Desson Thomson
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For 1,631 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

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Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 About Schmidt
Lowest review score: 0 Crossroads
Score distribution:
1,631 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Do these soldiers make it? We keep watching and waiting. There's not much more to Gunner Palace than that, but it's no different than the soldiers' lot.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    For audiences simply looking for easy entertainment and some neat-looking robots along the way.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    What's best about "Upside" is its gonzo-sitcom craziness, a situation that lends itself to enjoyable performances.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A feel-good infusion for your precious little darling (or pack of darlings) who could use an uplifting fantasy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's a fascinating film, but after a while, the digital photography wears out its gritty welcome.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    As a straight-ahead thriller, the movie is enjoyable and stirring much of the time.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The experience isn't for everyone. But it amounts to intellectual penicillin for our sequel-driven, franchise-heavy entertainment culture.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    This is a movie about improbability, randomness and absurdity. It almost goes without saying, you can't get in a panic about having everything.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    What keeps "Cinderella" from complete hokiness is Crowe's utterly believable performance.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There isn't much to the movie, and you can see where it's going from kilometers away. But [Daniel] Auteuil gives the silliness a surprising heft.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A warm, unexpectedly moving portrait of a man on the verge of what could either be a dreadful or delightful second chapter.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's more of an urban fairy tale, a surprisingly charming story that -- in certain sections -- almost crystallizes into the sweetness of a Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland musical.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    You don't watch Bad News Bears for the action out on the diamond. You hang out with that hangdog coach so you can catch every slurry, sour-mouthed retort coming out of his mouth.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A documentary that uses Pierson's self-congratulatory mission to explore a deeper story about cultural clashes and the complex dynamics of the modern American family.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A romper that doesn't shy away from sexual frankness or Mediterranean laissez faire.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A gently stirring symphony about emotional transition filled with lovely musical passages and softly nuanced performances.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    What's so powerful about Mandoki's film, which he co-scripted with Torres, is the complex, ever-surprising course that Chava takes toward manhood.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Sure, this romance, starring Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg, follows a familiar boy-meets-girl scenario, but Younger turns the routine into combustible fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Shines the light on a special kind of heroism -- the guts to face up to yourself and make changes. What makes this so emotionally compelling is the way Dave scrambles from this deep vale of cluelessness to something approaching moral maturity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Paradise may not change anyone's ideology, but it should convince some that, but for some deeply divisive views of religious morality, people are pretty much the same on either side of the holy fence.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    This handmade feel gives Zathura an appealing, childlike sense of wonder, an element too often forgotten in movies with many times the budget and technological resources.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    On one hand, the movie is guilty of schematic arrangement...But at the same time, Israeli producer-director-writer Eran Riklis and Palestinian co-writer Suha Arraf use the device to reveal touching human complexity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Lathan, who was such a live wire as the aspiring basketballer in 2000's "Love & Basketball," gives this movie an alert, glamorous presence.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Like a good campfire storyteller, writer-director Rian Johnson knows how to fuse the amusing and the edgy. And, in Brendan, he has created an endearing character.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Devil leads us into that dark, uncharted valley where evil, genius, divine inspiration, insanity -- and other unfathomable mysteries -- commingle. It also examines the hyperbolic industry of instant celebrity and ultimately shows us the complex algebraic equation that is Daniel Johnston's life.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Enjoyable and reprises the same dyspeptic attitude that infused "Ghost World," but ultimately it lacks its predecessor's originality and humanity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Hedge is built for laughter rather than artistry; jokes are packed into every pixel. But despite the movie's entertaining qualities, there is something a little unsettling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Fluffily enjoyable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Grant's unblinking but sympathetic depiction of this emotionally unhinged world makes the viewer feel like an illicit, enlightened gawker, and it has the enormous fringe benefit of fine performers, including Richardson, who puts endearing vigor into the adulterous Lauren, and Julie Walters, Ralph's aunt, who tells the boy her frequent tipsiness is a recurring case of "sunstroke."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Surprisingly absorbing film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Only Human, a Spanish farce, has absolutely no business being as laugh-out-loud funny as it often is.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Informative and entertaining.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    If the ultimate goal is entertainment, then Lady in the Water enthusiastically rises to the task. In a movie laden with enough symbolism, shamanism and mythic lore to make Joseph Campbell dance a tribal jig, Shyamalan never forgets to have fun.