David Harris

David Harris
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I have been interested in film ever since my parents took me to see E.T. as a child. I began writing professional film criticism for Tiny Mix Tapes in 2007, where I was the film editor. I began Spectrum Culture, where I am Editor-in-Chief, 10 years ago and have been writing criticism there ever since. I also teach a film studies course at Northwest Academy, an independent school located in downtown Portland.
Publications: Spectrum Culture

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari feels like a throwback to the bloated prestige pictures of the '80s, all the way down to its USA-first message. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Stories like Mickey and the Bear have appeared as sobering reminders for the high-minded art film crowd that we are swiftly becoming two Americas. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 92% The Central Park Five (2012) If The Central Park Five didn't use most of its runtime on historians, reporters and people peripheral to the case, it could have gone from run-of-the-mill procedural to gut-punch of injustice. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.2/5 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) It feels more scattershot than Jackson's prior films, a pastiche of set pieces that don't add up to a unified story. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/5 69% Les Misérables (2012) It's a spectacle without the aspects that make it a spectacle. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.5/5 82% Seven Psychopaths (2012) A highly entertaining movie filled with laughs, violence and some wonderful performances. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2.6/5 77% Flight (2012) Zemeckis crash lands his movie with a shoddy romantic subplot and an ending shoehorned in so American audiences won't walk away bitching about the film being a downer. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 89% Lincoln (2012) Lincoln returns dignity to politics. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2.2/5 64% Sinister (2012) A scary story that could have been quite terrifying if done right. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.2/5 96% Argo (2012) A detailed, true story that has some trouble finding its footing between political thriller and suspense movie. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.2/5 65% Cosmopolis (2012) A provocative and ultimately frustrating odyssey...Cosmopolis never pulls itself together, sputtering out in a final conversation between Pattinson and Giamatti. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2.2/5 40% [REC] 3 Genesis (2012) A head scratching entry, marred by bad decisions by the people behind its, um, genesis. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.4/5 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) This conceit feels somewhat stale this time around, but a fearsome turn by Hardy keeps the action taut and the film exciting. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.8/5 56% The Bourne Legacy (2012) All we get is two hours of talk, interrupted by the occasional violence and a painfully truncated ending that leaves the door open for The Bourne Whatever They Name The Fifth Part. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.4/5 89% Compliance (2012) Writer-director Craig Zobel puts both his characters and his audience through 90 minutes of squirmy hell. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.8/5 34% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) Some sh*tty slo-mo action scenes. Some toothless scares. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) The Amazing Spider-Man, despite telling the same story again is not only successful, but a lot of fun to watch. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3.2/5 51% Savages (2012) It's gory, it's horribly flawed and it features some pretty bad acting, yet Savages is fun and exciting if you don't take any of it seriously. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.9/5 71% The Big Uneasy (2010) The citizens of New Orleans deserve a defense that is more fired up, angrier and more gripping than this somewhat flaccid documentary. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/5 93% Headhunters (2012) A grisly, darkly comic ride that will appeal to those who loved Larsson's garish, tawdry books. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
1.7/5 91% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) I think the problem is inherent in the format. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
1.8/5 66% God Bless America (2012) God Bless America has its crooked heart in the right place; too bad it's so inept it can't do anything about it. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/5 72% The Hunter (2012) It gets bogged down in a saccharine subplot that ultimately derails the entire affair. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.7/5 85% Bully (2012) Unfortunately, the film's thesis is somewhat thin (bullying sucks!) and Hirsch doesn't present us with any recourse to prevent it besides awareness. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.7/5 91% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) Let yourself go and you're in for a thrilling treat that will induce numerous, genuine laughs. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.6/5 95% Marley (2012) A masterful job weaving together the web of Marley's short and complicated life. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 83% The Snowtown Murders (2012) Dark, claustrophobic and depressing, but it's too destructive for its own good. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.2/5 75% Let the Bullets Fly (2012) 132 minutes of pure entertainment. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.8/5 99% Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) An artful look at the preparation of one of Japan's most famous exports. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 96% The Kid with a Bike (2012) For a film that is as heartbreaking and real as The Kid with a Bike, the Dardennes do not strike one false note. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) At its best The Hunger Games is a taut thriller, an edge-of-your-seat ride once the actual games begin. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 81% Goon (2012) Scott tries his best with the material but he has been abandoned by his team on this one. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
1.5/5 25% The Divide (2012) It will take someone without much humanity at all to enjoy this film. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.2/5 75% Rampart (2012) Compelling, yes, but not for the faint of heart. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 92% Into The Abyss (2011) A steely look at the darkness that plagues much of rural America. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.2/5 78% A Dangerous Method (2011) A subtle and refined look at two pillars of psychology who helped define a modern medical field. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.2/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Inherently a tale of intrigue, Alfredson may have created one of the most introverted spy thrillers ever filmed. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 71% Carnage (2011) A deep meditation on the human condition and the fine line that separates social convention from simple tribalism. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.2/5 75% War Horse (2011) For all his impact, Spielberg doesn't know when to apply the brakes and undermines his own efforts with ham-fisted and often cloying flourishes. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.7/5 67% Elevate (2011) Elevate goes with the charm, leaving intricacy and profundity for another movie. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 45% Anonymous (2011) Anonymous is little more than a typical Emmerich production wrapped up in Elizabethan clothing. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.2/5 92% Inni (2011) A timeless document from another world. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.9/5 86% X-Men: First Class (2011) Worst of all, the movie doesn't even look that great for all the money that went into it. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 81% Super 8 (2011) Abrams seems more concerned with emulating the Spielbergian way than mining the true emotion that can be felt. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3.7/5 95% 13 Assassins (2011) Takashi Miike has created a reverential and vital film in a genre that many may have thought as moribund and passé as its subject. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
1.9/5 65% Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) I'm happy to see Hauer is still blowing folks away but I really do hope that the rest of the actors in this film never, ever work in front of the camera again. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
1.5/5 33% The Hangover Part II (2011) A reprehensible film that is completely devoid of laughs. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4.3/5 92% Source Code (2011) One of the most exhilarating and satisfying films I've seen. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
2.9/5 71% Hanna (2011) It's one hell of a letdown. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/5 83% American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011) A serviceable, rather surface-deep look at the man many considered one of the best comedians of the 20th century. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019