Dennis Harvey

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For 831 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 4.8 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 Vulgar
Score distribution:
831 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While this free-ranging agenda might easily have seemed overly random or pretentious, Olson’s confessional tenor lends it all a stream-of-consciousness intimacy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Annika Iltis and Timothy Kane’s debut feature documentary finds plenty of rooting interest and colorful characters in a competition whose willful perversity brings an inevitable, generous side helping of gallows humor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Cohn handles all the performers very deftly.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Resolutely unshowy, sometimes almost too lower-case in its observations, Yosemite pays off in an authenticity that pervades both individual scene rhythms and performances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    At a moment when public discourse seems so often focused on exacerbating hostile divisions, this docu’s joyful embrace of human (as well as edible) variety as “the spice of life” seems particularly, well, filling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    For the most part, pic’s sheer good-naturedness pulls off a not particularly inspired crusty-old-coot-thawed-by-young-scamp concept, maintaining an agreeable tonal balance despite occasional wobbles between spoof, sentimentality and silliness.
    • 56 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A sparely plotted, low-key but ultimately rewarding slice of South Dakota reservation life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This arresting seriocomedy deftly walks a tightrope between droll and tense, over a gaping pit of crazy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    An amusingly over-the-top horror comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Though the darker tonal shift toward the end is a bit jarring, director/scenarist Gilady demonstrates a deft, confident hand with the storytelling, cast and general packaging, and makes assertive use of the dramatic desert setting.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Overall, Margarita, With a Straw is an unexpected delight of charm and substance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Though T-Rex leaves some questions unaddressed, and ends with little resolution to protag’s various challenges, it’s compelling throughout.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    What makes Luke Meyer’s documentary interesting isn’t so much the music or even the incipient stardom, but rather the push-pull between high-stakes biz pressure and subjects who — being 13 years old or so — hardly have the attention spans for the drudgery and minutiae a “career” requires.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Thorsten Schutte’s entirely archival assemblage is most likely to be appreciated by the previously converted, as its stimulating if somewhat patchy overview of a multi-various career skims over or omits too many aspects to comprise a definitive introduction.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Sometimes spare to a fault (especially scriptwise), low-key effort nonetheless holds attention with its naturalistic, nonsensationalized approach.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Good performances and quirky humor make this slick if less than fully satisfying mix of romantic comedy and mystery an easy sit.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This update of 1950s drive-in sci-fiers finds the right balance between icky, funny and scary, with sheer energy compensating for a script that could have used more parodic panache.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Respectable but unmemorable end result may suffer from comparison with the similarly themed, albeit differently angled, “Traffic.”
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Intimate and engrossing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Unspectacular but quietly absorbing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    As a mix of nonfiction and wafer-thin drama, however, it's a genial mess in which both elements emerge undercooked
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The music is fine, but there's little else here to hold the attention of non-Deadheads.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Recycles familiar ideas, with just enough droll wit to score as a nifty normal-folk-doing-stupid-deadly-things comedy a la "Fargo."
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Pleasant if slightly pokey documentary.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A B movie in A-grade clothing.

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