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:
1376

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1376
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
100% The Guest (2014) " Wingard wreaks havoc on another nuclear family in this giddily violent treat for genre fans." — Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2014
—— The Foxy Merkins " The bright ideas begin to thin out, and the pic never quite recovers its footing." — Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2014
—— Captivated " Makes [its] point so strenuously and repetitiously that it becomes a tad exhausting." — Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2014
—— Fishing Without Nets " Cutter Hodierne makes an accomplished feature debut with this very well-crafted, empathetic hijacking drama." — Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2014
—— Liar's Dice " Writer-director Geeta Mohandas makes a quietly effective debut with this Indian road drama." — Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2014
—— Cheatin' " Strife and sexual humor reign in this energetic romp, one of Bill Plympton's best longform animated works." — Variety
Posted Jan 17, 2014
—— Dinosaur 13 (2014) " Todd Douglas Miller's engrossing documentary covers the triumphant discovery - and government seizure - of the world's largest, most complete T-Rex skeleton." — Variety
Posted Jan 17, 2014
17% The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2014) " The quest for the Midas Box never seems like more than a poor man's plot-engine substitute for Tolkien's One Ring." — Variety
Posted Jan 9, 2014
45% Raze (2014) " This brutally monotonous actioner centers around an all-female fight-to-the-death contest, but viewers of either gender may find themselves dying of boredom." — Variety
Posted Jan 9, 2014
71% Loves Her Gun (2014) " Arrives at a destination that may strike some as too pat, but getting there is nonetheless consistently interesting." — Variety
Posted Jan 8, 2014
—— Hollywood Seagull (2013) " "Hollywood Seagull" updates Chekhov's play by turning it into a tepid soap opera set in a gated clifftop Malibu compound inhabited by a bitter ex-movie star, her family and associates." — Variety
Posted Jan 2, 2014
41% Here Comes the Devil (2013) " Intriguing if ultimately less than satisfying." — Variety
Posted Dec 9, 2013
88% The Punk Singer (2013) " This exciting assemblage of archival and interview materials recalls the considerable influence (and sometime public trivialization) of the 1990s riot grrrl movement while showcasing the role of its co-founder and most charismatic leader." — Variety
Posted Nov 28, 2013
94% Blancanieves (2013) " This year's crowded field of Snow White movies has a winner, at least in terms of quality, in Pablo Berger's delightful Blancanieves." — Variety
Posted Nov 27, 2013
82% G.B.F. (2014) " Genially cartoonish but also rather sweet." — Variety
Posted Nov 22, 2013
74% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " Her enduring appeal is amply documented in myriad vintage photos and clips deployed, while erstwhile collaborators and latter-day admirers add their two cents." — Variety
Posted Nov 20, 2013
50% Contracted (2013) " A body-horror opus that will satisfy genre fans who like to be grossed out, but doesn't have much to offer on any other count." — Variety
Posted Nov 18, 2013
46% The Book Thief (2013) " Markus Zusak's international bestseller The Book Thief has been brought to the screen with quiet effectiveness and scrupulous taste by director Brian Percival and writer Michael Petroni." — Variety
Posted Nov 4, 2013
74% Oculus (2014) " Ocular succeeds in keeping the viewer's bearings unsettled as the helmer's effective building of dread curdles into a series of narrative twists as dislocating as an Escher-drawn staircase." — Variety
Posted Oct 22, 2013
33% Odd Thomas (2014) " The books' juggling of tricky tonal and narrative devices translates into a screen result less clever than arbitrary and silly." — Variety
Posted Oct 21, 2013
56% Bounty Killer (2013) " Turning its low budget into a self-mocking plus, this umpteenth 'Mad Max'-style dystopian actioner delivers trashy fun for genre fans." — Variety
Posted Oct 21, 2013
96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " Greg Camalier's debut feature offers a worthy if sometimes ponderous take on a significant slice of U.S. popular music history." — Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2013
11% I Will Follow You Into The Dark (2013) " A rather turgid ghost story with a simultaneously murky and silly take on the afterlife." — Variety
Posted Oct 11, 2013
10% Cassadaga (2013) " This silly throwback to the post-'Psycho' shockers of the '60s offers a sluggish giallo-like murder mystery spiked with grotesque sadism." — Variety
Posted Oct 9, 2013
43% Vikingdom (2013) " This cheerfully silly action fantasy is unpretentious fun best suited to younger viewers." — Variety
