Dennis Harvey

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For 825 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 4.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Listen to Me Marlon
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
825 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This entertaining docu by "When We Were Kings'?" Leon Gast is more eccentric personality portrait than the in-depth scrutiny of celebrity-culture madness afforded by fellow Sundance preem "Teenage Paparazzo."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Crisp handling, some clever twists and a welcome streak of dry humor hold attention throughout
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Pacing is brisk, and performances and writing sharp enough to engage throughout.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Neither sexually explicit nor showily lyrical, Undertow nonetheless has a sensuous, romantic feel that balances same-sex love with an equally empathetic view toward the adoring, then bewildered, then enraged wife.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Under the Boardwalk provides an amiable overview of one very famous board game's history and impact, alongside a moderately engaging portrait of players preparing for the 2009 World Monopoly Championship.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The novel premise and otherwise nuanced performances are enough to hold attention.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Underwhelming finish explains zilch, but good performances, atmospherics and use of backwoods locations make Yellowbrickroad an intriguing cipher.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Just when the picture seems to be settling into torture porn, it begins pulling a series of clever twists -- although they lose some punch when you realize the script depends on one whopping coincidence.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Picture ultimately pulls off a fairly ambitious narrative agenda with a wrap both credible and crowdpleasing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Sorta doing for "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"-type slashers what "Shaun of the Dead" did for zombie pics, "T&D" offers good-natured, confidently executed splatstick whose frequent hilarity suffers only from peaking too early.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Recalls last year's "World's Greatest Dad," similarly using a snowballing fib to lampoon the ambulance-chasing relationship between morbidity and celebrity. But unlike that primarily satirical exercise, Norman gradually ditches the snark in favor of poignant, understated dramatics.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's sprightly documentary weighs its subjects' unique accomplishments and widespread influence while probing a relationship more complex than its sunny public face indicated.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The late Chogyam Trungpa's very colorful life makes for a most engaging narrative here.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Producer Charles Evans Jr.'s directorial debut finds an engrossing suspense angle in the involvement of Victor DeNoble, an idealistic scientist-turned-whistleblower whose suppressed corporate research became the bombshell catalyst in that struggle.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A satisfying wartime espionage drama focused on little-noted intersections between Arabic emigres and the French Resistance.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Progress does a remarkable job weaving together these and many other big ideas in a crisp, coherent, easy-to-take fashion that somehow never becomes an informational overload.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This tale of two elementary-school brothers plotting to end the physical separation their parents' divorce has forced on them effortlessly pulls off the naturalism and charm desired from material that might have easily curdled into calculated preciousness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Transcends mere torture porn -- though there's plenty for the squeamish to squirm over here -- in its deftly controlled mix of empathy, grotesquerie and sardonic humor.

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