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 Last Days
Lowest review score: 0 8MM
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    The Haases, whose previous films ("Angels and Insects," "The Music of Chance") evinced a remote, unfussy sensibility, are a poor fit for the melodramatic contortions that the story demands.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Still most easily defined by its unavoidable parallels to any number of lesbian-overtone psychodramas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Tumbles happily into every pitfall that lines its well-trodden path.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Mariage takes his time and allows the film to drift in an almost ostentatiously casual manner.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    The film is slight but sweetly inquisitive, and its participants are endlessly fascinating.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Smitten by the symmetry of his parable, director Roger Michell crosscuts emphatically between the preening leads -- a strategy that only draws attention to the numerous lapses in logic and unpersuasive changes of heart while sidelining the lively supporting cast
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Kormakur's debut feature fulfills the basic requirements of good slacker comedy: It's grounded in quotidian tedium and frustration, and it acknowledges both the humor and pathos of the relevant coping mechanisms (here, lackadaisical flings, porn addiction, amnesia-courting binges).
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Solid middlebrow entertainment, a vast period epic with an almost DeMillean taste for excess.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Stevenson's performance is at once clueless and fiercely committed, a volatile combination that pays off in the best scene: the mother of all PFLAG meetings.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    There's plenty to enjoy -- in no small part thanks to Lau.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    The central conceit is Allen's most amusing since "Bullets Over Broadway."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Essentially humorless, Me Without You manages some pleasing textures all the same.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    It's a kick to see the Tim Robbins version of the man recently described by the Microsoft trial judge as "Napoleonic" installed in a disgustingly opulent Bond-villain HQ/pad, and the overwrought Boiler Room-meets-The Game scenario is not without its own schlocky pleasures.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    It's doubly frustrating that after flirting with (and even upending) biopic conventions for much of its length, A Beautiful Mind finally gives in to them so readily.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    The cumulative effect is perversely deflationary: long before it's over, the film has flushed the paranoia from its system.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    There are worse crimes being perpetrated in Hollywood than The Real Cancún--an exploitation fantasy no more booby-besotted than a "Porky's" or "American Pie" installment, and certainly no more unreal.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
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    Cumulatively, the echo-chamber syntax achieves a kind of atonal harmony, meshing with the themes of reinvention and self-presentation: The disjunction between the panels is tantamount to the gap between image and reality.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    S&H's chief pleasure is the spontaneous, sometimes quite touching rapport between the two stars.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    If Birth succeeds more as a source of visual and aural enthrallment than as supernatural narrative, it's largely because the final third hovers uncomfortably between the mystical and the earthbound.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Despite the agreeable lead performances, it's one of Loach's more forgettable films.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Game Over's brazen lopsidedness may diminish its credibility, but it taps into the essence of all conspiracy theories-the desperate desire to believe.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    For a Ben Stiller rom-com, there's remarkably little pain and humiliation. Which, for the most part, is not a good thing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    The scenario is stale but the actors are faultless.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Makes the strongest case for retirement since late-period Roger Moore.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Unfolds in a shroud of nonspecific suggestiveness but never emerges from under it.