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 0.5 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 You Can Count on Me
Lowest review score: 0 Darkness Falls
Score distribution:
1,631 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Ultimately, Brothers is a flashy, stylistic show of emptiness, intended to protest emptiness. But that's clear almost from the outset.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Shows us how funny farce can be -- even with the hokiest of premises -- in the hands of the British.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Wittily scripted, engagingly sappy, completely implausible and unabashedly Capraesque, it's a rather wonderful crock.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    There's a problem: This romance isn't developed enough to be truly satisfying -- it's fat-free SnackWell's when you want Godiva. It's not the original story we signed up for -- or thought we did.
    • 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.
    • 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
    It's too short, and it doesn't delve deep enough. But it's thoroughly enjoyable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The movie's a gas. Very funny, to a rather dark degree.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A darkly enjoyable roller-coaster ride -- Clooney and Kaufman deftly interweave the macabre with lightheartedness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Gets bogged down in sentimentality, while its wheels spin futilely in life-solving overdrive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Flanders, which takes us from the rustic heartland of northern France to the killing fields of an unnamed foreign locale, has such a primitive poetry, we are moved even by its most gruesome moments.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Informative and entertaining.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The result isn't a fragmentary experience so much as an evocative collage.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The Batblast of the summer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It telegraphs its emotions loud and clear, but somehow they don't reach us.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's also genuinely moving to see disenfranchised individuals discovering self-determination from the hard ground up.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    For fans of old-fashioned European filmmaking, this may have its pleasing qualities.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A crowd-pleasing combination of buoyant spirit and occasionally dark humor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Isn't scintillating, but it's sort of embraceably funny.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Its easygoing, disarming air will endear it to its target audience, who will appreciate this movie as much for the lifestyle it depicts as its actual story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It is a well written, nicely acted and smoothly directed battle of the sexes.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The story moves episodically, almost painstakingly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's a pleasant experience. But that's what it is: a sequel that replays every aspect of the original movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    In this admirably unconventional film, director Paul Schrader is interested in just about everything BUT traditional biopic business.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    In the end, the movie works because Grant and Roberts are disarming geniuses at playing themselves -- and then some.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Crossing should be watched not because it's their finest achievement (that's still to come), but because the brothers are keeping things refreshingly different and building a career, their minds still very much fixed on originality.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    Director McGrath retains the novel's highlights, but he slices everything to ribbons.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The acting is occasionally creakily theatrical; as is the script. But some important things come through.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's an exhilarating sparring match between Duvall's workmanlike fine-tuning and Penn's raw energy. [15 Apr 1988]
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A special weapon unto itself. Spring-loaded with cockney esprit, it peppers its audience with aggressive, sarcastic grapeshot. That's English for "fun," by the way.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There's a great sense of fun in the cultural collision between Indian and British lifestyles -- often within the same person.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Short but emotionally effective movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    What makes Nanette Burstein's movie so powerful is its uncanny sense of familiarity.
    • 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?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Watching Kidman, Leigh and -- in his nutty, damn-the-torpedoes way -- Black as they torment, confound and torture one another amounts to a vicarious thrill ride in human behavior.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It's a wonderful postmodern hug of a movie, and never once do you not know you're watching a movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Mamet doesn't just give us an enthralling heist flick, he makes the language something to savor. You're biting your nails with your ears peeled.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    How can you celebrate a movie in which Zellweger doesn't soar but simply avoids disaster?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Throws humorous fish bones to the older crowd, too.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As with many of his films, Rudolph creates an oyster of a work. You need to jimmy a little around the edges before its delicate wonder becomes apparent - which it does, beautifully.[23 Dec 1994, p.36]
    • Washington Post
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Even by the art film standards it apes, Solaris lacks conviction. And although it's meant to be restrained and free of emotional hysteria, the result is a movie that pretty much lies dead on the screen for an hour and a half.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    If the movie is straightforward and predictable in its attitude, it also exudes a sort of documentary lyricism.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Hoffman blows costar Cruise right off the screen...Instead of playing off or with Hoffman (a greenhorn's smartest strategy), Cruise tends to play at him, flailing and swearing like a spoiled, grounded pilot in "Top Gun II."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Everything is tearful confessions, angry interrogations and breakups. But there's nothing underneath.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A hilarious, inventive and goofy breath of fresh air.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Sensual, funny and, in the end, very touching.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Bening makes the movie into something finer still.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Sometimes, the sincerest form of tribute is inferiority. Watching the Australian film Jindabyne, one soon embraces the conclusion: Robert Altman did this work better. And with fewer brush strokes.
