Dennis Harvey
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For 731 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 Blood Brother
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 94 out of 731
731 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Neil Marshall's flair for visceral action more than compensates for his script's lack of conceptual novelty in Doomsday. Principally South Africa-shot tale of a post-apocalyptic Great Britain cobbles together large chunks of "Escape From New York," "The Road Warrior," "28 Days Later" and "Resident Evil," but those with a taste for revved-up, splattery fantasy thrills won't be complaining.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Often exhilarating docu charts several breakdancing crews' path to the Battle of the Year, which hosts national winners from 18 countries -- not excluding Israel, Belgium or Latvia -- in dazzling competitive displays.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A pleasant romantic drama that works best when focused on the romance -- or on the waves, since the principal characters spend a lot of time surfing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    David Schwimmer's first bigscreen directing effort reveals something very different: a thoroughly competent mainstream craftsman who imposes no individual character on formulaic material.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    It's all efficiently nerve-jangling, with Tyler and Speedman credibly registering every hue of panic. Still, after such a long, creepy, cannily restrained buildup, it must be said the resolution is rather flat, a full-circle postscript rote.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Performances are aptly quirky and ingratiating, Holdridge's seriocomic balance nicely judged. But the most outstanding element in an accomplished low-budget package is Robert Murphy's lensing, which recalls "Manhattan" in its B&W celebration of a cityscape.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Force of personality and terrific vintage performance clips make a keeper of Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A fine drama that stands as Gallic vet Claude Miller's best in at least a decade.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Laden with more than enough profane humor to warrant its R rating, this is nonetheless a formulaic crowd-pleaser.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Ably filmed by veteran stage producer-director Rowan Joseph, Bradley Rand Smith's theatrical script provides a bravura thespian workout for Ben McKenzie.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Eden Lake doesn't feel like torture porn so much as a rural-jeopardy thriller in extremis.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    An agreeable tone and cast make Sherman’s Way go down easy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The full warmth and idiosyncrasy of Chabon's original is missed in an adaptation that feels more impersonally observed. But Lawson's pic, (with the director making a left turn from prior feature "Dodgeball," which he says was a money gig undertaken to hasten this dream project) is entertaining and involving enough on its own terms.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Despite its handsome look and good thesping workout for Sam Rockwell, the story stretches a bit thin over feature length.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Daryl Wein's engrossing portrait of Richard Berkowitz is freshly engaging largely due to the subject himself.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The pic reveals itself as a horror-action-comedy a la "Evil Dead," with amusing twists of fate and over-the-top gore.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Not the slickest or most crowd-pleasing among many recent performance-competition docus, it's nonetheless absorbing for the light it casts on those many Afghanis who want an end to guns and fanaticism, and the return of a social liberalism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Benefiting from the very different but very appealing comedy styles of Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg even when the script's wit runs thin, this should be catnip to jaded genre fans.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A big-reveal thriller with surprises that really do surprise -- and are worth waiting for through an audaciously long buildup -- A Perfect Getaway finds writer-director David Twohy in popcorn form with a muscularity not seen since 2000's "Pitch Black."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Antic horror comedy I Sell the Dead nods to the '60s Hammer heyday of fog-swirling Victorian chillers, as well as that period's penchant for teaming genre favorites (Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Peter Lorre, etc.) in genial sendups.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The picture wobbles a bit before emerging a successful low-key satire of literary fraud and morbid personality cults.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    One of the more bizarre illustrations of racial injustice under apartheid is dramatized in Skin.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Visceral and engrossing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Artfully observed, it's content to let Linda be the sole, compelling focal point.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    What at first looks like a heartwarming portrait of a highly blended modern family turns into a no less engrossing illustration of that situation's possible pitfalls in Off and Running.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Delivers the essential suspense goods with overall skill and a modicum of intelligence.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A decent political thriller set in Taiwan with the requisite Western-market-friendly lead and a determinedly pro-independence message embedded in a formulaic but diverting tale of intrigue and oppression.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While the black-white-and-red-clad duo's mystique survives intact, there's some backstage insight.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A conventionally enjoyable making-and-breaking-of-the-band saga.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A horror comedy much closer to the actor-riffing drollery of Edgar Wright and Christopher Guest than "Scary Movie"-style splatstick, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead is one sly slice of the ridiculous.

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