Dennis Harvey

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For 882 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:
882 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Dani Menkin's documentary tracks his odyssey, which by nature is hard to be cynical about. Still, the feature feels padded even at 70 minutes.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Won't linger in the memory long, but gives pretty good action eye-candy while it's going.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Benefits from blend of live actors with computer-generated effects and backgrounds. Feature doesn't add up to much more than an enjoyable novelty.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Mildly amusing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Less than a home run, then, Intruders is still an efficiently engineered suspenser, with solid performances and a tight pace.
    • 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.
    • 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?"
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A straightforward record of the lecture Gore has toured for years, juiced by elaborate graphics. An excellent educational tool, picture may prove an awkward fit for theatrical distribution.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Though The Discovery starts out with a great premise, its mystery dissipates over a somewhat tepid course as the concept ultimately heads in a direction we’ve seen many times before, and depends overmuch on chemistry that fails to materialize between stars Jason Segel and Rooney Mara.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Plays like a so-so middle chapter of an epic series rather than a fitting kickoff.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The point is not very clear, but there's an impressive weirdness to Mad Cowgirl that elevated it above more strained attempts at transgressive cinema.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Filmmakers' own left-leaning sympathies are occasionally felt around the margins, but Conventioneers achievement lies in its honoring the sincerity and passion on both sides.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The Nines arcs from witty Hollywood insiderdom to a climactic metaphysical leap that may leave many viewers nonplussed. Nonetheless, there's more than enough intelligence, intrigue and performance dazzle to make this an adventuresome gizmo for grownups.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    While refraining from excess melodrama or overt preachiness, pic makes no secret of its dismay at this chapter in American history.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Undeniably entertaining for its zippy presentation.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    There's a slightness to the mildly eccentric material here that leaves the whole enterprise in danger of fluttering away.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    While there isn’t much subtlety or surprise in Yeung’s screenplay, his direction is restrained and graceful enough to make this a pleasant if unmemorable bittersweet love story.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Scheide's feature never quite seizes the potential for full-on "Stepfather" thrills or "Serial Mom"-style black comedy, leaving pic diverting but too mild.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A B movie in A-grade clothing.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Like Disney’s “True-Life Adventures” of yore, it educates while deploying some likely sleight-of-hand, and doesn’t really invite the kind of methodological scrutiny a more verite-style documentary would.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Overall, the mix of medium-grade raunchy humor and middleweight drama works fairly well, albeit with few real highlights.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This heavy buildup of investigative intel may be TMI for those not already obsessed with all things Cobain. The dramatic sequences have a straightforward telepic-mystery feel, though undeniably enliven by Scott’s blowsy impersonation of the worst detective’s client imaginable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This supposedly final though none-too-conclusive chapter is fast-paced and entertaining, if not especially scary.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Devil is nothing very special or original, but it gets the job done briskly and economically.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Though central dynamic is a familiar one -- old coot and young lost soul thrown together -- perfs, understated script and well-judged direction avoid too-obvious sentimentality or melodrama. Nonetheless, overall story arc is fairly predictable, and deliberate pacing sometimes risks dullness.

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