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Danner's performance, as she rages against the dying of the romantic light, all but steals the movie from Braff.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The performers understand the simple integrity of a slapstick gag, and they're prepared to suffer for its entertainment value. This is what the Jackassers do for fun -- and their fans, already well versed in such previous shows as the original MTV series and the 2002 "Jackass: The Movie," understand that perfectly. And is there any significant moral difference between these performers and dedicated ballerinas who damage their feet in the highfalutin interests of art, or Daytona drivers risking their lives on the track?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The more you watch, the more you are committing yourself to watching "56 Up" and beyond.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    For interested parties, it's entertaining to hear from, and meet, the people who live and breathe the politics of America.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Works best when it concentrates on O'Grady and the ever-rippling effect of his transgressions. Viewers may not remember the victims whose stories practically pierce the heart, but they're unlikely to forget O'Grady's deceptively innocent face.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    We realize that this romance, like the beautiful land, is doomed almost inevitably to earthquake fissures, to irreversible change. But rather than making us despondent, Climates leaves us peacefully philosophical.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Charming enough.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Remember the peaceful atmosphere of bedtime storytelling? The kind that allows parent and child to take satisfaction in the story, not the teller? That's how "Charlotte" draws you into its web.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It matters because this boxer taps into something deeper in our collective souls than the desire for entertainment. It's the hope that one day we're going to win big, too, after everyone's given up on us. It's as hokey as it's true.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Avenue Montaigne transforms an overwhelming metropolis into a user-friendly village with quirkily appealing characters.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Sure, it's the corniest of conceits, but "Astronaut" taps delightfully into one of our deepest cultural values: the one about the pursuit of happiness. And the movie's unpretentious lightheartedness, which echoes the old-fashioned, corn-fed lore of Frank Capra, or even "The Andy Griffith Show," makes it blissfully easy to sign on for this good-natured voyage.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    McAvoy, so memorable as Idi Amin's doctor turned adviser in last year's "The Last King of Scotland," may be the most likable British newcomer since Ewan McGregor; his glistening eyes can seduce audiences with their ability to show conflicting emotions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The film may employ the well-worn tradition of filtering African stories through the experiences of Europeans, but they use the conceit for some penetrating revelations.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Inspired by the true story of Ellis, has Hollywood formula practically stitched to its Speedo. But the characters and the actors who play them are so captivating, we're too entertained and charmed to notice.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Its story -- and eerie allure -- comes from our evolving perception of Jackie (Kate Dickie), a surveillance operator in Glasgow, Scotland, who spends long days and nights monitoring the screens.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Bug
    We find ourselves in the fascinating no man's land between horror and comedy -- right where this movie wants us to be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's best appreciated by assuming something of a dream state ourselves and enjoying the giddy flow.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's a wonderfully playful experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    As charming as it is instructive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The result is a movie of deceptive lightness and powerful sweep. And what makes it truly work is the presence of Kervel, a first-time actor whose Anna is disarmingly self-assured and sweet. Without her, nothing else matters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There is enough "hit" material to make this fun. Delpy is such an infectiously appealing personality, she almost wills this movie to work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Jeffrey Blitz's smart, deceptively lighthearted movie gives audiences an endearing nerd-messiah to revisit that angst for all of us and -- maybe, just maybe -- he'll end up in love and ahead.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    At the risk of eternal damnation on the Internet, I admit to laughing at -- even feeling momentarily touched by -- Rush Hour 3.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie leaves us with greater things to contemplate than a mere tragedy of errors.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Directed by David Slade ("Hard Candy"), the action scenes are artful and terrifying; these killers move so quickly and decisively, there seems to be no hope for humanity.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The best movie derived from a violent computer game we've ever seen. You can take or leave that kind of qualified high-five, but, for us, it was a thoroughly entertaining experience. Think of bargain basement "James Bond" amped up into TV den-sittin', mouse-clickin' overdrive. But with human actors.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The joy of this movie, which features Joss Ackland as a memorably intimidating, Afrikaner-accented boss, is in the gradual revelation of intrigue.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Instead of maintaining its edgy sense of constant discomfort, the movie is compelled to make Neville as fuzzily adorable and messianic as possible.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Nonetheless, there's something life affirming in all of this. Even as most of us recoil with self-preservation at their feats, we also secretly applaud them pushing the envelope of mortality.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    What makes director Roger Donaldson's movie greater than zany heist fare is that this particular robbery really happened and that this episode illuminated an almost moral clash between the haves and the have-nots of Great Britain.