For 1,629 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Player
Lowest review score: 0 Enough
Score distribution:
1,629 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Wonderful images, hues, sensations and faces.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    May just be the best in its genre… Entertainment and radical street preaching, all rolled into one. If it tells black kids not to try this at home, it also revels cinematically in blam-blam-you're-dead. This is what makes the movie maddening -- and what gives it strength.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The story, which deals straightforwardly with racism, miscegenation, adultery and consumerism, is a fascinating combination: a movie with an almost Capraesque heart and pristine, almost stagey lighting schemes, that addresses uncomfortable moral issues with today's perspectives.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As taut, sleek and guiltily comfortable as the classic Chrysler automobile we see at the beginning, Quiz Show is built for entertaining road performance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Robert De Niro is one extended pleasure in Midnight Run -- a real actor putting his considerable talent to work in a well-scripted comedy. And he's more than complemented by Charles Grodin, a brilliant comic performer who has been wasted up to now in small roles or lousy movies. [22 July 1988]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    And if the movie's not particularly visual -- apart from the excerpted scenes from Fellini's extremely visual films -- it's entertaining for the ears. Fellini talks and talks. And like many directors, he talks a good life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    In this movie, only one thing is certain: No one remains the same.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's a joy to see nice warm performances by real people of different shapes, sizes and ages, who are seldom to be found in any glamour catalogues. And it's even more rewarding to watch Ferrera's many-sided performance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Makes a virtue of its own simplicity. But don't be fooled. That simplicity is mere cover. You're kept wondering about the outcome until the very end.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Intense and absorbing experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    While he dithers around in search of a movie and a theme, Moskowitz meets intriguing people -- almost all of them older men. And because they are hungry readers, they have interesting things to say.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A full-throttle fantasy, about as heady a movie experience as it gets.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It is a movie about the real challenge of heroism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As they stumble, bumble and fumble their way to love, they get more charming by the minute. Which makes them more interesting than Hollywood-style characters, anyway.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A relaxed delight, a series of delicately tongue-in-cheek musings about the clash between American and French cultures.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    You may catch yourself trying to remember where you parked a little before the end.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Speaking of Jane, Minnie Driver gets the big banana for top off-screen performance. She brims over with prissiness and pep, tenderness and visionary appreciation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Garrone's movie finds a disconcerting niche between edgy character thriller and black comedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A firepowered, blood-drenched action picture that doesn't let up.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    You probably never dreamed a charming romantic movie could be staged against a backdrop of Scud attacks from Saddam Hussein.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's an intriguing experience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    We have been treated to something we normally would never get in a prison comedy like this: a little delicacy with the humor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Cruise is at the top of his form, and Gooding makes a brilliant opponent.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    An entertainment to be seen and appreciated in momentum. As such, it is constantly gripping
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The grimness of the movie becomes not only too unbearable, its point is clear about halfway through. After that, everything comes across as redundant retreading of the same perspective. But for atmosphere, great cinematography and eye-opening directness, this movie can't be beat.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Before this voyage plummets into Stevie Spielberg's locker, the human stuff is more than worth the descent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This is pretty much a feel-good film for committed fans and moviegoers looking for some spectacular combination of travelogue, athleticism and slo-mo grace.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Like rubbernecking motorists, we can't help but watch with lurid fascination.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Elle fans will likely ignore the narrative shortcomings in favor of a well-loved character.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A smoothly executed jab in your solar plexus, a lean, smart film noir that pokes at you with quintessentially English disdain and sarcasm.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A movie that grows better by the minute.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The funniest scenes involve Jim and his father, thanks to the brilliant, improvisational skills of Eugene Levy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Short but powerful drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Amusing and inventive.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's not every day that movies present a Teutonic character in SS uniform as an unambiguously moral hero, so enjoy this rarity. And the film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A bleakly comic, palm-sweaty hoot.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The performers bring freshness to what could have been cliched roles.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There's no denying its surreal, hypnotic effect.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The Pang brothers bring you into a surrealistically memorable ghost world of the beyond. It's also refreshing to have two forceful young women (Mun and Ling) at the center of the story.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Even though it's weak in the final stages, Rock Star has more than enough sparkle to last you. That's chiefly thanks to Wahlberg, the main firework of this movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A pleasure because of zany developments like this, and a healthy dose of amusing characters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    In a sense, Shattered Glass is a parenthetical horror movie in which someone discovers (or worse, denies) the monster within themselves.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The images are crisp. The story is restored. And there's no sign of Raymond Burr.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The haunting beauty of the music, and the people who produce it – that's the chapter and verse of this story.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Penn's performance is the movie's ultimate grace note. As funny and ingenious as Allen's films can get, they are rarely known for depth of character.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Unfolds with a marvelously understated humanism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The result isn't a fragmentary experience so much as an evocative collage.