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Dennis Lim

Dennis Lim
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% Noi the Albino (Nói albínói) (2003) A lightly comic slacker drama that takes the desperation of teenage tedium seriously.‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 16, 2004
64% Starsky & Hutch (2004) S&H's chief pleasure is the spontaneous, sometimes quite touching rapport between the two stars.‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 2, 2004
33% The Butterfly Effect (2004) Dreary and overfamiliar -- a strained bid for Donnie Darko cult cred on the part of its star.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 20, 2004
25% Along Came Polly (2004) Largely innocuous and forgettable.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2004
58% AKA (2002) The period specificity of the pre-AIDS, pre-Thatcher years is piquant, and Roy boldly allows Dean's sexuality to be the most complicated -- and opaque -- aspect of his shifting self.‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2003
78% Bad Santa (2003) As toilet-mouthed, puke-encrusted, and liver-damaged as it may be, the movie's a traditional Scrooge story at heart.‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 25, 2003
83% Blue Gate Crossing (2003) Opening and closing mid-reverie, the film practically evaporates before your eyes and its weightlessness is surprisingly potent.‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2003
84% Pieces of April (2003) A gluttonous buffet of Sundance clichés, with an acid-reflux aftertaste of condescension and unexamined racism.‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 14, 2003
95% Suddenly (2003) A humane, unassumingly quirky rumination on chance and caprice.‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 26, 2003
48% Dog Days (2001) This startling debut fiction feature goes to great, hectoring lengths to prove its final line: 'People are so cruel' -- a judgment from which the filmmaker himself is presumably not exempt.‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 19, 2003
82% Charlotte Sometimes (2003) Whether or not it's a pose, the film's poised reticence is refreshing in context -- a rebuke to the contemporary crop of blabbermouthed American indies.‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 5, 2003
36% Boys Life 4: Four Play (2003) 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.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2003
80% Mondays in the Sun (Los Lunes al sol) (2003) Perhaps too toothless for its subject.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 22, 2003
78% 11'09''01 - September 11 (2002) At best irrelevant and at worst obscene.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 15, 2003
18% Confusion of Genders (2000) In an effort to keep the plates spinning, the movie quickly devolves from risque to risible.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 9, 2003
40% Gasoline (2002) Devoid of originality, Gasoline is at least a model of modesty -- a road movie that goes nowhere slowly, and ends up where it began.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 1, 2003
84% Swimming Pool (2003) Swimming Pool is as lulling as a dead man's float, but you come up for air realizing there's no deep end.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 1, 2003
38% On_Line (2003) The movie epitomizes the problems inherent in attempting to depict new (and constantly morphing) media -- the inevitable obsolescence, the intangible particularities that resist or get lost in translation.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2003
69% May (2003) Ironically, the stretch marks are what you notice most.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2003
64% Gin gwai (The Eye) (2002) Given that The Eye plays out without so much as a single new idea or real surprise, it's a testament to the Pangs' knack for composition and editing ... that the movie goes boo as effectively as it does.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2003
29% Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters (The Era of Vampires) (2002) An uninspired addition to the generally endearing subgenre.‐ Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2003
73% Together (He ni zai yi qi) (2003) Mawkishly clichéd.‐ Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2003
80% E Minha Cara (2001) The movie might test your tolerance for the mystical, but its whispery vagueness is of a piece with the luxuriantly grainy atmospherics.‐ Village Voice
Posted May 20, 2003
60% Beyond Vanilla (2003) The cheerful how-to aspect ('cut and file your nails!') adds to the sense that the whole thing seems to have drifted in from some late-night infomercial netherland.‐ Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2003
86% Cinemania (2002) It's a film this reviewer responded to with appalled recognition and helpless, cringing empathy.‐ Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2003
39% The Trip (2003) Compulsively horrible and full of unintentional poignant hilarity.‐ Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2003
62% Identity (2003) A nihilist project in Usual Suspects mode: Nothing is as it seems, because nothing matters in the least.‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2003
73% The Guys (2003) Watching the film is like reading a Times Portrait of Grief that keeps shifting focus to the journalist who wrote it.‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2003
7% Boat Trip (2003) The movie improves immeasurably if you visualize a looming iceberg in the corner of the frame.‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2003
14% View from the Top (2003) Eventually, the exhaust roar of condescending affirmation drowns all else out.‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2003
56% Fulltime Killer (2003) There's plenty to enjoy -- in no small part thanks to Lau.‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2003
25% Till Human Voices Wake Us (2003) Snoozy supernatural pastoral.‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 19, 2003
19% The Life of David Gale (2003) Going through the motions of a liberal-Hollywood polemic with the sweaty, mounting hysteria of a bad liar, The Life of David Gale is foremost an overheating gotcha machine.‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 19, 2003
73% The Slaughter Rule (2002) The lead performances could hardly be better.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2003
86% Chicago (2002) Zellweger has gone about the business of making her Roxie huggable -- which is as exhausting for us as it is for her.‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 25, 2002
81% The Hours (2002) It's an astonishing Kidman who contributes the film's -- and maybe the year's -- most inspired turn.‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 25, 2002
100% Il Posto (1963) Majestic predecessor of modern-day drone dramas like Office Space and this year's chilling Time Out.‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 17, 2002
90% Guizi lai le (Devils on the Doorstep) (2000) Shot in rich, shadowy black-and-white, Devils chronicles, with increasingly amused irony, the relationship between reluctant captors and befuddled captives.‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 17, 2002
38% Equilibrium (2002) Unapologetic landslide of steaming balderdash.‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 3, 2002
76% Revolution #9 (2001) While the ideas about techno-saturation are far from novel, they're presented with a wry dark humor.‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 12, 2002
67% Interview with the Assassin (2002) Never quite transcends jokester status ... and the punchline doesn't live up to Barry's dead-eyed, perfectly chilled delivery.‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 12, 2002
55% Ararat (2002) The director's customary narrative elisions and evasions have an unsettling mirror function here.‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 12, 2002
7% Jawbreaker (1999) Only the soundtrack (the Donnas, Imperial Teen) and the irrepressible McGowan make it fractionally more bearable.‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 7, 2002
79% Hush! (2002) Hashiguchi ... enriches his rendition with melancholic ambivalence, sociological specificity, and a knack for delicate epiphany.‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2002
81% Tully (2002) The torpid tempo only compounds the self-conscious coyness.‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2002
46% Food of Love (2003) Stevenson's performance is at once clueless and fiercely committed, a volatile combination.‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 22, 2002
76% Comedian (2002) Part Inside the Comic's Studio, part Existential Crises of the Rich and Famous.‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2002
18% Trapped (2002) Brisk hack job.‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2002
61% Blue Crush (2002) The body-doubling and face-pasting are unfortunately blatant.‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 21, 2002
89% Comment j'ai tué mon père (My Father and I) (2001) Rather less than the sum of its underventilated père-fils confrontations.‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 20, 2002