Dennis Harvey

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For 882 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 5.3 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 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
882 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The result is modest, but has an earned emotional payoff.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Minimally plotted but beautifully atmospheric nightmare.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The Book Thief has been brought to the screen with quiet effectiveness and scrupulous taste by director Brian Percival and writer Michael Petroni.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Cheerfully gory, derivative and silly, Bounty Killer aspires to nothing more or less than trashy fun for genre fans, and this umpteenth “Mad Max”-style dystopian actioner delivers on that modest but admirable score
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A fascinating story, albeit with some missed opportunities in the telling.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Actress Clea DuVall’s debut feature as writer-director is an ensemble piece that breaks no new ground in themes or execution, but is pleasingly accomplished on all levels.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A pleasant romantic drama that works best when focused on the romance -- or on the waves, since the principal characters spend a lot of time surfing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A winning musical detective story about a failed, forgotten early '70s rocker.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Has the built-in curiosity value of watching real people evolve on camera -- a fascination increased by subjects' original, variably sustained commitment to countercultural ideals.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    There’s plenty of archival interview and concert footage here, in addition to that shot by the directing duo, edited together into a package as tight and ingratiating as the music itself — of which there is, naturally, a ton soundtracked.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Nevertheless, Babygirl has sufficient authenticity and charm as a summer-in-the-city miniature to easily hold attention, however modest its payoff.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    What at first looks like a heartwarming portrait of a highly blended modern family turns into a no less engrossing illustration of that situation's possible pitfalls in Off and Running.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The script by Roth, Lopez, and Lopez’s frequent collaborator, Guillermo Amoedo, giddily piles crisis upon crisis, with none of the customary mercy reserved for leading characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Deals in sometimes queasy areas of underage sexuality and emotional extremes; again, deftness and confidence ultimately put across a screenplay (this time by Anthony S. Cipriano) overloaded with sensational incident.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Cleverly complex, if not quite as scary or memorable as one might have hoped.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Sometimes first-person to a borderline-indulgent fault, docu still offers potent spur for discussion on the blurry line between forgiveness and tolerance toward terrorism.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A big-reveal thriller with surprises that really do surprise -- and are worth waiting for through an audaciously long buildup -- A Perfect Getaway finds writer-director David Twohy in popcorn form with a muscularity not seen since 2000's "Pitch Black."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Another entertaining mix of agitpop, pranksterism and autobiography.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Hell House is a slice of contempo life many viewers will find bizarre and disturbing, not necessarily in the precautionary-moral way its subjects intend. Briskly paced docu is well handled in tech departments.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Primarily humorous in a believe-it-or-not fashion.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    An unbeatable cast lends satisfying emotional texture.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Transcends mere torture porn -- though there's plenty for the squeamish to squirm over here -- in its deftly controlled mix of empathy, grotesquerie and sardonic humor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Pace is sleek, airless and apt.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Offers a diverting package of surreal, rude stoner and pop culture-based humor that will delight youthful viewers while bewildering stray elders.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The grounding material here is with the elderly Vidal himself... Unfailingly witty and devastatingly insightful, he personifies that near-extinct species — the public intellectual.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A first feature for helmer Bradley King and co-scenarist BP Cooper (though the latter has produced several indies), Time Lapse works due to both their escalating pileup of well-thought-out complications and credible character psychologies nicely communicated by expert performances.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While Olds and Paul Felten’s screenplay requires some significant credulity leaps, The Fixer is flavorsome, engaging and unpredictable enough that one can give those gaps a pass, at least to an extent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Those already well-versed in Georgia’s recent history will get the most from a series of real-life character sketches occasionally cryptic for their lack of contextualizing explanation. But the docu’s ample human interest and handsome lensing, despite much visual evidence of a struggling economy, will hold interest for most viewers.

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