Dennis Harvey

Dennis Harvey
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Film Critic, San Francisco Bay Guardian and Variety

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
76% Malignant (2021) Malignant is elaborately produced and handsomely shot, which somehow makes the grade-Z material seem even more absurd. Really, if your movies make enough money (Wan been involved in several hit franchises), can you get any POS script made? - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
70% Death Drop Gorgeous (2021) This is a good-looking goof with beaucoup de energy... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
100% Saint-Narcisse (2021) La Bruce has refined his aesthetic over the years. While Saint-Narcisse could be tighter, it offers enough charms of style, nudity, and audacity to rate as one of his better joints. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
100% Portrait of Jason (1967) Winter's complex imagining of the episode sees Portrait's creation as a standoff between two sides of a race/class divide. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
88% Jason And Shirley (2015) A more accomplished second narrative director feature... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
91% The Capote Tapes (2021) ...this portrait grasps formative rejection and lifelong insecurity that fed his ultimate self-destruction. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
79% Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021) This is a slick, simple ode to Fabulousness, even if Jamie sometimes comes off as a self-centered brat-a born diva, indeed. Jonathan Butterell's film version hits expected notes of inspirational uplift... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
70% The Nowhere Inn (2021) I found it a long, sporadically clever 91 minutes. But if you're more than a casual enthusiast for either lead performer, you this may well be your new favorite movie ever... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
65% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Yes, this movie is "fun," in the same very loud and colorful way that being stuck inside a pinball machine would be. But after nearly two chaotic hours, it may make you pine for the watching-paint-dry austerity of a Bela Tarr. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
100% Freeland (2020) Though a little underdeveloped as a narrative, Freeland nonetheless potently captures the character of both its pushing-70 heroine and her dying-out culture. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
66% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) The Eyes of Tammy Faye just wants to have fun with some rather silly people. Maybe, however, it should have risked bumming us out by taking seriously the destruction they wreak. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
57% Inexorable (2021) [An] elegantly crafted tale of a wealthy family infiltrated by a young woman with a hidden agenda. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
87% The Big Scary 'S' Word (2021) A terrifically cogent look at why socialism is in fact "as American as apple pie"-and why so many powerful political forces work so very, very hard to paint the whole concept instead as a menace to our society. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
98% Blue Collar (1978) There's an authenticity of observation that still stands out, even amidst the famously "gritty" 1970s American film landscape, plus an integrity to the performances... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
87% The Card Counter (2021) It's an admirable distillation of his proven strengths as a screenplay writer of questioning moral seriousness, and a director of spare, elegant precision. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
No Score Yet Dark Blood (2021) Dark Blood often feels overly sensationalist in tone and style, dwelling on our tormented hero's suffering with lip-smacking satisfaction. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
63% Dogs (Câini) (2021) It's a quiet death-knell of a movie that pays off, no matter that the fates of some characters are left to our grim imaginations. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
100% Azor (2021) Elegantly sinister fiction... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
88% Fauci (2021) This is the kind of movie that makes you grateful not just for expertise but for sanity in high places-something we used to take for granted, but which now seems precious as gold. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
84% Superhost (2021) [It] could have used a few such aspirations-it's all too straightforward a slow-boil thriller... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
96% The Old Ways (2020) A well-made spin on the demonic-possession/exorcism tropes, if not a particularly original or scary one. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
62% Mosquito State (2021) Filip Jan Rymsza's Mosquito State is a stylish but pretentious attempt at body-horror as political allegory, too self-important to be fun, its social commentary (a la Candyman) too caricatured to be incisive. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
84% Candyman (2021) A heavy-handed misfire... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
No Score Yet Los Últimos Frikis (2019) Reaching for whatever artistic freedom they could manage within a hostile political climate... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
100% The Murder of Fred Hampton (2006) Murder remains true to its radical political era in being more angrily agitative than something with a pretense of journalistic "neutrality." But it's a powerful historical artifact... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
100% The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965 (2012) The B&W documentary provides a fascinating glimpse at the act at a point when they were hardly wide-eyed innocents, but not jaded yet, either. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
