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 Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
Lowest review score: 0 Dungeons & Dragons
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Swaddled in the posh vulgarity that passes for awards-season elegance, Memoirs is deluxe orientalist kitsch, a would-be cross between "Showgirls" and "Raise the Red Lantern," too dumb to cause offense though falling short of the oblivious abandon that could have vaulted it into high camp.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Not content simply to examine the relationship between sex and death, BI2 ponderously blurs the boundaries between art and life, and the plot, already mired in nonsensical backstory, collapses with the late-inning introduction of a tired metafictional device (not to mention a wildly lunging "Usual Suspects" twist).
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    This monumentally ridiculous film doesn't stop at subverting stereotypes; it discombobulates narrative logic and the basic laws of human behavior. Still, there's a certain pleasure to be derived from watching the actors attempt to dig out from under the rubble that William Lipz's screenplay repeatedly dumps on their heads.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Watching the film is like reading a Times Portrait of Grief that keeps shifting focus to the journalist who wrote it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Apparently reassembled from the cutting-room floor of any given daytime soap.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The wall-to-wall rap score is as kinetic as the acrobatic fight choreography, and nothing else matters.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    A more intuitive writer-director could have extracted a credible study of time-warped bereavement from Jennifer Egan's extensively praised novel, but Adam Brooks's turgid adaptation merely emphasizes the book's stiff contrivances and wobbly characterizations.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Oblivious to its own towering obsolescence.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    A road movie, though there's a decided lack of forward motion.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    It's been smoothed over plenty, but this is one creaky, rigged contraption.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    CQ
    Endearing but pointless, at once cluttered and tinny, this film-dork fantasia suggests a shopping spree at a high-end vintage emporium underwritten by Daddy's blank check.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The finale is a near-abstract mess (decapitation, impalation, "Alien" birth) -- in an empathic gesture, the filmmakers end it all with a few sticks of TNT.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Trying to act in this movie is like trying to stand upright in a blizzard.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The characters exist in single dimensions (trapped in a noxiously misogynist role, even the fearless Richard stands no chance), and in an effort to keep the plates spinning, the movie quickly devolves from risqué to risible.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Devoid of originality, Gasoline is at least a model of modesty -- a road movie that goes nowhere slowly, and ends up where it began.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    A pale, patchy amalgam of the year's two unfairly reviled interplanetary adventures, "Supernova" and "Mission to Mars," the lunkheaded Red Planet distinguishes itself with a touching pretense of scientific veracity.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Amid numerous identical skirmishes with leapfrogging arachnids, trace elements of black comedy and intentional camp are discernible but utterly extraneous.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Sputters to a dead halt right out of the gate. One labored scenario follows another.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The filmmakers at once coarsen and dilute a fascinating life into a lumpy puddle of punishing inspirational hokum.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    A ponderous, almost wordless sliver of grotesquerie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Yet another black comedy that misunderstands and misrepresents the genre.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Steals every trick in the gaysploitation book down to the Alexis Arquette glorified cameo, but the end result -- compulsively horrible and full of unintentional poignant hilarity -- is its own mutant creature.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The viewer is left to ponder the number of levels on which this counts as a pointless exercise -- a parody of parodic movies, a deconstruction of transparent genres, a self-negatingly knowing example of camp.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Jordan and Kirsten Russell, as the deadbeat-hooker love interest, bring the film to intermittent life, suggesting several more dimensions than the stale, futile scenario ever allows them.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The scenario eventually becomes so coincidence-choked that the filmmakers have no choice but to play it for mild snickers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    It lacks the coherent internal logic that distinguishes the best mockumentaries.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    After simmering for an eternity, it derails, with spectacular, psychotic force, bulldozing its way toward an almost unwatchable theater of cruelty.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The ultimate cliché of plot-twist implausibility, the crucial revelation is so outlandishly fatuous it might have given Donald Kaufman pause.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Peaks early with a vertiginous dogfight; thereafter, spotty CGI and a bamboozling plot conspire toward a colossal anticlimax.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    "The only thing that matters is the ending," Mort declares in the closing seconds, just as the director is serving up a colossal (and literally corny) stinker. But for Depp, it's yet another daunting mission accomplished with wit and ingenuity.