Dennis Lim Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% Liberté (2020) Liberté more than lived up to its title, suggesting that a truly free cinema is one that still believes in the possibility of subversion.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Its unending California dream is the expression of a palpable, deeply poignant yearning.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) ... an autumnal memory piece that arrives at a state of hard-won grace and serenity.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
85% Zombi Child (2020) ...functioning equally as a delirious teen-horror reverie, a serious study of the zombie myth, and an open-ended riff on the persistence of the colonial past.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) Far from a one-to-one political allegory, Bacurau is a work of powerfully inchoate despair and rage.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) The potent, hallucinatory moods of Diop's previous work are beautifully assimilated here into an oneiric fable of migration and transmigration-suspended between realism and fantasy, the living and the dead, here and elsewhere.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite puts a wickedly literal spin on the notion that there is always someone lower on the socioeconomic ladder.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
92% Viola (2013) If many recent art films have made prominent use of nonactors, typically cast as some version of themselves, Pineiro's beguiling, hyperverbal movies revel in the transportive potential -- and sheer pleasure -- of actors acting. ‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
79% The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement) (1977) Thirty-five years on, The Devil, Probably can still trigger a shock of recognition.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
75% Story of My Death (2014) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2013
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
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2013
94% No (2013) No concludes Larrain's trilogy on the Pinochet years, a series of films that suggest the usefulness of oblique angles when braving the minefields of fictionalizing recent history. The filmmaker comes by this sidelong view naturally.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2013
3.5/5 88% 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
89% 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 19% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2007
4/5 96% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2007
2.5/5 86% Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku) (2007) The script's subtler nuances are too often drowned out by awkward histrionics.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2007
1.5/5 69% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2007
4/5 84% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2007
2.5/5 67% Meet the Robinsons (2007) Zippy if forgettable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2007
4/5 85% The Namesake (2006) An intimate, melancholy look at the isolation and disorientation common to the immigrant experience.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2007
2/5 18% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2006
89% The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2006) The film is alarming, endearing, and utterly unflappable.‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 19, 2006
No Score Yet Interkosmos (2006) Finn's deadpan is immaculately bone-dry, and his antiquarian fastidiousness is worthy of Guy Maddin.‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2006
69% 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
19% 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
74% 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 (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
No Score Yet Urbanscapes (2005) Urbanscapes analyzes urban blight as a recurring phenomenon, with economic, social, and moral dimensions.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 7, 2006
40% 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
89% 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 (2006) In Cuesta's cynical formulation, the pretense of empathy is simply license to mock, gawk, and vulgarize.‐ Village Voice
Posted May 17, 2006
90% 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
6% 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
86% 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
70% 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
87% 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
53% 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