Dennis Lim

Dennis Lim

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
Los Angeles Times , New York Times , Slate , Village Voice
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
315

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
78% Història de la meva mort (Story of My Death) " Against a backdrop of candlelit conversation and barnyard carnality, Serra sets in motion contrasting ideas about pleasure and desire, alternating between winding philosophical dialogue and wordless passages of savage beauty." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2013
78% Life Of Crime (2014) " As with the best structural films, "Manakamana" is also a kind of head movie, one the viewer is invited to complete." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2013
5/5 97% Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922) " Less frightening than haunting, Murnau's film conjures a persistent atmosphere of dread and decay, thanks in part to Max Schreck's immortal performance as Orlok." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 21, 2013
3.5/5 87% Frozen River (2008) " Courtney Huntâ(TM)s somber film Frozen River ventures deep into the trenches where hard-working Americans struggle to put food on the table." — New York Times
Posted Aug 1, 2008
4.5/5 91% The Exiles (1961) " Despite its compact time frame the film conjures a powerful sensation of purgatory: a night like many others." — New York Times
Posted Jul 7, 2008
1/5 15% The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie) (2005) " There are no laughs to be found in writer-director Michael Traeger's would-be comedy The Amateurs, but there is one big mystery: how actors of this caliber could have been convinced to take part." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 7, 2007
4/5 96% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) " Never surrendering its grip on the viewer, 4 Months is the rare film with gravity and speed -- a moral tale in the form of a suspense thriller." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 2, 2007
4/5 95% No End in Sight (2007) " No End in Sight, the latest Iraq documentary, is the first to attempt a detailed historical overview and probably the only one with the potential to reach across partisan lines, a true rarity in the sphere of political filmmaking." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 2, 2007
2.5/5 85% Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku) (2007) " The script's subtler nuances are too often drowned out by awkward histrionics." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 8, 2007
1.5/5 68% Disturbia (2007) " Has nowhere near the conceptual sophistication of Rear Window, where the protagonist's absorption in what he's watching mirrors the viewer's. The problem with Disturbia is that for most of the film you'll wish you weren't watching at all." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 12, 2007
4/5 83% Grindhouse (2007) " Setting aside the dubious coherence and suspect nostalgia of the enterprise, Grindhouse is a fascinating exercise in genre reinvention, a showcase for two radically different approaches to homage." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 5, 2007
2.5/5 66% Meet the Robinsons (2007) " Zippy if forgettable." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 29, 2007
4/5 86% The Namesake (2006) " An intimate, melancholy look at the isolation and disorientation common to the immigrant experience." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 8, 2007
2/5 17% Turistas (Paradise Lost) (2006) " A wholly predictable bit of slasher unpleasantness and a muddled cautionary tale on the American propensity for foreign misadventures." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 30, 2006
89% The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros) (2006) " The film is alarming, endearing, and utterly unflappable." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 19, 2006
—— Interkosmos " Finn's deadpan is immaculately bone-dry, and his antiquarian fastidiousness is worthy of Guy Maddin." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2006
68% Brothers of the Head (2006) " The golden-hued footage is lovingly faked by ace cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, and the straight-faced result is as improbably touching as the Farrelly brothers' underrated Stuck on You." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 25, 2006
18% Shadowboxer (2005) " It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment when it becomes clear that this lurid, steroidal neo-noir is certifiably insane (or at least a lot funnier than it means to be), but it's pretty early on." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 18, 2006
75% Gabrielle (2006) " At once robust and ethereal, this is an existential ghost story, with fresh blood pulsing through its veins." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 11, 2006
76% Time to Leave (Le Temps Qui Reste) (2006) " Time to Leave winds up a tiresome affirmation of man's biological duty to procreate; the position is simplistic verging on obnoxious, especially after 5x2's attack on the hetero family model." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 11, 2006
—— Urbanscapes " Urbanscapes analyzes urban blight as a recurring phenomenon, with economic, social, and moral dimensions." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 7, 2006
42% Agnes and His Brothers (2006) " Painfully literal/ironic soundtrack choices add to the general unpleasantness, and the nods to Fassbinder's great In a Year of 13 Moons only emphasize what this scattershot satire most decidedly is not." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 6, 2006
86% Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2006) " Fatih Akin's rich documentary follow-up, Crossing the Bridge, digs deeper into Istanbul's musical and social history." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 6, 2006
73% Cavite (2006) " A paragon of guerrilla resourcefulness and a model citizen of the global village, Cavite is a more anxious and vivid experience than most movies with budgets literally a thousand times bigger." — Village Voice