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    An engaging romance noir, a sort of updated "The Postman Always Rings Twice" that packs its surprises into four characters, none of them predictable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It does honor the book's flavor and spirit with a bright, funny treatment. Voice performers Jim Carrey (as Horton) and Steve Carell (the Mayor) play their roles just right, without making the movie about them.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Spiritually aware documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Although the movie never quite dispels the sense of being dated (it could have been made anytime in the past 40 years), it's a memorable, often moving timepiece.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A refreshingly tender treatment of love gone wrong -- we mean, for a movie that's got enough lowdown sexual content to start its own Kinsey Report.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie is more entertaining than it is logical; its narrative leaps are sometimes ahead of our ability to believe them. But as the compellingly enigmatic Pierre, Pinon keeps us rapt.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    What engages us is Korine's revolutionary way of telling stories. It's as though he's downloading his dreams directly onto the screen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A crowd-pleasing combination of buoyant spirit and occasionally dark humor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There's another satisfying benefit to Everlasting Moments. It's gloriously absent of the hyper-speed anxiety that passes for storytelling on our multiplex screens.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The reunion is fun and frantic, like the original on double nitro.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie does present solutions, including its urging of consumer demand for more accountability from restaurants and the building of marine reserves.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Feels like a prolonged campfire conversation, filled with weathered, measured talk about holistic thinking and finding a new perspective.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Thornton, writer-director of the superb "Slingblade," has a gift for depicting down-and-dirty scenes among men. And when our three principal characters go riding from Texas to Mexico, this is the best part of the movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Pleasant enough and its ecological, pro-wildlife sentiments are certainly welcome.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The performances take the movie to a higher level.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Serves as a fascinating exploration of racial and social prejudice; and an indictment of cultural miscegenation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Fluidly edited, subtle.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Even if you tap only a little of the magic of "Peter Pan," you'll come away with some pixie dust.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Proceeds with an episodic pace, full of narrative twists and turns that clearly are not pretested by a Hollywood committee. Things feel sort of strange and original all at once.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    In the end, Made is a movie with better potential than actual results.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    If you appreciate fine animation and edgy material, this blood's for you.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    More interesting for the world it evokes rather than the drama that unfolds.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie's still a solid "B," a workmanlike drama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A surprisingly gripping experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Compelling, if sometimes grittily depressing, viewing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Narratively club-footed but directorially assured.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Smells much more like real life than the immediate mating that occurs between expensive movie stars on Hollywood soundstages.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A sort of thinking-person's cornball movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The effect, in this French period drama, is something like a moving pop-up book, in which characters seem to be two-dimensional cardboard cutouts come to life.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Even if the film is only moderately enjoyable, it can create a sort of exotic escapism.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Thanks to the performances and the general looseness of the script, the movie is more appealing than it has any business being.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    If you don't operate on the premise that soccer is the most important thing in the universe, you might not go along with everything in Fever Pitch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    If you skim along the surface of this movie, you'll have more fun than if you submit the movie to scrutiny.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's too short, and it doesn't delve deep enough. But it's thoroughly enjoyable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The real star of U-571 is its sheer visceral atmosphere.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Ishtar is an unabashed vamp for a pair of household names, and as such it works, often hilariously.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Screenwriter Richad Curtis (writer of the English "Blackadder" series) and director Mike Newell (who made "Enchanted April") keep things lively and entertaining; each wedding is garnished with its own distinctive mood and dramatic significance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Despite a dissatisfying conclusion, a sense that things don't completely jell, The Tailor of Panama is lively and provocative.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Ludicrous. Its logic flies out the window like a rocket. It's unbelievable and ridiculous... But fascinating it is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A wonderfully unhurried and precious yarn.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Until the movie gets lost in its ultimately convoluted conceit, however, it's a superb modulation of menace, tension, mystery and eroticism.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie, based on the TV cartoon series, is exceptionally pleasant, and there's just enough humor to make it enjoyable for adults.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Short but emotionally effective movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    May leave you more cold and stunned than enlightened.