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 Review
C No Score Yet Danger One (2018) A messy action-comedy with no moral compass. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
B 100% Fourteen (2019) An affecting portrait of female friendship and how it changes over the years. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
B 78% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) A lively and unnerving but silly cerebral sci-fi alien invasion film to ponder in its strangeness. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
C 37% Hunter Killer (2018) A middling sea thriller giving off big explosions and no controversy despite the Russians and Americans involved in an incident at sea. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
C+ 62% Bird Box (2018) It survives its ill-fate because of a feisty performance by Bullock. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
C+ 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Goes high tech, has little drama and is dark in mood. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
B- 58% Wounds (2019) It has some entertaining moments thanks to a zany Hammer performance. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
B 73% Cold Pursuit (2019) A bloody funny revenge noir film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
B+ 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Splendid World War I documentary in 3D. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
B+ 88% Arctic (2019) A pleasing survival tale with minimal dialogue. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
C- 7% 7 Guardians of the Tomb (2018) Just a bad low-budget 3D B-movie creature sci-fi adventure film, but (oy vez) with deadly spiders. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
B- 83% Brexit (2019) Benedict Cumberbatch turns in a superlative eye-catching performance. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
B- 71% Nappily Ever After (2018) A pleasing fluff piece. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B 91% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) It's a different kind of sports film that caught my attention despite not being a tennis fan. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
C+ 70% Roxanne Roxanne (2018) A gritty but incomplete character-driven musical biopic." - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
B- 80% Quincy (2018) It worked as an uncritical biopic, but it could have been better if it had some edge. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
B- No Score Yet Lovely to Look At (1952) A big-budget lush Technicolor remake of the 1933 Broadway musical Roberta. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B- 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) An outstanding Denzel Washington performance. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
A- 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) A Victorian chamber piece with a dubious morality and cautionary feminist designs. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
C+ 38% State Like Sleep (2019) A wannabe noir film that turns out to be a listless dreamlike mystery thriller. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
C+ No Score Yet Honeymoon Hotel (1964) The launching of Broadway musical stars Robert Goulet & Robert Morse as film stars didn't work out in this turkey. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
C+ No Score Yet The Only Game In Town (1970) The comedy is weak, the dialogue is not engaging and it's too talky. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
B_ 47% Masquerade (1988) A vapid damsel in distress Gothic romantic thriller set in the wealthy summer resort of Long Island's Hamptons. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
B- 78% The King (2018) An ambitious but not a particularly jarring journey covering the troubled life of Elvis Presley some forty years after his death. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
C+ 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The debut feature by Josie Rourke is a well-constructed but dull costume movie that wages its 16th-century drama between battling English queens as a feminist struggle. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
B+ 88% The Great Buddha+ (2018) It's an awkwardly funny and bleak black comedy on unbridled voyeurism that reflects cynically on the human condition. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
B- 86% The Road Movie (2018) It was never as good as it could have been, but it held my interest briefly. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
B+ 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) A stranger than fiction documentary based on a true story. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
B 85% Sollers Point (2018) A despairing slice-of-life drama set in the blue-collar suburb of Baltimore. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
C+ No Score Yet The Neptune Factor (1973) A predictable sci-fi adventure tale with little action. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
C+ No Score Yet Teseo Contro il Minotauro (Warlord of Crete) (The Minotaur) (1960) As mediocre as it was, it could have been a lot worse. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
B No Score Yet Girl with Green Eyes (1964) The film that made Rita Tushingham a star. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
C- 33% Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) A violent and dumb exploitation B-movie martial arts film. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
B No Score Yet Man from Del Rio (1956) It's a modest Western, tamped up by a fine Anthony Quinn performance." - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
B- No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice (1951) A muddled b/w drama, attempting vainly to be film noir. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
B 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Well-acted low-budget aesthetic film that might impress even if seemingly going the mumblecore route without any easy solutions to the problems it raises ... . - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
B+ 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) The film works until it doesn't. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
A 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) The documentary was a pure joy. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
C+ 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) If you liked the kookiness you probably liked the film, but if you found that wanting you probably wondered what was all the commotion. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
B- 85% Dumplin' (2018) Not as bad as it sounds, as it enables the release of some smart emoting, plenty of sequins and some satisfying homespun humor. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
A 92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) It's a brilliantly created documentary on the gusto, exasperation and genius of the filmmaker who at an early age gave us Citizen Kane. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
C+ 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) It made me vow to never take any kids to visit a jungle not created by Disney. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
B+ 92% A Twelve-Year Night (La noche de 12 años) (2018) If you're up to seeing such a stark political film, this one has the look of authenticity. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
B+ No Score Yet The Resistance Banker (Bankier van het Verzet) (2018) It's made special by its ability to keep things authentic. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2019
B- 86% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) The story line never had much urgency and the life lessons were dished out as easy as choosing bath towels. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
B+ 88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) A promising remake of the 2014 Israeli film by Nadav Lapid that can't fulfill its promise, but is nevertheless a compelling watch. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
C+ 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Under performing Queen biopic. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
A 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) It might be too bizarre a film for all tastes, nevertheless it's a brilliantly endearing, funny and haunting one. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
B+ 100% TransMilitary (2018) A necessary sane and revealing documentary on a controversial topical story concerning transgenders in the military. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
B+ 71% Hold the Dark (2018) Ambitious pulp fiction thriller. - Ozus' World Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018