Hit So Hard
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As grunge took off, the music industry was completely transformed in a way nobody expected... especially the young musicians who went from tiny shared Seattle apartments to international superstardom, sometimes overnight. Some handled it well... and some did not. As the acclaimed drummer of Courtney Love's seminal rock band Hole, Patty Schemel was right in the middle of all of it. The openly gay woman who always felt "different" never dreamed she would be part of a multi-platinum selling band, touring with legends, or on the cover of Rolling Stone. Or that, thanks to drug… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"The torturous tale of a remarkable survivor of the grunge era - the troubled but talented drummer for Courtney Love's band, Hole."
‑ Gene Stout, Seattle Times
"Patty Schemel "lived through this." Once you witness what that "this" was, feel free to follow that up with a "wow.""
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"When the film does (eventually) focus on Schemel herself, it provides a fascinating insight into the pressures of the music business and a cautionary tale of life in the fast lane."
‑ Terry Staunton, Radio Times
"Hole drummer Patty Schemel's feisty personality infuses this fast-paced film, which not only documents her rollercoaster experiences with drug addition but also provides a lucid exploration of the Seattle grunge scene."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"Sadly, the film loses focus far too often but it's never far from illustrating why drugs and rock 'n' roll have always gone hand in hand."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
"Choppy camerawork, sloppy editing, and lack of a coherent narrative structure make for a frustrating viewing experience."
‑ Tal Rosenberg, Chicago Reader
"An absorbing, educational, sad, humorous and ultimately uplifting film that is easily accessible and entertaining even for those not familiar with the grunge rock scene, or with the considerable role that Schemel played in that milieu."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Watching this overlong movie is a painful experience."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Hit So Hard allows her to look back in candour as she reflects on her career and life ..."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Hit so-so hard."
‑ Andy Tweddle, Little White Lies
"Ebersole pieces things together in a workmanlike way, but the tacky supertitles and camera effects often create a bit of an amateur feel."
‑ David Malitz, Washington Post
"Ebersol seems uncertain throughout of what tale he is telling, whether to focus on Schemel specifically or the larger picture of the band and the moments in contemporary rock history they were all witness to."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"While this film documents drummer Patty Schemel's struggle with drug addiction, you can't help but feel that her main role in rock 'n' roll history has been as a first-hand witness to events more important and interesting than her own story."
‑ Matt Looker, TheShiznit.co.uk
"There's not enough of the music on view and the film would be a more effective portrait of that era if Ebersole had edited it more effectively."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Hit So Hard is a good title for the film. Courtney Love looks like someone determined to carry on doing the hitting."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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