A Rage in Harlem
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"With its snazzy Elmer Bernstein score, its snappy period flavor and its all-star cast doing something completely different, A Rage in Harlem should have been much more fun than it is."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"[A] flamboyant, engaging action comedy."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"It bleeds for a kind of Harlem justice, as its intense black characters act tough, nasty, sexy, twisty, heroic and lively."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Underneath the fancy trappings, however, is a disappointingly ordinary caper movie that moves far too slowly for a picture of this type."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Bill Duke directed this mixture of high energy and low vulgarity, which doesn't do justice to the talents of its mostly black cast."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Jazzy and jauntily funny."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Duke and company have been true to Himes' brash, blaspheming spirit, and that is no small thing."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A Rage in Harlem is the kind of film that, every ten minutes or so, requires violent bloodshed or a sexual rendezvous to prevent audiences from becoming glassy-eyed and slack-jawed."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"That extraordinary cast, directed by Bill Duke, has little to do other than idle between sporadic outbursts of sadistic violence."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"A Rage in Harlem is an uneven combination of comedy and carnage. When it's good, it's very good. When it's not, it's simply bloody."
‑ Lou Cedrone, Baltimore Sun
"As the movie becomes increasingly violent and unpleasant, the characters chase around after each other in a threadbare gangster plot about a trunk of gold."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Bill Duke's Harlem has the heft of an imaginatively heightened reality; it's a great place to visit."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Based on Chester Himes's novel, this is a stylish, fast-moving and often humorous thriller from Deep Cover director Bill Duke."
‑ Joanna Berry, Radio Times
"It's largely a cheap looking, tawdry affair, with tortuous interludes in which the humour devolves on gratuitous unpleasantness or tired old bad jokes at the expense of women."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"It's hard to believe but this film offered the first to feature a black glamorous woman--Robin Givens--since Diana Ross's ill-fated Mahogany."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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