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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A sterling space cadet performance by Anna Faris floats the genial if slight pothead comedy Smiley Face, a distaff "Dude, Where's My Car?"
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Overlapping with other recent documentaries, picture nonetheless presents a stimulating argument.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Dysfunctional family seriocomedy is well cast, but characters and conflicts lack the sharper definition of similar recent exercises like "Little Miss Sunshine," "The Upside of Anger" and Noah Baumbach's films.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Somewhat forced happy ending aside, the pic holds together well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Undeniably entertaining for its zippy presentation.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Delivers fairly tense and engrossing drama before succumbing to thriller convention.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The first feature from new gay-focused production company Mythgarden, is a welcome exception in that it effectively dramatizes the issues without caricaturing or pillorizing either party.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Picture's ambition, cogency and decent performances make up for its uneven aspects. Woody Harrelson has some especially good moments as a cop.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Senesh was a budding writer, and her poems and diary entries add flavor to an already dramatic tale in Roberta Grossman's Blessed Is the Match.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Harrelson shines, particularly in framing scenes with Sandra Oh as a tactful court psychiatrist.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Despite the tale's real-life basis and a solid Ed Harris as their fictive equivalents' alcoholic dad, Touching Home emerges as a formulaic triumph-over-odds tale with too little distinguishing detail.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Religious overtones, however, could make this the rare mainstream feature that connects with the faith-based entertainment market.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Devil is nothing very special or original, but it gets the job done briskly and economically.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The picture delivers enough of the expected goods, if seldom with the wit or panache of the series' best.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Mildly amusing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Shy on the celebrity-gawking (and celebrity input) that marks many fashion documentaries, and neither gossipy nor an objective appreciation of his impact and legacy, picture is a successful portrait on its own terms, save one: It's unlikely to excite much theatrical interest.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The picture's creepiness factor is sufficient to rate this a notch above genre average.
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    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Philip Guzman's film offers plenty of intriguing elements, even if the central characters eventually feel too underexplored to fully satisfy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Alternately hilarious and discomfiting, and finally rather poignant.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Its inspiring portraits of hardworking subjects make a fine case for raising the bar by rewarding excellence rather than punishing failure.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Puppy appeal nudges past some dramatic deficiencies -- if just by a nose.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    He's a nondescript protagonist, his benefactors, and he's never truly in need; as is made clear at the start, he has a comfortable life to return to whenever he chooses. So the picture becomes simply the moderately diverting record of an offbeat vacation.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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