Posted Oct 3, 2013
57% Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story " Feels like a somewhat superficial, "authorized" bio that nonetheless holds attention via its surfeit of archival materials and input from diverse interviewees." — Variety
Posted Oct 2, 2013
89% Le Week-End (2014) " Bittersweet, charming yet often very thorny." — Variety
Posted Sep 27, 2013
92% The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013) " The heavyweight champ's controversial political views are reexamined in this stirring, fascinating documentary." — Variety
Posted Sep 26, 2013
16% The Colony (2013) " A zombie by any other name is still a zombie in this utterly routine horror pic." — Variety
Posted Sep 23, 2013
0% I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013) " A dreary affair that will thrill undiscriminating fans of torture-porn horror and nobody else." — Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2013
70% Life Of Crime (2014) " A fitting memorial to Elmore Leonard, "Life of Crime" reps one of the most faithful of the many adaptations of the author's work." — Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2013
78% Metallica Through the Never (2013) " A definitive document for anyone who's ever hoisted the devil-horn fingers in metalhead solidarity." — Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2013
37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Both the kindest and most damning thing you can say about "The Fifth Estate" is that it primarily hobbles itself by trying to cram in more context-needy material than any single drama should have to bear." — Variety
Posted Sep 6, 2013
74% You're Next (2013) " There may be no great originality on display in You're Next, the latest indie horror opus from Adam Wingard, but there's certainly plenty of energy." — Variety
Posted Aug 19, 2013
78% Rising From Ashes (2013) " Engaging personalities and lively, good-looking assembly make T.C. Johnstone's inspirational sports docu a crowdpleaser." — Variety
Posted Aug 16, 2013
59% The Frozen Ground (2013) " Hangs a tad slackly between thriller and procedural, but still holds attention throughout." — Variety
Posted Aug 1, 2013
22% Rushlights (2013) " Polished but unmemorable. " — Variety
Posted Jun 27, 2013
62% Byzantium (2013) " A lethargic and uninspired take that aims to be something different, but ultimately isn't." — Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2013
—— Mon Ami (2013) " Rob Grant's Canadian feature pulls off something that's harder to do than it looks, namely the comedy of escalating disaster, in which each new mishap tops the last in bad-taste splatstick." — Variety
Posted Jun 20, 2013
—— Married And Counting (2013) " There's not a whole lot of dramatic punch to what seems as much a camera-friendly stunt as a personal/political statement." — Variety
Posted Jun 18, 2013
—— Finding Joy (2013) " Feels secondhand and contrived." — Variety
Posted Jun 7, 2013
71% Blood Brother (2013) " Documentaries don't come any bigger-hearted than Blood Brother." — Variety
Posted Jun 6, 2013
26% Erased (2013) " A confidently engineered, propulsive piece of intelligent action cinema." — Variety
Posted May 16, 2013
35% Aftershock (2013) " This Dimension pickup is a hectic, sometimes hilarious guilty pleasure that should delight genre geeks." — Variety
Posted May 15, 2013
—— Birdemic 2: The Resurrection " Nguyen's partial self-awareness of his new movie's camp value -- encompassing brief incorporation of zombies -- only makes it an effortful, half-understood in-joke rather than the guiltily pleasurable unintentional joke that was Birdemic: Shock and Terror." — Variety
Posted Apr 29, 2013
94% Sun Don't Shine (2013) " This unconventional, unsettling couple-on-the-run tale works best as an exercise in ambiguous atmosphere. " — Variety
Posted Apr 22, 2013
17% The Kill Hole (2013) " A middling drama that tries to combine elements of Rambo with serious treatment of soldiers' post-traumatic stress disorder and vague political commentary." — Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2013
16% The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) " A generally effective sequel." — Variety
Posted Mar 6, 2013
39% Dark Skies (2013) " A pretty good buildup to OK payoff without any real surprises en route makes Dark Skies feel just enough above average to make one wish it had one memorable spark of conceptual inspiration up its sleeve." — Variety
Posted Feb 22, 2013
—— Era Uma Vez Eu, VerĂ´nica (Once Upon a Time Veronica) " Especially for a movie whose title is in the first person, "Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica" doesn't make much of an effort to get into the head of its protagonist ..." — Variety
Posted Feb 7, 2013
100% Life According To Sam " A straightforward, solidly crafted inspirational tale that should appeal to quality broadcasters." — Variety
Posted Feb 5, 2013
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