Dennis Harvey

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For 1,023 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 6.1 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:
1023 movie reviews
    • 14 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    It’s the rare kind of sprawling, costly hot mess that achieves instant camp gratification other fiascos must wait decades to ripen toward.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    211
    A rote, overstuffed compilation of genre cliches with pedestrian handling of action elements and frequent notes of maudlin contrivance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Though not without its flaws, the movie has authenticity and resonance; there have been plenty of good surfing documentaries, but very few good dramas about the sport — a short list on which Breath instantly earns a prominent spot.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Misandrists is a diverting bad-taste frolic for the sufficiently jaded.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    This isn’t a dull film, but it lacks personality as well as originality.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    On its own terms, Noer’s adventure is ultimately a dramatic and dynamic-enough telling of an indelible fact-based story to connect with viewers.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Really, it’s sad that the best Hollywood can come up with for so much seasoned talent is this stale shake-and-bake combining upscale-lifestyle porn with some tepid smirky humor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    The conflicts come to no interesting fruition, and occasional comic flourishes (Bobby dancing to a “Soul Train” broadcast, vomiting after drinking alcohol) fall flat.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    This engrossing documentary focuses primarily on the kids as each grows through some rough developmental patches. But en route a few stereotypes get demolished, most notably the notion that every convict is a “deadbeat dad” or otherwise inherently bad person.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Suspenseful as the actual matches are, there’s more tension in worrying just how intact these near-adults will make it to the even bigger stakes of post-high-school life, or whether they’ll be hobbled before they even leave the gate.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Focusing on a rescue-and-rehabilitation organization and several youths it plucks from servitude, this is an involving indictment with enough individual human-interest elements to avoid being too much of a grim screed.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    It’s not a total wash, but the eventually dreary mix of vague religious morality and rather ponderous horror suggests Katagiri should pay more attention to script development next time out.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    A stirring adventure by any standard.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Taken on its own confidently crafted terms, Jonathan is an intelligent, absorbing tale that provides an impressive showcase for “Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    The humor misfires painfully even when it just tries to be charming.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Goran may in the end be simply a clever, sick joke, but it’s one that’s very astutely played.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Though the deaths are diverse and fairly gory (Brennan Jones designed the special makeup f/x), “4/20 Massacre” isn’t very scary. It is, however, lively and well-enough crafted, with decent performances.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    It’s a movie that’s resourcefully accomplished on comparatively slim means, and less choosy fantasy action fans will find things to enjoy in its foamy cocktail of vampires, kickboxing and neo-noir.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    More antic and likable than it is laugh-out-loud funny, Adventures in Public School is handled with skill on modest means.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Real, inspired strangeness — not to mention laughs, and an actual point — prove elusive here, while the musical elements feel so inessential they might be excised entirely without notable loss. Wanderland deserves credit for trying something different. But such an effort shouldn’t end up so innocuous and inconsequential.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    “Pick” is brisk and pleasant, but not terribly involving or memorable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    It’s hard to dislike Alex Strangelove; one just wishes the film didn’t lean in quite so insistently to be petted.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Blandly competent in assembly, Baja has only pedestrian comic ideas, and even those aren’t executed well.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The film can never quite decide what it wants to be — wounded-inner-child drama, quirky comedy, quasi-thriller, all the above — and its good ideas never quite gel, or lead toward sufficient narrative revelation.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    It’s the rare horror film that’s actually more effective in psychological terms than in suspense ones.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Prows and company don’t simply play the often outrageous (and occasionally grisly) content for tasteless sensationalism, comic or otherwise. They treat it with an interesting, empathic yet slightly detached tone somewhere between the respectful and the droll.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Director Rob W. King and screenwriter Dave Schultz’s engaging effort has enough standard genre elements to satisfy more open-minded sci-fi fans, and its political-allegory angle is ultimately quite potent without becoming too heavy-handed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Wright satisfies in providing a glimpse of an alternative community and lifestyle that appears near-idyllic without being painted in terms that are too sentimental or cute.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Instead of emphasizing tense action and atmosphere — the usual limited-budget solutions — the filmmakers here seem to think having their characters nervously chatter on about their situation in reams of clumsy dialogue will do the trick. It does not.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    This genial but very silly gorefest looks like it was fun to make — practically the entire population of Charleston, Mississippi, seems to have pitched in. Still, horror fans will have to be in a generous, perhaps beered-up mood to feel the same way about watching it.

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