For 642 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 Timecode
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 85 out of 642
642 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    It has a somewhat routine midlevel-cable-production feel. But the content is engaging, and the use of old movie clips to illustrate biographical details... is amusing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This high-grade concert film will enthrall fans and amuse more open-minded newbies, though it suffers from the most dynamic material being largely clustered in the pic’s front section.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The ick factor is high in Contracted, a body-horror opus that will satisfy genre fans who like to be grossed out, but doesn’t have much to offer on any other count.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    While there’s no great originality on display here, Beijing Love Story handles its full range of stylistic and tonal gambits with impressive assurance. A strong performance or a well-placed sober moment always brings things back to terra firma whenever they turn a bit over-the-top.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Skirting horror and black-comedy terrain without quite surrendering to either, the pic proves rather bracing even if it doesn’t hold up to much plot-logic scrutiny.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Too bad this shrilly tuned comedy doesn't demand more than clock-punching effort from everyone involved.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Munch's usual stylishness and casual storytelling tenor lend persuasion to this curious drama about two brothers, both teen music idols, who demonstrate an incestuous attraction.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Hodgepodge of archival, re-enactment and staged fictive elements.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Lacks the stylistic attention to psychological distress that might have lent it maximum impact. Instead, the pic is amiable, kinda charming, visually routine, and incisive in individual sequences.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A respectably crafted, earnest ensemble drama.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Results at times seem as much p.c. travelogue as serious docu inquiry.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Those hoping for either a sizzling -- or an unintentionally hilarious -- good time will be disappointed by this inexplicably dull sequel.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Celestine Prophecy demands all skepticism be left in the lobby. That's a leap few may be willing to take -- few beyond those millions who bought the book, that is.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Emerges an uneven, occasionally vivid, ultimately unsatisfactory treatment of themes that should've packed more punch.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A classic case of "Better if you didn't read the book" cinema, Loverboy emerges an OK character study of an abnormally possessive mother.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Forgettable fun for the undiscriminating.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    3 Needles is a great discussion tool for World AIDS Awareness Day that never achieves coherent shape as a three-paneled drama.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    It's not exactly good, but it's not bad, and far from boring.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    This upmarket slasher is a well-produced but slow-moving thriller that never quite roars to life.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Striking and self-indulgent in equal measure, Cam Archer's first feature, Wild Tigers I Have Known, is an impressive declaration of talent that nonetheless gets a little drunk and disorderly at the trough of High Art. Arresting visual and sonic textures frequently overwhelm sketchy narrative, leaving surface provocation too seldom ballasted by deeper psychological truths or emotional impact.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Given his writer-producer credits on good-to-great recent sitcoms ("My Name Is Earl," "Arrested Development," "Grounded for Life"), one might expect more situational wit, or at least some snappy patter, from Brian Copeland's first bigscreen script. Instead, the humor rests primarily on slapstick wipeouts that have no physical consequence.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    "Thing" suffers the familiar curse of Canadian seriocomedy -- just nice enough in content and stylistically like a telepic.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Wins no points for delicacy. Still, it does score some laughs.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A slick but forgettable, characterless thriller.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Slick, good-looking, cluttered pic won't please fans of novelist Susan Cooper's original "The Dark Is Rising" sequence. But then, they are mostly grown-ups by now, and this very Hollywood-style adaptation of a very English book is aimed squarely at tweens.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Excels at bloodthirsty action, though dialogue and human-interest aspects are a tad anemic. Result is a mixed bag but has a catchy premise and quite enough splatter to satisfy gorehounds.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    This slick effort is effectively creepsome until it bogs down somewhat in plot explication.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Given the abysmal quality of recent spoof pics, it's saying something that Superhero Movie provides a fairly steady stream of midsized laughs -- and even the 40% or so of gags that just lie there aren't actively painful.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    On its own terms, it's a handsome albeit unexceptional juvenile adventure shot on some magnificent Chinese locations.