Dennis Harvey

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For 847 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 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Listen to Me Marlon
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
847 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Visual flourishes (handsomely lensed by Eric Edwards on Utah locales standing in for Montana) are polished but derivative, with too many time-lapse sky views, reminiscent of Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Excels at bloodthirsty action, though dialogue and human-interest aspects are a tad anemic. Result is a mixed bag but has a catchy premise and quite enough splatter to satisfy gorehounds.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    This amusing rather than laugh-out-loud funny project is best suited to smallscreen exposure.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Walking a sometimes wobbly line between charming and cloying.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Perfs are adequate in a movie lacking much use for better ones, though Brody disappoints by using the stock sotto voce rasp of the uber-macho action hero who really, really means business.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    This evenly paced drama holds interest with its uneasy character dynamics, interesting milieu and effective performances, though a story so frequently on the verge of violence ought to build more tension than Burris manages.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    This mix of tepid hospital intrigue plus underdeveloped cultural/relationship conflicts feels like a routine TV episode stretched to feature length, with little dramatic urgency or cinematic style to render its good intentions compelling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Broomfield's shaggy p.o.v. always troubles -- blurring the lines between tabloid and serious reportage, morbid curiosity and hard facts, objectivity and amusing, quasi-amateur stuntsmanship.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The segments vary in quality and the whole overstays its welcome at nearly two hours.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Striking and self-indulgent in equal measure, Cam Archer's first feature, Wild Tigers I Have Known, is an impressive declaration of talent that nonetheless gets a little drunk and disorderly at the trough of High Art. Arresting visual and sonic textures frequently overwhelm sketchy narrative, leaving surface provocation too seldom ballasted by deeper psychological truths or emotional impact.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Strenuous and just fitfully amusing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    After a decent if formulaic setup, the story bogs down in dull midsection intrigue, and helmer Jonathan Newman doesn’t deliver as much excitement as expected in the climactic stretch.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    It's not exactly good, but it's not bad, and far from boring.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Amusing but unevenly inspired tale of a deluded high school drama teacher's attempt to stage a career-saving extravaganza has some laughs, to be sure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Limply cute, with underdeveloped subplots and secondary characters, this sitcomish dramedy shares the source material’s primary fault: For a story about a supposed genius, it’s not all that clever or complicated.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Sometimes feels like an extended pilot for a smarty-pants broadcast series in the tradition of Michael Moore's "Awful Truth" and "TV Nation" skeins.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Even by recent standards for mainstream comedy packaging, "Tub" looks dull and ugly.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Macabre if uneven Louisiana-shot horror-meller should divert genre fans in various territories.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Given his writer-producer credits on good-to-great recent sitcoms ("My Name Is Earl," "Arrested Development," "Grounded for Life"), one might expect more situational wit, or at least some snappy patter, from Brian Copeland's first bigscreen script. Instead, the humor rests primarily on slapstick wipeouts that have no physical consequence.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The result is ultimately admirable more for what it resists — the usual sci-fi horror exploitation cliches — than for the watchable yet somewhat underwhelming impact of a narrative that feels perhaps a little too reined-in for its own good.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    In style and content, Sarah Jessica Parker starrer is the kind of earnest, talky, modestly scaled social-issue pic that seems predestined for the smallscreen.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    There's never any doubt where the picture is headed. If it finally achieves a modicum of poignancy, the impact surely would have been greater if the whole felt fresher.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Climactic triple-cross is a satisfying payoff, though scenarist-helmer Nolan doesn’t really sock across any possible point of emphasis – black humor is soft-pedaled, suspense just middling, and the character writing keeps classic fall guy Bill a bit too blank-slate to incur much sympathy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Script just doesn’t have it in terms of fresh narrative developments or individual gags.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Fix
    The diversity of visual tactics, characters, settings and incidents keep this shaggy-dog tale consistently diverting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Some material in the docu feels repetitive or unnecessary. But the main problem is that “Citizen Koch” simply juggles too many themes and narratives to cohere. The result is largely compelling in the moment, but unsatisfying as a whole.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Adam Rodgers’ debut feature is a painless enough diversion, but novel ideas and humor beyond mild chuckles are in scant supply.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Cub