    • 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
    High on melodrama. But it's emotionally engrossing, too, thanks to strong, credible performances from the whole cast.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Ali
    Watching Ali, you can be sure of experiencing two opposing things: a sterling performance from Will Smith as Muhammad Ali and a bewilderingly punch-drunk movie from Michael Mann.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Intriguing, inspired, flawed, misbegotten and fascinating -- all of these qualities apply to the movie, at one point or another.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    If Amazing Grace serves its most superficial purpose -- to educate the viewer -- it's hardly compelling viewing.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Fails to capture the spiritual hallelujah of the novel.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Unfortunately, the idea for Dirty Dancing exceeds the execution...and the story resolves itself all too conveniently in that final scene.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Start lining up now, bring a bullwhip -- and maybe some d-Con. Indiana will do the rest.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Taxes the threshold of acceptable cuteness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Although the film starts out with well-mounted menace, Arlington Road becomes increasingly overwrought and predictable.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The geological equivalent of an albatross around the neck. It's another of those Warner Bros. productions that are heavy on star iconography and production values but AWOL on story.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Its long-winded denouement, in which Grazia runs away rather than be sent to an institution, doesn't bring the story full circle. It just extends it.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A wonderfully unsentimental parable that backs no horses in the movie's secular/religious dualities.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    I laughed. And I laughed primarily over Heder's hilarious performance. You ain't seen nothing till you've seen Napoleon attack that tether ball.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Unfortunately, Buscemi's film conveys the spirit of its source material but doesn't make a satisfying transmogrification out of its homage.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Though the movie, made for $7,000, can claim the romantic mantle of "guerrilla filmmaking," its herky-jerky camcorder style, jump-cut editing and sustained takes soon wear out their welcome. And dramatically, it's not always convincing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Beam yourselves aboard Sunshine, set 50 years in the future. The voyage works, beautifully.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Feels like a manufactured Asian "Chocolat," which drives the label 'art house movie' even further into mainstream banality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    May leave you more cold and stunned than enlightened.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Leads you through a miserable childhood without sentimentality or relief. The effect is torturous.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The movie, which Carion wrote with Eric Assous, has a calming quality. The story moves slowly but, given the milieu and pace of life, this seems perfectly appropriate.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Elf
    Ferrell provides just enough humor to get us through the familiar fare and enjoy the ride.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    It's just too lost in its own presumed self-enchantment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Intense and absorbing experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Although the movie has its moments -- particularly when our hero finds himself surrounded by a gimlet-eyed circle of futuristic detectives -- it's never really successful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Here was my question for most of this movie: Wha-? I was clueless. Did not understand. Count me among the stupid.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Takes the spirit of their late night TV show and flies with it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It has its own sunsplashed vitality, thanks to spirited writing by Audrey Wells and winning performances from all three principals.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Think of this movie as a glorified home video rather than a bitingly insightful documentary. But for Garcia and Grisman, this soft-shoe approach couldn't be more appropriate.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Avenue Montaigne transforms an overwhelming metropolis into a user-friendly village with quirkily appealing characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom creates a compelling ride of a movie. Every beat of the film is weighted with significance, and our mounting dread becomes almost intolerable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Exudes that seriousness about life and openness about style. It's about nothing and yet everything.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    To the patient viewer, the rewards are many, especially Bardem's performance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The 11-year-old Osment evokes the boy's terror and awful predicament so memorably, you'll never forget him.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A peppy, satisfying comedy that could soon become a minor classic
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    One extended guilty pleasure.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    There's nothing beyond the bloodshed and gallows humor, just intellectually secondhand implications about materialism, conformity and misogyny.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    So full of pep you can't help surrendering to its creative energy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Wickedly funny and devilishly subversive. It is satire at its most fearless.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    You don't have any idea what's going to happen next. You're not caught in a movie, so much as a narrative stratagem.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The only reason this dilemma has any import is thanks to Bardem, who almost single-handedly drags the film along.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It's a fascinating story but not so fascinatingly told.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Retains (and in many cases, boosts) as much of the spirit [of the book] as you could reasonably expect. And it makes a worthy attempt to duplicate Rowling's engaging sense of humor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    I can only bestow this adaptation of Joanne Harris's bestselling novel with such faint praise as "pleasant" and "mildly disarming."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The film degenerates into an overly simplistic satire -- with moon-worshiping, Guatemala-visiting, lesbian aborters on one side, and fetally obsessive, meat-eating, gun-toting Jesus worshipers on the other.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    As charming as it is instructive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Engaging, energetic film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    In the end, Stage Beauty is in over its mediocre head.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Needs more than happy thoughts to get off the ground.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    For audiences simply looking for easy entertainment and some neat-looking robots along the way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Merchant's attention to Trinidadian culture, locales and general atmosphere is inescapably alluring.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Has its funny moments, but all too often it's a corny, lackluster film in which humans pretend (not always convincingly) to interact with cartoons.