Dennis Harvey

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For 861 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 5.4 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:
861 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Its modest surface belies the depths of a lovely seriocomedy that concisely lays bare all kinds of uncomfortable dynamics in seemingly casual, low-key fashion.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Winningly unpretentious tale uses a wispy romantic narrative as a vehicle for attractive original tunes.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    This adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s heavily autobiographical novel is ideally cast and skillfully handled.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Dennis Harvey
    The pic is a superbly crafted collage whose soundtrack is as complexly textured as the curation and editing of visual elements.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Getting so close to real-life mental illness, via footage that spans many years, renders Tarnation a uniquely potent experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    A riveting account of how a soldier's death in Afghanistan was spun into a web of public lies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    A concise overview's clarity and an epic narrative shape, with a happy ending to boot.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Leaves just an anecdotal impact, but handsome lensing, acoustic score and male leads’ playful rapport lend it gentle appeal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Princess plays out an unsettling scenario of underage sexuality in enigmatic, almost dreamlike terms.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Despite some imaginative packaging too often proves a drag in more than the sartorial sense. Taking Mitchell's sketchy book far too seriously, the movie grows leaden between its terrific songs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    This first-rate multicamera transcript of a terrific show should delight musical fans (and many who think they aren't) as a niche broadcast item.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    An impressive and artful cinematic thesis of palpable substance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    The definitive screen chronicle to date of homosexual persecution under the Third Reich.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Delightful and ingenious as much of this is on a moment-to-moment basis, it becomes somewhat wearying over the long haul.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Intelligent political satire this expertly acted is nothing to sneeze at.
    • 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).
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Portraying a cutthroat business in which little is “fair,” Don’t Think Twice acknowledges the bloodshed, but applies the razor with enough empathetic delicacy to earn its cautiously upbeat fade.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Takes a beautifully lensed look at the work of Scottish "landscape sculptor" Andy Goldsworthy, whose unique creations -- composed of icicles, leaves, sticks, rocks, etc. -- are often as not simply swept away by the next tide or wind gust.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The two leads’ clashing styles might work if the film were entirely about two superficially similar people’s inability to truly find common ground. But as we’re finally intended to judge their meeting a profound connective one on at least some levels, the chemistry simply feels off.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Combined with hilarious physical business and perfectly overearnest delivery of pseudocool lines like, "Let your fingers do the rocking!," he (Black) pretty much single-handedly keeps the formulaic progress funny.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Well-shot and edited, Anvil! is an underdog saga even non-metalheads will root for. It tows that fine line between chuckling at its protags' somewhat absurd situation and celebrating their sheer unwillingness to give up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The result is modest, but has an earned emotional payoff.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    It’s a bizarre story not entirely clear in the telling — partly because we can’t be entirely sure when the subject is telling the truth — but absorbing nonetheless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Never less than gripping as an account of what happened and what went terribly wrong.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    An alarming if ultimately inspiring David-and-Goliath parable for today.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Canadian writer-director Stephen Dunn’s first feature treads no new ground in basic outline. But the risk-taking confidence with which he weaves in sardonic magical-realist elements, not to mention his unpredictable yet assured approaches to style and tone, make this a most auspicious debut.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    While at about the two-thirds mark, Under the Sun begins to seem a bit attenuated, its obvious (if only implied) points already made, the ending is a stunner.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Pics greatest achievement is its sharply poignant dialogue which, despite the horrible consequences of the contest it describes, is also darkly amusing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    For the most part, pic’s sheer good-naturedness pulls off a not particularly inspired crusty-old-coot-thawed-by-young-scamp concept, maintaining an agreeable tonal balance despite occasional wobbles between spoof, sentimentality and silliness.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    TransFatty Lives is an unusually playful and emotionally involving first-person chronicle of serious illness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The fact that the films that serve as her models often sported the same flaws doesn’t excuse this fairly poker-faced spoof’s sometimes borderline-torpid pace and disappointing fade-out.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The pic is a bit clunky at times in its structure of blackout-separated chapters, and its subjects aren’t the most articulate folks, but it’s all kept relatable by their almost unshakably upbeat attitudes.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    It’s to the credit of “She’s Beautiful” that it seems neither hectic nor glib despite the enormous amounts of material that doubtless had to be excluded to fit a single feature’s frame.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Consistently engaging due to the wealth of generally unfamiliar archival footage, which reveals social trends, sweeping overview should provoke healthy debate.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Combines straightforward coming-of-age narrative with Maori mysticism to most engaging effect.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Neither conventional costume drama nor abstract objet d'art, this visually ravishing, surprisingly beguiling gamble won't fit any standard arthouse niche. Still it could prove the Polish helmer's belated international breakthrough.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Beyond its sheer, intense variety and ingenuity, Abreu’s animation remains so appealing throughout because it always feels handmade.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Mixing hilarious standup footage with admiring if not exactly cuddlesome behind-the-scenes glimpses.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A sturdy recap of the titular organization’s short, tumultuous history.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Very English, very period and very polite.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A winning musical detective story about a failed, forgotten early '70s rocker.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Zandvliet’s script and direction avoid milking an innately loaded situation for excess melodrama or pathos, sticking to a discreet economy of approach that accumulates considerable power.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Engaging documentary draws on plentiful archival footage and A-list interviewees, and should lure dedicated nostalgists.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    The conflict between different notions of freedom, law-enforcement problems, and an atmosphere of escalating violent threat make Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker’s documentary as engrossing as a fictional thriller.