Dennis Harvey

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For 864 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 Vulgar
Score distribution:
864 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While the result is sure to appeal to the star's fans, they may find this less-than-definitive portrait distractingly arty at times, while viewers attracted by such up-to-the-moment talents as Lady Gaga will wonder why the picture doesn't bother providing a little more explanatory background about that old guy she's singing with.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Unfolds at a leisurely but enjoyable pace, its dramatic contrivances never pushed too hard.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A pitch-perfect lead performance by Parker Posey and debuting feature writer-helmer Zoe Cassavetes' deft, low-key approach raise Broken English a couple notches above the usual run of lonely-single-woman-seeking-romance-in-the-big-city yarns.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Day-glo garish Girls Will Be Girls puts a rude spin on "Valley of the Dolls"-type Hollywood melodramas, to frequently hilarious if disjointed effect.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    With filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia granted extraordinary access to one facility, they make for a bizarre and entertaining documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This globe-trotting debut effort by helmer Aaron Yeger and his producing team offers a vivid mix of visual evidence, historical commentary and survivor testimonies. It’s less successful trying to integrate the struggles of today’s Roma, which merits a docu of its own.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Brand: A Second Coming is never dull, moving at a busy clip appropriate to its seemingly tireless globe-trotting protagonist.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This arresting seriocomedy deftly walks a tightrope between droll and tense, over a gaping pit of crazy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Delightful documentary A Cantor's Tale casts a fond eye back at the "golden age" of chazzanut (Jewish liturgical music) and its star performers in the Brooklyn of yesteryear.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Afforded a comparatively rare chance to stretch out in a complex lead role, Buscemi is excellent.
    • 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."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Drawing on a rich array of archival materials, Tab Hunter Confidential is lively and entertaining.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    While plot mechanics aren't wildly imaginative, pic nonetheless delivers requisite jolts in an above-average package.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Lazin has without question skillfully assembled an entertaining, strongly narrative nonfiction package.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    An adept if necessarily limited translation of uncinematic material, The Guys retains the potency of its stage original as a poignant, ingeniously simple tribute to firefighters lost in the World Trade Center disaster.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Eytan Fox delivers another involving tale in The Bubble.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Pacing is brisk, and performances and writing sharp enough to engage throughout.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Pic can be taken as either inspirational or cautionary, but either way rivets attention on the efforts of both medical science and Conn herself to keep the little guy alive.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Affectionate spoof merits appreciation as a not-so-dumb salute to another era's ultra-dumb genre conventions.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The novel premise and otherwise nuanced performances are enough to hold attention.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    We get very little sense of her personal life... Nor do we get much insight into the evolution of her art, which looks fascinating in the glimpses afforded, but is viewed primarily in terms of community art therapy, rather than appreciated as an aesthetic end value in itself. Though these omissions frustrate a bit in retrospect, The Barefoot Artist is nonetheless an engrossing watch.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Those not particularly interested in the bands or era portrayed may find Salad Days a bit too much of a good thing. But they’re unlikely to be viewers anyway, and fans will find the documentary’s fast-paced but detail-oriented progress satisfying.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Casual, engaging documentary doesn't attempt a Hinduism 101 lesson, instead going for an impressionistic mix of on-the-fly spectacle and human interest.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Takes a beautifully lensed look at the work of Scottish "landscape sculptor" Andy Goldsworthy, whose unique creations -- composed of icicles, leaves, sticks, rocks, etc. -- are often as not simply swept away by the next tide or wind gust.

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