Desson Thomson

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For 1,646 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Hours
Lowest review score: 0 Serving Sara
Score distribution:
1646 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Eastwood's elegantly directed Mystic River, a deeply textured drama in which the sins (or perceived sins) of the past weigh heavily on the present.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Odd, complex and charming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A movie that appeals to the eye, mind, heart and funny bone; that's a pretty good quadruple for any movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    In the Name of the Father is as good a compromise of fact and fiction as you could hope for -- and still call it a movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This all makes for a deeply entertaining experience that engages our hearts as well as our funny bones. And it's gratifying to see Cruz finally get her due.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A well-orchestrated nightmare that keeps you on edge until the very end.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A smart, restrained entertainment, it doesn't splash around in blood and hysteria. It doesn't have to.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There is a clear festive buzz, as attendees laugh, bob and listen to Chappelle's impish, inventive comedy, and some of the best music hip-hop has to offer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Thanks to Caine's subtly nuanced performance, there's a deeper dimension to everything. He's snappily ironic at times, sometimes amazingly delicate, always engaging.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Brings kinetic, stylistic and even sexy dimension to the Bram Stoker legend.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    May not be the first movie to examine the creative process. But it's the most playfully brilliant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It scores its comic points with dire one-liners, an astringent dearth of sentimentality and only-in-America developments.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The story, such as it is, follows Renton's inconsistent attempts to kick his habit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    By the end, you realize you've seen an extraordinary movie, easily one of the best of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Anguish ranges from gritty and realistic to the tragicomic soap opera found in Pedro Almodovar's films.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Although it's a drama, Osama feels like urgent documentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This is the Mickey Mouse factory at its finest, with inventive animation, stirring music and a pride of inspired, almost-human animals.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Succeeds where 100 studio-generated teen romances -- starring the bland, the blunt or the blow-dried -- have failed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    If you don’t like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, have your pulse checked... You'll forget yourself right through to the end when Porky Pig, dressed as a cop, says "M-move along, there's n-nothing more to s-see folks." [24 June 1988]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Instead of "Masterpiece Theatre"-style fawning, [Scorsese] fills this movie with visual flow, masterful cinematography and assured direction. There's an alert, thinking presence behind the camera.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This movie, directed with precision and an appreciation for (relatively) rich character texture by Sam Raimi, remembers all the fine elements of the original film (and the comic book story). It reprises them perfectly, including wonderfully choreographed, skyscraper-hanging fights.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    In many ways, watching the movie is BETTER than concertgoing. We can enjoy that buzzy feeling of community without the fist-pumping biker obscuring our view.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    If you want to sample the sheer bouquet of great acting, you could get drunk on this movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A hilarious fantasy, about a plucky piglet that learns how to tend sheep, Babe is a barnyard charmer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Few movies have evoked the happiness of a good, strong family as genuinely as this one. And this affecting atmosphere makes the eventual outcome resonate with great power.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Mulholland Drive is an extended mood opera, if you want to put an arty label on incoherence.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Mullan's movie is admiringly uncompromising. He refuses to augment the horrors with relief.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The satire of the season, a hilarious, razor-sharp indictment of the American Dream.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi take a deeper, edifying interest in the moral ambiguities that arise between Maurice and Jessie. And thanks to our warm investment in both characters, we're more than willing to sign up for this existential ride. We allow this relationship -- and the movie -- to take us places we'd never usually go.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Watch this film. You may never look at nature indifferently again.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Exults in the hard-riding romanticism of classic Westerns, but it takes revisionist stock too. It dismounts at places usually left in the dust -- the oppressed lot of women, the loneliness of untended children, adult illiteracy and the horrible last moments of the dying.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    What keeps the film (adapted from the late John O'Brien's harrowing semi-autobiographical book) from being completely unbearable are the extraordinary performances.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As exciting for its narrative twists and turns as for its Korean textures and rhythms.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A delirious mixture of spectacular gun battles, furious explosions and breathtaking stunt work, it's also one of the strangest stories to ever get the green light at a Hollywood studio. You have to take your hat off to Paramount Studios for allowing such inspired weirdness to see the light of day.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This story doesn't just belong to them anymore. This richly observed, sometimes heartbreaking movie has become ours, too.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It's not the enormous undertaking that impresses so much as the sheer ecstasy of flight and the ability of Perrin's team to catch it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A museum piece, something to be enjoyed for its historical value.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A movie for almost everyone, from boomer parents (who remember their teens and twenties) to their teenage kids (who can't wait to get started with same). And if there's anyone who can bring so many into the same mosh pit, it's Black, who so occupies the role you can't believe he's acting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Although we miss some of the finer details that made Jhumpa Lahiri's 2003 book so meaningful, we're moved by the movie's themes of cultural displacement and the power of chance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Thanks to Schlesinger's exacting direction and Malcolm Bradbury's witty, restrained script, these characters are kept more amusing than horribly pitiable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This is a captivating experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Intriguing, oddly banal and ultimately deflating.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Enormously entertaining.