Dennis Harvey

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For 890 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:
890 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Pi
    The film's imaginative, diverse images create a mind's-eye urban claustrophobia; such intensity may exhaust over 85 minutes' course, but it's never less than impressive.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While written epilogues provide upbeat updates on the subjects’ endeavors, the overall impression is one of a draining uphill struggle for relatively little personal reward given the enormous stakes involved in the planet’s continued ecological destruction.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The pic reveals itself as a horror-action-comedy a la "Evil Dead," with amusing twists of fate and over-the-top gore.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Good-humored but not campy in its regard of some genuinely fascinating research, and full of trippy visuals, this science-fair bonanza would have been a midnight staple in the era of “The Hellstrom Chronicles.”
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Those who seek neat narrative resolution to any mystery may leave underwhelmed. Still, the hard-won acceptance of uncertainty that Robinson and Howell allow their protagonist provides its own, more abstract satisfaction.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The occasional heavy-handed or clumsy elements don’t seriously impair a film whose high spirits, talented cast and luridly intriguing subject consistently entertain, even if they seldom truly surprise.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Cohn handles all the performers very deftly.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Genially cartoonish but also rather sweet.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    An agreeable tone and cast make Sherman’s Way go down easy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    David Schwimmer's first bigscreen directing effort reveals something very different: a thoroughly competent mainstream craftsman who imposes no individual character on formulaic material.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    What makes this involving beyond its subject's slightly freakish fascination is helmer Ilana Trachtman's capturing of a complex family dynamic in which Lior isn't the only intriguing personality.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan's fourth feature collaboration is a vivid period whirlwind that impressively showcases the comic thesp's more dramatic side.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A retro sci-fi tale that takes its time stoking a low-key absurdism to high silliness. Initial slow going pays off in cumulative laughs.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    It's all efficiently nerve-jangling, with Tyler and Speedman credibly registering every hue of panic. Still, after such a long, creepy, cannily restrained buildup, it must be said the resolution is rather flat, a full-circle postscript rote.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The lead performers, the brighter fillips in Daniel Taplitz’s screenplay and Marcos Siega’s (“Pretty Persuasion”) assured direction make this a pleasing item overall.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Harrelson shines, particularly in framing scenes with Sandra Oh as a tactful court psychiatrist.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The latest from the culty maker of “Suicide Club,” “Love Exposure” and last year’s TIFF Midnight Madness audience-award winner, “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?,” is so insistently over-the-top from the start that the results are just fairly amusing when they ought to be exhilarating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The fact that the films that serve as her models often sported the same flaws doesn’t excuse this fairly poker-faced spoof’s sometimes borderline-torpid pace and disappointing fade-out.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Zarcoff does a good job building tension.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A bright, snappy culture-clash farce in the mode of "Desperately Seeking Susan" and its ilk, Kiss Me, Guido plays gay and Italian-American stereotypes against one another to good-natured, crowd-pleasing results.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    It’s pleasant enough cinematic comfort food, but even so, you may be hungry again soon afterward.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Lutsik takes aim at reckless capitalism --- as well as the increasing Westernization of Russian filmmaking --- with a disquieting allegory that in both themes and aesthetic is an audacious throwback to pre-WWII Soviet cinema formalism.

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