Dennis Harvey

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For 838 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:
838 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    As boisterous as it is sobering.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Beyond its sheer, intense variety and ingenuity, Abreu’s animation remains so appealing throughout because it always feels handmade.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Paranormal succeeds in staying unnervingly "real."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Too abstract and self-referential for the average action fan's comprehension. But buffs will be delighted by a package that finds the near-80-year-old helmer giddily tipping hat to the genre conventions, themes and over-the-top aesthetics that long since lent him mad-visionary status.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Despite occasional bad-taste outrageousness, overall tone is surprisingly sweet, even lyrical and romantic at times.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    What Away From Her achieves is quite admirable-- a low-key, intelligent setting for performances marked by those same qualities.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Flavorful yet brisk like the book, Life of Crime loses some of its source material’s character development as well as a few minor narrative pieces (the dialogue remains nearly all Leonard’s), but the excellent casting fills in any resulting gaps well enough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    No doubt inspired to some degree by "Super Size Me," this equally engaging, slightly better-crafted documentary deftly balances humor and insight.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Silver (“Who is Dayani Cristal?”) keeps the focus outside the courtroom primarily on Davis’ parents, who see prosecution as their only hope of some closure in losing their only child. Their grief, bafflement and attempt to maintain some hope in the justice system lends 3 1/2 Minutes considerable poignancy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While the competent filmmaking package lacks much of its own personality, the sheer fascinating strangeness of the people documented could earn the picture a minor cult following a la "Grey Gardens."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This now-obscure historical chapter can’t help but be silly in the retelling, and Lane surrenders whole to that silliness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Compelling result is handled with enough dignified artistry to quell most fears of exploitation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The obstacles against effectively protecting battered women and prosecuting their abusers are vividly illustrated in Private Violence.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Non-formulaic character interactions, a uniformly strong cast and deft handling by vet TV helmer Fabrice Cazaneuve render a refreshing take on youthful coming-out.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A conventionally enjoyable making-and-breaking-of-the-band saga.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While the primal you-killed-my-family-now-I-kill-you story smacks of old Westerns (and newer Liam Neeson movies), the pic rises somewhat above formula due in large part to its being acted out in this particular historic cultural context. Depictions of pre-colonialist Maori life are rare enough onscreen, let alone in this kind of muscular genre effort.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Underwhelming finish explains zilch, but good performances, atmospherics and use of backwoods locations make Yellowbrickroad an intriguing cipher.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A straightforward, solidly crafted inspirational tale.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    It's crude, sexist, ear-splittingly loud and a helluva lotta fun for anyone suffering from past or present testosterone overload.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While no doubt a more evenhanded documentary remains to be made on this issue, the Takatas’ effort is polished and convincing on its own terms.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Brightly packaged and steadily amusing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Endearing nature of the personalities involved makes a fine argument for weighing parental suitability on terms more profound than the prospective parents sexual orientation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The film’s brisk progress is always genial and lively, hitting the expected off-color-humor marks without getting too juvenile.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Co-produced by the subject's church, this fine feature takes its cue from Malcolm's personality, treating material in a refreshingly earnest, straightforward terms sans flash or preachiness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    One of the more bizarre illustrations of racial injustice under apartheid is dramatized in Skin.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    You’re Next is fairly light on psychological and narrative complexity, but it’s still a good cut above the slasher norm, with a firm grasp on visceral action and the wisdom to place tongue slightly in cheek when things go further over the top.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A pleasant surprise...more directorial personality here than most "SNL"-derived features get...the cheerily absurd, color-saturated atmosphere recalls John Waters' "Hairspray."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The modest pic’s laughs get bigger as it goes along, and so does its surprising warmth.

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