Shannon J. Harvey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Biography:
30 year old profession film critic writing for a major metropolitan newspaper.
Favorites:
Blade RunnerStar Wars series2001The TerminatorBarton FinkMiller's CrossingAmerican BeautyIndiana Jones seriesCasablancaThe Shawshank RedemptionThe Big LebowskiRear Window
Publications:
Courier Mail (Australia) , Sunday Mail (Australia) , Sunday Times (Australia) , Urban Cinefile
Total Reviews:
282
Total QuickRatings:
194
Location:
Perth, West Australia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 83% Beautiful Kate (2009) " Beautiful Kate is a sexually charged kitchen-sink drama that comes with powerful performances, beautiful cinematography and a soundtrack to match its heavy but hopeful mood. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Aug 2, 2009
2.5/5 45% Fragments (2008) " With some poor casting and more actions than insights, Winged Creatures is indeed a bird that fails to fly, but not quite a turkey. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jul 12, 2009
3.5/5 68% BrĂ¼no (2009) " Bruno is well worth seeing for a good laugh, even if it is a hit-and-miss affair. After all, I doubt any negative reactions will stop Baron Cohen pulling the greatest prank of all -- pocketing millions from willing suckers like us. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jul 6, 2009
3/5 63% Coco Before Chanel (2009) " An incomplete yet enjoyably decadent portrait of a woman who came to define style and grace. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 28, 2009
2.5/5 19% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) " It's not so much "more than meets the eye" as "more than the eye can meet". " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 28, 2009
4/5 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) " Terminator Salvation is essentially a ripping sci-fi war movie that marries beautifully into the series' overarching story. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 1, 2009
3/5 84% I Love You, Man (2009) " A blokey comedy that ironically doubles as a good date movie, I Love You, Man is funny nonsense that just drops short of fulfilling its ripping premise. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 1, 2009
3.5/5 92% My Year Without Sex (2009) " It's [the] honest, natural performances and the way most average Aussies will relate to their sorry situation that makes My Year Without Sex all worth it. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted May 26, 2009
4/5 84% State of Play (2009) " It's the kind of slick showstopper that's packed with enough twists, turns and deadly tension to lead the news any day of the week. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted May 25, 2009
4/5 88% The Black Balloon (2008) " It's brilliant; a beautifully balanced comedy-drama that makes you laugh as much as it makes you cry, sometimes in the same scene. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jan 12, 2009
2.5/5 61% Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) " As harmlessly entertaining as it is, this journey is a few screams and gasps short of a real 3D thrill ride. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Sep 26, 2008
39% Speed Racer (2008) " At the finish line Speed Racer comes across as an indulgent fantasy project for the Wachowskis. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 13, 2008
3.5/5 87% El Orfanato (The Orphanage) (2007) " The Orphanage is all about atmosphere and giving audiences the heebie-jeebies. And on that level, it really works. " ‐ Sunday Mail (Australia)
Posted Jun 7, 2008
3.5/5 84% Swimming Pool (2003) " . French director Francois Ozon is a real tease, playing his audience before revealing the final knockout. . " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2003
3.5/5 82% Matchstick Men (2003) " . Matchstick Men might be a lesser Catch Me If You Can or Ocean's Eleven, but it's got a jazzy, understated style all of its own. It's one ride on which you will enjoy being taken. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2003
2 17% The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) " . As a more popular 19th-century author, Robert Frost, said: "Poetry is what is lost in translation." They've certainly lost it here. . " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2003
2.5/5 38% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde (2003) " . Plays like one long blonde joke we've already heard. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Sep 26, 2003
4/5 79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) " . A giddily goofy bit of old-fashioned nonsense that literally puts the curse back on the pirates themselves. You'll have a barrel of fun. . " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Sep 25, 2003
2/5 24% Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003) " . Proves again that Jolie makes a better magazine cover than actor and Lara Croft a better game than rousing archeological adventure. . " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Sep 22, 2003
3.5/5 68% Japanese Story (2003) " Japanese Story is a good film -- a memorable, provocative and emotional one. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Sep 22, 2003
3/5 87% 28 Days Later (2003) " . As far as zombie movies go, its $14-million budget must make it the most sophisticated flesh-muncher movie ever put to screen. . " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Sep 15, 2003
3/5 51% Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2003) " . Meadows keeps things simple, adding a few flashes of music or cinematography to recall the B-western. . " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Sep 15, 2003
4/5 99% Finding Nemo (2003) " Is this kid's stuff? That's a complicated question but the answer is a thing of beauty that will have children enchanted hook, line and sinker. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Sep 1, 2003
1/5 9% Darkness Falls (2003) " You will find more frights in Finding Nemo. And you might just have more fun playing with your lollie wrappers, performing shadow puppets on the screen - or even picking your nose - than enduring this dimly lit horror movie. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Sep 1, 2003
