Dennis Lim

Dennis Lim

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Dennis Lim's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The World (2005)

"The World is the director's most accessible film. But it's also his most despairing." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 28, 2005

The Talent Given Us (2004)

"This raw, fascinating, often unpleasant film is not in the least coy about its queasy mix of exploitation and therapeutic exhibitionism." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 14, 2005
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Big Durian (2003)

"The Southeast Asian hot spot of the moment is Malaysia, home to a small, close-knit group of emerging filmmakers, foremost among them Amir Muhammad." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 7, 2005

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

"A braver movie would have seen the couple's standoff through to its logical conclusion -- the eventual insistence on happily ever after seems more than a little weaselly." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 7, 2005

5x2 (2004)

"5x2 tacitly interrogates the tyrannizing ideals and hypocritical norms that compel people into doomed relationships that persist long enough for lasting damage to occur." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 7, 2005

Wild Side (2005)

"Lifshitz successfully maneuvers his trio of outcasts toward a state of grace: His vision of misfit utopianism, in its own quiet way, is as defiant as anything in Fassbinder." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 7, 2005

Rock School (2005)

"Rock School ends up being a movie about just how little fun rock 'n' roll can be." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2005

Fearless Freaks (2005)

"As artfully scrappy and likably wide-eyed as its subjects." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 24, 2005

6ixtynin9 (2000)

"Enlivens some dingy genre predicaments (dirty money, corpse disposal) with gusts of dreamlike whimsy and a sardonic take on local economic woes." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 17, 2005

Mysterious Skin (2005)

"As a filmmaker, Araki, always brash, has rarely been so confident, creating a shimmering mood that allows for multiple shifts in perspective and register." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 3, 2005

Funny Ha Ha (2003)

"A movie that locates the momentous in the mundane." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 26, 2005

Primo Amore (First Love) (2004)

"Probing the trust-based power games of a sadomasochistic dynamic, the movie is a reasonably thoughtful study of obsessive love." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 29, 2005

Nowhere Man (2005)

"Tim McCann's witty video cheapster takes its squirmy premise both at face value and as deadpan metaphor." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 22, 2005

16 Years of Alcohol (2003)

"A film that teeters between the rapturous and the ridiculous." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 15, 2005

The Jacket (2005)

"The hero's condition, which goes unconnected to the amnesia of war, instead becomes an allegory for a filmmaker forgetting his roots." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2005

In Good Company (2004)

"In somewhat bad faith, In Good Company abandons its satire of corporate culture to focus on male bonding." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 28, 2004

Meet the Fockers (2004)

"De Niro's brilliantly economical expression of utter revulsion somehow never stops being funny." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 21, 2004

Spanglish (2004)

"As pedestrian as its marital and parental conflicts may be, Spanglish utterly crumbles when it probes matters of cultural identity." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 14, 2004

Beyond the Sea (2004)

"Drowning in accidental subtext, it's both queasy psychodrama and earnest ego trip, a stunt so bravely defiant of commonsense realism that it borders on the avant-garde." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 14, 2004

Um Filme Falado (2004)

"Serenely garrulous and weirdly soothing." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 8, 2004

Ocean's Twelve (2004)

"The movie noisily conveys the messy joy of its making, and insists that you have a good time as well." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 7, 2004

Closer (2004)

"More than three decades after the frank sex-talk of Nichols's early triumphs, Closer offers only a cozy and barely fashionable cynicism." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 30, 2004

Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2004)

"Vikram Jayanti's gripping documentary Game Over reminds us that chess legend Garry Kasparov's greatest victory was charged with political significance." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 30, 2004

A Fond Kiss (2004)

"Even at its most rigged, there's always just enough to admire in the Loach model." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 23, 2004
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Submission: Part 1 (2004)

"It's depressing to think that this morsel of glib effrontery could pass as a serious critique of conservative Islam -- and horrifying to realize that it provoked someone to murder." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 16, 2004

It's All About Love (2004)

"The deadpan weirdness occasionally slips into daftness, but with its brittle rhythms and puzzling ruptures, it's the sort of movie that could haunt your dreams for weeks." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 27, 2004

Birth (2004)

"Charged with an impossible hunger, Birth has a mordantly humorous undertow, recognizing as it does the cognitive dissonance at its core." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 26, 2004

The Machinist (2004)

"As its stricken hero's prominently posed copies of Kafka and Dostoyevsky suggest, the movie takes itself more seriously than it should." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2004

The Final Cut (2004)

"The director's leaden touch and the plot's insistent banality obscure any conceptual resonance." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2004

Primer (2004)

"Its analog-egghead approach may be the freshest thing the genre has seen since 2001." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2004

Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs) (2002)

"Spins in place with aplomb, generating exponentially more vertiginous doublings with each sweaty-palmed set piece." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 14, 2004

Open Water (2004)

"Simply a stunt -- hopelessly literal-minded and cheap in every sense." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2004

Gozu (2003)

"Splendidly entertaining." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 27, 2004

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

"Winds up a sweetly nonchalant and excellently unwhiny allegory of seeking and gaining entry to the Caucasian fortress that is present-day America, or at least nocturnal New Jersey." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 27, 2004

Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (2004)

"Remains the most potent Reagan-child rebel yell to date." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 20, 2004

Ju-on 2 (Ju-on: The Grudge 2) (2003)

"Performs the ratchet-release- repeat trick with such metronomic efficiency that it gathers the force of a hallucinatory incantation." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 20, 2004

Afraid of Everything (1999)

"While her co-stars all too easily revert to arch mannerisms, the wonderful Richard, best known for her work with Jacques Rivette and Olivier Assayas, can animate even the most bloodless lines." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 6, 2004

The Road to Love (2001)

"A coy sexual-awakening vignette acquires home-movie texture and sociological flavor." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 29, 2004

Word Wars (2004)

"An amusing and slightly alarming Scrabble-freak portrait." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 8, 2004

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

"It fulfills its summer air-conditioning duties with flippant ease, and its enjoyably cloddish attempts at political relevance add a fascinating layer of incongruity." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 1, 2004

The Mother (2004)

"A taboo-crusher that bracingly resists sensationalism and sentimentality." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 25, 2004

The 24th Day (2004)

"No amount of fidgety editing and anxious soundtrack atonality can distract from the creakingly implausible scenario." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 11, 2004

Les égarés (Strayed) (2003)

"As with Téchiné's best work, Strayed is a peculiar, lingering blend of robustness and delicacy -- a movie with hardly a single wasted frame, incongruous word, or false gesture." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 11, 2004

A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (2004)

"Less life story than luxuriant mood bath." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2004

Super Size Me (2004)

"Morgan Spurlock's self-starring documentary has nothing new to say about America's fast-food addiction and obesity epidemic, but there's no denying its grotesque effectiveness." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2004

Rhinoceros Eyes (2004)

"A parable on cine-enchantment that itself fails to enchant." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 21, 2004

The United States of Leland (2004)

"The movie's idiotic fascination with the senselessness of its central act is scarily close to a fetish." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 30, 2004

Son Frere (2004)

"An unsentimental, almost uninflected, account of a preparation for death, told with a painful clarity that eventually bleeds into compassion." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 30, 2004

Des épaules solides (2003)

"As the sullen, driven heroine, Louise Szpindel delivers an intense and ferociously focused performance." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 23, 2004

Secret Window (2004)

"Adapted from a Stephen King novella, the film lurches tiredly through the author's favorite masochistic-narcissistic fantasy, subjecting a woebegone writer to a gauntlet of abuse." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 16, 2004