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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 The Tillman Story
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 93 out of 717
717 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 41 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Real suspense and shocks are MIA in a movie that’s eventful but lacks the atmospherics needed to be scary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Pleasant but slim in running time and substance, this very first-person documentary raises some interesting issues it doesn’t pursue very far.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Drones is a middling real-time thriller.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Crudup does a lot to keep things watchable, playing with a slightly acidic wryness that suggests the character’s humor has only been heightened by his grieving hopelessness.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Ensuing action is tamely PG-13 in terms of graphic violence. Despite competent performances and packaging, dialogue and situations in Aimee Lagos’ script are too routine to create much excitement.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Alan White’s polished but pedestrian pic mines little real suspense and few surprises from a formulaic script.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    The fact that the film isn’t quite boring is about the most one can say for it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    There are certainly no fresh ideas risked in this first directorial feature by voice actor-turned-scenarist David Hayter (“X-Men,” “Watchmen”), but Wolves could be worse, being as fast-paced and polished on a “B” budget as it is forgettable.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Even by its genre’s comfort-food standards, this movie feels blandly circumscribed, almost child-proofed, as if any sharper reality or wit might be harmful to the intended audience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    A few droll and/or silly moments poke through the general boredom. But Martin and Peranson’s snarkfest doesn’t really offer any critique that Hopper didn’t already aim at himself, however incoherently, in the supremely self-conscious “Last Movie.”
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    One part inspiration to two parts exasperation, Andrew T. Betzer’s debut feature, Young Bodies Heal Quickly, is an initially arresting road trip for some off-the-wall characters that takes its sweet time going nowhere in particular.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    The lead actors are solid as usual, but you can feel them all knocking their heads against the low ceiling of material that’s afraid to take any risks — playing it so safe that the film ends up lacking anything in the way of real personality, scares or plot surprises.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Even more empty a luxury vehicle than its predecessor, M:I 2 pushes the envelope in terms of just how much flashy packaging an audience will buy when there's absolutely nada inside.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A pat, hollow exercises with few tricks (or treats) up its sleeve.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    It's equal parts wacky, sappy and sniggery.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Despite its occasional visual interest, avant-garde package is far from the accessible tortured-artist portrait helmer essayed 15 years ago in "Vincent." Even committed dance and experimental cinema fans are likely to find this rough sledding.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A stilted, heavy-handed parable about fascistic intolerance.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A mediocre ensemble comedy-drama that's not particularly funny, involving or even nostalgic.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Pic's complete lack of cinematic verve, along with bland tech work, do much to drain the juice out of what should have been a fierce, fun battle of the sexes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A disappointingly rote entry in the '70s teen nostalgia sweepstakes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Even in a more fluid package, this mix of camp comedy and bathos would seem artificial.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Its central theme being the struggle between Christianity and homophobia -- though what's onscreen is far too vanilla in both content and execution to spark much enthusiasm.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    At times plays as if it were aimed at children, but more often simply seems to be aiming blind at whatever genre cliche the five credited writers fix upon in any given scene.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    At best routinely assembled -- at worst barely competent. The slapstick is labored, and the bigger setpieces flat.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Grim in theme yet seldom effective or convincing in execution.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Likely lack of much critical enthusiasm or positive word-of-mouth will induce quick theatrical falloff, with better news likely down the line for rental merchants.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Uncertain whether to go for straight suspense or gross-out effects, genre in-joking or schlock cinema-of-parodic-excess, Eli Roth's backwoods horror opus Cabin Fever seldom sticks with any one tactic.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    This not particularly well shot/organized feature isn't very engaging on the human level, either.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Johnson (who scripted "Grumpy Old Men") flattens out any promise so completely that the feature resembles nothing so much as a subpar "Hallmark Hall of Fame" entry.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Saw
    A crude concoction sewn together from the severed parts of prior horror/serial killer pics.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    This shameless knockoff marches lock-stepped through moves that were already looking as tired as the Macarena.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Offers plenty of splat with its slapstick. But this strenuous zombie yukfest is no more sophisticated than its nail-on-head title -- making it a joke no smarter than the movies it riffs on.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Too underground in feel.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Without the songs, the underdeveloped bisexual triangle would seem shapeless. Even with the music, the film is a poorly crafted grab-bag of ideas barely elaborated upon enough to sustain a 20-minute short.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    If outrageous concepts were all, this latest fillip in the oft-eccentric history of Japanese "pink" (softcore sexploitation) cinema would be genius. But the crazy ideas in Takao Nakano's script just fitfully amuse under Mitsuru Meike's draggy direction.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Picture aims for nonstop thrill ride, but for all its brainless brawn, it has plenty of stops and few real thrills.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    An inauspicious feature debut for director Harv Glazer and all three scenarists, the "Big"-meets-breakdancing comedy will be kickin' it to ancillary by swimsuit season.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    This aimless, lifeless time-killer about four teenage girls prepping for their rock-band gig in a school talent show proves entirely the wrong choice.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Leaves nothing to the imagination: Michael Myers is always right there in plain sight, committing mayhem sans suspenseful buildup or mystique.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Jared Leto gained some 70 pounds. Seemingly following his lead, the pic itself is heavy, lethargic, and exasperating.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    All this sounds like a surefire recipe for knowing, trashy fun, but something got burnt in the oven.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Emerges as an oddly sour, unappealing road-trip scenario.
