Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Dennis Harvey's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
50% 10 Cent Pistol (2015) "A diverting if overcomplicated menu of flashbacks and betrayals among organized-crime players in Los Angeles. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 24, 2015
47% Dark Was The Night (2015) "A well-crafted horror pic that compensates (at least to a point) for its lack of original ideas with nice atmospherics and judicious restraint. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 24, 2015
No Score Yet A Rising Tide "While there's a formulaic feel to some of it, the formula does work in this modest but engaging feature from writer-director Ben Hickernell ("Lebanon, Pa."), aided by the conviction that the solid cast brings to the material. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 20, 2015
No Score Yet Breaking A Monster "Teenage African-American heavy metal trio Unlocking the Truth take their first steps toward stardom in Luke Meyer's entertaining docu. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 20, 2015
55% Stung (2015) "There's plenty of gooey insectivorous f/x, yet despite game contributions from all involved, nothing else in "Stung" goes quite far enough. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 15, 2015
50% Closer To God (2015) "Those seeking fantasy thrills may find it too dry, while neither the ideas nor the eventual scares are quite original or surprising enough to elevate "Closer" from the respectable to the memorable. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 2, 2015
30% Soaked In Bleach (2015) "The inclination to dismiss this as fanciful conspiracy theorizing is here countered by the testimonies of various experts, certain that the Seattle police really bungled their investigation. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 2, 2015
62% The Princess Of France (2015) "Even the most deliberately airy amusement can use more ingenious structuring and assertive personality than Pineiro is inclined to provide at this (still early) stage in his career. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 23, 2015
20% Chagall-Malevich (2015) "To call results over-the-top is less a criticism than a statement of intent. While it may be old-fashioned and silly in many respects, Mitta's film is not dull, and its heedless embrace of cliche has a retro charm. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 8, 2015
No Score Yet Meru (2015) "Harrowing and ultimately moving. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 5, 2015
18% Pound Of Flesh (2015) "Conceptually pedestrian but decently handled in all departments. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 1, 2015
77% Time Lapse (2015) "Discovering a neighbor's photographic time machine complicates life for three young L.A. flatmates in this clever fantasy thriller. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 20, 2015
18% The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015) "Rarely has the word "final" been so welcome in a title as it is in "The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)." " ‐ Variety
Posted May 20, 2015
No Score Yet The Ocean of Helena Lee (2015) "Most viewers will find the script's narrative shapelessness and pretentiously poetic dialogue hard to take. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 13, 2015
No Score Yet T-Rex "A teenager from impoverished Flint, Mich., wins the first women's boxing Olympic gold in this compelling docu. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 13, 2015
No Score Yet As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM "A celebrity DJ's busy, curtailed life is charted in Kevin Kerslake's entertaining documentary. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 1, 2015
29% Planetary (2015) "A stunning cinematic picture book and worthy if somewhat overreaching lecture on the imperiled state of Mother Earth. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 1, 2015
No Score Yet The Creeping Garden "An unlikely documentary delight about the weird life of slime molds. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 1, 2015
86% (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015) "Bestselling academic Dan Ariely is our guide through the science and psychology of fibbing in Yael Melamede's entertaining documentary. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 1, 2015
No Score Yet Danny Says "Rock gadfly Danny Fields' reminiscences of the 1960s and 1970s are pure gold in Brendan Toller's documentary. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2015
No Score Yet Fresno "A mean-spirited farce whose strenuous bad taste seldom translates into actual laughs. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2015
No Score Yet Brand: A Second Coming "Ondi Timoner delivers an engaging portrait of Russell Brand's journey from pop celebrity to still-funny political commentator. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2015
No Score Yet Margarita, With A Straw "Margarita, With a Straw is an unexpected delight of charm and substance. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 15, 2015
86% 7 Chinese Brothers (2015) ""Quirky" alone isn't enough. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 10, 2015
No Score Yet Morocco (Exit Marrakech) "Exit is really a small-scale drama somewhat arbitrarily set against an expansive background, but one that ultimately satisfies on its own more modest, gracefully crafted terms. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2015
No Score Yet GTFO: Get the F&#% Out "The rough edges of Sun-Higginson's Kickstarter-funded feature lend it an ingratiating, unpretentious modesty. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 6, 2015
