Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Biography:
Film Critic, San Francisco Bay Guardian and Variety
Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , San Francisco Bay Guardian , Variety
Critics' Group:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
1394

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
50% Pump (2014) " "Pump" is quite entertaining, drawing together colorful archival footage, interviewed experts and ordinary folk ... in a lively, professional package." — Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2014
0% Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (2014) " The prior installments weren't very good movies, and it should surprise few that this last one is the worst of the lot." — Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2014
90% The Kill Team (2014) " Its extraordinary story can hardly help but involve and outrage." — San Francisco Bay Guardian
Posted Sep 15, 2014
11% No Good Deed (2014) " Despite competent performances and packaging, dialogue and situations in Aimee Lagos' script are too routine to create much excitement." — Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2014
89% Big Game " Taken in a lighthearted spirit, it's all good fun, with well-handled if increasingly improbable action." — Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2014
—— The Yes Men Are Revolting " The prankster activists return to wage war against climate change in this amusing documentary." — Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2014
—— The Editor " Even those who get the joke here may find it wearing thin after a while." — Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2014
0% The Forger " Nothing feels fresh here - not even Christopher Plummer hamming it up as a crusty-coot grandpa - and Philip Martin's routinely polished direction only underscores the cliche-composting of Richard D'Ovidio's script." — Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2014
80% A Little Chaos " "A Little Chaos" is all too tidy as it imposes a predictable, pat modern sensibility on a most unconvincing depiction of late 17th-century French aristocratic life ..." — Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2014
—— American Heist " Slick but derivative and forgettable on all levels." — Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2014
—— Shelter " The results are admirable in intent and sporadic effect, but still a mixed bag overall." — Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2014
—— The Dead Lands " Impressive scenery and action elevate a tale of pre-colonial Maori warfare that is nonetheless brutal to the brink of monotony." — Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2014
20% Miss Julie " Liv Ullmann's worshipful but static adaptation of the classic Strindberg play fails to work as a film, despite impressive perfs." — Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2014
54% Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014) " Though a tad uneven, as a whole the documentary cannily juggles an overview of African-American history in general with the specifics of its photographic representation and talents." — Variety
Posted Aug 28, 2014
90% To Be Takei (2014) " Even if you've tired of Takei's ubiquity online and onscreen, this campy but fond tribute is great fun." — San Francisco Bay Guardian
Posted Aug 27, 2014
0% Cam2Cam (2014) " A sloppy chiller about tourists falling prey to an online stalker in Bangkok that clumsily mixes slasher, sexploitation and supernatural elements." — Variety
Posted Aug 22, 2014
17% Jersey Shore Massacre (2014) " As willfully lowbrow dumb fun goes, it's pretty painless." — Variety
Posted Aug 22, 2014
—— Found (2014) " [An] intriguing, above-average genre effort ..." — Variety
Posted Aug 15, 2014
—— Blood Junkie (2011) " Blood Junkie is pure retro-flavva'd silliness." — San Francisco Bay Guardian
Posted Jul 11, 2014
33% Drones (2014) " A middling real-time thriller that chronicles a fictive crisis for two Air Force personnel, who find themselves at loggerheads when they spot an apparent terrorist thousands of miles away on surveillance video." — Variety
Posted Jun 27, 2014
—— The Last Day Of August (2013) " There's enough material here for a half-hour short or a one-act play, but the character and plot reveals simply aren't complicated or surprising enough to justify feature length." — Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2014
91% Being Ginger (2014) " The result feels like a class project (as indeed it began), stretched but not deepened to feature length." — Variety
Posted Jun 22, 2014
36% Last Weekend (2014) " Its eventual reach for warm-and-fuzzy emotional catharsis rings hollow among characters that never become more than disagreeably shallow products of unexamined privilege." — Variety
Posted Jun 22, 2014
18% Video Games: The Movie (2014) " A slick, entertaining survey of electronic gaming's history to date." — Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2014
