Dennis Harvey
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For 736 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 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 95 out of 736
736 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Austenland doesn’t really satirize Austen’s world (or fans) so much as use them as a pretext for a mixture of middling burlesque and routine romantic comedy.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    [A] solid if unmemorable true-crime drama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Serviceable but uninspired.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Both the kindest and most damning thing you can say about The Fifth Estate is that it primarily hobbles itself by trying to cram in more context-needy material than any single drama should have to bear.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    It’s a chirpy heart-on-sleeve confection that’s populist in a somewhat generic way.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Performances and presentation are solid enough, but the pic feels a bit undernourished, particularly once it closes on a note that’s well intentioned but provides no real resolution.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Decently crafted but with not quite enough up its narrative sleeve to make a memorable impact, writer-director Craig DiFolco’s debut feature leaves one waiting for explosive revelations that never arrive.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Promises much in an ominously atmospheric package that nods to 1970s genre stylings. But the payoff is on the meh side.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Mary Fishman’s admiring docu is more a general survey than a detailed history or portrait of individual personalities and causes, and as a result, it holds interest without achieving any real narrative arc, offering inspirational content in a merely workmanlike package.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Sommers attempts to glue it all together with a raffish all-in-fun tone (despite some gory moments and unpleasant conceits), but the pic is neither witty nor macabre enough to pull off Koontz’s balance of elements in cinematic terms.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    It will be up to viewers to decide whether God Help the Girl is ingratiatingly naive art, gratingly inept art, or a bit of both.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Closer to “Her” in its musing on human/machine connectivity, while also incorporating the dystopian and action-thriller aspects of “Blade Runner” and its ilk, albeit on a much smaller scale, the pic will divide fantasy fans, some of whom will give it props for breaking somewhat from genre formula, while others will be disappointed by the largely budgetary limits of its imagination.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    It’s a fond, briskly diverting homage, but not a truly inspired one.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Its essential contrivance works against the earnest emotions it’s aiming for.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Video Games: The Movie is content to celebrate without much insight.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    This biographical drama, shot in crisp black-and-white, offers a potentially intriguing study in high-minded political/moral obstinacy, but feels too claustrophobic — and, finally, tediously like a one-man window on great events — to fully come to dramatic life.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Its eventual reach for warm-and-fuzzy emotional catharsis rings hollow among characters that never become more than disagreeably shallow products of unexamined privilege.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Too often, helmer Rickman galumphs through what’s meant to be a witty romp, underlining the script’s most obvious, rigged qualities.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    At the Devil’s Door (which premiered at SXSW last spring under the title “Home”) ends up too tentative and underdeveloped, playing like an attenuated prologue for a bigger film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    High-spirited but hobbled by lame dialogue and sheer overkill, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead marks an instance where too much of a good thing means it just isn’t good anymore.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    An eventual retreat into conventional thriller terrain isn’t managed with much panache or tension, and a limp happily-ever-after sequence underlines the pic’s failure to make very much of the twisted-fairy-tale aspect that is its most distinctive element.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Good-looking and entertaining, if unmemorable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The three thesps are impressive, with Chastain and Farrell delivering fevered performances that might have been knockouts on the boards, but in this respectfully flat approach feel a bit overscaled — you can see their virtuoso technique at work.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Olnek and collaborators share a genuinely offbeat sensibility, and The Foxy Merkins would have made a hilarious short. Yet it simply doesn’t come up with enough inventive scenes, let alone overall narrative spine, to sustain itself at feature length.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The unwillingness to let nuance communicate lends a flat quality to the drama here; after the initial crimes, suspense situations are simply lopped off prematurely, the action jumping clumsily to their aftermath.

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