Dennis Harvey

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For 1,233 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 7.4 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 Vulgar
Score distribution:
1233 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Dennis Harvey
    The pic is a superbly crafted collage whose soundtrack is as complexly textured as the curation and editing of visual elements.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Its modest surface belies the depths of a lovely seriocomedy that concisely lays bare all kinds of uncomfortable dynamics in seemingly casual, low-key fashion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Hari Sama’s fourth feature as writer-director is something special, and one of the best of its particular subgenre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Wolff has made a debut feature as impressive in its deliberate modesty and unpretentiousness as it is in matters of psychological nuance and technical skill.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    It’s an inspiring picture, particularly given the difficulty of imagining one of today’s sports superstars going so far out on a limb for unpopular beliefs.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Very much in line with his maiden screen efforts "In the Company of Men" and "Your Friends and Neighbors"...ends with a satisfying shudder of recognition at the extreme cruelty possible within human relationships, particularly those conceived by Neil LaBute.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Emphasis on its combustible emotions, suspense and surprising humor should help draw sophisticated audiences who, once lured, will quickly find themselves hooked for the duration.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    This terrifically engaging debut feature by playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo is the best kind of “crowdpleaser”: one that earns every emotional beat that might seem formulaic in four out of five similar enterprises.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Princess plays out an unsettling scenario of underage sexuality in enigmatic, almost dreamlike terms.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Though sure to be distasteful for some viewers even to ponder, this giddy exercise transcends mere bad-taste humor to become one of the great jet-black comedies about suburbia.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    A riveting account of how a soldier's death in Afghanistan was spun into a web of public lies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    An alarming cautionary tale about how easy it is in the Internet age to ruin people’s lives while hiding behind a cloak of anonymity, the pic boasts a humorously titillating entry hook that soon gives way to engrossing conspiracy-thriller-like content.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    The definitive screen chronicle to date of homosexual persecution under the Third Reich.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    A luxuriously old-fashioned star vehicle custom-fit to its topliner's strengths, which come across to sensational effect.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Harrowing and ultimately moving.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    A concise overview's clarity and an epic narrative shape, with a happy ending to boot.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    An impressive and artful cinematic thesis of palpable substance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Excellent documentary American Hardcore chronicles the short-lived but influential musical moment when a defiantly anti-commercial underground put a distinctive U.S. stamp on the hitherto Brit-driven punk movement.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Anita Rocha da Silveira’s arresting debut feature captures the queasy mix of desire and fear among kids who are sexually inexperienced, yet can think of little else. Pop kitsch, social satire, dreamy narrative unreliability and retro giallo-thriller vibes further flavor a movie at once bold and cryptic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    If the satire feels familiar, and the dramatics often contrived, there's rarely a moment here when something funny, intense or cleverly interconnected doesn't keep one's synapses firing on overdrive.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Despite its ostensibly depressing subject and a few tough-to-watch sequences, Blood Brother is never less than engrossing, and it’s often delightful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    Intelligent political satire this expertly acted is nothing to sneeze at.
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    • 90 Dennis Harvey
    This engrossing documentary focuses primarily on the kids as each grows through some rough developmental patches. But en route a few stereotypes get demolished, most notably the notion that every convict is a “deadbeat dad” or otherwise inherently bad person.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Piscatella and editor Matthew Sultan have shaped the kind of exciting you-are-there narrative that captures the feeling of underdog “naive” idealism transforming into a game-changing popular movement.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    [A] thoroughly ingratiating, touchingly heartfelt comedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    A stirring adventure by any standard.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Hamm’s bleary but still debonair presence, Gilroy’s cynically witty dialogue, and the not-quite-confusingly-large array of colorful characters underline how Beirut aims to be less a statement about Middle Eastern strife than a good yarn propelled by the unpredictable currents of international politics.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    This second narrative feature by Israeli documentarian Michal Aviad is a strong drama that eschews melodramatic contrivance, making its points via cool (yet sometimes squirm-inducing) observation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Though the “Patient, film thyself” concept is starting to risk overexposure...Unrest is a high-grade example of the form that’s consistently involving, with content diverse enough to avoid the tunnel-visioned pitfalls of diarist cinema.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Harvey
    Deftly cramming a terrific amount of history, breaking news, personal drama, culture and context into a trim runtime, The Russian Woodpecker is surprisingly inventive, even buoyant in its presentation of several issues that could scarcely be more sobering.

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