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:
1407

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Lucky Stiff " Equal parts diverting and strained, most likely to please the same niche audiences who have given the material a modest stage shelf life for the last quarter-century. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2014
40% Default (2014) " Resourceful, Los Angeles-shot low-budgeter is solidly assembled, with Xander Lott's unobtrusive yet unsettling score a plus. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2014
No Score Yet Stonehearst Asylum (2014) " The lunatics have seldom taken over the asylum so literally, yet to so little reward, as in "Stonehearst Asylum." " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 15, 2014
44% The Houses October Built (2014) " Never transcends a predictable narrative trajectory to deliver much in the way of creepy atmosphere, let alone actual scares. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 10, 2014
75% Harmontown (2014) " By turns aptly amusing, poignant, indulgent and discomfiting. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 6, 2014
No Score Yet Bitter Honey (2014) " A moderately interesting docu study of polygamous families in Bali that's too narrowly focused to support its larger conclusions. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 5, 2014
63% The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin (2014) " Rather like being stuck in one long meeting with the almost invariably young, white, middle-class male members of a startup: Their zeal isn't all that infectious unless you're already on the team. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 5, 2014
8% Drive Hard (2014) " Approximately as unforgettable as its title ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 2, 2014
17% The Pact II (2014) " "The Pact 2" simply stretches out rather than elaborating on its predecessor's already thin premise, creating holes that are poorly patched over with false scares and unconvincing character behavior. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 2, 2014
42% The Liberator (2014) " Well mounted and cast, The Liberator has all the right surface attributes yet never quite transcends its solid, slightly impersonal professionalism. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2014
100% Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (2013) " Behind every pop-punk success story is a debt to the original L.A. bands chronicled in this ingratiating docu. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 26, 2014
25% At The Devil's Door (2014) " Though disappointing content-wise, McCarthy's sophomore feature still demonstrates admirable attention to things that usually suffer in more superficially flashy horror efforts ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 26, 2014
0% Reclaim (2014) " Alan White's polished but pedestrian pic mines little real suspense and few surprises from a formulaic script. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2014
71% 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
80% Big Game " Taken in a lighthearted spirit, it's all good fun, with well-handled if increasingly improbable action. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2014
No Score Yet The Yes Men Are Revolting " The prankster activists return to wage war against climate change in this amusing documentary. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2014
40% 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
67% A Little Chaos (2015) " "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
No Score Yet American Heist " Slick but derivative and forgettable on all levels. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2014
No Score Yet Shelter " The results are admirable in intent and sporadic effect, but still a mixed bag overall. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2014
No Score Yet 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
57% 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
No Score Yet Found (2014) " [An] intriguing, above-average genre effort ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 15, 2014
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
33% 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
76% 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
No Score Yet 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
60% 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
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