Dennis Harvey

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For 887 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 5.2 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:
887 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The picture delivers enough of the expected goods, if seldom with the wit or panache of the series' best.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Respectable but unmemorable end result may suffer from comparison with the similarly themed, albeit differently angled, “Traffic.”
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Unspectacular but quietly absorbing.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Unlike the vast majority of rude bigscreen comedies these days, "Prison" may actually improve with repeat viewings, since its best aspects are offhand enough to be missed the first time around.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Even the most deliberately airy amusement can use more ingenious structuring and assertive personality than Pineiro is inclined to provide at this (still early) stage in his career.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Despite a second half that feels more routine than its first, Pride is a definite crowd-pleaser.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Pleasant, if mediocre family fare.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Sometimes spare to a fault (especially scriptwise), low-key effort nonetheless holds attention with its naturalistic, nonsensationalized approach.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This year's kinder, gentler "Animal House."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    An unusually low-key Filipino drama whose neo-realist air generally triumphs over the script's violent, tearful contrivances.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Outlaws & Angels trades in the lurid character psychology and crude ironies of the spaghetti Western — an idiom whose cynical worst-case-scenario view of humanity seems more acceptable to modern audiences than the good-shall-triumph faith of the traditional Hollywood western.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Siren is lively if occasionally rough around the edges, packing a satisfying amount of action and a couple of amusingly nasty surprises into its short running time.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This entertaining-enough quartet of loosely interwoven terror tales falls right into the middle ground of horror omnibuses, with no outright duds but no truly memorable (or scary) segments either.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Whatever literary talent Leroy was praised for shouldn’t have been so quickly forgotten and dismissed by those who’d once championed it. However, that praise was won under false pretenses — and while you can criticize Leroy fans for claiming to love the writing when they really fell in love with the myth it came packaged in, you can’t blame them for feeling ripped off.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    If “Soul’s” script errs on the side of simplicity, it does effectively downplay the cliches inherent in its unambitious story arc. And the foregrounded local culture is always engaging, with meticulous but unshowy attention to period detail on all levels.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Solid, straightforward docu should prove a durable broadcast and educational item for years to come.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    It’s not that “My Love” feels inherently dubious; it’s that its execution is just a little too smiling-through-tears slick to be swallowed whole.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This slick exercise about a housewife whose spouse might or might not be dead is effective until a downright maudlin close.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Overlapping with other recent documentaries, picture nonetheless presents a stimulating argument.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A well-crafted if incompletely satisfying drama whose character study intrigues but ultimately feels somewhat frustratingly underdeveloped.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This amiably dumb feature debut for New Zealand writer-director Jason Lei Howden could have used some additional polish on the scripting side to bump its bad-taste humor up from the routinely to the inspirationally silly.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    AKA
    Always watchable yet ultimately self-defeating in terms of its tonal/aesthetic choices.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A cheerfully silly action fantasy.

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