No Score Yet The House On Pine Street ""Pine Street" is nicely atmospheric without succumbing to the usual cliches of spooky production design or false gotcha scares. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2015
80% Salad Days (2015) "Fans will find the documentary's fast-paced but detail-oriented progress satisfying. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2015
81% Ned Rifle (2015) "There's relief in the fact that while Ned Rifle is no Fool, it's still the writer-helmer's best work since then. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2015
17% Nightlight (2015) "A mixed-bag variation on found-footage horror, with creepily atmospheric moments as well as too much mood-killing blabber. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2015
22% The Barber (2015) "An apparent serial-killer-wannabe tracks down his would-be mentor in this underwhelming thriller. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2015
No Score Yet The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead "The U.K.'s oldest extant punk band gets a suitably entertaining, fractious documentary tribute. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2015
40% Holy Ghost People (2014) "The horror-oriented turns one might expect from these filmmakers never really arrive, and the eventual plot revelations feel a bit undercooked even for a straight thriller. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 24, 2015
80% Deathgasm "This amiably dumb feature debut for New Zealand writer-director Jason Lei Howden could have used some additional polish on the scripting side to bump its bad-taste humor up from the routinely to the inspirationally silly. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2015
No Score Yet Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents "There's plenty of eye and ear-catching stimulation in this survey of the Residents' 40-year career. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 20, 2015
No Score Yet The Jones Family Will Make a Way (2015) "The Jones Family Singers are a multigenerational Texas gospel ensemble profiled in Alan Berg's unsatisfying documentary. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 20, 2015
92% We Are Still Here (2015) "The lumbering ghouls are a bit too hokey to be taken seriously as objects of terror. But they fit into a general thematic and design scheme that faithfully echoes a seminal era's often garish horror convention " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 19, 2015
No Score Yet The Boy (2016) "A 9-year-old sociopath stubbornly fails to become scary in this stillborn thriller. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 18, 2015
No Score Yet The Final Girls "Modern teens find themselves trapped in a 1980s slasher movie in this amusingly meta thriller. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 15, 2015
55% Road Hard (2015) "This feature directing debut for Adam Carolla and frequent writing/producing collaborator Kevin Hench is an amiable, nicely assembled semi-autobiographical fiction that will please the former's fans. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 6, 2015
22% October Gale (2015) "This underdeveloped tale set on an island in Northern Ontario's Georgian Bay fails to build the intrigue or tension required for a thriller, and falls short as a character-driven drama as well. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 3, 2015
90% The Life And Mind Of Mark Defriest (2015) "It's a bizarre story not entirely clear in the telling -- partly because we can't be entirely sure when the subject is telling the truth -- but absorbing nonetheless. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 3, 2015
28% Out Of The Dark (2015) "This Colombia-shot supernatural suspenser with American/British leads and a mostly Spanish creative team offers professional polish but no interesting ideas or atmospherics. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 26, 2015
No Score Yet Homesick "A curiously bland treatment of sibling incest from the makers of the 2011 Sundance breakout 'Happy, Happy.' " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 25, 2015
73% Young Bodies Heal Quickly (2015) "Anarchic surface behaviors wear out their welcome in Andrew T. Betzer's intriguing but aimless debut feature. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 24, 2015
100% Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau "Gregory might have done a bit more to differentiate this more extensive investigation from those earlier pics' conventions. But the richness of the tale told here makes this competently packaged feature a keeper nonetheless. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 24, 2015
No Score Yet Heartworn Highways Revisited "New Nashville talent takes the spotlight in a docu that's rich in good music if low on context. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 24, 2015
No Score Yet La noche del ratón (Night of the rat) "First-time feature helmer David R.L. demonstrates admirable control over the possibilities of a simple scenario. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 24, 2015
100% I Am A Knife With Legs "While some may find its joke thin from the outset, others will grok the deadpan absurdism at work here, and anyone would have to admire the singularity of vision required to steer such a willfully silly project over a long, long haul. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 24, 2015
No Score Yet I Am Thor "Striking the right good-natured tone between admiration and amusement, "I Am Thor" isn't particularly slickly or imaginatively packaged, but its straightforward DIY presentation feels apt. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2015
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