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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    There's not a false note among the performances: Henderson, Hart, Shepherd, Markham, and in particular McKee add unspoken complexities to their portrayals.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 Dennis Lim
    8MM
    A nasty piece of work, and it's nasty in a particularly ostentatious and sophomoric way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    It's forgivable, and even appropriate, that Mondays itself suffers from a certain lack of definition -- a drifting, repetitive dead-endedness that, at the inconclusive finale, shows no signs of abating.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Game Over's brazen lopsidedness may diminish its credibility, but it taps into the essence of all conspiracy theories-the desperate desire to believe.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    Good-natured but labored, the film clings to its lone gimmick with increasing desperation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Lim
    At once robust and ethereal, this is an existential ghost story, with fresh blood pulsing through its veins.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Captures the latent anxieties of a hazy, ambling existence with pinpoint accuracy.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Weirdest, funniest studio release of the summer so far and a bona fide cult object in the making.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    This is pure essence of Bay--it's big, it's loud, it has no context, and if you show up tanked, I'm sure it's really quite poetic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Pitched somewhere between Oliver Stone's "JFK" and the Seinfeld parody thereof, Neil Burger's debut never quite transcends jokester status -- it's a veritable menagerie of shaggy dogs, red herrings, and wild geese -- and the punchline doesn't live up to Barry's dead-eyed, perfectly chilled delivery.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Like "Blissfully Yours" and Apichatpong's first feature, the exquisite-corpse road movie "Mysterious Object at Noon" (2000), Tropical Malady promotes new ways of seeing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Flawless never approaches the rancid bluster of "8MM," but it's an equally dishonest piece of manipulative hackwork.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Bad Santa is a one-joke film; to his credit, Thornton embodies that joke with vicious, vaguely insane conviction.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    The film slips into a coma early on and never awakens.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    A blitz of anti-authoritarian poses so feel-good you'd think someone was selling you sneakers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    The mode is hysteric-Hitchcockian, the result mostly devoid of suspense.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    You're paying for the view, and it's truly breathtaking.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    16 Years' greatest asset may be its star: Trainspotting's McKidd, coiled and queasy, transcends the dubious romanticism and hard-man clich├ęs of his role -- he exudes a commanding air of constancy in a film that teeters between the rapturous and the ridiculous.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    It's instructive that Waking Ned Devine is being so aggressively sold as a feel-good comedy; the "good" feeling in question is called condescension.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Needless to say, the movie fails as a cautionary tale. But it fulfills its summer air-conditioning duties with flippant ease, and its enjoyably cloddish attempts at political relevance add a fascinating layer of incongruity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Don Argott's lively documentary, ostensibly a paean to alternative pedagogy, extends its subject a long leash, and he in turn does his damnedest to sabotage the project. Rock School ends up being a movie about just how little fun rock 'n' roll can be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    A flabby farce in which everyone seems to be making it up as they go along.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    This Canadian cheapie plays like an above-average "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" episode, filtered through the sensibility of early David Cronenberg.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Dennis Lim
    Obsessives will be familiar with the "new" material (almost all available on the original DVD), which elaborates on the time-travel metaphysics and tightens the emotional screws. Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) shares one additional tender exchange with each family member
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    Hudson keeps the movie rambling and episodic, deferring to the imposing backdrop whenever possible.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    May
    The flavor is textbook '90s indie -- self-regarding quirk with an occasional spasm of Solondzian incorrectness.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Oblivious to its own towering obsolescence.

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