56% We Need to Do Something (2021) No Exit this ain't, making the lack of explication irritating-though not as irritating as the characters we're stuck with for 97 minutes. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
No Score Yet Moments Like This Never Last (2021) The film is a dynamic assemblage of preexisting video and other images that considerably boosts his posthumous mythology, even if deeper insight is lacking... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
93% Mogul Mowgli (2021) The result is the kind of nearly-one-man-show that's so flimsy beyond providing a star setting, it can hardly help but seem something of a vanity-project indulgence. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
80% Memory House (Casa de antiguidades) (2021) Increasingly grotesque, Memory House is a visually arresting if simple parable with little need for dialogue. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
89% Wild Indian (2021) Wild Indian is straightforward and unforgiving as a Great Plains landscape, more a sober drama than a payback thriller. It's a compelling, well-acted story, if a hard one to take... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
93% The Year of the Everlasting Storm (2021) As with any such catch-all package, the results are variable. But they do provide an interestingly rangy snapshot of a particular shared (albeit not physically) moment in time. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
No Score Yet Maria Chapdelaine (2021) A well-produced episodic tale whose incidents and personalities remain too modest to sustain nearly three hours' illustration, given a lack of narrative momentum and one major casting shortfall. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
89% Comala (2021) A quietly engrossing use of the documentary form to probe issues seemingly passed from one generation to another, leaving children both fatherless and oft-inclined to repeat that missing person's errors. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
55% DASHCAM (2021) As crisis piles upon crisis, with the performers holding cameras in all states of physical agitation, what we witness is too often just confusingly chaotic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
52% The Gateway (2021) "The Gateway" lets itself get pulled in too many directions for any of them to be well-realized. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
30% When I'm a Moth (2019) It's a fingernails-on-chalkboard kind of bad movie, not the fun kind. You will laugh, you will cry-but both from sheer pain. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
77% Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021) I can't say it did much for me. Still, the vicarious pleasures it offers are the kind you can hardly begrudge anyone else enjoying... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
71% Together (2021) ...apart from the acting fireworks it often seems to exist solely to ignite, you may well find it exactly as punishing as 90 minutes spent in the company of any other couple who can't stand each other. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
98% 8 1/2 (1963) It remains dazzling and original, as ambitiously unfettered an exercise in navel- gazing as the movies have ever offered... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
96% La Dolce Vita (1960) Casting aside his prior neo-realism, Fellini seized on a flamboyance of spectacle, symbolism, aesthetic refinement, and unconventional narrative structure that was endlessly striking as well as provocative. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
76% The Last Thing Mary Saw (2021) Vitaletti merits admiration for a debut feature whose ambitions are off the usual beaten track. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
No Score Yet Shit & Champagne (2021) D'Arcy Drollinger's dragsploitation flick finally comes to the big screen-'70s aesthetics and toilet humor included. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
83% The Show (2021) Fun if perhaps a little too tongue-in-cheek for its own good, the results will no doubt appeal most to Moore fans who'll revel in his Byzantine plotting, noirish tropes and other signature elements. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
100% Not Going Quietly (2021) Not Going Quietly is an unusually cheering (as well as poignant) activist portrait, because its immensely likable subject refuses to be bowed despite much cause for despair... - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2021
100% Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power (2021) Lee is articulate on any subject, in any context, whether touring housing/ homeless crisis sites in Oakland or opposing racial disparities in mass incarceration nationwide. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2021
100% Missing in Brooks County (2021) Though rather pokily paced, this is a strong indictment of inhumane policies so far off the public radar, there's barely any bureaucracy in place to help search for those in probable mortal peril. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2021
100% Searching for Mr. Rugoff (2021) Ira Deutchman's documentary provides an entertaining appreciation of this elusive figure, as well as an era when upscale film culture was at a zenith of popularity we'll probably never see again. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2021
No Score Yet The Outsider (2021) In the end, The Outsider compels because any such huge undertaking (let alone one focused on victims of terrorism) is bound to attract clashing personalities and ideologies. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2021
69% Cryptozoo (2021) Its fantasy concept is inventive enough to sustain another spectacular display of disparate visual techniques and styles. - 48 Hills EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2021