Dennis Harvey

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For 1,219 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 7.5 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:
1219 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Actor Philip Barantini’s first directorial feature is nothing wildly original in content or style. Still, it punches both elements across with a satisfying low-key confidence, and does not shrink from occasionally letting things get pretty rough.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    This overlong tale spends most of its nearly two hours as a somewhat draggy, talky mystery before finally deciding to be a thriller, with credibility lacking throughout.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    The result is an earnest, sometimes skillful effort that nonetheless often feels slack and underwritten, as well as ultimately less-than-rewarding.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Those looking for much in the way of real insight will find this amiable enterprise doesn’t stray very far from a general, standard-stoner-yuks tenor of “OMG I was SO HIGH!!!”
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Not everything here works, including some lead casting. But this daylight noir should please viewers willing to roll along with a crime meller more interested in character quirks than action thrills.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Competently crafted, Tammy is too glib to be poignant and too defeatist to be amusing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A relatively modest, low-key tale about global refugee issues that are usually portrayed in a higher dramatic key, The Flood makes a somewhat underwhelming first impression. But it gradually overcomes that to arrive at a potent (if still quiet) cumulative impact, bolstered by strong performances from leads Ivanno Jeremiah and Lena Headey.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The film successfully mixes together a lot of things, from the waterfront tourist-town setting of “Jaws” to a general teen fantasy-adventure feel that tempers (without weakening) horror content variably redolent of “It,” “Fright Night” and myriad other predecessors. If originality isn’t a strong suit here, the film’s conviction and polish make that a minor sin.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Despite sufficient gore, there’s more style than bite to this undead opus, which does not excel at scares or action set-pieces.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Bit
    On the one hand, it’s nice that in 2020 this hook should (despite our current political chaos) seem no big deal. On the other, one does wish this exercise in blase attitudinizing paid a little more attention to suspense, thrills, plot, mythology, and the other basic horror elements it leaves underdeveloped.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    This is a competently crafted movie too shallow to come up with much reason why we should root for these people, and too derivative to make their vertiginous rise and fall more than forgettable formula entertainment.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    There’s nothing particularly elegant about the way Planet of the Humans arrives at that downbeat thesis. Though well-shot and edited, the material here is simply too sprawling to avoid feeling crammed into one ungainly package even narrator Gibbs admits “might seem overwhelming.”
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    If your sense of humor favors stupid ideas done smartly, however, Butt Boy offers pleasures that aren’t even all that guilt-inducing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    1BR
    With its aspects of human captivity, brainwashing, collective insanity and ersatz utopianism, Marmor could have taken his story in myriad tonal directions. But instead of a wild ride, his film emerges a competent one that holds the attention, yet also feels like a missed chance at something truly memorable from a promisingly offbeat premise.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    It’s a conventional buildup-to-process-of-cast-elimination suspenser that’s unfortunately low on actual suspense, let alone thrills or narrative invention.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    To the Stars needn’t have taken itself so seriously, but the fact that it ultimately does is exactly what turns it from a potentially charming, bittersweet fable to a pretentiously overblown yet undercooked Amerindie soap opera.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Lazy Susan aims hazily between the sad-sack valentine likes of “Muriel’s Wedding” and something more satirically misanthropic, missing a target it never quite commits to in the first place.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Despite a capable cast and reasonably energetic execution from director Jon Abrahams, this violent caper lacks any real wit or novelty.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    If There’s Something in the Water isn’t the most sophisticated treatment of the issues it scrutinizes, it nonetheless makes a very convincing case for protections against environmental harm being applied equally to all members of society.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    As cinematographer and editor in addition to writer, director and producer, Vasyanovych is very much in charge of a vision whose aesthetics are rigidly controlled. The ironically titled “Atlantis” may well alienate some viewers with its austerity, but those willing to tough it out will feel rewarded.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    This uninspired detour into impersonally commercial English-language terrain for Bosnian director Danis Tanovic (an Oscar winner for 2001’s “No Man’s Land”) should provide Patterson’s fans and undemanding miscellaneous viewers with an acceptably slick if not-particularly-suspenseful crime potboiler for home viewing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    An overcomplicated stew of apparent madness, conspiracy, supernatural powers and revenge whose narrative elements never quite mesh or even come to full fruition individually. Nonetheless, this quasi-horror mixed bag will hold viewers’ attention for its originality even as it flags in both credibility and suspense.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The capable cast and brisk pacing keep attention held toward a happy ending that pleases even if it is a bit pat, not to mention inevitable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    All this certainly constitutes an intriguing footnote to horror cinema history. But Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen’s film could’ve used more distance from its principal interviewee, a producer here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Thanks largely to the performers (and Crystal in particular), the end result is diverting enough if unmemorable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    It’s not enough just to be offbeat. Defy whatever rules it might, a movie has to find its own beat, and After Midnight still seems to be weighing its options when the final credits roll.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    There’s a relaxed yet energetic comic rapport between players that suggests a good time was had by all.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    It’s an inspired goof — for a while, before it turns into waaaaaay too much of a good thing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    A very entertaining recap that grows more disturbing as it wades into the dysfunctional behavior that doomed the show.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This is a well-cast, artfully handled effort that exercises sufficient restraint to really earn its requisite laughter and tears.

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