Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Film Critic, San Francisco Bay Guardian and Variety
Film Comment Magazine , San Francisco Bay Guardian , Variety
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San Francisco Film Critics Circle
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
60% 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
—— Bound By Flesh " 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
33% 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
14% 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
21% 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
11% 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
10% 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
—— The Case Against 8 (2014) " Earnest, solid if somewhat plodding at times ..." — Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2014
60% Jobriath A.D. (2014) " A long-forgotten, envelope-pushing figure of 1970s rock will be hard to forget again after Jobriath A.D." — Variety
Posted Jan 31, 2014
—— Watchers of the Sky " Edet Belzberg's sweeping survey of global genocide is an impressive and artful cinematic thesis of palpable substance." — Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2014
—— We Are The Giant " A frequently inspiring and exciting documentary." — Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2014
67% Web Junkie " A bizarre and entertaining documentary about China's attempts to reprogram its Internet-addicted youth." — Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2014
—— Cesar's Last Fast (2014) " Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee co-direct a solidly inspiring portrait of the late agricultural workers' champion." — Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2014
—— Private Violence " Cynthia Hill delivers a vivid portrait of one leading justice advocate and one survivor of horrific spousal abuse." — Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2014
—— Difret " "Difret" presents an important message, albeit in rather clunky narrative terms." — Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2014
—— Viktoria " So much of "Viktoria" heralds such a fascinating filmic sensibility that one eagerly looks forward to whatever Vitkova does next." — Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2014
80% Rudderless " Somewhat baffling in retrospect, if actually rather bland and formulaic to watch." — Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2014
70% God Help the Girl " This debut film by Belle and Sebastian singer-songwriter Stuart Murdoch is a slender exercise in self-conscious charm." — Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2014
—— The Notorious Mr. Bout " A somewhat grotesquely comic, very entertaining portrait of a man known to many as 'the Merchant of Death.'" — Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2014
—— Død Snø 2 (Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead) " The original's gradual buildup toward inspired outrageousness is replaced by immediately full-on gore-horror comedy in a broader, dumber Troma-style vein." — Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2014
—— EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky " Those who suspect that EDM is possibly the most vapid form of 'alternative' music will have their suspicions confirmed by this 3D documentary." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2014
—— Sepideh " Berit Madsen's documentary offers a leisurely, engaging portrait of a provincial Iranian teenager who dreams of becoming an astronaut." — Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2014
—— Neposlusni (The Disobedient) " Two petulant brats go on a singularly unrewarding road trip across the Serbian countryside in Mina Djukic's debut feature." — Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2014
—— Jamie Marks Is Dead " The potentially ludicrous story is handled artfully enough here to cast an eerie but not off-putting spell throughout, though the ultimate point is more than a tad murky, and the desired poignancy doesn't fully come across." — Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2014
—— The Sleepwalker " Mona Fastvold's consistently intriguing debut may leave audiences feeling it's all buildup and scant payoff." — Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2014
100% The Guest " 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 " 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
47% 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
67% 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
83% 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
81% G.B.F. (2014) " Genially cartoonish but also rather sweet." — Variety
Posted Nov 22, 2013
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