    • 8 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Fangs aside, it sticks with the same basic menu of T&A and lowbrow humor.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Writer-director Nancy Kissam's inexplicably named feature feels a tad Frankensteinian, sewing second-hand ideas together most inorganically.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    While the 1984 film has aged, its now-familiar jolts still pack more punch than this pic's recycled ones, which sometimes register so tepidly as to cause snickers.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Yields few surprises, compensating with de rigueur false scares, unmemorable deaths and the kind of improbably exaggerated gore.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    It's a picture that's akin to a terrarium of plastic flowers -- gaudily decorative, but airless and lifeless.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    13
    A starry cast and glossier production values simply work against the black-and-white original's strengths in this stillborn thriller about a deadly game of chance.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Its humor and sentimentality equally labored, this by-the-numbers picture will look better, albeit still not good, as a latenight cable or streaming time-killer.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Much of this makes little sense, but it's hard to care.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    This crude, shrill day in the life of three ill-matched Manhattan women will prove as irksome to most viewers as it is to the protags.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A technically competent but painfully broad dramedy about a larcenous mother-and-son duo in the Midwest. This gender-flipped, latter-day "Paper Moon" lacks that film's judicious restraint, among other things, alternating hick Americana cartoonishness with maudlin appeals to the tear ducts.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    By-the-numbers slasher picture Smiley starts by borrowing the key concept of "Candyman," ends with a denouement heavily indebted to "Scream," and stuffs its middle with a dismayingly high quotient of lazy false scares.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Ass Backwards proves that no amount of comic talent can shine — or raise a chuckle — in the absence of even halfway decent material.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Equal parts gory mayhem, convoluted mystery and rote romance, none of which gel together very well.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    For a supernatural thriller that spends so much time on material that is neither supernatural nor thrilling, there’s not nearly enough effort put into credible, complex character writing, leaving the cast only so much ability to fill in the gaps.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A lot of interesting, funny performers aren’t very interesting or funny in director Kat Corio’s A Case of You.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    The three director-producers’ inability to come up with stronger narrative or thematic organization makes “It’s Better to Jump” play like the professionally polished side product of a vacation stay.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Despite retaining the basic narrative architecture of its classic source, Hollywood Seagull too often feels like a trite, sudsy take on privilege, ambition and angst among showbiz players and wannabes — one that seemingly exists mostly to showcase real-life C-listers, aspirants and pals in the tradition of Henry Jaglom’s films.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    If the film had a loopier or more fable-styled atmosphere, the concept might have seemed easier to swallow. But Fleming treats Stephen Zotnowski’s script with a glossy literalism that doesn’t do it or the actors any favors.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    When not serving up sentimental contrivance, Shirin in Love is just tepidly cute, with wan comic situations and lines that provide little opportunity for a game-enough cast.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Only those scared of being bored to death need fear Locker 13, an omnibus of horror stories that could hardly be more tame, talky and tepid, both individually and as a whole.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    The pic provides lots of sexy, neon-hued eye-candy but not many images of deeper resonance.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    As willfully lowbrow dumb fun goes, it’s pretty painless.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    [A] rather sleazy time-killer.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    The Pact 2 simply stretches out rather than elaborating on its predecessor’s already thin premise, creating holes that are poorly patched over with false scares and unconvincing character behavior.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    The Toy Soldiers sports a basic competence in assembly that slightly elevates its material. The same can’t be said of the performers, though they try, some achieving a semblance of naturalism, others more inept or hammy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Flashbacks within flashbacks exhaust viewer patience in this snarky mix of crime, action and sadism.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    While competently made, Dark Summer makes no effort to lend its characters any psychological complexity, or even much distinguishing personality. Nor are the proceedings very scary.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Bringing absolutely no fresh angles to a time-tested formula that's seemed particularly overworked of late.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Hectic, sketchy and finally dull.