Dennis Harvey
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For 675 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 How to Survive a Plague
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 89 out of 675
675 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Weak even by the standard of uninspired recent Asian-horror remakes, The Uninvited is more likely to induce snickers and yawns than shudders and yelps.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    If the original could be accused of having a real point (even a subtext), the uninspired redo has none whatsoever.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Those involved got to spend weeks at a Bora Bora luxury resort; all we get is this not lousy but unmemorable tropical-vacation comedy.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Eating Out: All You Can Eat somewhat departs from the series' gay spin on the raunchy teen sex comedy in favor of semi-sincere romantic comedy -- after a crass and abysmal first stretch, that is.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Pleasant enough overall, if also somewhat gratingly old-fashioned.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    This offbeat effort proves more admirable for its ambition than anything else, as the uneasy mix of satire, allegory, grittiness and redemption never quite jells.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    There's a great deal of on-the-nose talk here about faith, rationality, sin and so forth. But Chapman's sincerity is undercut by the crudely melodramatic explanations of why his principals believe as they do.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Duly offbeat without ever being very compelling in content or aesthetic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    This tale of a Long Island dental hygienist dealing with various family crises is likable enough, but never really distinctive in character delineation, tone, atmosphere or plotting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Where helmer Adam Wingard's prior "Pop Skull" used a jittery style to convey its delusional, possibly meth-addled protagonist's mindset, here, too much handheld camera wobble and wavering image focus only alienate the viewer from this somewhat sluggish tale.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Surely the least excitable beauty-meets-Bigfoot film ever made.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    A low-pulse thriller that evaporates from memory with the last credit.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    One can guess how the elements here might have been alluring on the page, but helmer/co-scenarist Michael Knowles' third feature doesn't find the distinctive tone needed to make its eccentric characters less than irksome and its plot more than arbitrary.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    The script unfortunately suffers from its own case of arrested development, barely getting out of the gate before stalling, and never building enough laughs or narrative impetus to justify feature length.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Grief doesn't rate high among emotional states suited to high-octane presentation; hence the disconnect between excessive style and sober content in Burning Man, a feature-length montage posing as a serious drama about loss and anger.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    This muscular yet monotonous "Kane" just isn't much fun.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    That original was split between charms and minuses, suffering primarily from careless scripting. Here, those faults are indulged wholesale, with so little attention paid to overall narrative development or individual scene-shaping that the bloated pic often suggests a crowd-funded venture existing solely to pay back (and showcase) the crowd.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Has a whole new director, cast and crew, with slightly higher production polish and more familiar faces onscreen. Nonetheless, it's consistent with its predecessor as a somewhat awkward translation of Ayn Rand's 1957 novel to our current era, handled with bland telepic-style competency.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    This teen romance proves perilously short on substance, insight and novelty, unless you count its characters being afflicted with a case of "Juno" mouth.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Tulip has the conviction as well as the artlessness of a saber-rattling speech at a political fundraising dinner, one that preaches fire and brimstone to inflame the already converted. Those seeking a more nuanced portrayal of the challenges facing the country will be less satisfied.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Utterly routine futuristic horror-thriller The Colony substitutes the term “ferals” for plain old zombies (the modern, fast-moving kind), and that’s about it for originality.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Serviceable but uninspired, this latest version of Emile Zola’s much-adapted 1867 novel “Therese Raquin” sends its characters to their doom on schedule without stirring much sense of tragedy or emotional involvement.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Played flatly head-on with some poetic pretensions, the concept never becomes particularly credible or appealing.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    The results don’t feel disjointed so much as oddly undernourished and a bit toothless for what’s intended as a bold (mostly) comic expose.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Rote character writing, voicing and animation devalue the more impressive design elements of Joe Pearson’s long-aborning project.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    The film has a very good idea in using a single soldier’s perspective to explore how tension and boredom can lead to such extreme misconduct, but it doesn’t go far enough, in the end leaving a disgraceful chapter just dimly illuminated in psychological terms.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Stan Brooks’ first directorial feature provides scant psychological depth, drawing its characters and staging their incidents in crude fashion, despite superficial production gloss.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    This potentially intriguing concept is given disappointingly bland, flat treatment in the Kickstarter-funded project, in which Towne brings professionalism but little personality to both her on- and offcamera roles.