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 11.3 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
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    A reticent, primarily visual experience.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Dusted off for one more run-through, and for those who applauded "Titanic's" old-is-new ethos, the moth-eaten, barely breathing Anna and the King will serve as a slap in the face.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    A blitz of anti-authoritarian poses so feel-good you'd think someone was selling you sneakers.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    At best, plays like an attenuated "Seinfeld" episode.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    This dreamy, languorous farce offers a manageable strawberry-flavored alternative, a mildly kinky Hello Kitty sadomasochism.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    There's no gold dust to be found here, just an awful lot of stick-on glitter.
    • 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
    Seeks to portray loss as a literal, convulsive nightmare, and it's not above resorting to horror-movie tropes and Grand Guignol trickery.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Relying on rote culture-clash pratfalls, Gilfillan belabors the symmetries.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Luis Mandoki's brisk hack job pushes no more buttons than Connie Chung Tonight -- though, for better or worse, it's perverse enough to stage the traumatic event as a spouse swap.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    There's a certain satisfaction in recognizing that Harold -- even when he inevitably starts to feel, just like a human -- remains something of an a--hole.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Soggy mysticism, nagging inconsistencies, and coarse horror-playbook jolts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Director John Stockwell keeps the proceedings casual, and the film is admirably at ease with its dutifully trite plot and porn-worthy dialogue (most of which vanishes under the crash of a wave or the roar of a jet-ski anyway).
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    It's hard not to wish that Chicago had taken place inside a more imaginative head.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    The flashes of emotional eloquence from the actors (especially Fitzgerald and Julianne Nicholson, as the radiant vet student who befriends both boys) are muffled by the ultimately asphyxiating preciousness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Much of Undercover Brother plays as a funnier, if similarly addled, "Bamboozled."
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Neither as weighty nor as weird as it would like to think.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Easily the artiest queer stroke movie of the year.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    If the movie feels cumbersome and overstuffed, it's because Egoyan's characters, so often aphasic, are this time driven by a compulsion to speak -- though the noisy tumble of words mostly underscores their failure to communicate.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Given that The Eye plays out without so much as a single new idea or real surprise, it's a testament to the Pangs' knack for composition and editing -- or Orange Music's merciless Psycho-tronic score -- that the movie goes boo as effectively as it does.