Posted May 24, 2006
57% X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) " ... thanks to lowered expectations ... and in a season of economically disastrous disaster movies, the mere fact that this Memorial Day juggernaut is not a catastrophe should spell good news for a depressed industry." — Village Voice
Posted May 23, 2006
73% Twelve and Holding (12 and Holding) (2006) " In Cuesta's cynical formulation, the pretense of empathy is simply license to mock, gawk, and vulgarize." — Village Voice
Posted May 17, 2006
91% United 93 (2006) " Like most memorials, it is respectful, premised on competing obligations to the dead and the living, and eager to stress that the deaths were not in vain. It not only tells us we should never forget but also illustrates how we should remember." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 18, 2006
7% Basic Instinct 2 (2006) " The plot, already mired in nonsensical backstory, collapses with the late-inning introduction of a tired metafictional device (not to mention a wildly lunging Usual Suspects twist)." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 4, 2006
90% Half Nelson (2006) " Sardonic yet moving, Half Nelson deftly outlines the perils of youthful idealism without lapsing into knee-jerk cynicism." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 22, 2006
87% In Between Days (2007) " Painful, funny, unsentimental, perfectly measured in its ambiguities, it's exemplary low-budget filmmaking, the rare DV movie with an assured visual style and a strong sense of place." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 31, 2006
88% Man Push Cart (2006) " Bahrani and his DP Michael Simmonds illuminate the murky beauty -- and hardscrabble economics -- of New York's all-night shadowland." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 31, 2006
85% Old Joy (2006) " A film of microscopic mood shifts, at once open-ended and precise." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 31, 2006
91% Little Miss Sunshine (2006) " The destination is a pageant that will demonstrate, in grotesque, stomach-churning detail, that beauty is skin-deep and that you don't have to win to be a winner." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 31, 2006
71% The Science of Sleep (2006) " The hyperactive juvenile whimsy and the stoner dream theories are out of control -- and fascinatingly close to pathology." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 31, 2006
36% Art School Confidential (2006) " A satisfyingly bilious satire." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 31, 2006
86% The Intruder (L'Intrus) (2005) " This mysterious object may be Denis's most gorgeous film (which is saying something), but more than that, it's a fearless filmmaker's boldest experiment yet, a direct line from her unconscious to yours." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 20, 2005
51% The Family Stone (2005) " It's hard to fathom why anyone would voluntarily endure a holiday family reunion movie (hereafter HFRM) -- a genre devised solely to demonstrate how grotesque and how heartwarming families can be." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 13, 2005
95% The Grace Lee Project (2005) " A breezy first-person video essay that goes in search of the average Asian American woman, all the while wondering if there is in fact such a thing." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 13, 2005
35% Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) " A would-be cross between Showgirls and Raise the Red Lantern, too dumb to cause offense though falling short of the oblivious abandon that could have vaulted it into high camp." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 6, 2005
100% Love Streams (1984) " Love Streams is at once a culmination of the director's obsessions and his most atypical film." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 15, 2005
62% Proof (2005) " John Madden's competent, monotonous film version, not exactly stagebound but hardly freewheeling, only underscores its mechanical nature." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2005
11% The Cave (2005) " Spare and single-minded, The Cave is an insistently entertaining piece of pulp." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 30, 2005
43% Three Dancing Slaves (Le Clan) (2005) " This lulling, banal, and rather pleasant film cultivates a mood of zone-out voyeurism." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 23, 2005
50% Jingi naki tatakai (Battles Without Honor and Humanity)(The Yakuza Papers)(War Without a Code) (1973) Village Voice
Posted Aug 19, 2005
79% Red Eye (2005) " Craven's terror-alert white-knuckler is a zippy, unpretentious entry in the subgenre, hinging on the enforced proximity of cat and mouse." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 16, 2005
—— Century of the Self " The true subject of Curtis's lucid, pessimistic film, it turns out, is the frightening adaptability of consumer capitalism." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 9, 2005
92% Darwin's Nightmare (2005) " It illuminates the sinister logic of a new world order that depends on corrupt globalization to put an acceptable face on age-old colonialism." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 2, 2005
88% Tony Takitani (2005) " Tony Takitani conveys a powerfully tangible sense of loss and loneliness. In both concrete and existential terms, it's a film that dwells on what the dead leave behind and how the living carry on." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 26, 2005
57% Last Days (2005) " In place of psychological clarity, Last Days affords a woozy existential coherence." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 19, 2005
40% The Island (2005) " For Bay, restraint means not dropping a fireball on a large urban center within the first act." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 19, 2005
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