Dennis Harvey

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For 941 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Listen to Me Marlon
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
941 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    The fun momentum of Dope’s breakneck plotting and snappy dialogue easily overcome any momentary attack of earnestness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Avoiding rote inspirational notes as well as boyz-in-the-hood violence, scrupulously low-key drama nonetheless builds to a powerful impact.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    A definitive document for anyone who’s ever hoisted the devil-horn fingers in metalhead solidarity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Debuting helmer Walter assembles an aptly colorful package, with stylistic integration of elements from Johnson's delightful visual art. A major plus is the skittering percussion score by bebop jazz great Max Roach.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    A portrait of the artist emerges that’s complex, somewhat mysterious, but ultimately quite winning.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    It’s all absorbing stuff, amply conveying the magnetism of a conflicted leader who drew fanatical adoration, yet who one suspects wasn’t easy company (especially in tandem with Love).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Wilkerson's indictment is unapologetically agitprop. He sees Butte history as a testimony to "capitalist class" exploitation, corruption and environmental disaster.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    With far-right nationalist ideologies suddenly a matter of pressing interest to almost everyone, the timing is regrettably ideal for Keep Quiet. This fascinating documentary by co-directors Joseph Martin and Sam Blair finds a stranger-than-fiction hook for probing that disturbing global trend.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Mixing hilarious standup footage with admiring if not exactly cuddlesome behind-the-scenes glimpses.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Beautifully evokes the enduring appeal of English singer-songwriter Nick Drake.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    The Guest is blood-soaked action trash of a high grade.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Impresses with the originality of its observation, storytelling techniques and filmmaking style.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Its own mythology aside, this flamboyant, graphic and disturbing quasi-docu reenactment of a notorious chapter in U.S. counterculture life is a fascinating if peculiar accomplishment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    It's one of the best Broadway-tuner adaptations in recent years -- yes, arguably even better than those Oscar-winning ones.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    As boisterous as it is sobering.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Beyond its sheer, intense variety and ingenuity, Abreu’s animation remains so appealing throughout because it always feels handmade.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Its up-close portrait of heroic dedication in extreme situations has the dramatic immediacy and air of privileged access to impress both hawks and doves.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Paranormal succeeds in staying unnervingly "real."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Too abstract and self-referential for the average action fan's comprehension. But buffs will be delighted by a package that finds the near-80-year-old helmer giddily tipping hat to the genre conventions, themes and over-the-top aesthetics that long since lent him mad-visionary status.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Whose Streets? is not a movie intended for those seeking an explanatory recap, let alone “balanced” analysis, of the original case itself. What it does offer, however, is a pulse-taking of one community’s response — variably constructive, occasionally chaotic — to perceived institutionalized abuse by law enforcement.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Despite occasional bad-taste outrageousness, overall tone is surprisingly sweet, even lyrical and romantic at times.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    What Away From Her achieves is quite admirable-- a low-key, intelligent setting for performances marked by those same qualities.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Flavorful yet brisk like the book, Life of Crime loses some of its source material’s character development as well as a few minor narrative pieces (the dialogue remains nearly all Leonard’s), but the excellent casting fills in any resulting gaps well enough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    No doubt inspired to some degree by "Super Size Me," this equally engaging, slightly better-crafted documentary deftly balances humor and insight.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Sorta doing for "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"-type slashers what "Shaun of the Dead" did for zombie pics, "T&D" offers good-natured, confidently executed splatstick whose frequent hilarity suffers only from peaking too early.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Silver (“Who is Dayani Cristal?”) keeps the focus outside the courtroom primarily on Davis’ parents, who see prosecution as their only hope of some closure in losing their only child. Their grief, bafflement and attempt to maintain some hope in the justice system lends 3 1/2 Minutes considerable poignancy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While the competent filmmaking package lacks much of its own personality, the sheer fascinating strangeness of the people documented could earn the picture a minor cult following a la "Grey Gardens."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This now-obscure historical chapter can’t help but be silly in the retelling, and Lane surrenders whole to that silliness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Compelling result is handled with enough dignified artistry to quell most fears of exploitation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The obstacles against effectively protecting battered women and prosecuting their abusers are vividly illustrated in Private Violence.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Non-formulaic character interactions, a uniformly strong cast and deft handling by vet TV helmer Fabrice Cazaneuve render a refreshing take on youthful coming-out.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A decent political thriller set in Taiwan with the requisite Western-market-friendly lead and a determinedly pro-independence message embedded in a formulaic but diverting tale of intrigue and oppression.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A conventionally enjoyable making-and-breaking-of-the-band saga.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While the primal you-killed-my-family-now-I-kill-you story smacks of old Westerns (and newer Liam Neeson movies), the pic rises somewhat above formula due in large part to its being acted out in this particular historic cultural context. Depictions of pre-colonialist Maori life are rare enough onscreen, let alone in this kind of muscular genre effort.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Underwhelming finish explains zilch, but good performances, atmospherics and use of backwoods locations make Yellowbrickroad an intriguing cipher.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The differing responses Accidental Courtesy is likely to evoke in viewers make it a great conversation-starter for public and educational forums.
