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 15.9 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 Followers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 287
  2. Negative: 93 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Probing the trust-based power games of a sadomasochistic dynamic, the movie is a reasonably thoughtful study of obsessive love.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    John Madden's competent, monotonous film version, not exactly stagebound but hardly freewheeling, only underscores its mechanical nature.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Airy, pseudo-folkloric gibberish at best.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    As botched-drug-deal tales go, Pusher digs surprisingly deep— its surface clichés give way to an existential despair that finally swallows the movie whole.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    With a few exceptions, most of the laughs in Stardom are cheap...and worse, the ideas beyond platitudinous.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Dennis Lim
    The lead performances could hardly be better: Gosling, having stolen and propped up entire movies last year ("Murder by Numbers" and "The Believer"), crackles with the economical intensity of a young Tim Roth. Morse, who has racked up decades worth of idiosyncratic character parts, is monumental in this career-peak turn.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    This dreamy, languorous farce offers a manageable strawberry-flavored alternative, a mildly kinky Hello Kitty sadomasochism.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    The movie avoids grand conclusions, and its restraint heightens the clarity of the perspective shifts that constitute a rite of passage; Nico and Dani is a modest chronicle of a summer during which everything had to change so that everything could stay the same.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    You have to, if not love, at least not mind a movie in which the very act of Ashton Kutcher reading is enough of a cosmic trauma to rip a hole in the fabric of space-time.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    At best, plays like an attenuated "Seinfeld" episode.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Gray's brand of film-buffery manifests itself, simply and irresistibly, as ardent, uncynical movie love.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    It's doubly frustrating that after flirting with (and even upending) biopic conventions for much of its length, A Beautiful Mind finally gives in to them so readily.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A bottomless trough of mystic swill, is too confused to even fulfill the paradigm's most basic requirements.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    The wall-to-wall rap score is as kinetic as the acrobatic fight choreography, and nothing else matters.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    Open Water is simply a stunt--hopelessly literal-minded and cheap in every sense.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    Constipated English whimsy for the easily tickled.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 70 Dennis Lim
    It's the sort of movie that could haunt your dreams for weeks. In the end, it is, as promised, all about love—this brave, foolish, improbably moving film's great achievement may be the utter sincerity with which it lives up to its title.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Dennis Lim
    After simmering for an eternity, it derails, with spectacular, psychotic force, bulldozing its way toward an almost unwatchable theater of cruelty.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    Stevenson's performance is at once clueless and fiercely committed, a volatile combination that pays off in the best scene: the mother of all PFLAG meetings.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Chéreau's film is an unsentimental, almost uninflected, account of a preparation for death, told with a painful clarity that eventually bleeds into compassion.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Dennis Lim
    Superhumanly awful BBC bottom-feeder Love, Honour and Obey, which, paramount among its many faults, is not recognizably a film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Mawkishly clichéd as it is, Together is an odder hybrid than it first appears -- at once populist and deeply cynical about the price of popularity.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Dennis Lim
    There are worse crimes being perpetrated in Hollywood than The Real Cancún--an exploitation fantasy no more booby-besotted than a "Porky's" or "American Pie" installment, and certainly no more unreal.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Dennis Lim
    Relying on rote culture-clash pratfalls, Gilfillan belabors the symmetries.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 0 Dennis Lim
    The year's most repugnant movie.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Dennis Lim
    A disingenuous and colossally daft whiplash twist (presumably Patterson's) that only further perforates an already ragged plot.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Dennis Lim
    An out-of-body experience for its viewers as well as its heroine.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dennis Lim
    Nolan, withholding master of disorientation in his previous non-linear films, allows far too easy access into the psychic tumult of Al Pacino's cop and Robin Williams's prime suspect.

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