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 11.3 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 Love, Honor and Obey
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    As with Altman's best movies, Gosford Park is above all an entrancing hum of atmosphere and texture.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Best understood as a memorial…Like most memorials, it is respectful, premised on competing obligations to the dead and the living, and eager to stress that the deaths were not in vain. It not only tells us we should never forget but also illustrates how we should remember.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    As a historical document, 24 Hour Party People may be most meaningful to fans whose epiphanies were experienced at least one remove away -- at a different place or time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    It's hard not to wish that Chicago had taken place inside a more imaginative head.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Lim
    It's an astonishing Kidman who contributes the film's -- and maybe the year's -- most inspired turn.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    The time-outs from wisecracking -- invariably, to impart a simplistic self-esteem lesson or two -- feature the most awkward silences you're likely to endure in a comedy routine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    On a first viewing, the movie seemed a dilution of the formal strategies Jia had perfected-at once less dispassionate and less empathetic. After a repeat viewing, it still strikes me as Jia's fourth-best film (that it's one of the year's best says plenty about the level at which he's working), but it's more apparent that The Worl d's muffled emotional impact should be understood as a function of its setting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Oneiric as it is, though, Tony Takitani conveys a powerfully tangible sense of loss and loneliness. In both concrete and existential terms, it's a film that dwells on what the dead leave behind and how the living carry on.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    An engrossing quartet of hour-long films by British documentarian Adam Curtis, doesn't so much challenge Freud's theories of the unconscious as shadow them through the corridors of corporate and political power. What emerges is nothing less than a history of 20th-century social control.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Lim
    At once robust and ethereal, this is an existential ghost story, with fresh blood pulsing through its veins.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Anyone expecting the decorous serenity of the Ang Lee film should be aware that Iron Monkey strives for no more or less than comic-strip thwack and thump.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Swinton provides her own brand of incandescence, doubling as the film's aching heart and its center of gravity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    The final scene is as close to perfection as any Amerindie has come in recent memory--in a single reaction of Marnie's, we see a small but definite shift in perspective; abruptly, Bujalski stops the film, as if there's nothing more to say. It's a wonderful parting shot for a movie that locates the momentous in the mundane.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A disappointment after the droll, breezy suggestiveness of Fontaine's equally Freudian "Dry Cleaning," How I Killed My Father is rather less than the sum of its underventilated père-fils confrontations.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    An all-access fan's valentine as artfully scrappy and likably wide-eyed as its subjects.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Like "Blissfully Yours" and Apichatpong's first feature, the exquisite-corpse road movie "Mysterious Object at Noon" (2000), Tropical Malady promotes new ways of seeing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Skin is less life story than luxuriant mood bath.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Still astonishingly vital at 96, the Portuguese maestro Manoel de Oliveira here takes a becalmed trip through stormy waters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Solid middlebrow entertainment, a vast period epic with an almost DeMillean taste for excess.