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 11.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dennis Lim's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 The Intruder
Lowest review score: 0 Followers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Even the fast-motion effects and flashy graphics can't make this a spectator sport.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Flawless never approaches the rancid bluster of "8MM," but it's an equally dishonest piece of manipulative hackwork.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    John Madden's competent, monotonous film version, not exactly stagebound but hardly freewheeling, only underscores its mechanical nature.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Good-natured but labored, the film clings to its lone gimmick with increasing desperation.
    • 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
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A disingenuous and colossally daft whiplash twist (presumably Patterson's) that only further perforates an already ragged plot.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    The viewer, though unavoidably alert, is before long too numb to care.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    The plot is muddy and quite beside the point. The almost meditative mood takes center stage.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Roughly splits the difference between "Six Days, Seven Nights" and "9 1/2 Weeks." Which is something like the nth-order derivative of an infinite regression.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Returns the teen movie to the uncomplicated glory days of "Porky's" and "Losin' It."
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    In his first major role, the Irish actor Farrell deflects the script's more dubious aspects through sheer magnetic presence.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Star/writer Mike Myers and director Jay Roach struggle visibly with exhausted possibilities and diminishing returns.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Largely innocuous and forgettable, Polly lacks "Mary's" romantic pathos and psychosexual anxiety and is a few squirmy set pieces shy of "Meet the Parents."

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