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    In a movie in which time travel is used to rectify the past, it's too bad scriptwriters David and Janet Peoples didn't go through the time/space tunnel to work on that first draft again.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Hoffman introduces a memorable sensuality to the movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    An ingenious hybrid of submarine movie and ghost story. And there's a wee bit of "Macbeth" in there too.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Although this movie shows Lin's promising moviemaking sensibilities, its point of view feels coldly amoral and dismissive.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's great to watch the cat-and-mouse of it all -- even when the movie might not be firing on all points.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    We are amused. We are not sputtering into our teacups, but we are chortling lightly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    I could love it only as far as it let me. Although the movie has hilarious moments throughout, its thematic thinness is writ fairly large on the big screen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The writing (by Bill and Cherie Steinkellner) has a non-sentimental appeal for that young preteen (and early teen) crowd that fancies itself too cool for kiddie stuff.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Oddly compelling.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There’s so much high-voltage fun running throughout this comic sci-fantasy -- engineered gleefully by director Luc Besson -- you’re hard-pressed to be unaffected.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Although this film doesn't have the classy quality of The Fugitive, it certainly goes down like an action milkshake. And Jones, one of the most enjoyable actors on the screen, plays himself to the hilt.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Your children are almost certain to have a great time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There's a rampant looseness to this movie, and it's subversively liberating.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It doesn't lack for emotional intensity or persuasive, three-dimensional characters.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A passionate murder mystery with more twists than a thrashing alligator.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's a brilliant concept, one of Allen's finest. Love the concept, baby. But the execution is, well, average.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Beaufoy and Cattaneo handle this potentially racy material with an engaging balance of good taste and outright slapstick.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    To watch Greendale is to understand everything about Neil Young. Like him, it's grungy, honest, disarming and unapologetically original.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Leads you through a miserable childhood without sentimentality or relief. The effect is torturous.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Paint-by-numbers feel-gooder, in which Homer and his friends decide to win a national science fair for their little town and, ultimately, for America.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    From its deceptively easygoing beginning to the heart-wrenching finale, The Green Mile keeps you wonderfully high above the cynical ground.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There's something rather lovely about the mood and intentions of Michel Deville's French movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    This movie's entire raison d'etre (that's French for "shark meat") is to toy creatively with the "rules."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    But it's Roberts's memorably comic performance that is the most distinguishing aspect of the movie. As the gawky professional companion, she's ticklishly appealing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    High on melodrama. But it's emotionally engrossing, too, thanks to strong, credible performances from the whole cast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Rush is too sinfully good for the drama he's in.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's not Fellini, by any means, but it's lively. Never stops moving, even though it crashes into cliches along the way.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    This Matt Perry vehicle is funnier than anyone could hope to expect.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    You feel as though you're watching a filmed play rather than a movie. Nothing wrong with that. But The Human Stain, directed more than well enough by Robert Benton, doesn't reach the emotional pitch it's shooting for.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It will often tear at the heart too -- at least, when it doesn't feel like the rap equivalent of a classroom lecture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    For fans of old-fashioned European filmmaking, this may have its pleasing qualities.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Pontecorvo's pointed 1969 drama of the politics of war feels surprisingly timely.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Rather than the mad, kinetic video-game vigor you'd expect, the movie proceeds at a more leisurely and methodical gait. I rather liked that.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie, directed by Simon West isn't bad, although the repeated shots of Campbell lying spread-eagled on the ground, and the amount of detail we're forced to swallow about the horrors she underwent border on the offensive.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    (Stamp and Fonda's) polar-opposition in acting styles and temperament, their cultural differences and their pop-cultural synergy come together with almost delicious cacophony.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Reilly and Luna make a chemically appealing screen team. Reilly, one of the best working actors in the indie side of things, is wonderfully world-weary, manipulative and roguishly charming.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Unfortunately, the movie is likely to earn more money than praise. If it showcases him in all his glory, it also shows what little glory there is to celebrate.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A thematically bleak yet subtly comic film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A warmly spirited travel diary of a movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There's your intrigue. There's your romance. There's your x factor, by which I mean your willingness to give two appealing stars an incredible break throughout most of the major obstacles between them and a successful robbery.