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 Primer
Lowest review score: 0 Pay It Forward
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Suggestive of nothing so much as Saturday-morning TV.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    An out-of-body experience for its viewers as well as its heroine.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Grows increasingly slack and silly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Hovers between mythic poetry and earthbound grit; the result is an inert, drably florid spectacle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Unable to capture either its wit, psychological acuity, or formal rigor, the movie essentially reduces the schematic, seesaw narrative to doomy clichés.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Just when you think it can't get any worse, Maze rams home a body blow -- equating the involuntary spasms of Tourette's with the ungovernable impulses of the heart.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Bloated loquaciousness, damp self-absorption, and defensive reflexiveness on display here.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Another mystery that gives up its secrets all too quickly, Till Human Voices Wake Us is named for a T.S. Eliot line -- and it proves a woefully evocative title for this snoozy supernatural pastoral.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    With a few exceptions, most of the laughs in Stardom are cheap...and worse, the ideas beyond platitudinous.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    While Strand's gay-shorts series took a tentative step toward maturity with 2000's “Boys Life 3,” this fourth anthology represents a full-blown regression.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Apparently fallen victim to the transparent damage-control tactics of studios in possession of perceived stinkers.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Hudson keeps the movie rambling and episodic, deferring to the imposing backdrop whenever possible.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Indifferently written, passably acted, resourcefully shot in video with enlivening splashes of local color.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Dreary adventure. Parents, be forewarned: No talking equines means more songs, and the viselike soundtrack might be someone's idea of a cruel joke: hoarse whisperer Bryan Adams.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Strangely, there's no thrust and parry to this potentially heavyweight mind game. The effect is more like a tennis match in which every feebly contested point ends with an unforced error.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    A creakily mechanical B-noir.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    The only flicker of thematic interest -- AM radio obsession as psychopathology -- is duly subsumed into a sea of desperate soundtrack come-ons.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    The film slips into a coma early on and never awakens.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    The shabby metaphysics and complete absence of internal logic are perhaps meant to charm, but only add to the eye-gouging irritant factor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    A numb, oddly dispassionate trudge toward predestined doom, inevitable in all the wrong ways.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Plunging headfirst into mush at every opportunity, Marshall brings out the worst in his actors.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    The film, meanwhile, goes for that choppy, air-pocket sensation, veteran helmer Bruno Barreto directing like he's never made a movie before, and never wants to again.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    If it's remembered at all, it will be as a time capsule of early-21st-century blockbuster cowardice and redundancy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Limps into theaters at long last, practically begging, with every arthritic pratfall, to be put out of its misery.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    May
    The flavor is textbook '90s indie -- self-regarding quirk with an occasional spasm of Solondzian incorrectness.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    By the end of this wholly disorienting experience (this must be what it's like to be held captive in a Long Island supper club and force-fed hallucinogens), there's only one thing we damn well know, and it's that Kevin Spacey sure as hell believes he was born to play Bobby Darin.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Going through the motions of a liberal-Hollywood polemic with the sweaty, mounting hysteria of a bad liar, The Life of David Gale is foremost an overheating gotcha machine, scripted by first-timer Charles Randolph with seams showing and red herrings stinking up the joint.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Lim
    Made with no discernible craft and monstrously sanctimonious in dealing with childhood loss, it might as well be called "Pray It Forward."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Lim
    Even from deep in a K-hole, you'd need about 10 seconds to figure out the remaining plot twists in this jaded muscle-queen morality tale.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Lim
    A vanity project -- hell-bent on playing barely human characters as themselves, they've created something quitebewilderingly ugly in the process.