the genre has been waiting decades for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2021
Swagger to spare. Still, there's more to it than badass posing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2021
Samuel channels the B-movie swagger of the films which inspired him, to vigorously entertaining effect.
October 7, 2021
The Harder They Fall is a thrilling feature debut from Jeymes Samuels, redefining the movie western for a modern age. These. People. Existed. And we want more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
October 7, 2021
An uproariously fun hootenanny, made with style.
October 7, 2021
"The Harder They Fall" is committed to putting its stamp on larger-than-life legends. The fact that their names aren't nearly as well-known as Billy the Kid or Wyatt Earp makes the film all the more compelling...
October 7, 2021
Every shot, every scene, every exchange from The Harder They Fall is combat-ready and garishly tensed for violence - and Samuel certainly brings the freaky mayhem, with gruesome relish and high energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 7, 2021
This picture works so hard at entertaining us that it strips its own gears; its churning style can't quite keep the story going.
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.
October 6, 2021
Packed with style, charm and a barrel-full of shrapnel for good measure, The Harder They Fall will still be standing when the smoke clears. The Bullitts doesn't miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5