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    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A straightforward, solidly crafted inspirational tale.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    It's crude, sexist, ear-splittingly loud and a helluva lotta fun for anyone suffering from past or present testosterone overload.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While no doubt a more evenhanded documentary remains to be made on this issue, the Takatas’ effort is polished and convincing on its own terms.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Brightly packaged and steadily amusing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Endearing nature of the personalities involved makes a fine argument for weighing parental suitability on terms more profound than the prospective parents sexual orientation.
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    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The film’s brisk progress is always genial and lively, hitting the expected off-color-humor marks without getting too juvenile.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Co-produced by the subject's church, this fine feature takes its cue from Malcolm's personality, treating material in a refreshingly earnest, straightforward terms sans flash or preachiness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    One of the more bizarre illustrations of racial injustice under apartheid is dramatized in Skin.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    You’re Next is fairly light on psychological and narrative complexity, but it’s still a good cut above the slasher norm, with a firm grasp on visceral action and the wisdom to place tongue slightly in cheek when things go further over the top.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A pleasant surprise...more directorial personality here than most "SNL"-derived features get...the cheerily absurd, color-saturated atmosphere recalls John Waters' "Hairspray."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The modest pic’s laughs get bigger as it goes along, and so does its surprising warmth.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A winning look at cross-cultural romance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Some fans will find the approach (which avoids Nirvana music and perf footage) too arty and indirect; but others will welcome the specialized theatrical release and the subsequent DVD.
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    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Eden Lake doesn't feel like torture porn so much as a rural-jeopardy thriller in extremis.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Antic horror comedy I Sell the Dead nods to the '60s Hammer heyday of fog-swirling Victorian chillers, as well as that period's penchant for teaming genre favorites (Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Peter Lorre, etc.) in genial sendups.
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    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While the black-white-and-red-clad duo's mystique survives intact, there's some backstage insight.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Exuberantly silly, Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings sends up Filipino horror, romance, gaysploitation and other genre cliches in service of a pro-tolerance message.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Delivers the essential suspense goods with overall skill and a modicum of intelligence.
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    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman is designed to go down easy among exactly the audiences who might assume all environmentalists are “radicals,” but would readily identify with the folksy protagonists herein.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Mixes satisfying dollops of fun, tears, travel, romance and lesson-learning in a handsome package whose two hours pass faster than many a grownup entertainment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While the crimes were appalling, one leaves Little Hope Was Arson less concerned with them — especially as all the churches have since been rebuilt — than with larger questions of forgiveness.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Picture is a colorful human mosaic.
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    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A non-pandering crowd-pleaser whose character quirks and small stabs at poignancy feel refreshingly earned.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Not the slickest or most crowd-pleasing among many recent performance-competition docus, it's nonetheless absorbing for the light it casts on those many Afghanis who want an end to guns and fanaticism, and the return of a social liberalism.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The script’s more grotesque aspects integrate well enough into a portrait of everyday life among the least-reputable citizens of a grime-flavored community...while the film’s grungy aesthetic likewise keeps the bizarre story feeling at least somewhat grounded.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The majesty and imperiled status of the world’s aquatic life are vividly captured in Mission Blue.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This tale of two elementary-school brothers plotting to end the physical separation their parents' divorce has forced on them effortlessly pulls off the naturalism and charm desired from material that might have easily curdled into calculated preciousness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Jerry Rothwell’s film focuses engagingly on the human dynamics, particularly the role of late leader Bob Hunter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A charming look at the mildly eccentric man who gained modest feature-page celebrity for his familiarity with San Francisco's tropical parrot flock.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Laden with more than enough profane humor to warrant its R rating, this is nonetheless a formulaic crowd-pleaser.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    An alarming if ultimately inspiring David-and-Goliath parable for today.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Thumbsucker (like "Donnie Darko") is more likely to prosper in the long haul as a home-format cult fave than in its initial arthouse tour. Both offer eccentric humor within a fairly somber overall tone, support-cast surprises, and (to a lesser degree in Thumbsucker) fable-like, hyperreal elements.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A memorable portrait of an unbearable personality.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Cast is first-rate all around, unafraid to play up the annoying, insensitive or self-pitying aspects of their nonetheless likeable characters.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The filmmakers etch the character dynamics so astutely that we never doubt the credibility of even the most ill-considered actions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Flavorsome package vividly captures Bombay slum life, neither neglecting nor overemphasizing the bawdy, drag-queenish flamboyance hijiras bring to its mix.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Overall, Margarita, With a Straw is an unexpected delight of charm and substance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The extent to which it’s hilarious and revelatory, however, may depend on viewers’ degree of prior intimacy with all things Harmonic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A fine drama that stands as Gallic vet Claude Miller's best in at least a decade.