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Not since the 1972 'Cabaret' has there been a movie musical this stirring, intelligent and exciting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Remains highly watchable throughout, for its atmosphere and the actors.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Thanks to the new guerrilla narrative, the world has a constant flow of images to file in its collective consciousness. And that camera-testable accountability slowly becomes a global civic right that fulfills the noblest purpose of journalism -- to bring truth to power.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    In Get Shorty, director Barry Sonnenfeld's spirited adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel, Travolta's rebirth accelerates directly into adulthood.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Lilya's struggle to make a life for herself is both heartbreaking and heart-stirring.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A canny (and profoundly sexy) movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Straightforward but nonetheless powerful documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A smart cartoon about the life of the mind. It's about the fuzzy border between dreaming and living. It's thoughtful, provocative, liberating and fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Its mixture of wisdom and whimsy -- exemplified by the movie's unnamed and occasionally cheeky narrator -- makes this Australian movie feel as timeless as it is timely. And instead of feeling dutifully cultural as we immerse ourselves in this story, we're genuinely intrigued, touched and even amused.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Every moment of the way, there is a delectable sense of subtle menace and, at the center of it all, Huppert's haunting expression, part sphinx, part grace and maybe part scary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Cronenberg's deeper purpose is to pull audiences into an affecting, powerful story about right and wrong.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    An extraordinary piece of electronic history. And a riveting movie
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A sobering reflection on our culture's attitude toward violence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    There's an extra dimension here, not present in the other comedies. Not only is the material amusing, it's charmingly engaging.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It's more than a detailed account of one man's petty vindictiveness in a bygone era. It's about how our hatred can consume us so deeply that we lose sight of everything.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Not only gives us a superb new cast of believable characters, it transcends its own genre. Only superficially a teen comedy, the movie redounds with postmodern -- but emotionally genuine -- gravitas.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Isn't just a fabulous seagoing spectacle. It's one for the ages.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It avoids the compulsively calibrated storytelling of big-studio moviemaking for a slower-moving but powerfully absorbing drama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A movie that dares you to slow down and enjoy the subtleties of life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The result is a time capsule par excellence...This is the best of times and the worst of times, African American style.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    With its deft intercutting of place and time, the film creates a powerful sense of mysticism and fate.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    I love the movie's originality, its sense of macabre humor, its resourcefulness, and the great Walsh, whose memorable narration kicks off the movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This is a fully realized movie, whose intelligence -- despite its grim findings -- dwarfs any Hollywood production.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Probably the most engaging Potter film of the series thus far.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Flirting With Disaster, like that Energizer Bunny, keeps on going. But in this case, the perpetual motion is a deliciously hysterical rush.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Low-tech inventiveness at its best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Unfolds with a marvelously understated humanism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A movie with the visual expanse of a John Ford western and the ensemble grandeur and long takes of a Robert Altman picture. The movie is definitely Chinese in content, but it exudes American style and spirit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's best appreciated by assuming something of a dream state ourselves and enjoying the giddy flow.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The result is one of Almodovar's darkest films since the early days of "Law of Desire" and "Matador," and certainly one of his finest.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's as much fun to anticipate what he's (Herzog) going to say as it is to appreciate the snowy landscapes, belching volcanoes and mustachioed seals before his lens. And what could have been a conventional travelogue becomes a sort of ruminative odyssey of the mind.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A compelling, compact story about a country that was left to destroy itself while one man presided futilely over the carnage.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Shows firsthand the appreciation and warmth from the musicians who worked with him.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    An extremely affecting experience, down to the last agonizing moment.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This is a charmfest of a movie, for bird lovers and non-bird lovers alike.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A heartbreaker, plain and simple.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It'll keep you amused enough to sit still and even remember it fondly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Just about everything you ever loved (or hated) about Italian films can be found.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's the moviegoing equivalent of great eating.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Evokes its spirituality with deft strokes and wonderful humor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Director Pascale Ferran makes this a sort of opera of two bodies, as the characters discover not only each other but themselves. And the French filmmaker cannily turns their corporeal discoveries into a moral mission, two desperately lonely souls crying for spiritual freedom in a world of moral constriction.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    There is no evidence of life outside the immediate world of the movie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie leaves us with greater things to contemplate than a mere tragedy of errors.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Speaking of jail, "Shawshank"-the-movie seems to last about half a life sentence. The story, chiefly about the 20-year friendship between Freeman and Robbins, becomes incarcerated in its own labyrinthine sentimentality.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    You're exhilarated from beginning to end.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Compelling, if sometimes grittily depressing, viewing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Spielberg takes assured control. In his hands, Minority Report is a classy, chilly quasi-Hitchcockian affair.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A delightful, wholesome experience for the family.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    You realize this is a story about the life beyond this movie, about the great changes in life we never give ourselves time to consider. And for a moviegoing experience, that's a lot of bang for your buck.
    • 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.

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