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Harriet (2019)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

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Cynthia Erivo
as Harriet Tubman
Leslie Odom Jr.
as William Still
Janelle Monáe
as Marie Buchanon
Joe Alwyn
as Gideon Brodess
Jennifer Nettles
as Eliza Brodess
Clarke Peters
as Ben Ross
Zackary Momoh
as John Tubman
Tim Guinee
as Thomas Garrett
Tory Kittles
as Frederick Douglass
Omar J. Dorsey
as Bigger Long
Claire Bronson
as Rachel Garrett
Charles D. Clark
as Abolitionist / John Brown Bodyguard
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All Critics (184) | Top Critics (40)

Ultimately, though, Harriet is impressive, especially given the budget ($17 million).

November 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a rousing piece of film-making from Lemmons.

November 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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The whole package is so sleekly watchable, if risk-averse to a fault, that I can't recall a recent time at the cinema where I learned more by thinking less.

November 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Erivo tears through Harriet, a live wire in the heart of a biography of Harriet Tubman that without her might have risked stateliness.

November 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

November 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

November 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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