2/5 24% A Guy Thing (2003) " Julia Stiles provides the one shining light in an otherwise dull, unfunny, cringe-inducing comedy caper. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Sep 1, 2003
2.5/5 34% The In-Laws (2003) " It's good to see Douglas, who's so good at those nasty Gordon Gekko types, take on a comic role but he has little chemistry with Brooks " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Sep 1, 2003
3/5 55% American Wedding (2003) " It's not often sequels are better than the original but after a disappointing second instalment, writer Adam Herz has saved the best until last. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Aug 17, 2003
3/5 60% Down with Love (2003) " Beneath the wingtips, pointy shoes and '50s sexual politics...Down with Love is light, airy and fun - almost to the level of cheap laughs. It's all surface spit and polish. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Aug 17, 2003
58% Cypher (2002) " Natali has crafted a clever, futuristic mind-bender that's both beautiful to look at...and cerebrally challenging with its questions about reality and identity. Not bad for a film made for the cost of The Matrix's opening credits. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Aug 17, 2003
3/5 33% Tears of the Sun (2003) " The issues it raises are both noble, topical and worth exploring, which makes this an interesting, if flawed, military exercise. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Aug 17, 2003
1.5/5 41% Wrong Turn (2003) " Was Wrong Turn directed by the kind of in-bred mountain men depicted in the film? The opening credits is the only device that drive the plot -- the rest is simply a squeal-inducing hunt movie. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Aug 3, 2003
2.5/5 14% View from the Top (2003) " It's a pity...that such a first-class cast is forced to fly economy in this aimless exercise that never knows its destination. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Aug 3, 2003
4/5 62% Identity (2003) " Here is a movie that's so good - so juicy in the dark secrets it keeps - that all I really want to say is to see it right now knowing as little about it as possible. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Aug 3, 2003
3/5 70% Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003) " It's a slick, smooth and indeed explosive instalment, but it has neither the spit and polish of T2 nor the grittiness of the cult hit T1. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jul 29, 2003
4/5 72% Auto Focus (2002) " ..interesting for the way it reveals what the advent of the videotape in the '70s has done to all of us. Like the Internet in the '90s, it has helped make what's private public - for better or worse. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jul 29, 2003
2/5 35% The Real Cancun (2003) " Never has the word "real" been used in a more liberal way, because this reality movie seems to have a tighter script than American Pie - or at least one cloned from it. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jul 29, 2003
3.5/5 77% The Good Thief (2003) " The Good Thief has a shambling grace to it, both jazzy and gritty at the same time. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jul 29, 2003
3/5 80% I Capture the Castle (2003) " Cassandra's flowery narration may prove a tad irritating for those not in the mood for such soapy operatics but this glibly engaging melodrama...at least plays to mature audiences wanting an alternative to the latest Hollywood blockbusters filling up our " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jul 29, 2003
3/5 69% Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002) " Miller has made a provocative, intimate triptych of short stories. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jul 29, 2003
3.5/5 88% A Mighty Wind (2003) " After his previous windows on the absurd ... A Mighty Wind proves that Guest has turned parody into an art form. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jul 29, 2003
4/5 79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2003) " Clooney has made a stylish debut, wisely making his movie resemble the wacky game shows Barris dreamt up. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jul 29, 2003
3/5 70% Confidence (2003) " Confident performances from confident performers, indeed, all chewing the kind of post-Tarantino dialogue that's dotted the genre's recent landscape. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jul 29, 2003
3/5 70% White Oleander (2002) " Almost turns human misfortune into a costume parade. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 29, 2003
3.5/5 96% Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur) (2003) " One of the most truly wondrous films you could imagine. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 29, 2003
3.5/5 62% Hulk (2003) " Bold ambitions make Hulk the most profound popcorn blockbuster ever made and one that plays more to smart young adults than geeky teens. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 29, 2003
2.5/5 46% Sinbad - Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) " Sinbad is harmlessly inoffensive enough to be enjoyed by the kind of pre-teen kids who love a good swashbuckling adventure full of all those cartoon cliches, but anyone hoping for more will have to set sail on another adventure. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 23, 2003
4/5 75% Secretary (2002) " Secretary might be too hot to handle for prudes and fuddy-duddies. But then again, it's the kind of film they might enjoy the most. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 8, 2003
3.5/5 76% Igby Goes Down (2002) " The nearest thing we've got to a big-screen Catcher in the Rye...with Kieran Culkin giving a very Holden Caufield-esque performance. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 8, 2003
4/5 78% 25th Hour (2003) " A moving tribute to resilience in the face of ruination. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 8, 2003
2.5/5 60% Old School (2003) " A cheery, unapologetically goofy comedy about mid-life regression, minus the gross-out gags. And for that, at least, we can all be thankful. " ‐ Sunday Times (Australia)
Posted Jun 8, 2003
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