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 11.9 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
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    The movie avoids grand conclusions, and its restraint heightens the clarity of the perspective shifts that constitute a rite of passage; Nico and Dani is a modest chronicle of a summer during which everything had to change so that everything could stay the same.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    At best, plays like an attenuated "Seinfeld" episode.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Mawkishly clichéd as it is, Together is an odder hybrid than it first appears -- at once populist and deeply cynical about the price of popularity.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Relying on rote culture-clash pratfalls, Gilfillan belabors the symmetries.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Tennant had hoped the documentary would serve as an "instrument of revenge" on Mustique's new owners. It's the filmmakers who end up exacting revenge on Tennant, gleefully recording his every splenetic outburst and infantile hissy fit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    A happy ending of sorts arrives out of nowhere -- against unfathomable odds, the string of awful ironies ends, for now, with sweet justice.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Neither as weighty nor as weird as it would like to think.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    A reticent, primarily visual experience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Soggy mysticism, nagging inconsistencies, and coarse horror-playbook jolts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    By the final shot, which assumes the viewpoint of a decapitated head, its appalled comedy has swelled, beyond outrage, to a pitch of punch-drunk hysteria.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Some of the testimonials are underedited, but as a work of passionate advocacy, I Remember Me can't be faulted.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Time to Leave amounts simply to a semi-thoughtful disease-of-the-week weepie, admirable in its restraint but shying from the terror of the situation.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    It's hard not to wish that Chicago had taken place inside a more imaginative head.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    The time-outs from wisecracking -- invariably, to impart a simplistic self-esteem lesson or two -- feature the most awkward silences you're likely to endure in a comedy routine.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Even the fast-motion effects and flashy graphics can't make this a spectator sport.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Seeks to portray loss as a literal, convulsive nightmare, and it's not above resorting to horror-movie tropes and Grand Guignol trickery.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    But owing no doubt to the requirements of Sandra Bullock, the movie's above-the-line star, executive producer, and worst enemy, this potboiling procedural never stands a chance of disproving its title.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Pitched somewhere between Oliver Stone's "JFK" and the Seinfeld parody thereof, Neil Burger's debut never quite transcends jokester status -- it's a veritable menagerie of shaggy dogs, red herrings, and wild geese -- and the punchline doesn't live up to Barry's dead-eyed, perfectly chilled delivery.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Flawless never approaches the rancid bluster of "8MM," but it's an equally dishonest piece of manipulative hackwork.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Bad Santa is a one-joke film; to his credit, Thornton embodies that joke with vicious, vaguely insane conviction.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    A blitz of anti-authoritarian poses so feel-good you'd think someone was selling you sneakers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    It's instructive that Waking Ned Devine is being so aggressively sold as a feel-good comedy; the "good" feeling in question is called condescension.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Needless to say, the movie fails as a cautionary tale. But it fulfills its summer air-conditioning duties with flippant ease, and its enjoyably cloddish attempts at political relevance add a fascinating layer of incongruity.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Unfolds in a shroud of nonspecific suggestiveness but never emerges from under it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Mad Songs saves its most memorable image for its hard-earned climax, which molds the ambiguous, hallucinatory spectacle of a combusting effigy into a viewer-implicating demonstration of crowd psychology and a harrowing cri de coeur.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Dog Days adheres dogmatically to the school of sado-miserablism that Seidl's compatriots Michael Haneke and Jessica Hausner have turned into something of a national industry (non-Austrian adherents abound too, from Gaspar Noé to Harmony Korine).
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Culminates in a pilgrimage to Genet's tomb--a sweetly respectful gravestomp, to be sure, though one suspects the almost apologetic demureness of the central relationship would have irked him to no end.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    The film never finds a confident tone: it's pitched as a satire, but seems to have no real targets.

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