Dennis Harvey
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For 716 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 Watchers of the Sky
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 93 out of 716
716 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Respectable but unmemorable end result may suffer from comparison with the similarly themed, albeit differently angled, “Traffic.”
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Intimate and engrossing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Unspectacular but quietly absorbing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    As a mix of nonfiction and wafer-thin drama, however, it's a genial mess in which both elements emerge undercooked
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The music is fine, but there's little else here to hold the attention of non-Deadheads.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    10 Things doesn't take much time before ditching its pitch idea in favor of a mishmash of newer formulas, never quite settling on a cogent game plan or directorial tone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Scheide's feature never quite seizes the potential for full-on "Stepfather" thrills or "Serial Mom"-style black comedy, leaving pic diverting but too mild.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Recycles familiar ideas, with just enough droll wit to score as a nifty normal-folk-doing-stupid-deadly-things comedy a la "Fargo."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Suffers in ways typical to such adaptations -- what was fresh and flavorful in anecdotal description becomes more familiar and sitcom broad in literal depiction.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Pleasant if slightly pokey documentary.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A B movie in A-grade clothing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Plays like a so-so middle chapter of an epic series rather than a fitting kickoff.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Less an historical flashback than a present-tense valentine.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Another satirical view of the everyday insanity of working within the Industry, slickly made New Suit adds no special insight to the subgenre.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Lacking any obvious thematic or emotional arc, compilation pic succeeds as a pure exercise in visual stimulus, its narcotic effect much amplified by Michael Gordon's thunderous, dissonant orchestral score.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Stalled character development in the second half of the pic reduces the impact of the whole.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This year's kinder, gentler "Animal House."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Potter's genius for wrapping black humor, poignancy and fantasy in utterly original story concepts lends this "Detective" an immediate fascination that doesn't begin wearing off for some time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
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    Always watchable yet ultimately self-defeating in terms of its tonal/aesthetic choices.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    The track record of SNL-drawn movies is dire ("It's Pat," "Stuart Saves His Family," "Blues Brothers 2000"), and this one stands just a peg higher, as an amiable, if flyweight, di-version.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Lutsik takes aim at reckless capitalism --- as well as the increasing Westernization of Russian filmmaking --- with a disquieting allegory that in both themes and aesthetic is an audacious throwback to pre-WWII Soviet cinema formalism.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A bright, snappy culture-clash farce in the mode of "Desperately Seeking Susan" and its ilk, Kiss Me, Guido plays gay and Italian-American stereotypes against one another to good-natured, crowd-pleasing results.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Evaluating this project in conventional feature terms is a lost cause; relevant contexts are purely avant-garde and pornographic. Suffice it to say that helmer's careful attention to framing camera, music and content signal primary allegiance to Art rather than Smut.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Solid, straightforward docu should prove a durable broadcast and educational item for years to come.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Eventually pic turns into a formula slasher over-indebted to the usual "Texas Chainsaw" and "Halloween" models. But until then, Mena's direction (if not his script) suggest he's ready for bigger-budget assignments.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Does a lot with little, milking a single location and minimal dialogue for deadpan humor, tension, and macabre payoff.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Won't linger in the memory long, but gives pretty good action eye-candy while it's going.
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    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    While refraining from excess melodrama or overt preachiness, pic makes no secret of its dismay at this chapter in American history.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    While seemingly insoluble divide between personal identity and collective belief lends the documentary an intense focus, it's also a narrow one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This slacker prince (Hawke) comprises a sinkhole at the center of adaptor-helmer Michael Almereyda's otherwise compelling contempo update.

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