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    At what point in the movie is it too late to ask for your money back?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A bleakly comic, palm-sweaty hoot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    In a movie as unrewarding as this, there's really only one burning question: When does the spanking begin?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Mostly, the movie is riveting, well-done fare -- the stuff of Hollywood epic adventure.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    To watch this movie is to not only appreciate the majesty of Shakespeare's poetics but to engage in a profound, subtextual dialogue with bigotry.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    To introduce an archetype like this to western audiences -- as the world weathers culturally and religiously demonizing times -- may have been worth this whole flawed movie. Too bad the story didn't just start with him.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Has a refreshingly original attitude.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Although the movie adheres more closely to history than "Quills," it lacks dramatic punch and depth.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Wonderfully silly all the time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The story, which features an apparently lobotomized Guy Pearce as an opportunistic explorer and hunter who learns the errors of his ways, is deeply dull.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Only moderately compelling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    There's so little authenticity between them, it destroys the story's most crucial element: the love between father and daughter. And finding the gold becomes our only reason to watch.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Recycles the great surprises that made the first movie so powerful. And most significantly, it makes a big hoot of the whole business.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    It's just sort of trying.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    These dramatic shortfalls make us merely worried that two human beings are in danger, but not two compelling souls. There's your missing ingredient, the human X-factor.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    In the end, A Tout de Suite leads to not much more of a point than one woman's loss of innocence.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This French film has a breezy, documentary air that belies the important issues is raises.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Could have been a sensation if a director with a smidgen of moviemaking instinct had taken the helm.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    What's best about "Upside" is its gonzo-sitcom craziness, a situation that lends itself to enjoyable performances.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    This mixture of comedy and super-agent spectacle works well at first. But when Schwarzenegger's family and working worlds link up -- an inevitable development -- the plot becomes increasingly ridiculous and overwrought.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Soderbergh and screenwriter Coleman Hough aren't interested in creating a coy whodunit so much as evoking the deeper, less romantic mysteries of people -- and it's riveting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    May not rock the joint. But then, it isn't trying to.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The best moments occur when -- as in reality -- we're still in the dark. As soon as the movie gets to its version of a punch line, it turns into another Hollywood vehicle spinning aimlessly in space.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    I don't pretend to understand a darned thing about Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love...But it's undeniably powerful and, if you're up for the experience, exhilarating.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Director Phillip Noyce has made a serious movie that switches to almost popcorn entertainment.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    In the end, Made is a movie with better potential than actual results.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    If Southpaw leaves you hungry, this much is also true: The "food" was good in the first place.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Your children are almost certain to have a great time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Mike Myers unleashes (or seems to unleash) the entire contents of his comic mind.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    An assured directorial debut that goes straight for the tear ducts.
    • Washington Post
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    How about a well-sustained argument for saving the planet instead of this round-robin approach? And where are those holdouts of humanity who believe humans shoulder no blame for carbon dioxide buildup? Let's hear from them, too, and draw our own conclusions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The movie is given unusually wide dimension by director Taylor Hackford, who creates a subtly scary drama that emphasizes character over caricature (in most cases) and plausibility over formulaic stupidity (again, in most cases).
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Writer-director James Ponsoldt's film treats big subjects -- loneliness, coming-of-age and father-son relationships -- with such half-baked conviction, it's a wonder the screen doesn't redden with embarrassment. Which makes it all the more gratifying to watch Nolte pulverize the dramatic banality around him.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Despite amazing access to Seinfeld backstage, we don't get a peek into the real man.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    If you appreciate fine animation and edgy material, this blood's for you.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The film feels inauthentic, a cardboard version of other epics that's cast for distribution to various world markets.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Good movie, great fun.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The real star of U-571 is its sheer visceral atmosphere.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Another handsome, dramatically moribund adaptation of a grand old classic.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    It may give many viewers a licentious flutter, but the highbrow ingredient -- although it desperately wants to be there -- is missing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    This is sweet-natured fun for the very young.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    You leave Creatures with the unsettling sensation of being highly tickled yet greatly dissatisfied.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie's sweeter than funny, but still has a fair share of guffaws.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's not art, this movie. But it's much more amusing than you'd expect.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A sort of thinking-person's cornball movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    An entertainment to be seen and appreciated in momentum. As such, it is constantly gripping
