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 The Intruder
Lowest review score: 0 Pay It Forward
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Apparently fallen victim to the transparent damage-control tactics of studios in possession of perceived stinkers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    A numb, oddly dispassionate trudge toward predestined doom, inevitable in all the wrong ways.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Bloated loquaciousness, damp self-absorption, and defensive reflexiveness on display here.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    With a few exceptions, most of the laughs in Stardom are cheap...and worse, the ideas beyond platitudinous.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Limps into theaters at long last, practically begging, with every arthritic pratfall, to be put out of its misery.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    A creakily mechanical B-noir.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    An out-of-body experience for its viewers as well as its heroine.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Hudson keeps the movie rambling and episodic, deferring to the imposing backdrop whenever possible.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Grows increasingly slack and silly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Hovers between mythic poetry and earthbound grit; the result is an inert, drably florid spectacle.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    The film slips into a coma early on and never awakens.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    May
    The flavor is textbook '90s indie -- self-regarding quirk with an occasional spasm of Solondzian incorrectness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Plunging headfirst into mush at every opportunity, Marshall brings out the worst in his actors.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    The title's pointedly incorrect pronoun is typical of the film's obtuse childishness.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Lim
    The journey is a yawn -- an outpouring of backstory, punctuated by cute episodic diversions and ill-advised running gags.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Lim
    It's never clear, by the way, why any of this is supposed to be even remotely funny...This is the kind of movie asinine enough to believe that the mere juxtaposition of sadistic violence and a jaunty tune on the soundtrack is, in itself, clever.

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