75% The Last Sentence (2014) " [The film] offers a potentially intriguing study in high-minded political/moral obstinacy, but feels too claustrophobic -- and, finally, tediously like a one-man window on great events -- to fully come to dramatic life." — Variety
Posted Jun 16, 2014
42% The Human Race (2014) " Real suspense and shocks are MIA in a movie that's eventful but lacks the atmospherics needed to be scary." — Variety
Posted Jun 15, 2014
30% I Am I (2014) " This potentially intriguing concept is given disappointingly bland, flat treatment ..." — Variety
Posted Jun 11, 2014
47% All Cheerleaders Die (2014) " Even for those most receptive to the tongue-in-cheek tone here, McKee and Silvertson's in-joke will likely rate just middling on the scale of subversive hilarity." — Variety
Posted Jun 9, 2014
—— The Odd Way Home (2014) " Its essential contrivance works against the earnest emotions it's aiming for ..." — Variety
Posted May 29, 2014
75% Cyber-Seniors (2014) " Though there might have been some real drama to tap in following some seniors' efforts to reconnect with their long-lost loves, Cassaday either doesn't find any such intrigue, or didn't bother looking for it." — Variety
Posted May 15, 2014
—— Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014) " This enjoyable ride should appeal to Alice Cooper's original fans, as well as those who came to him via the performers he influenced." — Variety
Posted May 8, 2014
78% The Machine (2014) " "The Machine" works modestly well, but still wobbles trying to balance its "thinking man's sci-fi" aspirations against the need to placate less adventurous fans via standard action content." — Variety
Posted Apr 23, 2014
57% Proxy (2014) " Skirting horror and black-comedy terrain without quite surrendering to either, the pic proves rather bracing even if it doesn't hold up to much plot-logic scrutiny." — Variety
Posted Apr 15, 2014
92% Bound By Flesh (2014) " An absorbing glimpse of a unique, largely forgotten showbiz chapter that spanned decades of great change in public tastes and popular media." — Variety
Posted Apr 14, 2014
30% Perfect Sisters (2014) " A cartoonish and crudely staged dramatization of a disturbing true crime." — Variety
Posted Apr 11, 2014
80% Detonator (2014) " Damon Maulucci and Keir Politz make a fine feature debut with this small, punchy drama." — Variety
Posted Apr 10, 2014
30% Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014) " Writer-director-star Luke Moran's drama about Abu Ghraib is an ambitious if not particularly revealing debut." — Variety
Posted Mar 28, 2014
13% Locker 13 (2014) " Only those scared of being bored to death need fear "Locker 13," an omnibus of horror stories that could hardly be more tame, talky and tepid, both individually and as a whole." — Variety
Posted Mar 28, 2014
27% Stay (2014) " Static and uninvolving despite a decent cast." — Variety
Posted Mar 19, 2014
23% Shirin In Love (2014) " Apart from its Iranian-American milieu, this innocuous romantic comedy is strictly formulaic." — Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2014
0% War of the Worlds: Goliath (2014) " Noisy battle scenes a la 'Transformers' and 'Starship Troopers' mar this pedestrian animated sequel to H.G. Wells' original story." — Variety
Posted Mar 7, 2014
8% Chlorine (2014) " Some of "Chlorine's" scenes go for a pat lifestyle satire that can be diverting enough but feels secondhand. Elsewhere it makes wobbly overtures toward unearned dramatic poignancy ..." — Variety
Posted Feb 28, 2014
19% HairBrained (2014) " A campus comedy that tries to transcend its many formulaic elements with an insufficient dose of absurdism." — Variety
Posted Feb 28, 2014
—— Victor Young Perez " Period drama lacks the kind of galvanizing lead perf that might attract attention to an otherwise uninspired treatment, a la "La Vie en Rose."" — Variety
Posted Feb 20, 2014
—— Jo nan-ja-deul (Intruders) " An above-average little thriller rather than a near-great one." — Variety
Posted Feb 18, 2014
15% Barefoot (2014) " A return to the cinema of adorable mental illness - something that, like the killer in a slasher movie, always seems to lurch back to life just when you think it's safely dead ..." — Variety
Posted Feb 18, 2014
33% Beijing Love Story (2014) " This romantic-comedy roundelay gets better as it gradually moves away from comedy toward more sentimental material." — Variety
Posted Feb 16, 2014
51% Cherish (2002) " Good performances and quirky humor make this slick if less than fully satisfying mix of romantic comedy and mystery an easy sit." — Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2014
9% Vampire Academy (2014) " Not only plays like the crassest possible mashup of "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" elements, but seems designed to make those franchises look like eternal monuments of world culture by comparison." — Variety
Posted Feb 11, 2014
92% The Case Against 8 (2014) " Earnest, solid if somewhat plodding at times ..." — Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2014
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