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Review: 'Harriet' gives Cynthia Erivo the star turn she deserves in an overall acting triumph

Cynthia Erivo knows how to make an entrance.

In "Harriet," her first starring film role and one she signed for before she had any big screen experience at all, the British actress galvanizes the proceedings as Harriet Tubman, a figure of rescue and resistance so legendary she is scheduled to take her place on the $20 bill.

In work that emphasizes the unstoppable power of a persuasive performance, Erivo not only convincingly conveys the strength of the celebrated abolitionist's fierce personality, she creates her as a realistic, multi-sided

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