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Another handsome, dramatically moribund adaptation of a grand old classic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Turns out he's infinitely more likable than Vin Diesel, who carries his sense of stardom through every movie like an insufferable Atlas. In fact, Dwayne Johnson is a gentleman, the kind of Rock who puts you in a very easy place.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Brings things to an almost cheesy conclusion. Given the gripping, dark elements that creator George Lucas introduced in the two previous films, the third movie’s outcome smacks of PG-rated populism rather than artistic fulfillment. But the experience is still highly entertaining. [Special Edition]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    By Breillat's usually dire standards, this is practically a laff riot, and if you want to see her funniest, most accessible movie, this is the one to watch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Engaging, energetic film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie's sweeter than funny, but still has a fair share of guffaws.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    This is an odd amalgam of bleeding-heart sentimentality and over-the-top guts-and-glory action. You're not sure how to feel. But you're certainly not as moved and stunned as you were in "Black Hawk Down."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Its adroit use of suspense makes you overlook the silliness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Documentary about rock history's biggest heavy metal band is -- variously -- serious, funny, frustrating and touching.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    More amiable than hysterical.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Much of "Clerks" is extremely funny and dead-on—in terms of its intentionally satirical, Gen-X-istential gloom.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    An entertaining affair whose wild-card creativity never ceases to surprise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    This is a stirring movie, if relentless intensity, handheld camera work, cover-your-eyes violence and ear-splitting yelling matches are what you're craving.
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There's something impressive and yet lacking about everything.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Compelling, if throwaway, drama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    If the story seems a little waterlogged, it's still big, loud, and fun to watch.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's one view of Kerry that seems to have been lost in the present acrimonious shuffle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Good but it SEEMS even better because of its evocative setting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A spirited attempt at modern film noir, and huge parts of it are enjoyable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Surprisingly pleasant.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Where the movie succeeds-and succeeds wonderfully-is when it stays a heartbeat away from politics. For two-thirds of the movie, it's an involving, boxing saga and romance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Mostly, the movie is riveting, well-done fare -- the stuff of Hollywood epic adventure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Finally, we have found ourselves in a movie where the characters are free to blunder, even if it means turning their backs on us. There's powerful liberation in that, all around.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie's great fun, particularly for kids used to that satirically hard-edged kind of kid show.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It is a well written, nicely acted and smoothly directed battle of the sexes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Although the plot is crucial, it's the interaction among characters that makes Snatch percolate. Ritchie knows when to stop and smell the comedy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    This is a spirited, dirty dance between the polished inauthenticity of Hollywood romance-musicals and hip-hop's central tenet: keeping it real. It's an intriguing combination, if nothing else.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    As Series 7 speeds toward its inevitable conclusion, at least the contenders make this downward spiral something to savor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The story (adapted from Andrew Neiderman's novel by Jonathan Lemkin and Tony Gilroy) is surprisingly well-handled, given its rather crazy premise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A gruesome detective-thriller about a serial killer who ices egregious offenders of the seven deadly sins, portends an unpalatable combination of formulaic writing and unmitigated nastiness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's also genuinely moving to see disenfranchised individuals discovering self-determination from the hard ground up.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    This heavy-hitting fist lands with calculated deliberation. Despite Spielberg's obviously genuine commitment, "Schindler's List" feels strangely controlled -- more than impassioned. It's officially artistic, an engineered project of pride, Little Stevie's growing-up project, rather than an organically brilliant masterpiece.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Fraser is one funny, mixed-up guy
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Enlightening, if structurally relaxed documentary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A hilarious, inventive and goofy breath of fresh air.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Low-tech inventiveness at its best.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Always entertaining. But someone seems to have thrown away the metronome into the Spanish moss outside. "Midnight," which finally draws to a halt after two and a half hours, has a lot of acting, a bit of soul and no rhythm.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    May not be the ultimate word on the Tibetan situation, or even the Dalai Lama, but its heart seems to be in the right place; and it's entertaining enough to give audiences an emotional sense of the story. [16 January 1998, p.N32]
    • Washington Post