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    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Parents may feel a bit uneven and over-ambiguous as a whole, but its off-center mix of slightly black comedy and drama is never less than interesting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    For unabashed agitprop, Pump is quite entertaining.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's sprightly documentary weighs its subjects' unique accomplishments and widespread influence while probing a relationship more complex than its sunny public face indicated.
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    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Mixing sheer spectacle with modest but pleasing human-interest threads, Viktor Jakovleski’s first directorial feature is a poetical, entrancing documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While the result is sure to appeal to the star's fans, they may find this less-than-definitive portrait distractingly arty at times, while viewers attracted by such up-to-the-moment talents as Lady Gaga will wonder why the picture doesn't bother providing a little more explanatory background about that old guy she's singing with.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Unfolds at a leisurely but enjoyable pace, its dramatic contrivances never pushed too hard.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A pitch-perfect lead performance by Parker Posey and debuting feature writer-helmer Zoe Cassavetes' deft, low-key approach raise Broken English a couple notches above the usual run of lonely-single-woman-seeking-romance-in-the-big-city yarns.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Day-glo garish Girls Will Be Girls puts a rude spin on "Valley of the Dolls"-type Hollywood melodramas, to frequently hilarious if disjointed effect.
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    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Gripping and discomfiting, this first directorial feature by the veteran editor is the kind of diaristic inquiry that can seem self-indulgent but here sports a fearlessness that transcends vanity — at times it’s downright unflattering.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    With filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia granted extraordinary access to one facility, they make for a bizarre and entertaining documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This globe-trotting debut effort by helmer Aaron Yeger and his producing team offers a vivid mix of visual evidence, historical commentary and survivor testimonies. It’s less successful trying to integrate the struggles of today’s Roma, which merits a docu of its own.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Brand: A Second Coming is never dull, moving at a busy clip appropriate to its seemingly tireless globe-trotting protagonist.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This arresting seriocomedy deftly walks a tightrope between droll and tense, over a gaping pit of crazy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Delightful documentary A Cantor's Tale casts a fond eye back at the "golden age" of chazzanut (Jewish liturgical music) and its star performers in the Brooklyn of yesteryear.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Afforded a comparatively rare chance to stretch out in a complex lead role, Buscemi is excellent.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This entertaining docu by "When We Were Kings'?" Leon Gast is more eccentric personality portrait than the in-depth scrutiny of celebrity-culture madness afforded by fellow Sundance preem "Teenage Paparazzo."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Drawing on a rich array of archival materials, Tab Hunter Confidential is lively and entertaining.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While plot mechanics aren't wildly imaginative, pic nonetheless delivers requisite jolts in an above-average package.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Lazin has without question skillfully assembled an entertaining, strongly narrative nonfiction package.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    An adept if necessarily limited translation of uncinematic material, The Guys retains the potency of its stage original as a poignant, ingeniously simple tribute to firefighters lost in the World Trade Center disaster.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Eytan Fox delivers another involving tale in The Bubble.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Pacing is brisk, and performances and writing sharp enough to engage throughout.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Pic can be taken as either inspirational or cautionary, but either way rivets attention on the efforts of both medical science and Conn herself to keep the little guy alive.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Recalls last year's "World's Greatest Dad," similarly using a snowballing fib to lampoon the ambulance-chasing relationship between morbidity and celebrity. But unlike that primarily satirical exercise, Norman gradually ditches the snark in favor of poignant, understated dramatics.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Affectionate spoof merits appreciation as a not-so-dumb salute to another era's ultra-dumb genre conventions.

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