Dennis Harvey
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For 670 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 4% 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 How to Survive a Plague
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 88 out of 670
670 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 10 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    As willfully lowbrow dumb fun goes, it’s pretty painless.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    [A] rather sleazy time-killer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.