    Jonas Govaerts’ first feature is a pastiche of familiar horror elements that’s well crafted throughout, but falls prey to the common dilemma of finding a payoff worthy of the buildup.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Offers diverting date-night fare for open-minded heterosexual couples and swingers, though its superiority (artistic or otherwise) to actual porn is debatable.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    This upmarket slasher is a well-produced but slow-moving thriller that never quite roars to life.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A respectably crafted, earnest ensemble drama.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Dylan Dog isn't a terrible movie, just one that feels like a tepid mishmash of secondhand concepts, never developing a distinctive atmosphere or unique personality of its own.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The film doesn’t quite have the verve or originality to capitalize on its spasmodic absurdist impulses, leaving the whole in a rather innocuous middle ground despite all efforts at quirkiness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    None is particularly original (though there is one good final twist), but they’re all reasonably entertaining.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The material itself has a formulaic solo-bioplay rhythm neither performer nor director can fully elude.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Well-crafted picture has a nice sense of place and rudderless youth, though in the end, simply too little happens for the story to have much resonance.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The Barber is a slick but ultimately underwhelming psychochiller.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A modest charmer.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A pic that provides one hour's decent, eye-filling ride, then crashes and burns amid some of the worst writing since ... well, since scenarist/co-producer Akiva Goldsman's last effort, "Batman & Robin."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Earnest and well cast, but less involving than it should be.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A classic case of "Better if you didn't read the book" cinema, Loverboy emerges an OK character study of an abnormally possessive mother.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Cheerfully embracing his status as cult B-movie genre megastar even as he sends it up, Bruce Campbell's sophomore directorial excursion, My Name is Bruce, is a big in-joke of definite if limited appeal.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Performances and presentation are solid enough, but the pic feels a bit undernourished, particularly once it closes on a note that’s well intentioned but provides no real resolution.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Surprisingly, the large format and three-dimensional technology do little to heighten the excitement of the races. In the end, docu is less a film with real behind-the-scenes insight and more a serviceable, if routine, promo package for the (very) bigscreen.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A mixed bag of often mismatched ideas.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Celestine Prophecy demands all skepticism be left in the lobby. That's a leap few may be willing to take -- few beyond those millions who bought the book, that is.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    This is the kind of buddy comedy where you have to take a giant leap of faith just to believe these two characters would ever be friends.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Olnek and collaborators share a genuinely offbeat sensibility, and The Foxy Merkins would have made a hilarious short. Yet it simply doesn’t come up with enough inventive scenes, let alone overall narrative spine, to sustain itself at feature length.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Wins no points for delicacy. Still, it does score some laughs.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    An unnerving home-invasion thriller, In Their Skin has narrative bones we've certainly seen before, bearing perhaps the closest resemblance to Michael Haneke's two versions of "Funny Games." Nonetheless, the same simple premise achieves full creepy impact here without succumbing to cheap genre thrills or cool arthouse abstraction.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The result is at once skillfully observed and a bit so-what.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    On its own terms, it's a handsome albeit unexceptional juvenile adventure shot on some magnificent Chinese locations.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    There may be a fairly sharp line dividing those who find the whole delightfully odd, and those irked by what could be read as a faux childlike simplicity to the enterprise.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Mary Fishman’s admiring docu is more a general survey than a detailed history or portrait of individual personalities and causes, and as a result, it holds interest without achieving any real narrative arc, offering inspirational content in a merely workmanlike package.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Munch's usual stylishness and casual storytelling tenor lend persuasion to this curious drama about two brothers, both teen music idols, who demonstrate an incestuous attraction.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Forgettable fun for the undiscriminating.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The comedy's broad perfs, predictable story beats and pro but characterless packaging have a smallscreen feel.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Like last year's "All Good Things," this fictionalized take on a still unresolved true-crime case of deception and disappearance can't help but intrigue, though the execution falls short of its full potential.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The unwillingness to let nuance communicate lends a flat quality to the drama here; after the initial crimes, suspense situations are simply lopped off prematurely, the action jumping clumsily to their aftermath.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The characters, situations and dialogue too seldom escape cliche in Gabriel Cowan’s watchable but unmemorable feature.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    This ostensible spoof of "radical chic" is, like his previous works, at once amusingly outrageous and slightly dull.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Video Games: The Movie is content to celebrate without much insight.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Among several recent documentaries about Detroit, the elegiac Detropia is perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing, if not the most informative or insightful.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Synchronicity is best approached as a sort of Rubik’s cube, a series of shiny, sliding, interlocking surfaces that require dexterity to move and figure out, but contain nothing beneath of pressing value.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Too often, helmer Rickman galumphs through what’s meant to be a witty romp, underlining the script’s most obvious, rigged qualities.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A moderately tense but also somewhat monotonous and overstretched exercise in claustrophobic suspense that doesn’t compare well to similar efforts like “Buried” and “127 Hours.”
