Dennis Harvey
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For 694 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 How to Survive a Plague
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 91 out of 694
694 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Solid, straightforward docu should prove a durable broadcast and educational item for years to come.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A B movie in A-grade clothing.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The track record of SNL-drawn movies is dire ("It's Pat," "Stuart Saves His Family," "Blues Brothers 2000"), and this one stands just a peg higher, as an amiable, if flyweight, di-version.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    10 Things doesn't take much time before ditching its pitch idea in favor of a mishmash of newer formulas, never quite settling on a cogent game plan or directorial tone.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Respectable but unmemorable end result may suffer from comparison with the similarly themed, albeit differently angled, “Traffic.”
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Does a lot with little, milking a single location and minimal dialogue for deadpan humor, tension, and macabre payoff.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Eventually pic turns into a formula slasher over-indebted to the usual "Texas Chainsaw" and "Halloween" models. But until then, Mena's direction (if not his script) suggest he's ready for bigger-budget assignments.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This year's kinder, gentler "Animal House."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Won't linger in the memory long, but gives pretty good action eye-candy while it's going.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Another satirical view of the everyday insanity of working within the Industry, slickly made New Suit adds no special insight to the subgenre.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Scheide's feature never quite seizes the potential for full-on "Stepfather" thrills or "Serial Mom"-style black comedy, leaving pic diverting but too mild.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Evaluating this project in conventional feature terms is a lost cause; relevant contexts are purely avant-garde and pornographic. Suffice it to say that helmer's careful attention to framing camera, music and content signal primary allegiance to Art rather than Smut.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Benefits from blend of live actors with computer-generated effects and backgrounds. Feature doesn't add up to much more than an enjoyable novelty.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Dani Menkin's documentary tracks his odyssey, which by nature is hard to be cynical about. Still, the feature feels padded even at 70 minutes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Though central dynamic is a familiar one -- old coot and young lost soul thrown together -- perfs, understated script and well-judged direction avoid too-obvious sentimentality or melodrama. Nonetheless, overall story arc is fairly predictable, and deliberate pacing sometimes risks dullness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Picture's retro feel is rendered pleasing overall by scribe's linguistic flair and the enjoyable cast.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    While his static backgrounds and stuttering character movement aren't likely to win over traditional animation fans, Hair High reps the high end of this "Sick 'n' Twisted"-type toonery.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Filmmakers' own left-leaning sympathies are occasionally felt around the margins, but Conventioneers achievement lies in its honoring the sincerity and passion on both sides.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Overlapping with other recent documentaries, picture nonetheless presents a stimulating argument.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Dysfunctional family seriocomedy is well cast, but characters and conflicts lack the sharper definition of similar recent exercises like "Little Miss Sunshine," "The Upside of Anger" and Noah Baumbach's films.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Undeniably entertaining for its zippy presentation.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Despite the tale's real-life basis and a solid Ed Harris as their fictive equivalents' alcoholic dad, Touching Home emerges as a formulaic triumph-over-odds tale with too little distinguishing detail.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Religious overtones, however, could make this the rare mainstream feature that connects with the faith-based entertainment market.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Devil is nothing very special or original, but it gets the job done briskly and economically.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The picture delivers enough of the expected goods, if seldom with the wit or panache of the series' best.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Mildly amusing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Shy on the celebrity-gawking (and celebrity input) that marks many fashion documentaries, and neither gossipy nor an objective appreciation of his impact and legacy, picture is a successful portrait on its own terms, save one: It's unlikely to excite much theatrical interest.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Fans excited to see John Carpenter back in bigscreen action after nine years' absence will find limited cause for joy in The Ward, a horror opus that briskly -- maybe too briskly -- charts ghostly doings at a nuthouse.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The picture's creepiness factor is sufficient to rate this a notch above genre average.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Alternately hilarious and discomfiting, and finally rather poignant.

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