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 Last Days
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
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A bottomless trough of mystic swill, is too confused to even fulfill the paradigm's most basic requirements.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Live by the meta-movie rules, die by the meta-movie rules: Rhinoceros Eyes is a parable on cine-enchantment that itself fails to enchant.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    The title is, to say the least, an understatement. Witchcraft has rarely looked more prosaic and less sexy than it does in Griffin Dunne's Practical Magic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Too breezily, You’ll Get Over It gets over it--the dewy, abrupt optimism of its ending seems wholly unearned.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Ju-on never snaps into focus like a "Go" or a "Pulp Fiction," and what at first registers as sloppy plotting starts to seem positively diabolical.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    The Machinist has no meat on its bones, and we've seen it all before.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    The beauty of Sandler's performance -- a superbly modulated suite of crestfallen groans and grimaces -- is he often seems to be reacting not just to his crazy wife but also to the dismal movie he's stuck in.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A feel-good, fatalist placebo.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Guy Ferland directs with close attention to surface detail, but he never gets to the heart of the story - quite possibly because there isn't one to begin with. [21 Oct 1997]
    • Village Voice
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Earnest and misguided in equal measure, The Theory of Flightis ostensibly a bold and rare attempt at depicting disabled people as sexual beings, but the notion is couched in such spurious and schematic terms that the film never really stands a chance.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The wall-to-wall rap score is as kinetic as the acrobatic fight choreography, and nothing else matters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    CQ
    Endearing but pointless, at once cluttered and tinny, this film-dork fantasia suggests a shopping spree at a high-end vintage emporium underwritten by Daddy's blank check.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Amid numerous identical skirmishes with leapfrogging arachnids, trace elements of black comedy and intentional camp are discernible but utterly extraneous.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    It is not, the filmmakers stress, a sequel to "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (which writer Richard Curtis was also responsible for), but it fits the latter-day Hollywood definition of the term -- same movie, only worse.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Yet another black comedy that misunderstands and misrepresents the genre.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Jordan and Kirsten Russell, as the deadbeat-hooker love interest, bring the film to intermittent life, suggesting several more dimensions than the stale, futile scenario ever allows them.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The scenario eventually becomes so coincidence-choked that the filmmakers have no choice but to play it for mild snickers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    It's been smoothed over plenty, but this is one creaky, rigged contraption.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    A more intuitive writer-director could have extracted a credible study of time-warped bereavement from Jennifer Egan's extensively praised novel, but Adam Brooks's turgid adaptation merely emphasizes the book's stiff contrivances and wobbly characterizations.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Oblivious to its own towering obsolescence.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Sputters to a dead halt right out of the gate. One labored scenario follows another.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The viewer is left to ponder the number of levels on which this counts as a pointless exercise -- a parody of parodic movies, a deconstruction of transparent genres, a self-negatingly knowing example of camp.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Denying Reality, more like. John Keitel's first feature is impossibly naive, even as smoothed-over coming-out tales go.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Apparently reassembled from the cutting-room floor of any given daytime soap.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    It lacks the coherent internal logic that distinguishes the best mockumentaries.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Time and again words fail Weber. He's a loquacious but unilluminating host.

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