Dennis Harvey

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For 848 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 5.1 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:
848 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A winning look at cross-cultural romance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Some fans will find the approach (which avoids Nirvana music and perf footage) too arty and indirect; but others will welcome the specialized theatrical release and the subsequent DVD.
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    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Eden Lake doesn't feel like torture porn so much as a rural-jeopardy thriller in extremis.
    • 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.
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    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While the black-white-and-red-clad duo's mystique survives intact, there's some backstage insight.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Exuberantly silly, Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings sends up Filipino horror, romance, gaysploitation and other genre cliches in service of a pro-tolerance message.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Delivers the essential suspense goods with overall skill and a modicum of intelligence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Mixes satisfying dollops of fun, tears, travel, romance and lesson-learning in a handsome package whose two hours pass faster than many a grownup entertainment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While the crimes were appalling, one leaves Little Hope Was Arson less concerned with them — especially as all the churches have since been rebuilt — than with larger questions of forgiveness.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Picture is a colorful human mosaic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A non-pandering crowd-pleaser whose character quirks and small stabs at poignancy feel refreshingly earned.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The majesty and imperiled status of the world’s aquatic life are vividly captured in Mission Blue.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Jerry Rothwell’s film focuses engagingly on the human dynamics, particularly the role of late leader Bob Hunter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A charming look at the mildly eccentric man who gained modest feature-page celebrity for his familiarity with San Francisco's tropical parrot flock.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Laden with more than enough profane humor to warrant its R rating, this is nonetheless a formulaic crowd-pleaser.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    An alarming if ultimately inspiring David-and-Goliath parable for today.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Thumbsucker (like "Donnie Darko") is more likely to prosper in the long haul as a home-format cult fave than in its initial arthouse tour. Both offer eccentric humor within a fairly somber overall tone, support-cast surprises, and (to a lesser degree in Thumbsucker) fable-like, hyperreal elements.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A memorable portrait of an unbearable personality.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Cast is first-rate all around, unafraid to play up the annoying, insensitive or self-pitying aspects of their nonetheless likeable characters.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The filmmakers etch the character dynamics so astutely that we never doubt the credibility of even the most ill-considered actions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Flavorsome package vividly captures Bombay slum life, neither neglecting nor overemphasizing the bawdy, drag-queenish flamboyance hijiras bring to its mix.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Overall, Margarita, With a Straw is an unexpected delight of charm and substance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The extent to which it’s hilarious and revelatory, however, may depend on viewers’ degree of prior intimacy with all things Harmonic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A fine drama that stands as Gallic vet Claude Miller's best in at least a decade.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    For unabashed agitprop, Pump is quite entertaining.

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