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    We are left with vivid images of Dominique, whose desire to change his country, despite formidable intimidation, is an inspiration to any supporter of democracy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The most brutal husband-wife encounter since axe-wielding Jack Nicholson yelled "Heeeeere's Johnny!" to Shelley Duvall in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Grim, yes, and great viewing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Although the movie -- falls occasional prey to pretension, it's a classic guilty pleasure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    I was hooked from beginning to end.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There are scenes that simply ask the audience to drink in the details, to enjoy the repast, just as much as follow the plot.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The more you see of Apocalypse, the more obvious its triumphs AND mistakes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Shows firsthand the appreciation and warmth from the musicians who worked with him.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Miller time for the funny bone.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's a warm, often funny reunion of the sassiest, chattiest characters ever to buzz a brother's head. You'll like this one more than you'd expect.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's not art, but it's fun artfully done. And as long as you're paying less than the price of a cheapo motel for the night, it's worth checking into.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The commercial transition has been remarkably successful. This is primarily thanks to Rodriguez, who not only retains the original movie's kinetic flair, but takes it further.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A percolating comedy. The laughs may not tear your belly up, but they're constant and they dovetail with the story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Not only visually brilliant, it's funny, too.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    We are hooked into a low-tech but compelling dynamic -- between relatively static images and McElwee's sensitive, connective narrative.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    August, who also made "Pelle the Conqueror" and "House of the Spirits," steers this story to its stirring conclusion with firm lack of sentimentality.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Even though this will not go down as a great Zucker comedy, he has made Rat Race funnier than it could reasonably hope to be.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Tomorrow Never Dies isn't one of the great Bonds, by any means. But it's familiar, flashy and enjoyable in all the right places.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Relentlessly funny satire.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    You don't have to love WWF scrapping to appreciate this movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The gals are fab. And so's the movie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It'll keep you amused enough to sit still and even remember it fondly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The screenplay (which is credited to a small crowd: director Michael Radford, Anna Pavignano, Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli and Troisi) is refreshingly witty and restrained.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    An assured directorial debut that goes straight for the tear ducts.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Hoffman's touchingly fractured performance gives the picture a warm dimension.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It is a fascinating dance between style and substance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The story that emerges has elements of romance, tragedy and even silent-movie comedy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The most enjoyable John Sayles movie in recent memory.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Based on a true story, the movie takes us through some harrowing times.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A museum piece, something to be enjoyed for its historical value.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Con Air, a summer blast of a movie, teaches us many things: Producer Jerry Bruckheimer never met an explosion, a car crash or 20 tough guys talking trash he didn't like. Nicolas Cage is one of our most enjoyable screen heroes. As long as you're funny, you can literally get away with murder in a movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    You're drawn in, like it or not. You can't get away from the immediacy. Or the feeling that you're getting sucked in, too.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Del Toro has made a ghost story that's not only evocative and original, it's a pleasure to watch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    I had to beg my 8-year-old to stop laughing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A triumphant return to the icky, otherworldly eerieness that graced such earlier Cronenberg works as "Scanners," "Videodrome" and "Dead Ringers."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Shaolin Soccer is "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" with soccer balls, a touch of Sergio Leone and not one microsecond of seriousness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There's a refreshingly unusual spirit at work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The movie, which suggests a combination of "Wait Until Dark" and "Rear Window," not only takes your breath away on an aesthetic level, it eloquently evokes the mother's and daughter's vulnerability.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Writer-director Niccol (who wrote and directed "Gattaca" and scripted "The Truman Show") uses disarming, but wicked lightness to damn the celebrity-worshiping culture and Hollywood's beyond-the-looking-glass filmmaking.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As a Coen brothers fan I hate to say this, but the movie's a collection of great bits and pieces rather than a complete work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Lee, who made the upbeat "Eat Drink Man Woman," plays this double love story as brightly as possible. There's peppy social satire in the smallest of gestures.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This is Disney at its live-action best and brightest.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Even though the story ultimately doesn't match the intensity with which it began, the movie's extraordinary for its two main performances.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's a movie of deft impressions and telling human moments. Whether or not those impressions and moments add up to anything is almost beside the point.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    If you do not bring pride, good taste or sense to this third American Pie installment, you'll have a good time.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Peppy, funny and sensual. If you have to see any romantic comedy that's not directed by Billy Wilder, or written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, this wouldn't be a bad choice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Testament to the emergence of a visually masterful filmmaker, capable of ingenious, low-tech special effects.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    So disarming, it's hard to say anything but good things about it. So get in line. The doctor is in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A Molotov cocktail of a movie, an engaging conflagration of British B-flick, cockney wit and gallows humor. There's even a delicate little love story in there.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    In the end, the movie works because Grant and Roberts are disarming geniuses at playing themselves -- and then some.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Far richer than you'd ever think possible.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Gibson may get top billing, but it's Sam Elliott who steals all the scenes. As Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley, a man who fires with his own .45 revolver rather than the standard M-16 rifles, he's full of hilariously colorful comments.