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The story (adapted by Spielberg and David Koepp from Michael Chrichton's "Lost World") isn't much better than "Jurassic Park." And the predictability factor is high.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Director Phillip Noyce, who made "Dead Calm," "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger," keeps things moving at a kinetic, involving pace. And writers Jonathan Hensleigh (who wrote "Die Hard With a Vengeance") and Wesley Strick create a diverting human steeplechase.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The atmospherics are wonderfully dark and film-noirish, if overly violent.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Spielberg has made a small and charming story out of The Terminal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's enough of a spectacle to enjoy. It's too bad the stars are little more than serviceable and give the movie title an irony it could certainly do without.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Malkovich's lead performance digs in its heels, deadening the movie's speedy exhilaration. The result is a highly diverting but ultimately unsatisfying production that doesn't perform -- so much as paraphrase -- the script.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A potential cultural juggernaut.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Wittily scripted, engagingly sappy, completely implausible and unabashedly Capraesque, it's a rather wonderful crock.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Impressive, big-scale scenes, such as a train derailment from a snow-covered bridge. And the vocal performances of Ryan and Cusack give us a real sense of romance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Elf
    Ferrell provides just enough humor to get us through the familiar fare and enjoy the ride.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Nothing from the book is left to wither away. That should please the vast reading audience that'll watch the movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Isn't scintillating, but it's sort of embraceably funny.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Often wickedly funny, but about halfway through, the premise becomes -- shall we say? -- intestinally overextended.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    An edgy quasi-comedy, it's very funny in places, touching in others. There is a little unevenness. But for a directorial debut, it's amazingly assured.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    You may soon forget the specifics of the plot, but you'll always remember the world it came from.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Seems like a pretty cool movie -- at least, for a remake of a 1970s Saturday morning TV show.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    In this sprawling oglefest, such things as "narrative" and "story" are remote little abstractions indeed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    That's the only way to enjoy Wolfgang Petersen's nearly three-hour epic: as a Pitt vehicle. In a role that requires larger-than-life dimensions, he's pretty terrific.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Throws humorous fish bones to the older crowd, too.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Isn't just for music fans. It's more accessible than that, thanks to Joel Schumacher's bright direction and a few storytelling embellishments.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Hovers frustratingly somewhere between charming and only mildly amusing.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    David Hogan keeps the action moving and loaded with fights, gun battles and other action-trashy thrills. Lee is terrific.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A spirited remake of the French drag farce, has everything in place, from eyeliner to one-liner.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Tin Cup works for viewers of any handicap.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Takes the spirit of their late night TV show and flies with it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Delivers the entertaining goods without fuss or frills.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie is wry, touching and fun to sit through, thanks to Rosenberg's amusing script, Ted Demme's vital direction and zesty performances from everyone.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie feels stretched out and thin.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    But if the modestly budgeted film (loosely based on journalist Michael Nicholson's factual narrative, "Natasha's Story") lopes along a formulaic, often heavy-handed track, its pictures and subtext make a powerful statement. [9Jan1998 Pg. N.41]
    • Washington Post
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There are more climaxes in here than in a Swedish blue movie. This is not to say you won't be thrilled, charged up and put through the ringer at times, but your intelligence will need to be shoved under your seat like warm, flat soda.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The scenario may be dumb and predictable, with a wimpy ending to boot, but it's also sort of fun.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Cutting to the chase: In terms of summer movie thrills, director John McTiernan's return to the "Die Hard" genre (he made the first one) is a triumph.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    New Bond man Brosnan can't be faulted for much. He's always been generically sexy, a sort of programmed cover boy. In this new venture, he's appropriately handsome, British-accented and suave.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    But the film, written and directed by fellow artist Julian Schnabel, is so tender in its affections, these omissions and poetic licenses seem like the embellishments of a good friend.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    You're not watching anything original, you're just reexperiencing elements you've seen in a jillion other spectacles (including "Die Hard," "True Lies" and even "Mission: Impossible"), only with more heat, more crash, more burn.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    What counts is the comic tension between MacLaine and Cage. It's so well done, it doesn't matter how dumb things get.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The personable star of the TV series "Home Improvement" turns this Walt Disney film around. He may not be as effervescent as, say, Robin Williams, but he's full of understated, ticklish charm.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    In old-fashioned movie terms, it's enjoyable, thanks mostly to Neeson who, not unlike Jeff Bridges, always eclipses your expectations of him. [25 Oct 1996, Pg.N.42]
    • Washington Post
