Dennis Harvey
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For 716 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 The Shape of Things
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 93 out of 716
716 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 78 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Zagar’s thesis — that overpowering media exploitation determined its legal outcome early on — is introduced in the very first shot, then hammered home harder the longer the pic goes on.
    • 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.
    • 64 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    “Veronica” is accomplished in aesthetics if not thematic weight, with a handsome look and some attractive soundtrack choices.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A surfeit of harrowing on-the-ground footage during protest crackdowns, plus the protagonists’ testimonies, make for a frequently inspiring and exciting documentary. But helmer Greg Barker (“Ghosts of Rwanda”) also risks pretentiousness in various forms of stylistic and thematic overreach, while providing viewers scant explanatory info on the regional conflicts.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A consistently intriguing psychodrama that may nonetheless leave many viewers feeling that it’s all buildup and scant payoff.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This supposedly final though none-too-conclusive chapter is fast-paced and entertaining, if not especially scary.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    While the results may be perilously slight, Suburban Gothic’s particular brand of low-key sarcasm and absurdity will tickle those looking for laughs more dry than slapstick (or splatstick) in nature.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    It’s pleasant enough cinematic comfort food, but even so, you may be hungry again soon afterward.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Nancy Savoca's workmanlike record of a La Mama stage performance taped last December finds the comic spinning some not-especially-interesting anecdotes about her bewildered actions that day, before turning toward more incisive political commentary.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A time-warp comedy that starts out kinda "Pleasantville" and gets pretty Tepidsville, Blast From the Past expends scant imagination or style on a fun premise that seems an open invitation to both.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Script just doesn’t have it in terms of fresh narrative developments or individual gags.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Competently made but unconvincing melodrama.

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