Desson Thomson

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For 1,636 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 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

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  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Taxi Driver (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Formula 51
Score distribution:
1636 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Wickedly funny. In fact, Heathers may be the nastiest, cruelest fun you can have without actually having to study law or gird leather products. If movies were food, Heathers would be a cynic's chocolate binge.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It is sheer brilliance and testament to the vitality of an old master.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Ray
    There may not be a bigger-hearted performance this year than Jamie Foxx's in Ray.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    With disarmingly entertaining movies like this, dare I say, who needs big bad superhero movies?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A film that's tender and disarming for its intimate honesty. It's also deeply refreshing to see a movie that dares to explore sexuality among mature characters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    You may catch yourself trying to remember where you parked a little before the end.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It's a masterful little film, and, thanks to Zhang's seasoned hands, it's subtly heartfelt but never manipulative.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A heart-stirrer at times. More often, it's a heartbreaker.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There's something impressive and yet lacking about everything.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This is cinema as oral tradition. And one heck of a cheap-seat deal.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Makes compelling, provocative and prescient viewing. You can draw your own conclusions.
    • 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
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    With its zany daily episodes, "Groundhog" gets stuck in a non-progressive repetition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Exquisitely textured film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Lee's finest, most unabashed labor of love.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Moore provides a rather rambling discourse of causality, which includes racism, white flight and Africanized bees.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    If the scope of the film feels small, Girl With a Pearl Earring fills that scope to bursting with subtle glory. It takes things as far as they can -- and should -- go.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The performers bring freshness to what could have been cliched roles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Yes, it's that cheesy, but it's also surprisingly appealing. After all, the horse Seabiscuit really WAS that phenomenal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Pontecorvo's pointed 1969 drama of the politics of war feels surprisingly timely.
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Spiritually aware documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Costner (with Michael Blake's screenplay) creates a vision so childlike, so willfully romantic, it's hard to put up a fight.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A spirited remake of the French drag farce, has everything in place, from eyeliner to one-liner.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    What makes this movie deeply fascinating is the fight Haskell wages. As the semi-willing subject of this movie, he's determined to gain the upper hand or, at least, come out somewhat sympathetic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Macabre, yes, but the movie's also inventive and funny. You get a lot of smart bang-bang for your buck.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Tautou is a delight, as always, using her bubbly personality to comic advantage. And Elmaleh makes for a sort of poor man's Buster Keaton, perpetually stressed but refusing to surrender, no matter how much damage he sustains to himself or his wallet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Wonderful images, hues, sensations and faces.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    So elegantly layered and emotionally restrained, it makes the horror at its center all the more disturbing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    So unassuming and pure of heart, you can't help but warmly extend your arms and yell "Safe!"
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Instead of an originally conceived movie that reflects Nash's troubled but brilliant mind, we have one of those formulaically rendered Important Subject movies -- the kind that seem exclusively designed for Best Picture nominations.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    This movie has all the same elements as other Grisham fare: raw young lawyer trying to make it in the South; helpless client treated badly; sleazy, star-chamber villains. Wake me up when the last-minute surprise witness comes out of her hidey hole to turn the case around.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Bacon's subtle, assured performance keeps us with him every step of the way.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Wins you over with its devastating simplicity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A full-throttle fantasy, about as heady a movie experience as it gets.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A sort of romance noir -- spruced up in pressed white linens -- this British-made film is elegant, uncompromising and oh-so- veddy nasty.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Grabbing every backstage musical cliche by the lapels, it sends each one pirouetting, then sprawling hysterically across the floor. It's hard not to love this kind of tribute.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Unfortunately, the drama operates on a see-through, easily shatterable metaphor: the frigidity of the WASP soul. [17 October 1997, p.N32]
    • Washington Post
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Screenwriter Michael Goldenberg and director David Yates have transformed J.K. Rowling's garrulous storytelling into something leaner, moodier and more compelling, that ticks with metronomic purpose as the story flits between psychological darkness and cartoonish slapstick.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Absolutely refuse to make predictable patterns in the sand. Instead, they set their characters loose.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    One of the most pleasurable movies of the year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Although the movie loses power in its final sections, the performances, writing and Richard Pearce's direction transform this shaky idea into something rewarding.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Doesn't need the passage of time to become a classic. It's one already.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Energetic and slickly done, but also somewhat soulless.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Grim, yes, and great viewing.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    I would rather have a more interesting group of desperate people to spend my post-apocalyptic time with.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This is the kind of sophisticated and pleasurable movie you dream of seeing from France.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    To watch this movie is to be moved not only by an affecting, warmly spirited yarn, but also by the wisdom that seems to waft to us directly from those snow-capped peaks.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Desson Thomson
    If he had to die so soon, this movie is the best and most appropriate sendoff Lee could have hoped for.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Garrone's movie finds a disconcerting niche between edgy character thriller and black comedy.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Making a film about mob violence while showing restraint and humanism is a difficult procedure. Singleton and screenwriter Poirier search for some gradations within the white ranks, but for the most part, every cracker's a psycho with a short, smoking fuse.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This is as good a visual treat as you and your kids can expect.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Watchable, certainly. It should have been so much more.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The best heist flick since "The Usual Suspects," a perfect 10 of a movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A beautifully textured, disarmingly simple movie about romantic devotion.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    First Contact, written by Ric Berman, Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore, pulsates with great imagination, amusing characters and the fundamental optimism handed down by "Star Trek" founder Gene Roddenberry.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Diabolically amusing without plunging into the Mel Brooks zone, and it's smart without being pedantic. And it's genuinely scary at times.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    If Collateral is all formula, it's polished to a fine sheen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The movie's intense watchability can be traced directly to superb performances by Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A gee-wonderful virtual visit to the arid orb, which uses ingenious technical sleight of hand to -- let's face it -- fake it beautifully.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    So unambiguously good-natured it feels like something fresh.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Desson Thomson
    Appealingly, the movie has a certain lightness -- like the aforementioned butterfly -- which makes its foreboding qualities surprisingly user-friendly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Short but powerful drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Batman Begins emerges from the darkness and leaves a powerful, lasting impression.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Feels like a prolonged campfire conversation, filled with weathered, measured talk about holistic thinking and finding a new perspective.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A wonderfully unhurried and precious yarn.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    A darkly interesting distraction but not much more.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The movie gradually peters out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Rush is too sinfully good for the drama he's in.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Director Van Sant, who made the lyrical "Mala Noche," "Drugstore Cowboy" and "My Own Private Idaho," returns to his favorite hunting ground -- the subworlds of grimy, poetic lost boys -- and pulls us right in
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Admirable in its refusal to be politically correct.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A chalice of unpretentious delight, flowing over with goodwill, a cheeky love for soccer and, uh, Buddhist humor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Washington Post
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As Tsotsi, Chweneyagae turns his face into a living battle mask -- curved, molded and sandpapered into smooth ruthlessness. But as the story unfolds, Tsotsi's mask begins to crack, and his humanity begins to flow through.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Luminously understated.

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