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

Dennis Lim's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 Primer
Lowest review score: 0 Followers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    The plot is muddy and quite beside the point. The almost meditative mood takes center stage.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Returns the teen movie to the uncomplicated glory days of "Porky's" and "Losin' It."
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Good-natured but labored, the film clings to its lone gimmick with increasing desperation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Swaddled in the posh vulgarity that passes for awards-season elegance, Memoirs is deluxe orientalist kitsch, a would-be cross between "Showgirls" and "Raise the Red Lantern," too dumb to cause offense though falling short of the oblivious abandon that could have vaulted it into high camp.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Not content simply to examine the relationship between sex and death, BI2 ponderously blurs the boundaries between art and life, and the plot, already mired in nonsensical backstory, collapses with the late-inning introduction of a tired metafictional device (not to mention a wildly lunging "Usual Suspects" twist).
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    This monumentally ridiculous film doesn't stop at subverting stereotypes; it discombobulates narrative logic and the basic laws of human behavior. Still, there's a certain pleasure to be derived from watching the actors attempt to dig out from under the rubble that William Lipz's screenplay repeatedly dumps on their heads.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Watching the film is like reading a Times Portrait of Grief that keeps shifting focus to the journalist who wrote it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Apparently reassembled from the cutting-room floor of any given daytime soap.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The wall-to-wall rap score is as kinetic as the acrobatic fight choreography, and nothing else matters.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    A road movie, though there's a decided lack of forward motion.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    It's been smoothed over plenty, but this is one creaky, rigged contraption.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The finale is a near-abstract mess (decapitation, impalation, "Alien" birth) -- in an empathic gesture, the filmmakers end it all with a few sticks of TNT.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Trying to act in this movie is like trying to stand upright in a blizzard.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The characters exist in single dimensions (trapped in a noxiously misogynist role, even the fearless Richard stands no chance), and in an effort to keep the plates spinning, the movie quickly devolves from risqué to risible.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Devoid of originality, Gasoline is at least a model of modesty -- a road movie that goes nowhere slowly, and ends up where it began.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    A pale, patchy amalgam of the year's two unfairly reviled interplanetary adventures, "Supernova" and "Mission to Mars," the lunkheaded Red Planet distinguishes itself with a touching pretense of scientific veracity.