Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 100
    The movie is a great American document, but it's also entertaining. (Review of Original Release)
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    The stars of the film are the men and women of Harlan County, portrayed here not as patronized mountain folks but as human beings. (Review of Original Release)
  3. 80
    Muddled on the issues, but it earned its Oscar as a dramatic, involving story, full of tough and appealing characters. (Review of Original Release)
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    75
    Provides an exquisite representation of the emotion and pride in this microcosm mining community. (Review of Original Release)
  5. As the miners make clear, workers have no rights in this democracy that they don't fight like dogs for, and the film has no conclusion--the combat will always continue.

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