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    This biographical drama, shot in crisp black-and-white, offers a potentially intriguing study in high-minded political/moral obstinacy, but feels too claustrophobic — and, finally, tediously like a one-man window on great events — to fully come to dramatic life.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Results here are just middling funny, with no truly memorable high points and a sum impact that goes poof!
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Unremarkable but competent in stylistic terms, with good use of Philadelphia locations, sharp casting and the requisite marketable hip-hop soundtrack adding up to a fun genre package.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Its essential contrivance works against the earnest emotions it’s aiming for.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    While in some ways an improvement on the book, this seriocomedy toplining Katie Holmes remains short on truly involving characters or situations, and is likely to spark unflattering comparisons to such vaguely similar, more distinctive films as "Rachel Getting Married" and "Margot at the Wedding."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Offering blandly stereotypical characters in a trite road-trip narrative, it's genial but too silly for most grownups, and likely to impress few "High School Musical"-indoctrinated kids.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Its eventual reach for warm-and-fuzzy emotional catharsis rings hollow among characters that never become more than disagreeably shallow products of unexamined privilege.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Tim Wolff's documentary is a diverting mix of colorful interviewees and footage from one such krewe's 40th anniversary ball, but it doesn't probe very deep.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Has stubborn charm, suggesting onward-and-upward career prospects for helmer/coscenarist Remi Lange.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Completely over-the-top yakuza actioner -- featuring nonstop mayhem, gore, torture and S&M -- duly reflects its comic book origins in both style and barely coherent narrative frenzy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The three thesps are impressive, with Chastain and Farrell delivering fevered performances that might have been knockouts on the boards, but in this respectfully flat approach feel a bit overscaled — you can see their virtuoso technique at work.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A lively, plush but unconvincing potboiler cobbled from familiar pieces of better films (and TV miniseries).
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    It's an easy watch that nonetheless consistently feels like a grazing blow rather than a knockout.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Hanging out with a 1970s cult figure of raunchy R&B "party records" is less fun than one would expect in The Weird World of Blowfly.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Never quite dull, neither does it ever find a viable rhythm, narrative arc or crux of emotional engagement.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Pedantic, humorless and one-sided -- qualities that won't encourage exposure beyond the activist left.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    “Babylon” actually provides little more than a lot of vague insinuations. Exasperatingly, it doesn’t even offer more detail on the Dmitrichenko affair.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Predicament makes the picture kin to 2001's "Trembling Before G-d," about gay Orthodox Jews. Both docs share the same fascination and limitation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Content is engrossing (if so fast-paced that uninformed viewers might easily get lost), but packaging is sometimes questionable.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Good-looking and entertaining, if unmemorable.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Competently made but unconvincing melodrama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A pleasant and polished first feature for director Gene Cajayon.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Well-made if not particularly insightful docu should be catnip to Phishheads, while the previously unconverted are likely to stay that way.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    "Thing" suffers the familiar curse of Canadian seriocomedy -- just nice enough in content and stylistically like a telepic.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Though interviews here are primarily with former camp followers and pic was made by one, overall perspective is just critical enough to satisfy both New Age types and curious skeptics.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The modest splash made by Andreas Dresen's Dogme-styled 2002 drama "Grill Point" raised expectations his projects since haven't quite met, including the new Summer in Berlin.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    It will be up to viewers to decide whether God Help the Girl is ingratiatingly naive art, gratingly inept art, or a bit of both.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Slick, good-looking, cluttered pic won't please fans of novelist Susan Cooper's original "The Dark Is Rising" sequence. But then, they are mostly grown-ups by now, and this very Hollywood-style adaptation of a very English book is aimed squarely at tweens.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Given the abysmal quality of recent spoof pics, it's saying something that Superhero Movie provides a fairly steady stream of midsized laughs -- and even the 40% or so of gags that just lie there aren't actively painful.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    No aspect asserts itself strongly enough for the whole to satisfy, and at times the pic’s humorless approach to cliches unintentionally borders on “MacGruber” territory.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The expected satire of religious gullibility and charlatanism proves toothless; worse, a cast of very funny people is given very little funny to do.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    At the Devil’s Door (which premiered at SXSW last spring under the title “Home”) ends up too tentative and underdeveloped, playing like an attenuated prologue for a bigger film.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Entertaining but never fully engrossing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    This slick effort is effectively creepsome until it bogs down somewhat in plot explication.

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