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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7

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Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
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  1. 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)
  2. 100
    The movie is a great American document, but it's also entertaining. (Review of Original Release)
  3. 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)