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 Love, Honor and Obey
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Lim
    It's an astonishing Kidman who contributes the film's -- and maybe the year's -- most inspired turn.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    The film is a model of precision and economy, from the scrupulous framing and editing to the dryly note-perfect performances.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    With remarkable directness and composure, it shatters the myth of childhood innocence and the deathless taboo of prepubescent sexuality.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Cavite is such a shrewd melding of form and content that any seeming contradictions and shortcomings end up working to the film's advantage.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    You're paying for the view, and it's truly breathtaking.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Bittersweet, haunting, and as original and eccentric as homage movies get.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    At heart, a work of infectious, unironic affection.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    The movie takes shape as an entertaining psychological armwrestle between rank belligerence and blustery condescension.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    The result is a freakishly potent farce.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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