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 Primer
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
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Still most easily defined by its unavoidable parallels to any number of lesbian-overtone psychodramas.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    There's plenty to enjoy -- in no small part thanks to Lau.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Tumbles happily into every pitfall that lines its well-trodden path.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    The film is slight but sweetly inquisitive, and its participants are endlessly fascinating.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    A flabby farce in which everyone seems to be making it up as they go along.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Good-natured but labored, the film clings to its lone gimmick with increasing desperation.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    The central conceit is Allen's most amusing since "Bullets Over Broadway."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Perhaps awed by the congress of Method men, director Frank Oz stands back as his actors phone it in.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Essentially humorless, Me Without You manages some pleasing textures all the same.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    The mode is hysteric-Hitchcockian, the result mostly devoid of suspense.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    S&H's chief pleasure is the spontaneous, sometimes quite touching rapport between the two stars.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    The scenario is stale but the actors are faultless.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    More exciting and truthful than most better-looking films dare to be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Despite the agreeable lead performances, it's one of Loach's more forgettable films.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Don Argott's lively documentary, ostensibly a paean to alternative pedagogy, extends its subject a long leash, and he in turn does his damnedest to sabotage the project. Rock School ends up being a movie about just how little fun rock 'n' roll can be.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    For those so inclined, this lulling, banal, and rather pleasant film cultivates a mood of zone-out voyeurism. In the absence of a larger purpose, Morel is content to ogle, perhaps rightly assuming that his viewers will be too.