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 Last Days
Lowest review score: 0 Pay It Forward
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    As with Altman's best movies, Gosford Park is above all an entrancing hum of atmosphere and texture.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Splendidly entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Spins in place with aplomb, generating exponentially more vertiginous doublings with each sweaty-palmed set piece.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    As botched-drug-deal tales go, Pusher digs surprisingly deep— its surface clichés give way to an existential despair that finally swallows the movie whole.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Nowhere Man, despite a tossed-off ending, is a compulsive bit of meta-exploitation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Probing the trust-based power games of a sadomasochistic dynamic, the movie is a reasonably thoughtful study of obsessive love.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Though overlong at two hours, 6ixtynin9—only the director's second outing (after 1997's spoofy" Fun Bar Karaoke')—is impressive for the tonal control Ratanaruang applies to his swerving scenario.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    A tongue-in-cheek allegory on the hazards of harboring secrets in a relationship, Mr. & Mrs. Smith is most entertaining when the Smiths are hell-bent on mutual annihilation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    5x2
    Deceptively placid and subtly unpredictable drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Raw, fascinating, often unpleasant film.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Craven's terror-alert white-knuckler is zippy, unpretentious.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    If little else, the third and supposedly final entry in the X-Men mega-franchise suggests that some movies -- or at any rate some formulas -- are not just critic-proof, they might even be director-proof.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    The golden-hued footage is lovingly faked by ace cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, and the straight-faced result is as improbably touching as the Farrelly brothers' underrated "Stuck on You."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    In much the same fashion as Gregg Araki's "Mysterious Skin", Auraeus Solito's feature debut confronts the taboo of pre-teen sexuality with a startling mix of openness and sensitivity. No less than precocious Maxi, the film is alarming, endearing, and utterly unflappable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Japanese director Ryosuke Hashiguchi ("Like Grains of Sand") enriches his rendition with melancholic ambivalence, sociological specificity, and a knack for delicate epiphany.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    As square-shouldered as you'd expect of a National Geographic co-production. But Bigelow hits all her marks and more within the narrow parameters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    The movie might test your tolerance for the mystical, but its whispery vagueness is of a piece with the luxuriantly grainy atmospherics.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    A humane, unassumingly quirky rumination on chance and caprice.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Less interesting for what it has to say about evil -- namely, that it's banal/unknowable/random/everywhere -- than for the microsurgical procedures it performs on genre conventions and expectations.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Captures the latent anxieties of a hazy, ambling existence with pinpoint accuracy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Gray's brand of film-buffery manifests itself, simply and irresistibly, as ardent, uncynical movie love.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    While the ideas about techno-saturation are far from novel, they're presented with a wry dark humor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Built on a foundation of cinephilia, Cinemania is a valentine of sorts to this movie mecca (you have to love a city, and a film culture, that can sustain such bottomless appetites).

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