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The reason for the film's success is simple. Screenwriter Richard LaGravenese and director Eastwood skirt most of novelist Robert James Waller's excesses.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    First-time writer/director Tom Hanks stays about a half-beat ahead of the cliches with rim shots of boyish enthusiasm and deft comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie, written and directed by Jeremy Leven, may not be one for the ages, but it's a pleasant, involving experience that intermixes fairy-tale romance with modern, deadpan comedy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    This is sweet-natured fun for the very young.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    But even though Marcos, in this film, provides enough material for a few hundred giggles and head-shakings, she also shows a pathetically human side.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There are some very thought-provoking points, and the movie deserves a balanced listening-to.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A wonderfully unsentimental parable that backs no horses in the movie's secular/religious dualities.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A documentary that knows to sit back and listen as [Dobson] expounds on a variety of subjects.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    What really reaches us is the collective presence of the cast, most of them monks and other acting amateurs. They seem uniformly imbued with inherent grace and effortless spiritual bearing. And their smallest of gestures exude the kind of un-self-conscious gravitas that constitutes all fables.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Even though it sounds awfully depressing, there's something moving about watching people go at their lives with everything they have -- or don't have.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    We may not get to their innermost feelings, which would have taken this documentary to a deeper, maybe darker level, but the movie's purpose is celebratory. As such, it's a satisfying experience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Yes, it's weird. But it's wild card weird, with that thrill of never knowing what's coming next or when these Parisians are going to get musical on us.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    What makes Nanette Burstein's movie so powerful is its uncanny sense of familiarity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    For all its visual delights, however, Coraline remains more an engaging spectacle than a connective drama. That is chiefly because of the writing. Director-writer Henry Selick doesn't reach for the kind of universality that would enrich the movie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    May be one hundred percent sap, but its spirit is anything but cloying, thanks to persuasive performances, most notably from Rachel McAdams.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Refreshingly free of the hyperbole of special effects...Ong-Bak will win no scriptwriting awards, but Jaa is definitely the real deal.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Intriguing, oddly banal and ultimately deflating.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It's hardly the best film in the world but you can have fun with it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    A medium-boil good time, mostly for its humor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It's doubtful that Depp's off-kilter interpretation will have any discernible effect on the movie's success. But it remains the movie's most disappointing aspect.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Vaughn can motormouth like a machine gun, spraying men, women and children with manic, rat-a-tat outbursts of toxic insincerity. It's often dirty, yes. But it's also manic and inspired.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The first 60 minutes of this black comedy are brilliantly sustained, but then director and co-writer de la Iglesia loses his way.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It's clear this sequel (directed by Darren Lynn Bousman) doesn't have the same smartness (I speak relatively) of the original. Nonetheless, "Saw" fans can still look forward to involuntary incineration, wrist and throat slashing, bullets through brains and the bashing of someone's head with a nail-festooned club.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Although "Pluto" has a rollicky, endearing air, it's cooler than Jordan's other films.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    At first blush, there's something vicariously liberating about Brosnan strutting through a lobby dressed only in Speedos and cowboy boots. But it also feels false. The actor seems to be theatrically slumming before his return to suave form.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    As a satire on Tobacco Inc.'s outrageous ability to market carbon monoxide as the elixir of life, this movie should be packing more nicotine.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    A Prairie Home Companion tries to embrace the spirit of that longtime radio series but suffocates the very qualities that make the original show so special in the first place.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Of all ironies, "Strangers" occasionally takes a step in the direction of the after-school specials it's trying to twit; you'll catch it trying to make you feel warm and fuzzy about Jerri.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The movie attempts to paint too large a canvas.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Sketchy but often entertaining.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Cornish provides a counterbalance for Ledger's authoritative presence, turning what could have been just another heroin movie into a flawed but engrossing parable on love and sacrifice.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It offers a sort of Chinese food poignancy, the kind that may seem satisfying at the time but ultimately leaves us hungering for more, for something authentic.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The central story, in which Helms has to make up his mind whether to attend his sister's funeral, is too limited a conflict to hang a movie on. Ultimately, audiences will have to satisfy themselves with the collective presence of these actors and the movie's obviously good-hearted intentions.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Directed by Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth"), the movie is heavy on hokum but easy to like, thanks to the spunky Schroeder.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Essentially, Chuck & Larry is an oafish chance for audiences to laugh at gay-bashing jokes and then feel morally redeemed for doing so -- courtesy of an obligatory wrap-up scene that reminds us that homosexuals are humans, too.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Surely it will not be giving things away to tell you there's absolutely nothing new about the latest episode.