Dennis Harvey
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For 677 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 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 Paragraph 175
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 89 out of 677
677 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    In the end, a pretty good buildup to OK payoff without any real surprises en route makes Dark Skies feel just enough above average to make one wish it had one memorable spark of conceptual inspiration up its sleeve.
    • 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
    Seimetz takes advantage of the eccentric cultural/natural landscape of central Florida to vivid effect, gets impressive if seldom endearing work from her actors, and seems very much in charge of an assertive if not always explicable presentation.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A polished, watchable genre entertainment that nonetheless lacks the inspired dialogue and situations needed to make a memorable impression.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A cheerfully silly action fantasy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Though there might have been some real drama to tap in following some seniors’ efforts to reconnect with their long-lost loves, Cassaday either doesn’t find any such intrigue, or didn’t bother looking for it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    There are engaging, articulate personalities here that maintain interest through a mountain of strategizing sessions and court reversals, though helmers Ben Cotner and Ryan White strike a rote note of tele-friendly inspirational uplift while risking tedium with too much repetitious content.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Although not entirely successful, this intriguing, above-average genre effort still reps an ambitious and resourceful debut for helmer/co-writer Scott Schirmer.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Though a tad uneven, as a whole the documentary cannily juggles an overview of African-American history in general with the specifics of its photographic representation and talents.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    “Veronica” is accomplished in aesthetics if not thematic weight, with a handsome look and some attractive soundtrack choices.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    An OK mishmash.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Entertaining but never fully engrossing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Well-made if not particularly insightful docu should be catnip to Phishheads, while the previously unconverted are likely to stay that way.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Never quite dull, neither does it ever find a viable rhythm, narrative arc or crux of emotional engagement.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Its screaming-queen stereotypes will look pretty retro in most Western markets, even if an earnest pro-tolerance message disarms potential offense.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The camera's closer scrutiny doesn't flatter this unique theatrical reportage.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Visual flourishes (handsomely lensed by Eric Edwards on Utah locales standing in for Montana) are polished but derivative, with too many time-lapse sky views, reminiscent of Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A pleasant and polished first feature for director Gene Cajayon.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A modest charmer.