Dennis Harvey

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For 958 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 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Listen to Me Marlon
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
958 movie reviews
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    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    The kind of willfully obscure, excessively stylized exercise that's bound to exasperate most viewers while enthralling a few.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Absorbing documentary is a natural for artscasters.
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    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Macabre if uneven Louisiana-shot horror-meller should divert genre fans in various territories.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Neither sexually explicit nor showily lyrical, Undertow nonetheless has a sensuous, romantic feel that balances same-sex love with an equally empathetic view toward the adoring, then bewildered, then enraged wife.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Pacing is brisk, and performances and writing sharp enough to engage throughout.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Picture fares like most horror follow-ups, offering more of the same to somewhat diminished effect.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Helmer/co-writer Doug Langway's first feature has the right basic elements for niche DVD and cable success, but its overly digressive storytelling cries out for considerable tightening.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    For all its street edge, GhettoPhysics pretty much delivers the usual New Age seminar sleight-of-hand, providing a temporary, generalized sense of empowerment without any practical tools to improve one's lot.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    No doubt inspired to some degree by "Super Size Me," this equally engaging, slightly better-crafted documentary deftly balances humor and insight.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Its modest surface belies the depths of a lovely seriocomedy that concisely lays bare all kinds of uncomfortable dynamics in seemingly casual, low-key fashion.
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    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    There are potentially funny ideas, but the barely-there script, performances and direction go for a deadpan tenor that's not supported by much actual wit.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    This middling drama has no glaring faults, but simply lacks the intended urgency.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Harrelson shines, particularly in framing scenes with Sandra Oh as a tactful court psychiatrist.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While the competent filmmaking package lacks much of its own personality, the sheer fascinating strangeness of the people documented could earn the picture a minor cult following a la "Grey Gardens."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Compelling result is handled with enough dignified artistry to quell most fears of exploitation.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Evaluating this project in conventional feature terms is a lost cause; relevant contexts are purely avant-garde and pornographic. Suffice it to say that helmer's careful attention to framing camera, music and content signal primary allegiance to Art rather than Smut.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Non-formulaic character interactions, a uniformly strong cast and deft handling by vet TV helmer Fabrice Cazaneuve render a refreshing take on youthful coming-out.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A decent political thriller set in Taiwan with the requisite Western-market-friendly lead and a determinedly pro-independence message embedded in a formulaic but diverting tale of intrigue and oppression.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Energetic but poorly structured.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A mediocre ensemble comedy-drama that's not particularly funny, involving or even nostalgic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Picture makes an engrossing case for justice.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A conventionally enjoyable making-and-breaking-of-the-band saga.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Forgettable PG-13 pic will particularly strike fans of harder-edged recent horror pix as much ado about not much.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Vehicle for Dana Carvey as a chameleonic crime-fighting imbecile is noisy, colorful and fart-gag-filled enough to amuse undiscriminating auds under the age of 10.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    This generic horror meller would be most at home debuting on Syfy -- perhaps double-billed with "Pinata: Survival Island."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    It's crude, sexist, ear-splittingly loud and a helluva lotta fun for anyone suffering from past or present testosterone overload.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Brightly packaged and steadily amusing.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Mature in terms of production polish and pro performances, writer-director Rob Margolies' feature debut, Lifelines (until recently called "Wherever You Are"), stumbles in a familiar way: It crams in so many family dysfunctions and plot crises in search of cathartic impact that credibility is stretched to the breaking point.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A bright, snappy culture-clash farce in the mode of "Desperately Seeking Susan" and its ilk, Kiss Me, Guido plays gay and Italian-American stereotypes against one another to good-natured, crowd-pleasing results.

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