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    This tepid comedy-drama is, lamentably, aptly titled.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Not bad enough to qualify as a memorable dud, multinational production nonetheless misses mark on every level.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Rates a notch below the KISS-centric "Detroit Rock City" and a couple above Jerry Springer's "Ringmaster" -- in other words, closer to stupid-fun than stupid-toxic.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Yet the overall look, though derivative ("The Matrix," "Blade Runner," "Waterworld," etc.), rates as Battlefield's one non-guilty pleasure.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Looking good but lacking much in the way of personality or gray matter -- rather like its characters -- Valentine is a straightforward slasher pic that's acceptably scary until a weak finale.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    A relatively pain-free, if brain-free, diversion.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    A nail in the coffin if not the heart of teen comedies.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Misses with its blowhard treatment of a silly, obvious script. Results might hazard "Battlefield Earth" comparison if new pic were a tad more fun.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    A few minutes of good snowboarding footage -- all in the first reel, alas -- after which it's strictly downhill, bunny-slope style.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    For those who enjoy fashion-model-looking twentysomethings yelling at each other in bathrooms while doing too much cocaine, voila! Heaven is a place called London.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Juggles three separate time periods -- and is completely formulaic in each one.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    The four-years-in-the-making, badly recycled (not to mention awful) sequel might stain the honor of the Lampoon label if it hadn't already produced several even worse films.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    This generic horror meller would be most at home debuting on Syfy -- perhaps double-billed with "Pinata: Survival Island."
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    This dumb, derivative teen slasher movie would be uninspiring coming from any writer-director, let alone one with several genre classics under his belt.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    The kind of willfully obscure, excessively stylized exercise that's bound to exasperate most viewers while enthralling a few.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    A catchy but irrelevant title is the first of many problems with Excuse Me for Living, which throws together a lot of superficially flashy elements that never gel in any organic way.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Gut
    A psychological thriller requires some psychology as well as thrills, two things almost entirely absent from Gut. Its title isn't the only terse thing about this monotonous quasi-horror tale, which aims for a minimalist intensity by providing precious little character detailing or location color.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    A cheaper, cheesier sequel that's worse than its predecessor on every level (save being a half-hour shorter) and takes no special advantage of the stereoscopic process.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Raze is a brutally monotonous fight-to-the-death-contest actioner whose novelty element — all-female competitors — is undermined by lack of imagination on every other level.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Mead’s six Vampire Academy books (there’s also an ongoing spinoff series, “Bloodlines”) are relatively brainy and complex within their young-adult subgenre, but their virtues have been reduced to a derivative hash here.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Credit for being offbeat can only do so much to redeem a neither-fish-nor-fowl bore like After the Dark, whose exploitable elements go tastefully unexploited while its gestures toward profundity turn out to be playing air guitar.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    It’s hard to imagine anyone, however, having a “Eureka!” experience watching these lame movies, this latest least of all.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Harvey
    Obvious and exploitative even by low-bar youthpic standards.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Harvey
    By turns turgid, embarrassing and plain off-putting.
    • 1 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Harvey
    Provides scant entertainment value, intentional or otherwise.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Harvey
    A disastrous stab at contemporary farce.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Harvey
    Disappointing in every aspect.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Harvey
    Pic's nastiness is so insistent, one-dimensional and excessive it risks self-parody.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Harvey
    Hapless, laughless movie.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Harvey
    Gore and nastiness are plentiful, but they’re just wearyingly gratuitous rather than truly shocking.
    • 5 Metascore
    • 0 Dennis Harvey
    Inexplicably mixing lamer-than-lame "bad taste" comedy with yea worse traumatized-assault-victim histrionics, pic's only entertainment value lies in viewer weighing whether pic is primarily a.) offensive b.) amateurish c.) pathetic or d.) a cry for help.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 0 Dennis Harvey
    Paris Hilton has already ushered a remarkable three features into the Internet Movie Database's "Bottom 100." The Hottie and the Nottie will make it an even four.

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