Dennis Harvey

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For 1,074 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Harvey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Listen to Me Marlon
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
1074 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    There’s nothing terribly profound or innovative about what The Quake achieves. But like “The Wave” before it, it’s just intelligent and serious enough to give you your escapist cake — deluxe popcorn perils in all their big-screen glory — without making you eat the familiar guilt of empty-calorie overload.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    That blend of action genre content and character study is a comfortable mix for Perlman, even if Asher doesn’t quite have the stuff to be truly memorable on either count.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Resourceful and energetic, All the Devil’s Men is better than it might have been. But it’s still not very good.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    The complex tonal, textural and thematic mix here doesn’t always work, but it’s always interesting and often invigorating.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This original if sometimes befuddling vision blurs the line between fiction and documentary elements, conventional storytelling and improvisational collage, all to oft-bracing effect.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    A would-be new “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” it’s energetic and polished enough to avoid feeling like a rip-off — “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny,” this is not — but there the compliments pretty much end.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    This atypical serial-killer thriller distinguishes itself in resisting thrills — let alone any actual violence — till well past its halfway point, instead maximizing the quiet discomfort in a son’s rising suspicion that his outwardly Dagwood-type dad could be a notorious murderer.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    August, whose English-language films have seldom compared well to his distinguished Scandinavian ones, can’t elevate this material much above the flat, pat TV-movie earnestness it seems content to aim for.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    If this wrap-up proves less than fully satisfying, Possum still casts an impressive spell.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    All this adds up to a big “whatever.” Don’t Go isn’t sure whether it wants to be a frightening fantasy or a poignantly warm-and-fuzzy one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
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    Reflective of its subject, the movie is content to exist on the stimulating surface, teasing us with the promise of something deeper while skirting around its delivery.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The result is artful (and well-acted) enough to intrigue, yet underdeveloped enough in the writing to frustrate. Not the least frustrating thing here is that Nivola gives a serious, hardworking performance in a role that nonetheless remains more opaque than many past ones in which he’s had a fraction of the screen time.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    Pretty but hollow, Postcards From London isn’t quite clever enough to get away with being this deeply frivolous. It exudes a sense of high amusement at itself but doesn’t make that satisfaction so easy to share.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    This turgid fantasy thriller, boasting scant thrills or imagination, douses a mystic time-travel concept with soap operatic hand-wringing to mawkishly unconvincing effect.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Air Strike feels like a movie whose populist yet complicated narrative elements have been haphazardly pared to the nub, while the money shots — all things that go boom, as a great many do here — were left intact.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    In trying to succeed as something both metaphorical and very literal-minded, the movie ends up being neither one nor the other — not psychologically deep enough to succeed as pure drama, and too earnest to offer the usual rewards of a genre film.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Short on thrills and energy despite its title, this slick yet sluggish feature often seems barely interested in the horror elements that are, after all, what will primarily lure viewers in.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    Newcomers will find this adapted tale’s fantasy logic arbitrary, its plot convoluted, and the sum effect wildly unconvincing without being nearly so fun.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Despite all rough edges, you want to root for a project that’s so clearly homegrown. (It was shot in Philly’s First Corinthian Baptist Church, which filmmaker Frank’s family has attended for decades.) But The Church’s problem isn’t so much that it lacks polish or spectacle, or even that its special effects look like something a kid developed as an unenthusiastic school project.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    All three actors labor to make it work, demonstrating their professional skill sets (Thorne sings, Usher recites Shakespeare) to somewhat admirable effect — even if overall credibility and tension remain elusive.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Eye candy without much to offer the brain or emotions, Hell Fest is a competently crafted slasher film rendered instantly forgettable by its disinterest in character, plot, and motivation, let alone original ideas.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Harvey
    Sharply observed but lacking in the probing psychological insights of Silva’s best movies, Tyrel is a chamber piece whose rhythms feel entirely natural (it’s shot in cast member Arze’s house), but which doesn’t resonate greatly after the fadeout.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    If Basir and Samantha Tanner’s screenplay ultimately feels like less than a full meal, its intelligence and restraint — particularly in resisting the lure of a heavier-handed message — are nonetheless admirable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Harvey
    The result is a diverting-to-a-point curio whose nice atmospherics and good performances ultimately don’t add up to quite enough to satisfy the constructs of horror, allegory, satire — or anything else.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    There’s a big twist at the end, but like everything else here, it aims for a shock effect that the film is simply too clumsy and psychologically far-fetched to pull off.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    Park your brain cells in the lobby, and this U.K. production about a terrorist attack on a London soccer stadium — with Dave Bautista as Bruce Willis plus 100 or so extra pounds of muscle — is an entertainingly over-the-top ride that doesn’t even try to be “credible.” It’s not quite daft or otherwise distinctive enough to be memorable.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A generically conceived horror thriller distinguished only by its belief that more hysteria equals a more frightening movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Harvey
    All of this is silly, borderline senseless, lively, and without any real rooting value at all. The supposedly lovable misfits here aren’t, no matter how the cast members feign hilarity at their potty-mouthing. Not that it matters — because nothing does in this expensive toy of a film, which ultimately works on the level of a disco ball. It’s shiny, it moves, and is accompanied by much noise.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    A good-looking and well-crafted if familiar chunk of creature-siege horror.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Harvey
    This is a decent modern Gothic thriller handled with sufficient style and a straight face by genre ace Cortés. His efforts, and strong performances by the young female leads, make for a movie that’s fairly strong meat by juvenile fantasy standards, if probably a tad wimpy for horror-fan tastes.

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