Harlem Aria
Harlem Aria (1999)

An aspiring opera singer from Harlem teams up with a charismatic busker and a kindhearted hustler to share his voice with the world, and teaches his two newfound friends the importance of taking your destiny into your own hands. Anton… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 5, 1999
DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Missing no stops on the road from cloying to annoying, Harlem Aria has waited more than 10 years for domestic release. Maybe its destiny has been written.

Andrew Schenker
Village Voice

Racial tensions and bawdy humor carry the day, until, following an unfunny set piece at a fancy hotel and a street robbery, black and white (far too) easily come together to help their young charge.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A contrived, lazy drama that's increasingly asinine, unrealistic, awkward and over-the-top.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Harlem Aria has been gathering dust since it screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 1999. Why it is now getting a release is something Congress should look into.

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Kam Williams

100 minutes of Hell that had me reaching for my meds.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Entertaining debut film about a Harlem laundry worker who dreams of becoming a famous tenor.

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Robert Koehler

Despite pro handling on both sides of he camera, the storytelling and filmmaking ring false, especially, in the characterizations.

Kam Williams

100 minutes of Hell that had me reaching for my meds.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Scrap the negligible subplot about inanimate objects desiring, and achieving, corporeal existence and the narrative of William Jennings's Harlem Aria is essentially Pinocchio in the Hood.

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