Dennis Harvey

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For 922 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 5.7 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:
922 movie reviews
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A mediocre ensemble comedy-drama that's not particularly funny, involving or even nostalgic.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    It's a picture that's akin to a terrarium of plastic flowers -- gaudily decorative, but airless and lifeless.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Mature in terms of production polish and pro performances, writer-director Rob Margolies' feature debut, Lifelines (until recently called "Wherever You Are"), stumbles in a familiar way: It crams in so many family dysfunctions and plot crises in search of cathartic impact that credibility is stretched to the breaking point.
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    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Grim in theme yet seldom effective or convincing in execution.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    For a supernatural thriller that spends so much time on material that is neither supernatural nor thrilling, there’s not nearly enough effort put into credible, complex character writing, leaving the cast only so much ability to fill in the gaps.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    So little happens in The Boy, and so little suspense is effectively built around its central figure, that by the time things finally do heat up the movie has flatlined too completely for us to care.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    The leads are given the thankless task of maintaining grim poker faces through scene after scene of high contrivance and cliche-ridden dialogue.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A mean-spirited farce whose strenuous bad taste seldom translates into actual laughs.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    This crude, shrill day in the life of three ill-matched Manhattan women will prove as irksome to most viewers as it is to the protags.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    By-the-numbers slasher picture Smiley starts by borrowing the key concept of "Candyman," ends with a denouement heavily indebted to "Scream," and stuffs its middle with a dismayingly high quotient of lazy false scares.
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    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    The Toy Soldiers sports a basic competence in assembly that slightly elevates its material. The same can’t be said of the performers, though they try, some achieving a semblance of naturalism, others more inept or hammy.
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    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    The main thing early reels have going for them isn’t any actual cleverness or wit, but Neff’s pleasant riffing within a stock slacker-bro role. When his character stops having fun, so does the audience. Though needless to say, the unimaginative references to prior/better horror flicks just keep on a-comin’.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Nothing feels fresh here — not even Christopher Plummer hamming it up as a crusty-coot grandpa — and Philip Martin’s routinely polished direction only underscores the cliche-composting of Richard D’Ovidio’s script.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Sparing no maudlin contrivance in a quest to jerk tears that remain stubbornly dry, this hokum is slickly executed by producer Mark Williams in his feature directorial debut. But the result never rises above polished plastic, formulaic, and pedestrian.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Too underground in feel.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Writer-director Nancy Kissam's inexplicably named feature feels a tad Frankensteinian, sewing second-hand ideas together most inorganically.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Saw
    A crude concoction sewn together from the severed parts of prior horror/serial killer pics.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Its central theme being the struggle between Christianity and homophobia -- though what's onscreen is far too vanilla in both content and execution to spark much enthusiasm.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    All this sounds like a surefire recipe for knowing, trashy fun, but something got burnt in the oven.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A stilted, heavy-handed parable about fascistic intolerance.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    While competently made, Dark Summer makes no effort to lend its characters any psychological complexity, or even much distinguishing personality. Nor are the proceedings very scary.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Although it’s being marketed as a horror film, The Curse of Downers Grove turns out to be something else — a messy hash of teen soap opera, stalker thriller and whatnot whose titular, possibly supernatural aspect is basically irrelevant.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Picture aims for nonstop thrill ride, but for all its brainless brawn, it has plenty of stops and few real thrills.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Its humor and sentimentality equally labored, this by-the-numbers picture will look better, albeit still not good, as a latenight cable or streaming time-killer.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Emerges as an oddly sour, unappealing road-trip scenario.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Jared Leto gained some 70 pounds. Seemingly following his lead, the pic itself is heavy, lethargic, and exasperating.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    The Pact 2 simply stretches out rather than elaborating on its predecessor’s already thin premise, creating holes that are poorly patched over with false scares and unconvincing character behavior.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    If outrageous concepts were all, this latest fillip in the oft-eccentric history of Japanese "pink" (softcore sexploitation) cinema would be genius. But the crazy ideas in Takao Nakano's script just fitfully amuse under Mitsuru Meike's draggy direction.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    This shameless knockoff marches lock-stepped through moves that were already looking as tired as the Macarena.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    The polished, bland low-budget presentation doesn’t raise much tension, and the script springs no real surprises

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