Dennis Schwartz

Dennis Schwartz
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Dennis Schwartz is editor of the Vermont based film magazine "Ozus's World Movie Reviews." He has been a prolific online movie reviewer since 1998, also contributing to various publications all over the globe and maintaining an active website--where it's not uncommon for him to review as many as 365 films a year. In his other life, he was a poet, teacher, restaurant owner, wanderer and follower of Tibetan Buddhism (where he studied in Kasa, Devi, India).The first film he saw as a child, Bob Hope's Paleface, left a hunger for films that has not been sated with all the passing years. The critic who influenced him the most was Walter Benjamin, not a film critic but one of the truly great scholarly critics of the 20th century. The lesson the film critic learned from Benjamin is that all true art is subversive and unsettling.
Favorites:
Movie favorites (in no particular order): Dead Man/Beau Travail/Eyes Wide Shut/2001: A Space Odyssey/The Searchers/Dybbuk/Greed/Touch of Evil/The Passion of Joan of Arc/Eyes Without A Face.
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Bennington, Vermont
Official Websites: sover.net/~ozus

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 94% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore gives a signature performance as a urban romantic survivor. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
C+ No Score Yet The Shepherd: Border Patrol (2008) A forgettable action picture starring the unforgettable Jean-Claude Van Damme. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B+ 95% Us (2019) Imaginative satire of the American Dream. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
B- No Score Yet L'École des facteurs (School for Postmen) (1947) A pleasing physical comedy. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
B 100% Booksmart (2019) Carries off its crazy antics in an entertaining way. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
A 94% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) Influenced by the Hungarian art-house icon Bela Tarr, this powerful indie blew me away. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
C 79% Captain Marvel (2019) It's a film that aims to show-off its girl power, and does so with mixed results. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
C- 50% Wes Craven Presents Dracula III: Legacy (2004) Sucks. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B- No Score Yet Backtrack (1969) An enjoyable well-acted formula Western action/comedy. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
B 79% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) I have no idea how the title is derived, but the edgy B-film, with arthouse pretenses, lays a good foundation for its bad- cop drama. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
B- 73% Triple Frontier (2019) All is well because Chandor has a way of keeping the action scenes enthralling. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
A 95% Transit (2019) A brilliantly haunting allegorical thriller. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
A 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) Brings new energy to the vampire genre. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
54% Rare Birds (2001) Comes up fowl. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
C+ No Score Yet Out Cold (1989) Offbeat understated black comedy set in San Francisco that never thaws out. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
B 87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Well-crafted thriller on parental angst. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
B 100% Skin (2019) It compares favorably with American History X. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
B 78% 30 Miles from Nowhere (2018) Leads to a surprising climax, that's smartly done and quite unexpected. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
B 71% Climax (2019) Depraved but curiously vibrant druggie musical horror pic. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
C- 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) Jejune serial killer film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
B 90% Yuli (2018) It works for ballet lovers who don't mind that it's a conventional film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
B 100% Bait (2019) It's endearing as a strangely stylized artsy indie. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
C+ 40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Filled with absurd dialogue, undeveloped dumb characters and unrelenting violence. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
B 100% Two for Joy (2018) The probing family drama makes for a good film but an unpleasant watch. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
C+ 28% Rebel in the Rye (2017) A leaden simplistic biopic of the celebrated recluse author J. D. Salinger--a movie he would have most likely detested. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
C 39% The Mountain Between Us (2017) A forgettable survival in the snow tale. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
C- 34% A Dog's Purpose (2017) Manipulative dog-friendly drama. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
C+ 36% Patrick (2019) A friendly pug comedy with no bite. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
B- 91% National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) Earns a diploma for tasteless low-budget comedy. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
B- 54% The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994) An unpretentious, silly, low-brow comedy that has the juice to induce laughter if you don't mind going low for the laughs. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
B+ 94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) The marvelous film is an old-fashioned gangster flick set in a colorful traditional culture that gets caught up in the modern-day global world. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
C+ 77% Sweet Virginia (2017) Sluggish mood-piece neo-noir indie set in a small town in Alaska. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- No Score Yet Tina Turner - Live in Amsterdam (1996) A treat for the singer's fans. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
B+ 100% Driveways (2019) The result is a sincerely moving low-key optimistic heart-felt film about trying to survive with the help of others, who are also trying to get by with their own problems. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
C No Score Yet Danger One (2018) A messy action-comedy with no moral compass. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
B 100% Fourteen (2019) An affecting portrait of female friendship and how it changes over the years. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
B 78% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) A lively and unnerving but silly cerebral sci-fi alien invasion film to ponder in its strangeness. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
C 36% Hunter Killer (2018) A middling sea thriller giving off big explosions and no controversy despite the Russians and Americans involved in an incident at sea. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
C+ 62% Bird Box (2018) It survives its ill-fate because of a feisty performance by Bullock. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
C+ 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Goes high tech, has little drama and is dark in mood. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
B- 57% Wounds (2019) It has some entertaining moments thanks to a zany Hammer performance. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
B 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) A bloody funny revenge noir film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
B+ 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Splendid World War I documentary in 3D. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
B+ 88% Arctic (2019) A pleasing survival tale with minimal dialogue. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
C- 7% 7 Guardians of the Tomb (2018) Just a bad low-budget 3D B-movie creature sci-fi adventure film, but (oy vez) with deadly spiders. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
B- 81% Brexit (2019) Benedict Cumberbatch turns in a superlative eye-catching performance. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
B- 71% Nappily Ever After (2018) A pleasing fluff piece. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B 91% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) It's a different kind of sports film that caught my attention despite not being a tennis fan. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
C+ 70% Roxanne Roxanne (2018) A gritty but incomplete character-driven musical biopic." - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
B- 81% Quincy (2018) It worked as an uncritical biopic, but it could have been better if it had some edge. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019