Dennis Harvey

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For 1,231 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: 56
Highest review score: 100 Listen to Me Marlon
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
1231 movie reviews
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    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    At nearly 100 minutes — way too many for material this flimsy — Followed even has time for a couple clumsily maudlin bits, not excluding brief yet awesomely trite address of “the homeless issue” in downtown L.A. A movie like this doesn’t need to have a social conscience. It ought to have worried first about having a brain, period.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Harvey
    It’s very hard to satirize things that are already inherently ridiculous, and mockumentary Reality Queen! has the misfortune of being even more vacuous — not to mention less funny — than the empty-calorie celebrities it parodies.
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    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Even as a luxe fantasy of danger and hotness, the film falls short — though competently assembled in general, real high style is lacking. Too many scenes take place in empty warehouses or obviously dressed sound stages, budgetary concerns apparently hobbling the story’s feinted milieu of decadent haunts of the criminal-rich.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A sub-Tennessee Williams potboiler triangle between restless sexpot, impotent husband, and hunky handyman ever-so-slowly congeals into a lumpy gumbo of thriller elements in Grand Isle.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Harvey
    Stridently dumb action thriller.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    With its general tone of inspirational uplift that’s too often spelled out in dialogue rather than felt, The Great Alaskan Race bears the same relation to “faith-based entertainment” that it does to action-adventure cinema: It gestures in that direction, yet doesn’t actually make the commitment.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Harvey
    Bombastically dumb new chiller that probably would have been called "Killer App" if that title hadn't already been used several times.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Beyond de rigueur jump scares, Mary has little real atmosphere or suspense, and that is at least partly due to the fact that its supernatural force is so generically ill-defined.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    This undeniably slick, energetic contraption plays somewhere between grating and numbing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Making underwhelming use of its not-bad ... conceit, Benson’s sci-fi-tinged script is not at all ingeniously plotted, insists we care about tritely sketched characters, and is never credible enough to transcend an air of escalating silliness.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 0 Dennis Harvey
    Bad in ways that sometimes provoke a disbelieving guffaw, but more often stir pained embarrassment.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    The fact that none of this usually-surefire mindless stimulus is remotely inspired — let alone that the plot feels like a barely-there afterthought — turns so much cheerful sound and fury into near-senseless din.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    While the movie doesn’t work, it isn’t idiosyncratic enough even to hold attention as a misfired oddity.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    This first feature from “Walking Dead” thesp-turned-writer/director Pollyanna McIntosh (who played the feral captive in “The Woman”) proves an increasingly wobbly mix of comedy, horror and social critique, its heavy-handed indictment of stereotypical religious hypocrisy finally dragging the enterprise into caricature.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    It doesn’t strike an assertively comic tone either, resulting in a superficially colorful but hollow pile of contrivances that are neither clever nor convincing enough to achieve more than time-passing diversion.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Harvey
    Tweedy, dreary, and unconvincing. ... It’s dismaying that so little drama is wrung out of the tale, and that what we get too often feels like a cliché-riddled romantic pulp.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A little too imitative of “Superbad” ... Good Boys lacks that film’s wit and heart. It’s a lively, slick package, yet crude and obvious at every turn.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    All evidence here suggests that Marshall-Green needs a strong collaborator — or maybe just someone else’s screenplay — the next time he gets behind the camera.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Braid does look great. But Mitzi Peirone’s debut feature is so void of any substance beyond the pretentiously pictorial that one suspects her real calling is in music videos or advertising.
    • 45 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.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    A generically conceived horror thriller distinguished only by its belief that more hysteria equals a more frightening movie.
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    • 30 Dennis Harvey
    Despite surface polish, this indie feels like a classroom exercise that checks off the basic technical and narrative-beat boxes needed to get a passing grade, yet never develops any real personality of its own or raison d’etre.

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