“The Harder They Fall” has enjoyed quite a meteoric rise on Rotten Tomatoes. The critics’ consensus reads, “It isn’t as bold and fearless as its characters, but ‘The Harder They Fall’ fills its well-worn template with style, energy, and a fantastic cast.” Much of the praise goes toward director Jeymes Samuels, who makes his feature film directorial debut with the Netflix movie. Wendy Ide of Screen Daily writes, “Samuels channels the B-movie swagger of the films which inspired him, to vigorously entertaining effect.”
Cheyenne Bunsie of Little White Lies echoes those sentiments, speaking to the overall timeliness of the film. “‘The Harder They Fall’ is a thrilling feature debut from Jeymes Samuels, redefining the movie western for a modern age,” Bunsie states. “These. People. Existed. And we want more.” It’s not just Samuels who’s brought their A-game. Carmen Paddock from One Room With a View gives credit where credit’s due to the incredible cast, writing, “Its two leading men bring gravitas, poignancy, and credibility to their biggest, boldest twists, and the film never dampens the supporting cast’s magnetism.”
However, not every critic was as impressed with the film as these ones. Robbie Collin of The Telegraph mentions, “Gaudy, muddled and slight, with a [likable] ensemble but almost no command of atmosphere or tension, it feels like it exists primarily to look good on Netflix menu screens.” You can decide for yourself which camp you fall in when “The Harder They Fall” debuts later this year.