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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 99% Totally Under Control (2020) This film will serve us well in the future as a reminder on how having such a bad leader could be disastrous to the country. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
C 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) The weak film kills the spirit and flavor of the strong book. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
B+ 97% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) "It's a curious film of brilliant storytelling, one that makes for an unusual prison film. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
A 88% Crossing Delancey (1988) Every scene works in this wonderful but small film. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
C+ 67% Embattled (2020) I would never think of watching an MMA fight, nor would I ever want to see this ugly family drama again, nor would I care to ink up my body as the film's star does. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
B+ 95% Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) The breezy film with great visuals also has a serious tone about the survival of the world. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
B- 58% Perfect Sense (2012) Bizarre parable on love during a pandemic in modern-day Glasgow. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
C- 31% 2067 (2020) It serves as another misfire for a "hero's journey" space film. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
B 67% Ammonite (2020) A salvageable gay film suited for a hetero audience. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
C+ 83% Freaky (2020) You could say the film might work for some as mindless entertainment that's good for a few chuckles and laughs. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
B No Score Yet The Gilded Lily (1935) The middling but charming screwball love triangle comedy was a decent film for its Depression-era audience. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
D 37% Jiu Jitsu (2020) This is the kind of badass sci-fi film you would expect Nic Cage to be in and sure enough he's in it. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
B 97% Sound of Metal (2020) The observant film is memorable for showing us how rewarding and lyrical silence can be. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
B- 71% The Last Vermeer (2020) It plays as if it was a conventional mystery picture. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
B+ 90% Run (2020) A provocative escape thriller skillfully directed and paced by Aneesh Chaganty. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2020
B- 87% The Social Dilemma (2020) Even if it's a well-done study on social media, it is still mostly tedious. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
A- 88% Mank (2020) It's a behind- the- scenes look on the making of Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" (1941). - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
C 46% Times Square (1980) Forgettable and unpleasant punk-rock teen rebellion film. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
C 21% Friendsgiving (2020) An overcooked turkey. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
A- 94% Acute Misfortune (2020) This tumultuous biopic is just as much about the journalist Jensen as it is about the great artist Cullen. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
B- 94% The Life Ahead (2020) The raison d'être for watching is Sophia. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
B- 80% Let Him Go (2020) Well-acted as a character study and very entertaining. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
C+ 69% Kindred (2020) Vexing maternal psychodrama. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
B+ 90% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) The chilling film sets an eerie mood that never relents. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
B- 83% Proxima (2019) An earthbound space tale about dealing with the astronaut training quarantine. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
C 48% Triggered (2020) Never made me care about how it was resolved. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
D 74% Idiocracy (2006) Crappy film. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
B- No Score Yet Carnival Story (1954) Had little to say about circus romances. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
C- 47% Spell (2020) Just so much nonsense. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
C 40% Rebecca (2020) It boggles my mind why this remake was made. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
B+ No Score Yet Malina (1990) It's a grim film, but I did find it provocative, intellectually stimulating and unique. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
B- No Score Yet Gold of the Seven Saints (1961) The unimaginative story is full of sand. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
B+ 100% His House (2020) Superb haunted house drama of refugees from Sudan in England trying to assimilate. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
B- 100% Outrage (1950) A sensitive melodrama on a rape victim who becomes unhinged. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
B- 25% The Empty Man (2020) "Empty" is an apt way to describe this overlong and sluggish supernatural horror pic. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
B 56% Come Play (2020) Gives us a meaningful story about how damning loneliness can be to the vulnerable. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
B No Score Yet Fleshpot on 42nd Street (1973) Not a mainstream Hollywood film that comes with a happy ending. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
B- No Score Yet Eye of the Devil (1966) More atmospheric and gloomy than suspenseful. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
C+ 74% Black Box (2020) It's an amnesia film that forgot to tell us how it ends. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
C+ 76% Clouds (2020) A tough watch and not for everyone. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
C No Score Yet The Green-Eyed Blonde (1957) A poorly done exploitation prison drama. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
C- 17% After We Collided (2020) Only meant for its young targeted audience that has the stomach for such tripe. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
C+ 81% Synchronic (2020) Superficial. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
A- 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) It's a superb re-creation of that historic event, in the form of a courtroom drama. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
B 91% Love and Monsters (2020) It's silly, but with some depth thrown in. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
B 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Your reaction to this politically motivated mockumentary will most likely depend a lot on whether you're partial to either the blue or red states. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
B- 96% Shithouse (2020) It proves to be more sensitive than you would think from its vulgar title. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
A- 83% Martin Eden (2020) Fascinating literary adaption. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
C- 40% Honest Thief (2020) Inoffensive, lightweight B-film thriller that asks the dumb question if you prefer an honest crook over crooked cops. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
A- 84% The Way I See It (2020) A picture is worth a thousand words. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020