Dennis Harvey

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For 848 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 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:
848 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Striking and self-indulgent in equal measure, Cam Archer's first feature, Wild Tigers I Have Known, is an impressive declaration of talent that nonetheless gets a little drunk and disorderly at the trough of High Art. Arresting visual and sonic textures frequently overwhelm sketchy narrative, leaving surface provocation too seldom ballasted by deeper psychological truths or emotional impact.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Strenuous and just fitfully amusing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    After a decent if formulaic setup, the story bogs down in dull midsection intrigue, and helmer Jonathan Newman doesn’t deliver as much excitement as expected in the climactic stretch.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    It's not exactly good, but it's not bad, and far from boring.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Amusing but unevenly inspired tale of a deluded high school drama teacher's attempt to stage a career-saving extravaganza has some laughs, to be sure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Limply cute, with underdeveloped subplots and secondary characters, this sitcomish dramedy shares the source material’s primary fault: For a story about a supposed genius, it’s not all that clever or complicated.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Sometimes feels like an extended pilot for a smarty-pants broadcast series in the tradition of Michael Moore's "Awful Truth" and "TV Nation" skeins.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Even by recent standards for mainstream comedy packaging, "Tub" looks dull and ugly.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Macabre if uneven Louisiana-shot horror-meller should divert genre fans in various territories.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Given his writer-producer credits on good-to-great recent sitcoms ("My Name Is Earl," "Arrested Development," "Grounded for Life"), one might expect more situational wit, or at least some snappy patter, from Brian Copeland's first bigscreen script. Instead, the humor rests primarily on slapstick wipeouts that have no physical consequence.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The result is ultimately admirable more for what it resists — the usual sci-fi horror exploitation cliches — than for the watchable yet somewhat underwhelming impact of a narrative that feels perhaps a little too reined-in for its own good.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    In style and content, Sarah Jessica Parker starrer is the kind of earnest, talky, modestly scaled social-issue pic that seems predestined for the smallscreen.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    There's never any doubt where the picture is headed. If it finally achieves a modicum of poignancy, the impact surely would have been greater if the whole felt fresher.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Climactic triple-cross is a satisfying payoff, though scenarist-helmer Nolan doesn’t really sock across any possible point of emphasis – black humor is soft-pedaled, suspense just middling, and the character writing keeps classic fall guy Bill a bit too blank-slate to incur much sympathy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Script just doesn’t have it in terms of fresh narrative developments or individual gags.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Fix
    The diversity of visual tactics, characters, settings and incidents keep this shaggy-dog tale consistently diverting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Some material in the docu feels repetitive or unnecessary. But the main problem is that “Citizen Koch” simply juggles too many themes and narratives to cohere. The result is largely compelling in the moment, but unsatisfying as a whole.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Adam Rodgers’ debut feature is a painless enough diversion, but novel ideas and humor beyond mild chuckles are in scant supply.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Cub
    Jonas Govaerts’ first feature is a pastiche of familiar horror elements that’s well crafted throughout, but falls prey to the common dilemma of finding a payoff worthy of the buildup.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Offers diverting date-night fare for open-minded heterosexual couples and swingers, though its superiority (artistic or otherwise) to actual porn is debatable.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    This upmarket slasher is a well-produced but slow-moving thriller that never quite roars to life.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A respectably crafted, earnest ensemble drama.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Dylan Dog isn't a terrible movie, just one that feels like a tepid mishmash of secondhand concepts, never developing a distinctive atmosphere or unique personality of its own.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The film doesn’t quite have the verve or originality to capitalize on its spasmodic absurdist impulses, leaving the whole in a rather innocuous middle ground despite all efforts at quirkiness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    None is particularly original (though there is one good final twist), but they’re all reasonably entertaining.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The material itself has a formulaic solo-bioplay rhythm neither performer nor director can fully elude.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Well-crafted picture has a nice sense of place and rudderless youth, though in the end, simply too little happens for the story to have much resonance.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The Barber is a slick but ultimately underwhelming psychochiller.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A modest charmer.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A pic that provides one hour's decent, eye-filling ride, then crashes and burns amid some of the worst writing since ... well, since scenarist/co-producer Akiva Goldsman's last effort, "Batman & Robin."

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