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    A potent, engrossing look at several young refugees from Sudan's disastrous, endless civil war who've been relocated to the U.S.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    This genuine curio maintains its mystery to the end.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    There are engaging, articulate personalities here that maintain interest through a mountain of strategizing sessions and court reversals, though helmers Ben Cotner and Ryan White strike a rote note of tele-friendly inspirational uplift while risking tedium with too much repetitious content.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Harrowing and ultimately moving.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Beautifully evokes the enduring appeal of English singer-songwriter Nick Drake.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Picture is particularly well-crafted, managing to avoid the ambulance-chasing tenor that might easily have turned this into a voyeuristic freakshow.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Jerry Rothwell’s film focuses engagingly on the human dynamics, particularly the role of late leader Bob Hunter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Works best as a straightforward appreciation of the music. Though docu's structure wears out full viewer interest after an hour or so, few will come away with staid prejudices (i.e. that turntablism isn't "real" musicianship) intact.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The majesty and imperiled status of the world’s aquatic life are vividly captured in Mission Blue.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Makes a compelling case for raising him (Bukowski) from cult status to the top rank of 20th century U.S. literary figures -- while providing ample evidence of a very colorful life and times.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    The terrific DIG! offers a unique chance to watch two classic rock band scenarios unfold simultaneously.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Miller is greatly helped by all her major collaborators here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Warmly engaging Buck is a portrait of Buck Brannaman, a trainer whose remarkable way with equines provided a model for "The Horse Whisperer" in both novel and movie forms.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A fascinating story, albeit with some missed opportunities in the telling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    An Honest Liar is a highly entertaining portrait of James “the Amazing” Randi.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Force of personality and terrific vintage performance clips make a keeper of Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Neither sexually explicit nor showily lyrical, Undertow nonetheless has a sensuous, romantic feel that balances same-sex love with an equally empathetic view toward the adoring, then bewildered, then enraged wife.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    The Guest is blood-soaked action trash of a high grade.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    An alarming cautionary tale about how easy it is in the Internet age to ruin people’s lives while hiding behind a cloak of anonymity, the pic boasts a humorously titillating entry hook that soon gives way to engrossing conspiracy-thriller-like content.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Aussie genre pics of the 1970s and '80s get a rip-roaring salute in Not Quite Hollywood, complete with endorsement by Quentin Tarantino as chief onscreen fanboy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Assembly is brisk and high-grade, allowing for the variable quality of archival materials.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Dynamic performance footage and input from a variety of collaborators, colleagues and admirers, as well as Hanna herself, make the tightly edited Punk Singer a vivid watch even for those with no interest in or experience with the music itself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Draws on extensive archival materials to etch an absorbing portrait of a singular counterculture mini-phenom that will be manna to music fans.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A straightforward record of the lecture Gore has toured for years, juiced by elaborate graphics. An excellent educational tool, picture may prove an awkward fit for theatrical distribution.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A basically admiring if critical portrait, documentary by Henriette Mantel and Stephen Skrovan (strangely, both standup comics and TV comedy writer-producers) finds more than enough absorbing material to hold interest through nearly three-hour runtime.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Picture makes an engrossing case for justice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Intimate and engrossing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Absorbing documentary is a natural for artscasters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Eccentric as this premise is, the Blaines’ screenplay trails behind their confident direction in terms of ringing interesting variations on a limited, somewhat repetitious theme.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While aspects verge on sitcom terrain, this tale of a pregnant small-town woman caught between a bad marriage and a risky affair is mostly as funny and charming as intended.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    This is no starry-eyed, heart-on-sleeve flashback but a low-key, respectful one, no less appealing for its relative reserve.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    A luxuriously old-fashioned star vehicle custom-fit to its topliner's strengths, which come across to sensational effect.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The writer-director-producer’s pulsing, pencil-etched, pastel-hued animation style is a pleasure to behold as ever.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Numerous lovely, quirky moments.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Thorsten Schutte’s entirely archival assemblage is most likely to be appreciated by the previously converted, as its stimulating if somewhat patchy overview of a multi-various career skims over or omits too many aspects to comprise a definitive introduction.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    It’s an inspiring picture, particularly given the difficulty of imagining one of today’s sports superstars going so far out on a limb for unpopular beliefs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Doesn’t always convince, particularly in the last lap. But it’s an engrossing, unusual, imaginatively executed bit of psychological gamesmanship nonetheless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Deftly cramming a terrific amount of history, breaking news, personal drama, culture and context into a trim runtime, The Russian Woodpecker is surprisingly inventive, even buoyant in its presentation of several issues that could scarcely be more sobering.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A feel-good comic ensembler that's hard to resist.
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    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While the black-white-and-red-clad duo's mystique survives intact, there's some backstage insight.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The popular human-interest story of a child prodigy becomes an engrossing meditation on truth, media exploitation and the value of art in My Kid Could Paint That.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Pic itself is a long haul, at nearly 2½ hours; yet one needn't be a fan of Metallica or heavy metal to be engrossed throughout.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Bigger, Longer & Uncut will make it harder still to dismiss, or kill, this cultural mini-phenom — not least because the feature is a more clever diversion than anyone had any right to expect.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    With nearly five-decade screen veteran Ulfsak setting the wry, soulful tenor, Tangerines balances humor and seriousness in deft fashion, its delicacy abetted by all thesps and design contributions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Sean Penn delivers a compelling, ambitious work that will satisfy most admirers of the book.

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