For 287 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 29% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 70% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Lim's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 Primer
Lowest review score: 0 Pay It Forward
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Dennis Lim
    Obsessives will be familiar with the "new" material (almost all available on the original DVD), which elaborates on the time-travel metaphysics and tightens the emotional screws. Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) shares one additional tender exchange with each family member
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Dennis Lim
    Primer unites physics and metaphysics in an ingenious guerrilla reinvention of cinematic science fiction.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Dennis Lim
    The brilliant concluding chapter in the death trilogy that inspired Gus Van Sant's artistic rebirth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Dennis Lim
    The Intruder, is a decisive breakthrough--her (Claire Denis) most poetic and primal film to date, as thrilling as it is initially baffling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Lim
    The film's ephemeral, semi-evasive lyricism ultimately works as a modest frame for Bardem's tender, deft portrait, which is in turn suitably expansive and rooted in the most concrete details -- Arenas's pride and anger, his unsentimental wit and defiant vitality.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Lim
    The lead performances could hardly be better: Gosling, having stolen and propped up entire movies last year ("Murder by Numbers" and "The Believer"), crackles with the economical intensity of a young Tim Roth. Morse, who has racked up decades worth of idiosyncratic character parts, is monumental in this career-peak turn.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Lim
    It's an astonishing Kidman who contributes the film's -- and maybe the year's -- most inspired turn.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Lim
    Without deploying reductive backstory or simplistic psychology, this fearless movie -- easily the year's best debut feature -- illuminates Esther's pathology as an extreme response to the mind-body split.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Lim
    As with Téchiné's best work, Strayed is a peculiar, lingering blend of robustness and delicacy--a movie with hardly a single wasted frame, incongruous word, or false gesture.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Lim
    Münch's characters are given to a certain rapt, unwieldy thoughtfulness, and accordingly, his films cultivate a mood of almost trancelike introspection.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Lim
    Darwin's Nightmare strings together cruel ironies into a work of harrowing lucidity. It illuminates the sinister logic of a new world order that depends on corrupt globalization to put an acceptable face on age-old colonialism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Lim
    At once robust and ethereal, this is an existential ghost story, with fresh blood pulsing through its veins.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    You can see the strenuously grand conclusion of Alex Winter's clammy psychological thriller, Fever, coming a mile off, but the director's impeccably chic expressionism and Henry Thomas's persuasive, dread-soaked performance make the wait a painless one.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    At heart, a work of infectious, unironic affection.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    There's not a false note among the performances: Henderson, Hart, Shepherd, Markham, and in particular McKee add unspoken complexities to their portrayals.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    McElhinney may have made the ultimate anti-calling card, a movie bold and deranged enough to tip its hat to Edgar Ulmer and Barry Lyndon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Bittersweet, haunting, and as original and eccentric as homage movies get.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Recoing's meta-performance is an unemphatic marvel, his placid countenance stretched tight over telltale flickers: a quickly suppressed smirk of incredulous delight, a nervous twitch of chagrin, an abrupt pang of guilt.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Coppola looks beyond the seductive metaphysical puzzle and locates the core of Eugenides's allegory in an obsessive, almost forensic act of remembering, both futile and inexplicably essential.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    The movie takes shape as an entertaining psychological armwrestle between rank belligerence and blustery condescension.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    The result is a freakishly potent farce.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    As with Altman's best movies, Gosford Park is above all an entrancing hum of atmosphere and texture.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Nolan, withholding master of disorientation in his previous non-linear films, allows far too easy access into the psychic tumult of Al Pacino's cop and Robin Williams's prime suspect.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Matching their superbly expressive computer-generated counterparts, the actors are all enjoyably hammy, but the real star of Antz is the art direction, a marvel of teeming detail wittier and more sophisticated than the script.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Chéreau's film is an unsentimental, almost uninflected, account of a preparation for death, told with a painful clarity that eventually bleeds into compassion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Skin is less life story than luxuriant mood bath.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Sometimes exerts the gross-out fascination of reality TV's muckier specimens--its arc suggests a slow-motion "Fear Factor," or "Extreme Makeover" in reverse.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Splendidly entertaining.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Spins in place with aplomb, generating exponentially more vertiginous doublings with each sweaty-palmed set piece.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    You're paying for the view, and it's truly breathtaking.

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