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
C- 46% Drive Angry (2011) It works as a stand-alone drama. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
C+ 32% Domino (2019) Does tune into the world-wide current concerns over terrorism. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
C 57% Touch Me Not (2019) Awkward execution. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
A 94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) For the patient viewer it's a visually stunning film filled with both comical and magical moments. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
C+ 52% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, Une Lumière) (2019) An atmospheric, smug, and contrived minor police procedural film from France. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
B- 73% The Perfection (2019) A schlocky B-film horror thriller with a twisty plot. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
B- 93% Burning Cane (2019) Acts as a lyrical meditation on rural life, domestic violence, religion, the black experience and despair. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
B- 70% The Bastards' Fig Tree (La higuera de los bastardos) (2019) An absorbing film on the lingering effects of fascism. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
B 80% Leto (2019) This messy but curiously enjoyable avant-garde art film is for the world-wide rockers a tribute to the power of the music and a shout out for art not to be censored. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
C+ 47% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) A genial and earnest but incredulous teen love story. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
A- 93% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) A brilliant idiosyncratic documentary on the legendary filmmaker Orson Welles. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
B 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) A nicely made biopic on the former Hollywood film noir femme fatale, Gloria Grahame. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
B+ 86% Nighthawk (Bacurau) (2019) A visually stunning but strange anti-American (anti-imperialist) sci-fi Western about the dangers of lawless modernization. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
C- 65% Yesterday (2019) The dumbest premise I encountered in eons. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B- No Score Yet Don't Look (2018) A flawed throwback to the 1980s slasher films. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B No Score Yet The Gay Falcon (1941) A most entertaining episode in the long-running series. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
B+ 100% The Serengeti Rules (2019) High-caliber science documentary. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
B- 61% Trial by Fire (2019) It's a prestige film based on the true story of a man who is wrongly convicted of killing his children. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
B 90% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) A pleasant rural farm tale. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
C+ 26% The Nun (2018) The franchise worsens with each new episode, hitting an all-time low here. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
B No Score Yet Ashes and Embers (1982) It's a rare black experience film telling it as it is - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
C+ 54% Charlie Says (2019) It might be a thoughtful exercise in tasteful filmmaking but never digs too deep into why the floundering flower girls were brainwashed by Manson. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B 95% See You Yesterday (2019) Entertaining teenager sci-fi adventure tale. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B+ 83% Maîtresse (Mistress) (1976) It was a shocker when first released and was banned in several counties. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
A- 40% A Time for Dying (1969) A superior Western made by a great filmmaker. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
C 35% El Chicano (2019) The first all-Latino superhero movie is unfortunately an uninspiring B movie. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
C No Score Yet Absolute Quiet (1936) Second-rate B film programmer. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
C+ 23% The Statement (2003) Jewison is not sure if he wants to make a chase or message film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
A- 81% Dogman (2019) Captivating gem. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
C+ 47% Higher Learning (1994) It was too schematic, too didactic and too cliched to work. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C+ 38% Entrapment (1999) It pales in every which way when compared with any Bond film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
C+ 50% Pimp (2018) A snappy one-note lesbian love story set in the mean Bronx streets, that sells its ass as a sleazy '70s blaxploitation film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
C+ 32% The Forgotten (2004) An undemanding but somewhat entertaining mumbo-jumbo thriller, but not one to be remembered as good. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
C 32% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Though a true story that had everything you could possibly want for a thriller, the film lacked drama, lacked action and lacked credibility. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
B- 71% Long Lost (2019) Engrossing but nerve-wracking enigmatic psychological thriller. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
B- 71% Instant Dreams (2019) I found it a pleasant enough watch. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
B 67% The White Crow (2019) A serviceable period drama reflecting on the early life of the great ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and his defection. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
B 70% Stockholm (2019) The movie falsifies too many details about the caper to have much meaning. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B+ 97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) A loving tribute to a true craftsman. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
A- 96% Little Woods (2019) Riveting and heartfelt druggie drama of those living on the poverty line. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
C+ 18% The Fourth Kind (2009) Filmed with too many re-creations of the shrink's videotaped sessions. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
B+ 55% Under the Silver Lake (2019) I was ensnared by its stoner charms. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
B- 79% All the Money in the World (2017) The cynical thriller is based on a catchy true story, but never overwhelms... . - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
C+ 43% The Boost (1988) The simplistic message film tries to be cool by having its hipster leads telling us drugs are not good for you. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
A- No Score Yet Rebel in Town (1956) A quality revenge B-western. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
C No Score Yet Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966) There's no hope for this Bob Hope bomb. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
C+ 46% Red Sparrow (2018) Not worth torturing yourself to see. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
B- 77% Guava Island (2019) It never fully works as a film that believes art can topple tyranny, but is nevertheless charming, musically festive and visually soothing. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
B+ No Score Yet The King of Jazz (1930) An uneven (the comedy was lame) but most entertaining historical musical revue celebrating early talkies. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
B- 82% The Party (1968) A few sight gags go over well and the satire sometimes hits the mark, but much of the film stalls with too many repetition accidents. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019