Dennis Harvey

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For 891 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 5.3 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 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
891 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    This adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s heavily autobiographical novel is ideally cast and skillfully handled.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    This underground scene makes other "extreme sports" look as harmless as tiddlywinks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    TransFatty Lives is an unusually playful and emotionally involving first-person chronicle of serious illness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Well-shot and edited, Anvil! is an underdog saga even non-metalheads will root for. It tows that fine line between chuckling at its protags' somewhat absurd situation and celebrating their sheer unwillingness to give up.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Makes a compelling case for raising him (Bukowski) from cult status to the top rank of 20th century U.S. literary figures -- while providing ample evidence of a very colorful life and times.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Never less than gripping as an account of what happened and what went terribly wrong.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    [A] powerful, well-crafted documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Assembly is brisk and high-grade, allowing for the variable quality of archival materials.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    The film makes its case powerfully, and the myriad parallel situations in which private commercial interests continue to trump environmental ones worldwide makes that viewpoint easy to accept as valid.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    First-rate assembly has a real dramatic grip as well as considerable lightheartedness, the obvious standout element being the large chunks of startling freefall and helicopter camera footage, both new and archival.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    This unclassifiable miniature involving a man in a trailer in the woods trying to contact the Dark Lord is as funny and distinctive as it is near-plotless.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    This finely crafted docu may well long stand as the most balanced among such treatments, as it respectfully examines Sands’ folk-heroic legacy rather than simply amplifying it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Offers lush and compelling drama drawn from Evelyn Waugh's beloved novel. Purists may blanch at the screenplay's changes to the source material's narrative fine points, but its spirit survives intact.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Offers radical sexual politics in a jester's surprise package of impudent humor and Situationist-style found-footage monkeyshines.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    A surprisingly cogent, entertaining, even rabble-rousing indictment of perhaps the most influential institutional model for our era.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    This hectic pileup of supernatural nonsense is a treasure trove of seemingly unintentional hilarity. Although lacking helmer's usual aesthetic panache, this "Mother" is a cheesy, breathless future camp classic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Zandvliet’s script and direction avoid milking an innately loaded situation for excess melodrama or pathos, sticking to a discreet economy of approach that accumulates considerable power.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    As a self-aware guilty pleasure, The Belko Experiment may not quite seize greatness, but it does give it a playful squeeze.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Good escapist entertainment, and the effect is ingratiating.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    A real-life inspirational comedy that should beguile viewers regardless of their operatic taste (or distaste).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Canadian writer-director Stephen Dunn’s first feature treads no new ground in basic outline. But the risk-taking confidence with which he weaves in sardonic magical-realist elements, not to mention his unpredictable yet assured approaches to style and tone, make this a most auspicious debut.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Results may not be Nobel Prize material, but they're zesty and cogent.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    [An] engrossing documentary.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Acreditable mix of character study and thriller elements, Tim Hunter's The Maker skirts but manages to elude several current genre traps - particularly those cliches surrounding both angstful-teen dramas and hip neo-noirs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Pearlstein’s very deft assembly manages to raise all these ideas and others for viewer consideration while underlining that there are few, if any, definitive responses to them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    An affectionate but aptly complex view of one of our epoch's great philosophers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    The terrific DIG! offers a unique chance to watch two classic rock band scenarios unfold simultaneously.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    This one is shorter and has fewer segments, but also earns a much higher batting average. In fact, there’s nary a dud among the four main tales (not including the titled bookends), which each whip elements of terror, macabre humor and the fantastical into a giddy frenzy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Doesn’t always convince, particularly in the last lap. But it’s an engrossing, unusual, imaginatively executed bit of psychological gamesmanship nonetheless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Pics greatest achievement is its sharply poignant dialogue which, despite the horrible consequences of the contest it describes, is also darkly amusing.

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