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+ 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) The well-crafted movie offers many expressive moments for the grateful director to look back on. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
C 67% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) Pointless, Goofy and disconcerting documentary on a creepy unidentified 65-year-old clown. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
B 98% Harpoon (2019) Delivers the thrills and laughs. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
A 100% Bless Their Little Hearts (2008) An engaging and unsentimental independent American film about the black experience. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
A- 89% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Tells a dark story by trying to shed some light over its millennial protagonist dealing with mental health issues and a personal demon. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B- 94% A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) A senseless yet intriguing splatter horror film that was well-received by the public. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
A- 91% Saint Maud (2019) An unsettling horror pic built around a character study of an extremely religious nurse. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
C+ 68% Joker (2019) The chilling take away I got is that the cackling laugh of the Joker gets into your head, as if the filmmaker thinks that's enough to explain this sad mental illness story. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
B+ 100% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2018) It plays like a Looney Tunes cartoon gone bloody and psycho. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
B+ 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) It's an enjoyable and well-executed commercial film, but more standard than a top-level Miike one. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B- 100% A Serial Killer's Guide to Life (2019) A wacky horror comedy that loses its way after making its valid point. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
B 88% Bliss (2019) Please note that Begos is an admirer of madman filmmaker Gaspar Noé. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
B- 71% That Championship Season (1982) The director's inexperience before the camera shows, and what made it a great play only makes it a runner-up as a film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
B- 63% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) A clever but chaotic mix of time-travel, genre-bending, a serial-killer drama, a gory splatter film and a psychological thriller. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
A 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It's another of Bong's brilliant but hard to label movies. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
B 76% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Though it reminds one of Fargo, this is more as if it were a Coen brothers' slumming in Birmingham film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
A- 84% Ad Astra (2019) An ambitious and well-conceived big-budget sci-fi film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
B+ 93% Monos (2019) Plotless, atmospheric, grim and exciting nihilist thriller about child soldiering and surviving warfare. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B 60% Becoming Nobody (2019) A non-critical and unfocused but diverting documentary on the American academic who dropped out to become an influential spiritual teacher. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
C 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Smugly tells us that the answer to counter Nazi hate is through love. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
B- 88% Hustlers (2019) Tame expose drama about America likened to a strip club. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
C 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Never can capture what made the book so beloved. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
A 96% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Aesthetically pleasing 18th-century period piece drama on desire. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
A- 99% Knives Out (2019) Contemporary but old-fashioned shaped whodunit that both enlivens and refreshes the genre. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
A 87% The Painted Bird (2019) Without compromise in its bleakness. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
A- 100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) The bizarre cartoon film tells the true story of how the controversial and impoverished Spanish surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel in the 1930s made his third movie. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
C+ 40% Blood Paradise (2018) This low-budget horror-comedy thriller is as bizarre as it is visually beautiful and empty. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
A 99% Marriage Story (2019) Shoots for laughs despite its serious nature. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
C+ 84% Before You Know It (2019) Sprawling with too many sub-plots to sink your teeth into its main theme of overcoming dark family secrets. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
C+ 46% Ode to Joy (2019) Brought me no joy. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
B- 38% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) It's partly a time travel story and partly a crime procedural one, and neither is memorable. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
B- 82% Official Secrets (2019) A dry but earnest political film based on real events. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
B 100% The Load (Teret) (2019) Leaves us with bleak images that are still haunting even if the Yugoslavian conflict is now all but forgotten for most people not living in the Balkans. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
B+ 96% Hail Satan? (2019) A smart and lighthearted sympathy for the devil documentary. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
B+ 77% Knives and Skin (2019) It's one of this year's better films for those who can deal with idiosyncratic films that are meant to be taken seriously and offer much to reflect on. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
C+ 59% Satanic Panic (2019) But even if too gory, clunky and terribly flawed, it's a smarter picture than it looks. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
C+ 5% Jacob's Ladder (2019) Falls into all kinds of trouble trying to keep things lucid but is still diverting and entertaining. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
B 100% True Fiction (2019) Logic has no place here. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
B 81% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) The documentary thriller is based on his belief that there may be more going on here regarding Hammarskjöld's death than the authorities were revealing. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
C 30% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) It's an unfortunate white savior flick, for whatever that implies. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
C 42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) All the characters and the narrative are forgettable. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
B- 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Bearable as a feelgood drama about a rock fan's pining to become a writer. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
B- 90% The Souvenir (2019) I wasn't dazzled as much as disappointed that it told us so little about Hogg's inner feelings in a film that was so personal. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
B- 90% Plus One (2019) If you like swimming in the traditional rom-com shallow water you won't drown with this charmer. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
B 57% The Beach Bum (2019) In this witty comedy Matthew McConaughey shines as the rogue, middle-aged, pothead poet named Moondog. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
B+ 90% Give Me Liberty (2019) An authentic heartfelt film about real people. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
C+ 64% Them That Follow (2019) Though competently filmed, the film never had enough bite for me. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
C+ 59% Astronaut (2019) The narrative is slight and the characters are thinly drawn. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
C+ 54% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) A superficial crime drama. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
C- 32% The Intruder (2019) An inert thriller. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019