Dennis Harvey

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For 929 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 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
929 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
    • 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.
    • 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.

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