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Its strength is the documentary-textured depiction of Native Americans in their social environment. Its weakness is a story that's a patchy combination of soap opera, low-tech magic realism and, at times, ploddingly sociological commentary.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Castro remains the star of the show. You can't stop watching him.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    If you're not rolling in the aisles, you're definitely in the wrong theater.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The stranger and more unusual the characters, and the less they're explained, the better.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Its greatest asset...Flora Montgomery, a flash of blond, Irish fire who makes Trudy well worth Brendan's trouble.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    May not rock the joint. But then, it isn't trying to.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Playful as it is, Clare Peploe's adaptation of Pierre Marivaux's romantic comedy coughs and sputters on its own postmodern conceit.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Isn't much more than another conveyer-belt romantic comedy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The more you lower your expectations, the more you'll learn to laugh.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Although the movie adheres more closely to history than "Quills," it lacks dramatic punch and depth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    How great can an epic be, when it takes 30 years, including a whole sequence devoted to World War I, for Jean to realize he could be a little nicer to his wife? This is for diehard Francophiles and literate-movie fans only.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The movie is visually stirring. And the locations, in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, imbue the story with eerie authenticity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Won't go down as Robert Altman's most memorable movie. But it's a pleasant affair, whose greatest assets are its unhurried, benevolent atmosphere and the quiet, gem-like moments that occur among its characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    I can recommend the first two-thirds of this movie with great enthusiasm.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Lawrence's material runs between mediocre and offensive, and then he rescues it with his physical humor. He's at his best when he lets his face or inflection do the talking.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Never was the case for psychotropic medication more acute than in Jovovich's performance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Sad, sobering film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Like President Kennedy, director Donaldson (who made "No Way Out," another pretty good Washington-seat-of-power thriller) has found a perfect balance of often-opposing forces: between recorded history and the demands of plain old entertainment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    This ensemble comedy has its inventively funny moments. But ultimately, it gets a little too cute for its own good.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Maestro is for people already aware of this history. For everyone else, this is pretty much invitation-only.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Ron Howard somehow makes a great movie and an awful movie, all at the same time.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    You're hard-pressed to dislike the film.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Moderately pleasing adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novella.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Wuornos was unambiguous about one thing: She wanted to die. In the end, that's the only assurance the movie provides. It's an odd kind of closure for her and for us.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It suffers from a dreary middle section. Great movie, mediocre script.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Ultimately, the movie's biggest crime is its inability to convey the delicate, damaged texture of Kahlo's life, but also the triumph of her will over intimidating defeat.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Less-than-scintillating spin on "Life Is Beautiful."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The only active ingredient is the dynamic between Smith and Jones. There's just enough of that to get us through.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The movie, which is based on the Lowell Cunningham comic book series, throws out some wonderful implications, but they’re frustratingly few and far between.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Entertaining for so long it's a downer to sit through the dumbed-down finale.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    A heartfelt but eccentric, pseudo-documentary tribute to his sister Maria.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    With its zany daily episodes, "Groundhog" gets stuck in a non-progressive repetition.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It's just a simple, actorly drama about big, gaping emotional needs and the consequences a woman can face -- particularly during the 1960s -- for simply owning up to them.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    This is not a fantastic movie. But there's more to it than just an MTV-slickified "Midnight Express" starring two young, photogenic stars.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The movie's about its own playfulness. But that playfulness, all too often, feels labored.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Although the movie is moving and even funny in many places, it's also overextended. And composer John Williams's syrupy score practically oozes from your ears on the drive home.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    There are no dramatic peaks and valleys in this story line, just a uniform, dramatic flatness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It's a pleasant movie, written with care for the characters. But as the film's title suggests, scriptwriter Mark Andrus has made too obvious and clunky a metaphor of George's house.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The writer in Soderbergh proves the ultimate weak link. In sex, lies' last third, he seems seized with a compulsion to make sense of it all, bring everything to bear, give everyone their moral comeuppance, their screenplay payoff.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Even by its own dark standards, the movie's conclusion is as dramatically dissatisfying as it is disturbing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    There's nothing beyond the bloodshed and gallows humor, just intellectually secondhand implications about materialism, conformity and misogyny.