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- 96% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Feel-good documentary that pays homage to the industry. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 70% The King (2019) The kind of questionable interpretation of Shakespeare that would probably have the Bard scratching his head. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
B No Score Yet The Living Skeleton (1969) If looking for a ghost story that's not perfect, artistically shot, prone to violence and entertaining, this one is it. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
B 93% Honey Boy (2019) Shia has taken on this difficult and painful role of his childhood abuser father, and his true performance gives the story gravitas. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
B+ 93% Uncut Gems (2019) Impacted with a certain NYC chutzpah that keeps it always hopping with never ending angles, slimy characters and dirty incidents. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
B- 100% The Forest of Love (2019) It's an ultra-violent thriller about uniformed teenage school girls, a suicide pact, wannabe filmmakers, artistic creation turning evil, a conman and, of course, a serial killer. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
B 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) The sensitive material of childhood abuse by the church, in a well-researched dramatization, is finely handled by French director-writer François Ozon. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
B- 87% The Two Popes (2019) A bromance between two popes of different stripes who manage to get along when they meet. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
A- 100% Balloon (Qiqiu) (2019) A harsh realistic family drama shot like a documentary. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
C+ 67% Capricious Summer (1967) It's boring, has little to say of value and its main characters are dullards. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
B 97% Working Woman (2019) An excellent no-nonsense drama. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
C No Score Yet The King and the Chorus Girl (1937) Go figure, it's co-written by Groucho Marx and is not funny. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
B- 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) It succeeds despite its flaws, at least, in being zany, lightweight and crowd-pleasing entertainment. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
B- 95% Queen of Hearts (2019) Overwrought family drama that goes dark in its insidious story of betrayal. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
A- No Score Yet Overwhelm the Sky (2018) It's challenging as a murder mystery story and engrossing as a psychological character study. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
B- 87% Deerskin (2020) The way you rate the sicko film hinges on how appealing you find Dujardin, who is a very funny dude. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
C+ No Score Yet The Full Treatment (Stop Me Before I Kill!) (1961) Filmed with no mystery, irritating characters and a psychology that only makes sense to a mental case. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
B 100% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) I think it makes good viewing for the filmmaker's therapist. If he doesn't have one I think he should get one. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
B- 83% Judy (2019) Standard-issue biopic made more watchable by the passionate and vulnerable performance by Renée Zellweger. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
B- 65% The Good Liar (2019) Watching the two old pros work together for the first time was a treat. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
B 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Sweet and justifiable tribute to the man who embodied kindness. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
B 92% Dark Waters (2019) Solid but not scintillating activist film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
B 89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) Contorted, baffling, polarizing and idiosyncratic documentary. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
B- 64% The Sound of Silence (2019) The uniquely intellectual drama runs with a soulfully promising story as far as it can go before getting backed into a corner by a director who doesn't know how to handle it. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
C 14% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) Goes up in flames despite a stellar cast. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
C 42% Stuber (2019) An unfunny, bottom-level, mismatched buddy-action-comedy. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
B 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) A standard-issue sports film, that's well-produced and well-acted and made the old-fashioned Hollywood way with flare, heroics and cynicism. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
B- 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) Underwhelming sequel. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
B- 88% Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) It might be the perfect film for the viewer who wants to see an undemanding traditional family film during the holiday season. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
B- 62% The Shed (2019) It's more concerned with how the traumatized people act when facing danger rather than just telling about the vampire's urge to kill. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
B+ 98% Rojo (2019) A damning political satire thriller set in 1975 Argentina before the coup of the military junta. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
B 90% Luce (2019) Its racial aspects make for uncomfortable viewing. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
C+ 30% Trick (2019) Inferior seasonal splatter film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B- 82% The Report (2019) Though it's dry in tone, at times leaden in execution and with much too much talk, it's still an engrossing look at how the system is manipulated by the two major parties. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
C+ 65% Guns Akimbo (2019) This is certainly not a film for the Harry Potter crowd, the film series its star became famous for. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
C 41% Hell Fest (2018) Can frighten you only because it's so bad. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
C+ 80% Auggie (2019) It runs out of ideas before it calls it quits. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
B 100% The Bronx, USA (2019) A pleasing nostalgia laden documentary about a once acclaimed high school in the Bronx. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B 100% Sell By (2019) It tells a familiar romance story, but tells it well. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
C+ No Score Yet Portal (2019) Doesn't really get going until the third act, and by that time I checked-out. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
C+ 67% Adopt a Highway (2019) The minimalist screenplay tells us what is obvious and no more about the flawed legal system and those it greatly effects. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
B 85% Color Out of Space (2020) The horror film is a thing of beauty, and very hammy and funny. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
A 100% La Llorona (2019) Superbly mixes together a political and horror story in this shocker of a postcolonial supernatural fable. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
B 95% Buddy (2019) It lovingly pays tribute to the spirit of these great service dogs. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2019
B- 88% Bloody Marie (2019) Intriguing but limited Dutch character study that turns in the second half into an action-thriller. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B 100% Adoration (2019) Stylish fairy tale of amour fou, based on a false sense of love. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B- 61% Kaboom (2011) What works best are the sex scenes, as the plot is just a distraction. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
B 100% Slam (2018) It works as both a thriller and a thought-provoking social conscious film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
B 100% Scales (Sayidat Al Bahr) (2019) Well-crafted, magical fable with a compelling contemporary feminist message. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
A- 85% Sorry We Missed You (2020) The bleak drama asks why things have to be so harsh in the workplace. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019