Dennis Harvey
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For 717 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 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 The Shape of Things
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 93 out of 717
717 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Though slick and diverting in some aspects, increasingly silly pic has trouble meshing disparate elements --- horror, superhero fantasy, straight-up action --- into a workable whole.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Worth seeing for its wealth of archival footage hitherto little-seen outside Communist bloc nations, Fidel nonetheless errs badly by slapping a quasi-objective journalistic tenor onto content so flattering and uncritical it might pass for an old "This Is Your Life" episode.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    A typical grab bag of works of varying depth, all of them breezy and entertaining.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Lacking the knockout lead perfs or more whimsical tone that might have transcended script's dubious logic, pic comes off as a so-so theatrical stunt delivered via the wrong medium.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Pic's air of connoisseurist homage overwhelms a haphazard screenplay and characters who are hard to warm up to.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Isn't an embarrassment. Rather, it's an acceptably executed, thoroughly routine time-killer.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    A serviceable youth pic that's marginally less dumb than November's urban quasi-musical "Honey."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Minimally funny comedy feels like a Disney Channel pic that got boosted to theatrical after Lohan scored a hit opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in the "Freaky Friday" remake.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    An awkward blend of documentary and genre pic.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Beyond the participants' friends and co-workers, it's hard to imagine an audience for this professionally packaged exercise in navel gazing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Neither fish nor fowl, slick yet strangely rudderless Ghostlight sounds interesting in description but lacks fascination in actual viewing.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Surprises are reserved for the final half-hour, at which point the slow-paced Palmetto has long since fossilized as a routine exercise in ceiling-fan, sweaty-forehead noir-by-numbers.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    The thing-a-ma-jigs have it out with the whatch-a-ma-call-its -- as several humans scurry and scream between -- in Alien Vs. Predator, the kind of two-for-one dogfight (last repped by "Freddy Vs. Jason") that usually does more to bury a franchise than revive it.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    As generic in every aspect as Brian De Palma's original was inventive.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Has a quasi-verite, improvisational feel that appears truthful. But it doesn't lend much sympathy, or depth, to characters who never seem worth knowing.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Rude, heavily contrived, pretty funny, just remotely connected to real-world youth life.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    An exercise in bad taste that takes itself just seriously enough to be offensive.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Inspiration is running thin in comedian Margaret Cho's fourth concert film, a routine stand-up set that compares poorly to her oft-hilarious first two.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    The wait for laughs lasts the entire length of Waiting ..., first feature from writer-director Rob McKittrick that aims to be a "Clerks"-type comedy set in a chain restaurant but ends up somewhere below a "Porky's" sequel.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Scary Movie 4 finds horror parody overshadowed by ho-hum groin blows, C-list celebrity cameos, slapstick child abuse, soon-to-be-forgotten hip-hop personalities, plus scatalogical and gay jokes; real laughs are few.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    In the end, Silent Hill degenerates into an overblown replay of all those "Twilight Zone" and Stephen King stories in which outsiders stumble upon a time-warped location from which there's no escape.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    With Mariel Hemingway a credible Sapphic Stallone, this passable action trash should satisfy as fun original programming for gay-targeted Here! cable net.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    A by-the-numbers ensemble dramedy that hits every underdog and gay-fish-out-of-water cliche on the nose.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Justin Lo is -- in descending order of competence -- producer, director, editor, writer and star of debut feature The Conrad Boys. He should've hired a better actor for the lead, but then this low-budget indie would lack its vanity project raison d'etre.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Clearly, director Nolan is aiming for something else. But the delight in sheer gamesmanship that marked his breakout "Memento" doesn't survive this project's gimmickry and aspirations toward "Les Miserables"-style epic passion.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    The "Hostel" similarities may strike some as too close for comfort, not only in plot outline but also in general mix of xenophobia, sexploitation, sadism and gore.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    An exercise in canned cuteness, Because I Said So pushes its normally appealing stars, Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore, over the edge of sitcom hysteria.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    It's a bad heterosexual date movie (more a date-gone-wrong), has too limited a gay angle for that demographic, and is about characters who are not particularly likable as individuals or as a couple.

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