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 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Less a thriller than a comedy, and a formulaic one at that, predicated on an amusing but bizarrely simplistic clash of personalities and cultures.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Set largely in empty public spaces late at night, Blue Gate Crossing supplements its slender narrative with disarming performances and plangent atmosphere.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    A lightly comic slacker drama that takes the desperation of teenage tedium seriously.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    By turns expansive and astringent, The Mother is a portrait of a woman who, with the dazed courage of someone finally awakened to the world after decades of passivity and repression, keeps on walking.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Winds up a sweetly nonchalant and excellently unwhiny allegory of seeking and gaining entry to the Caucasian fortress that is present-day America, or at least nocturnal New Jersey.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    It's the sort of movie that could haunt your dreams for weeks. In the end, it is, as promised, all about love—this brave, foolish, improbably moving film's great achievement may be the utter sincerity with which it lives up to its title.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Closer casts a smugly amused eye on the human capacity for betrayal. But because it also seeks to congratulate its audience for its urbane unshockability, it never strays beyond the limits of middlebrow complacency.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Funnier and sprightlier than Eleven, which exhibited a genial self-consciousness but never thought to challenge the genre textbook, Twelve is committed to not taking itself seriously.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Still astonishingly vital at 96, the Portuguese maestro Manoel de Oliveira here takes a becalmed trip through stormy waters.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    While the ideas about techno-saturation are far from novel, they're presented with a wry dark humor.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Nowhere Man, despite a tossed-off ending, is a compulsive bit of meta-exploitation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    16 Years' greatest asset may be its star: Trainspotting's McKidd, coiled and queasy, transcends the dubious romanticism and hard-man clichés of his role -- he exudes a commanding air of constancy in a film that teeters between the rapturous and the ridiculous.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    A breezy first-person video essay that goes in search of the average Asian American woman, all the while wondering if there is in fact such a thing.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Boldly engineering a collision between tawdry B-movie flamboyance and grandiose spiritual anomie, Rose's film, true to its source material, provides a tenacious demonstration of death as the great equalizer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    A flabby farce in which everyone seems to be making it up as they go along.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    The mode is hysteric-Hitchcockian, the result mostly devoid of suspense.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Good-natured but labored, the film clings to its lone gimmick with increasing desperation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Perhaps awed by the congress of Method men, director Frank Oz stands back as his actors phone it in.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    More exciting and truthful than most better-looking films dare to be.