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 13.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Lim's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Primer
Lowest review score: 0 Love, Honor and Obey
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Don Argott's lively documentary, ostensibly a paean to alternative pedagogy, extends its subject a long leash, and he in turn does his damnedest to sabotage the project. Rock School ends up being a movie about just how little fun rock 'n' roll can be.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Unfolds in a shroud of nonspecific suggestiveness but never emerges from under it.
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    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Mad Songs saves its most memorable image for its hard-earned climax, which molds the ambiguous, hallucinatory spectacle of a combusting effigy into a viewer-implicating demonstration of crowd psychology and a harrowing cri de coeur.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Dog Days adheres dogmatically to the school of sado-miserablism that Seidl's compatriots Michael Haneke and Jessica Hausner have turned into something of a national industry (non-Austrian adherents abound too, from Gaspar Noé to Harmony Korine).
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    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Culminates in a pilgrimage to Genet's tomb--a sweetly respectful gravestomp, to be sure, though one suspects the almost apologetic demureness of the central relationship would have irked him to no end.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    The film never finds a confident tone: it's pitched as a satire, but seems to have no real targets.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    If the movie feels cumbersome and overstuffed, it's because Egoyan's characters, so often aphasic, are this time driven by a compulsion to speak -- though the noisy tumble of words mostly underscores their failure to communicate.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Much of Undercover Brother plays as a funnier, if similarly addled, "Bamboozled."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    The flashes of emotional eloquence from the actors (especially Fitzgerald and Julianne Nicholson, as the radiant vet student who befriends both boys) are muffled by the ultimately asphyxiating preciousness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Makes the strongest case for retirement since late-period Roger Moore.
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    • 50 Dennis Lim
    The panoramas of vacant lots and boarded-up buildings, cheesily scored to lugubrious music, get monotonous, until you realize that repetition is precisely the point.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Dusted off for one more run-through, and for those who applauded "Titanic's" old-is-new ethos, the moth-eaten, barely breathing Anna and the King will serve as a slap in the face.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Director John Stockwell keeps the proceedings casual, and the film is admirably at ease with its dutifully trite plot and porn-worthy dialogue (most of which vanishes under the crash of a wave or the roar of a jet-ski anyway).
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    There's a certain satisfaction in recognizing that Harold -- even when he inevitably starts to feel, just like a human -- remains something of an a--hole.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    There's no gold dust to be found here, just an awful lot of stick-on glitter.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Given that The Eye plays out without so much as a single new idea or real surprise, it's a testament to the Pangs' knack for composition and editing -- or Orange Music's merciless Psycho-tronic score -- that the movie goes boo as effectively as it does.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Easily the artiest queer stroke movie of the year.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Luis Mandoki's brisk hack job pushes no more buttons than Connie Chung Tonight -- though, for better or worse, it's perverse enough to stage the traumatic event as a spouse swap.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Too breezily, You’ll Get Over It gets over it--the dewy, abrupt optimism of its ending seems wholly unearned.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A bottomless trough of mystic swill, is too confused to even fulfill the paradigm's most basic requirements.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A disingenuous and colossally daft whiplash twist (presumably Patterson's) that only further perforates an already ragged plot.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    The plot is muddy and quite beside the point. The almost meditative mood takes center stage.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Returns the teen movie to the uncomplicated glory days of "Porky's" and "Losin' It."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    French director David Fourier's six-minute mock-instructional free association, "Majorettes in Space," is alone almost worth the price of admission.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    The Fluffer even heads south of the border for its finale, as if hoping that warmer climes will energize its fitful melodrama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    K-PAX undertakes a garbled but comprehensive survey of Hollywood therapeutic clichés: The rain man has an awakening from his cocoon, pays it forward, turns into the fisher king.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Ju-on never snaps into focus like a "Go" or a "Pulp Fiction," and what at first registers as sloppy plotting starts to seem positively diabolical.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A feel-good, fatalist placebo.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    It sustains its purplish, epic sweep by thrusting broadly etched characters into extravagantly hokey situations, and registers mainly as a flamboyant joke.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Star/writer Mike Myers and director Jay Roach struggle visibly with exhausted possibilities and diminishing returns.

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