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

Dennis Lim's Scores

  • Movies
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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Swinton provides her own brand of incandescence, doubling as the film's aching heart and its center of gravity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Using vagueness as a crutch, Charlotte Sometimes makes a fetish of opacity. Still, whether or not it's a pose, the film's poised reticence is refreshing in context -- a rebuke to the contemporary crop of blabbermouthed American indies.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Weirdest, funniest studio release of the summer so far and a bona fide cult object in the making.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Constipated English whimsy for the easily tickled.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Thrives on vivid incidentals and telling details.
    • 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    As a historical document, 24 Hour Party People may be most meaningful to fans whose epiphanies were experienced at least one remove away -- at a different place or time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Enemy of the State isn't really a smart film, but it makes a concerted stab at pretending to be one.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    For a quality horny-Italian-teen frolic, you need look no further.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    A "guilty pleasure" -- only it's the sort of film that would mock anyone who felt guilt in pleasure.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Neither sardonic nor slapstick enough, Bandits is framed as a flashback -- which merely heightens the general feeling of inevitability.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    A nostalgic coming-of-age sex comedy tastefully lecherous enough to indicate that its intended demographic is several decades past puberty.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Come Undone's true subject is, simply enough, the perspective-warping enormity of first love, as preserved in a scrapbook of before-and-after snapshots.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Still astonishingly vital at 96, the Portuguese maestro Manoel de Oliveira here takes a becalmed trip through stormy waters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    A lightly comic slacker drama that takes the desperation of teenage tedium seriously.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    This Canadian cheapie plays like an above-average "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" episode, filtered through the sensibility of early David Cronenberg.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Lifshitz successfully maneuvers his trio of outcasts toward a state of grace: His vision of misfit utopianism, in its own quiet way, is as defiant as anything in Fassbinder.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    This is pure essence of Bay--it's big, it's loud, it has no context, and if you show up tanked, I'm sure it's really quite poetic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    To call Twelve and Holding cartoonish is to put it mildly. Marked by reckless tonal shifts, Anthony Cipriano's screenplay traffics in sensationalism and sentimentality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Solid middlebrow entertainment, a vast period epic with an almost DeMillean taste for excess.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Mariage takes his time and allows the film to drift in an almost ostentatiously casual manner.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Seinfeld's cool professionalism is almost cruelly juxtaposed with the tortured narcissism of heel-nipping tyro Orny Adams, who illustrates the mirror-image view from below. Comedy is pain, whether you're top- or underdog.