Dennis Harvey

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For 1,279 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.7 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 Grizzly II: Revenge (1983)
Score distribution:
1279 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This lean thriller doesn’t provide much food for thought, but it delivers a compact dose of extreme jeopardy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Despite some strikingly accomplished elements, the awkward whole never quite gels, sewn-together parts from “Red Dawn,” “Independence Day,” et al., failing to cohere amid major logic gaps, not to mention lead characters more off-putting than interesting.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Its content and execution are innocuous to the point of tedium, while the protagonist is no undervalued sweetie but the kind of grating personality that can clear a room.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Within its modest boundaries, Bloodthirsty does a creditable enough job balancing supernatural suspense with the drama of a young artist’s insecurities at a key early career juncture.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Vanquish isn’t bad so much as inert — nothing here is convincing, tense, kinetic, outrageous, or silly enough to give the movie even fleeting life. The script is so by-the-numbers, the performers can hardly hide their disinterest, a feeling soon to be shared by viewers
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Aesthetically, too, Norbu’s film offers steady, muted levels of intoxication, giving constant pleasure while never quite tipping into flamboyance.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The Vault has all the external factors that heist movies require. Yet without quite being dull, somehow it misses the danger, esprit and camaraderie we need for such escapades to achieve liftoff.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A slippery thesis doesn’t detract from the pleasures of this documentary from genre scholar and programmer Kier-La Janisse. She draws on alluring clips from more than 100 films, plus myriad interviews, to survey an alternately lurid and surreal cinematic (as well as television) field of mostly rural tales inspired by traditional superstitions and lore.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    “Wojnarowicz” is impressive as a tapestry woven near-whole from preexisting materials, amplifying its subject’s own voice in every creative form it took. Editor Dave Stanke merits kudos alongside McKim for their evocative, first-rate assembly.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Solidly crafted if a bit uninspired, Pål Øie’s thriller is like a horizontal, colder, sootier “Towering Inferno” minus the all-star-cast, though their soap-operatics are intact.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Son
    Son never quite binds its tricky, episodic story into a persuasive or gripping whole.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A decent cast and fast pace make Pixie easy enough to take as disposable entertainment. Yet it also has that annoying edge unique to films that strike an attitude of rakish sophistication while actually serving up lowbrow quips about prison rape, fat people and menstruation.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Will Wernick’s film not only fails to use that format in clever or suspenseful ways, it blows the basics of maintaining plausibility and viewer interest.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Somewhat fictionalizing a few elements from that decades-spanning exposé, Mafia Inc isn’t the most stylistically flamboyant, violent or memorable specimen within its screen genre. But it does provide an engrossing thicket of criminal intrigue that ultimately comes down to a conflict between two families.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Anyone can pull off a jump scare or three. Graham immediately manages the considerably more difficult task of conjuring a mood of general dread, suffusing ordinary settings with supernatural unease.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A film that straddles the line between artful and arty like this one isn’t designed for a wide public. There are moments that are striking, even if the their impact is muddied by a minimalism that at times feel pretentious. “Features” is ultimately worth the sit, but it needn’t have required quite so much effort.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 0 Dennis Harvey
    “Grizzly II” never finds a rhythm — not even a giddily camp one.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The story provides basic satisfactions expected from its ilk — infidelity is punished, pure malevolent craziness likewise — even if more rotely than one might hope. Part of the reason there’s a diminished climactic payoff here is that Swank, credible enough early on, can’t quite summon the demented spark Val needs.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    The film’s hyperbolic style and convoluted storytelling tend to exhaust patience rather than build intrigue, making for a muddle whose too-many twists and turns ultimately seem meaningless as well as implausible.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    It’s a slick film that’s forgettable at best, annoyingly broad and unfunny at worst.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    This action spectacular seems hellbent on containing every possible marketable genre element, with no concern for whether they cohere or cancel one another out.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Though inevitably the formula wears a little thinner in spots this time, it’s a frothy fantasy that should satisfy viewers’ itch for confectionary-looking Christmas fluff.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Crawford’s dominating performance makes David no hick but a sensitive and accommodating man a bit intimidated by his admittedly “much smarter” wife, flailing in his efforts to hold together a family unit he can’t go on without.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This is a decently stylish thriller with occult elements that should satisfy viewers’ genre requirements, though few will demand a second watch (or sequel).
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    If it seems more of a flashback than a flashpoint — particularly as impeachment proceedings seem to crowd out discussion of anything else — Us Kids nonetheless reminds that this issue too often comes down to children, and whether our society places enough value on that supposedly most-precious-resource to meaningfully protect them.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    The result is a movie that seems unaware just how generic the should-be-distinguishing details of its earnest eco-cautionary tale have turned out.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    William Olsson’s film works as an atmospheric mood piece and sometime erotic drama. It’s less successful as a character study.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This “Death and the Maiden”-like suspense drama is neither fully convincing nor particularly original, its narrative running a course that feels somewhat predictable from the outset. But it’s still strong enough to be effective.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Fans of the original will no doubt tune expecting more high-grade guilty-pleasure fun, only to get way too much of a no-longer-very-good thing instead.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The film doesn’t contextualize Reddy within the musical personalities of her era (beyond saying she sure wasn’t cock-rockers Deep Purple, another Wald client), so newbies may well come away with no idea why she had a unique niche in the ’70s entertainment landscape.

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