Dennis Harvey
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For 731 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 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 Watchers of the Sky
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 94 out of 731
731 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Solid, straightforward docu should prove a durable broadcast and educational item for years to come.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This slick exercise about a housewife whose spouse might or might not be dead is effective until a downright maudlin close.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Overlapping with other recent documentaries, picture nonetheless presents a stimulating argument.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Little in the way of a unified theme emerges to turn Joseph Levy’s feature into something more than a semi-random survey of restaurant life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
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    Always watchable yet ultimately self-defeating in terms of its tonal/aesthetic choices.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A cheerfully silly action fantasy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The script doesn't wring many surprises or much character involvement from the premise, and the brothers' helming, while slick, is short on scares, action setpieces and humor.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A straight-ahead slasher pic with the big difference of an all-gay male character cast, Hellbent is fun -- if minor horror fun -- ably handled by first-time feature helmer Paul Etheredge-Ouzts.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Lacking any obvious thematic or emotional arc, compilation pic succeeds as a pure exercise in visual stimulus, its narcotic effect much amplified by Michael Gordon's thunderous, dissonant orchestral score.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Stitching together a quilt of stories involving disparate Angelenos in the mode of "Magnolia" and "Short Cuts" and myriad other crisscrossers, this somber drama is well crafted and watchable but lacks the distinctive story content, style and standout performances to become more than a serviceable reboot of familiar ideas.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The picture's creepiness factor is sufficient to rate this a notch above genre average.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Results are offbeat and amusing, but also a bit thin as the whole essentially amounts to one long shaggy-dog joke.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Never mind the inherent titular redundancy: The Last Exorcism Part II is a generally effective sequel to the 2010 sleeper that injected at least a little new life into the heavily taxed found-footage-horror subgenre.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This slacker prince (Hawke) comprises a sinkhole at the center of adaptor-helmer Michael Almereyda's otherwise compelling contempo update.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    None of this will be news to informed viewers, and the documentary's broad theme necessitates quick, superficial treatment of myriad underlying causes. But it's a solid, fairly even-handed spur for discussion that will be particularly welcome in classroom settings.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A consistently intriguing psychodrama that may nonetheless leave many viewers feeling that it’s all buildup and scant payoff.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Those with just a casual interest will find it colorful if a bit undercooked in the human-interest department, with limited insight into what makes its subjects tick, and the occasional rivalries between them.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The potentially ludicrous story is handled artfully enough here to cast an eerie but not off-putting spell throughout, though the ultimate point is more than a tad murky, and the desired poignancy doesn’t fully come across.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Somewhat forced happy ending aside, the pic holds together well.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Loves Her Gun ultimately doesn’t quite cohere as one part slackerish social observation in a nicely turned mumblecore mode, and one part cautionary psychological thriller about the dangers of treating fear with a loaded weapon.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Suffers in ways typical to such adaptations -- what was fresh and flavorful in anecdotal description becomes more familiar and sitcom broad in literal depiction.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This tale of a violently disillusioned medical student’s wade into the weird world of extreme body modification doesn’t develop all its narrative and thematic ideas to the fullest. But the polished pic is still outre and entertaining enough to please most jaded horror fans.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Zagar’s thesis — that overpowering media exploitation determined its legal outcome early on — is introduced in the very first shot, then hammered home harder the longer the pic goes on.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Pleasant if slightly pokey documentary.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Philip Guzman's film offers plenty of intriguing elements, even if the central characters eventually feel too underexplored to fully satisfy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    At first seems like a pleasantly pat piece of verite advocacy for convention-breaking unions. But it gets really interesting once said relationship unexpectedly dissolves in ugly fashion, offering real-life voyeuristic appeal a la "Capturing the Friedmans."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Though it can be taken at first glance as an archetypal “nothing happening” movie, there’s just enough going on here to suggest repeat viewings might reward curiosity.
    • 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.

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