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

Dennis Lim's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Primer
Lowest review score: 0 Dungeons & Dragons
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Luis Mandoki's brisk hack job pushes no more buttons than Connie Chung Tonight -- though, for better or worse, it's perverse enough to stage the traumatic event as a spouse swap.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    The time-outs from wisecracking -- invariably, to impart a simplistic self-esteem lesson or two -- feature the most awkward silences you're likely to endure in a comedy routine.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    A creakily mechanical B-noir.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    It lacks the coherent internal logic that distinguishes the best mockumentaries.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    A happy ending of sorts arrives out of nowhere -- against unfathomable odds, the string of awful ironies ends, for now, with sweet justice.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    McElhinney may have made the ultimate anti-calling card, a movie bold and deranged enough to tip its hat to Edgar Ulmer and Barry Lyndon.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Time and again words fail Weber. He's a loquacious but unilluminating host.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Still most easily defined by its unavoidable parallels to any number of lesbian-overtone psychodramas.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Gray's brand of film-buffery manifests itself, simply and irresistibly, as ardent, uncynical movie love.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Bittersweet, haunting, and as original and eccentric as homage movies get.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Hudson keeps the movie rambling and episodic, deferring to the imposing backdrop whenever possible.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Dennis Lim
    The journey is a yawn -- an outpouring of backstory, punctuated by cute episodic diversions and ill-advised running gags.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Grows increasingly slack and silly.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Tumbles happily into every pitfall that lines its well-trodden path.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Captures the latent anxieties of a hazy, ambling existence with pinpoint accuracy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    There's a certain satisfaction in recognizing that Harold -- even when he inevitably starts to feel, just like a human -- remains something of an a--hole.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    By the final shot, which assumes the viewpoint of a decapitated head, its appalled comedy has swelled, beyond outrage, to a pitch of punch-drunk hysteria.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Mariage takes his time and allows the film to drift in an almost ostentatiously casual manner.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Soggy mysticism, nagging inconsistencies, and coarse horror-playbook jolts.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Thrives on vivid incidentals and telling details.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    A "guilty pleasure" -- only it's the sort of film that would mock anyone who felt guilt in pleasure.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    A ponderous, almost wordless sliver of grotesquerie.

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