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 Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
Lowest review score: 0 Followers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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
    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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    It's hard not to wish that Chicago had taken place inside a more imaginative head.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    A reticent, primarily visual experience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    The panoramas of vacant lots and boarded-up buildings, cheesily scored to lugubrious music, get monotonous, until you realize that repetition is precisely the point.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A disappointing nosedive into the mainstream for John Maybury, the Derek Jarman acolyte who transitioned successfully from experimental work to features with 1998's hallucinatory Francis Bacon biopic "Love Is the Devil."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    It's hard to fathom why anyone would voluntarily endure a holiday family reunion movie -- a genre devised solely to demonstrate how grotesque and how heartwarming families can be--when actual holiday family reunions already exist for those very reasons.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    The Fluffer even heads south of the border for its finale, as if hoping that warmer climes will energize its fitful melodrama.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    The cheerful how-to aspect ("cut and file your nails!") adds to the sense that the whole thing seems to have drifted in from some late-night infomercial netherland.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Might as well be bad TV...Splendor is what happens when a director whose natural mode is subversion runs out of things to subvert.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Lee's trickery is dazzling in flashes but also monotonously strenuous -- the derangement factor is high but there's little evidence of authentic lunacy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    The viewer, though unavoidably alert, is before long too numb to care.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A feel-good, fatalist placebo.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    French director David Fourier's six-minute mock-instructional free association, "Majorettes in Space," is alone almost worth the price of admission.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    It's forgivable, and even appropriate, that Mondays itself suffers from a certain lack of definition -- a drifting, repetitive dead-endedness that, at the inconclusive finale, shows no signs of abating.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    It sustains its purplish, epic sweep by thrusting broadly etched characters into extravagantly hokey situations, and registers mainly as a flamboyant joke.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A disingenuous and colossally daft whiplash twist (presumably Patterson's) that only further perforates an already ragged plot.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Unduly smug about its flashy conceit and otherwise utterly empty, the film plays like lobotomized Kieslowski, less Blind Chance than dumb luck.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    K-PAX undertakes a garbled but comprehensive survey of Hollywood therapeutic clichés: The rain man has an awakening from his cocoon, pays it forward, turns into the fisher king.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Groove is less a work of subcultural ethnography than a curiously dorky act of hipster sincerity, less party movie than cheesy valentine
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A bottomless trough of mystic swill, is too confused to even fulfill the paradigm's most basic requirements.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A disappointment after the droll, breezy suggestiveness of Fontaine's equally Freudian "Dry Cleaning," How I Killed My Father is rather less than the sum of its underventilated père-fils confrontations.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Star/writer Mike Myers and director Jay Roach struggle visibly with exhausted possibilities and diminishing returns.