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
C+ 64% Blackbird (2020) Don't expect any debate over euthanasia, it's not that kind of film. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
B 95% Alone (2020) Continuous suspense. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
B- 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) A fascinatingly weird psychological drama. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
B- 80% Rogue (2020) A low-budget action B pic, armed with explosions and concern for animal abuse in wildlife. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2020
C 76% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Your usual banal rom/com film. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
B+ 99% Nomadland (2020) Frances McDormand stars alongside a cast of real-life nomads. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
B+ 99% One Night in Miami (2020) In this sincere fictitious film, based on true incidents, the black legends featured are humanized. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
C+ 43% She's in Portland (2020) It's too bumpy to enjoy the ride. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
B 67% Rent-A-Pal (2020) While being strangely funny, it tackles serious themes over mental health issues, depression and loneliness. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
C 79% Red, White & Wasted (2020) I don't see anything in this ugly slice-of-life doc that catches my interest. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
B- 93% Critical Thinking (2020) It's filmed as if a conventional docudrama. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
C+ 8% A Violent Separation (2019) B-film thriller (more a melodrama). - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
C+ 58% The Owners (2020) Both veteran actors, Tushingham and McCoy, provide solid performances for such an unpleasant film. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
B No Score Yet Mnemophrenia (2019) Chilling futuristic sci-fi drama. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
B- No Score Yet The Beggar's Opera (1953) Uneven but entertaining musical satire of Italian operas. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
C 40% Centigrade (2020) "The low-budget film is enhanced by its fine technical work, but stalled by its cold story that never quite warms up. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
C+ 71% Archive (2020) Many changes come at the climax, and they are not all good. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
C+ No Score Yet Steamboat Round The Bend (1935) Outdated and doesn't hold up to modern taste. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
B- 79% Out Stealing Horses (Ut og Stjæle Hester) (2020) It's an honest film about a likeable guy, but is too subdued to get you excited. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
B+ 72% Tenet (2020) If it wasn't so smart and muddled it could pass for a Bond thriller. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
c- 50% Blood Fest (2018) Bloody, witless and tasteless valentine to horror films. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
C+ 63% Fatima (2020) "The reverential film will not change the minds of either believers or doubters. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
C 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Awkward, moronic and benign rocker time-travel sci-fi/comedy. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
C+ No Score Yet Zombie Tidal Wave (2019) A low-budget cheesy zombie B film. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
A+ 100% Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France) (1946) Overwhelming production of the William Shakespeare epic historical play. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
B 94% The Mole Agent (2020) It's a gimmicky entertaining film without enough material to be a feature film. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
B- 94% Boys State (2020) Like a reality TV show cinema vérité. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
C- 47% Unhinged (2020) It's not worth the risk of seeing it in a theater during a pandemic, not only for your physical health but also for your mental health. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
B- 85% I Used to Go Here (2020) Tries to get by with only charm. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
B- 48% The Bay of Silence (2020) This noir type of Hitchcockian thriller falls short. It needed the Master himself to direct it. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
C+ No Score Yet Young and Willing (The Weak and the Wicked) (1954) Seemed as weak as the prison characters who were depicted as weak. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
B- 88% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) I welcomed the mostly realistic way it portrayed its protagonist. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
B+ 78% The 24th (2020) Mixes fact with fiction to tell this powerful Jim Crow-era tale set during World War I. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
B No Score Yet Ramona (1928) Effectively condemns the white man's racism of Native Americans. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
C 16% The Silencing (2020) Lacks logic. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
C 58% Random Acts of Violence (2020) Seemed more like a typical exploitation film than an art film. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
C- 61% Spree (2020) A baseless thriller critiquing the social-media craze for being an addiction. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
B+ 100% You Never Had It: An Evening With Bukowski (2020) Sobering, candid and witty interview. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
B- 88% Sputnik (2020) Sometimes gripping but mostly disappointing. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
B- No Score Yet Cry of the Werewolf (1944) A little too dull. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
C- 13% Endless (2020) The only thing that seems to work in this sappy romance is how sappy it is. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
C No Score Yet Latin Lovers (1953) Sterile and packs no punch. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
B+ 98% The Fight (2020) It's a solid film if you care to see the inner workings of the ACLU. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
B- No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937) Far from anything special. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
B+ 88% Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2020) Conventional and tasteful documentary on the now 81-year-old legendary Canadian singer/songwriter. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
C+ No Score Yet A Man Called Adam (1966) It remains a curiosity film long after its release. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
A- 100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) It's invaluable as a resource to French films. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2020
B- 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) This could have been a great film with a more experienced director. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2020
C 49% Made in Italy (2020) Has a falseness about it that can't hide behind its lush Tuscan scenic views. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
B No Score Yet Thirty Day Princess (1934) An enjoyable fluff B-film. - Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020