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Less-than-scintillating spin on "Life Is Beautiful."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    I was hooked from beginning to end.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Doesn't connect with its audience in the one place that matters most: the heart.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Hovers frustratingly somewhere between charming and only mildly amusing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This often macabre comedy allows us to doff such civilized traits as taste and decency. We're free to laugh at anything, and we do. Oh, the shame -- and the good time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    As a straight-ahead thriller, the movie is enjoyable and stirring much of the time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Before this voyage plummets into Stevie Spielberg's locker, the human stuff is more than worth the descent.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A modern epic that fuses myth with hard-edged reality, it's a one-of-a-kind, thoroughly engaging experience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Ford makes such a dynamic president in Air Force One, you may find yourself favorably weighing his odds in Iowa and New Hampshire.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    You may leave this movie exhilarated by its no-holds-barred boldness or annoyed and bewildered at the unpredictable course it takes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    A crashing letdown.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    In the end, we're treated to an overture of possibilities rather than a satisfying film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Hoffman introduces a memorable sensuality to the movie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A truly satisfying holiday picture, the kind everyone can enjoy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This is a one-riff movie and instant cult classic.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The worst mistake is the screenplay, which not only cuts everything into superficial pieces but fails to make authentic moments of anything. In the end, White Oleander isn't an adaptation of a novel. It's a flashy, star-splashed reduction.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's formulaic, yet edgy. It's predictable, yet full of surprises. How far you get through this tall tale of a thriller before you give up and howl is a matter of personal taste.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's a fascinating film, but after a while, the digital photography wears out its gritty welcome.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    After a promising beginning and an amusing middle, the movie gets stuck in limbo.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Roos and director Herbert Ross pave the long and grinding road to self-fulfillment with miles and miles of counterfeit poignancy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Even though it’s mostly pleasant and sometimes funny, Zoolander could use some sort of boost.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Beautifully filmed and very atmospheric in terms of evoking the sights and sounds of modern-day Beijing, this Chinese movie suffers a flat tire about halfway through.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    It's not often you find a movie as exciting and awful as Rumble in the Bronx. But the sole aim of this so-bad-it's-funny action picture is to introduce Jackie Chan to American audiences. In that narrow sense, it's completely successful.
    • 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."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The atmospherics are wonderfully dark and film-noirish, if overly violent.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    I had to beg my 8-year-old to stop laughing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Although this script starts off with great zest, it's ultimately a disappointment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Though Lust, Caution resounds with these disconcerting themes, it operates on the same principle that distinguishes all lasting romances, be they "Wuthering Heights," "Casablanca" or "When Harry Met Sally."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's a wonderfully playful experience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    In this comedy, Cecile misinterprets husband Alain's furtive attempt to have himself medically tested as suspicious extramarital behavior.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    A pretty woeful affair...a sitcom disguised as a movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It never attains full dimension. It pursues the De Niro-DiCaprio war so singlemindedly, everything else is left high and dry.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Them knows something the makers of the "Hostel" and "Saw" movies apparently don't: Subtlety and suggestion are every bit as terrifying as slashing and sawing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The real deity of the movie is director Woo, who takes complete command of the latest technology -- hyperspeed editing, breathtaking cinematography, 10-out-of-10 stunt work -- to create brilliant action sequences.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This is a superb theatrical situation, and you have two great performers doing the emoting.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    May be morally tangled, pessimistic, lurid and foreboding, but it's also humanistic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Exciting, smart and enormously enjoyable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Tin Cup works for viewers of any handicap.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The more you lower your expectations, the more you'll learn to laugh.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The real importance of "Earnest" is the thrill of brilliant repartee. And as we laugh, an amazing thing happens: Oscar Wilde comes alive.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It is a fascinating dance between style and substance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Ultimately, we find ourselves looking for the wrong sort of clearing: a way out.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A documentary that knows to sit back and listen as [Dobson] expounds on a variety of subjects.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It's a piquant story but unfortunately the movie creaks with European-style artifice. It tells its story in a rather cinematically stilted style, and some of the dramatic moments come perilously close to unintentional parody.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    There'd be nothing wrong with this if the film 'fessed up to its kitschy soul. Instead, it pretends to be the high-minded drama it's not.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    It's hard to tell if this thing's serious or parody and, if it is parody, whether or not it's intentional. Is it a winky joke, for instance, to have lightweight performer George Hamilton as Pacino's business attorney, or just ridiculous casting? Hamilton's performance points to the latter.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    For those who simply want to drink in the northern Italian countryside and Tyler's physical details, it's quite an experience. But as a story, Stealing Beauty (which Bertolucci wrote with Susan Minot) is a misbegotten, sentimental reunion with old European cinema.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Barry's deliberately unspectacular performance makes this even more powerful. He gives "Assassin" a disquieting authority.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Until its final stumble, this intelligence thriller, starring Val Kilmer, is charged with brilliance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Its adroit use of suspense makes you overlook the silliness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Brassed Off gets bogged down in sentimentality; and that political agenda is spread on thick.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A most excellent sequel, funnier and livelier than the original.
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    When Gray brings things to a narrative conclusion, the movie feels perfectly structured. If it were any longer, it would tip the overindulgence scale, and lose its effectiveness. But at 80 minutes, the film feels compact and pithily observed. And you're quite prepared to meet Gray on his next flight of self-absorbed fancy. [30 May 1997, p.N41]
    • Washington Post
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The movie, a frenetic, explosive experience full of car crashes and gun battles, is original and exhilarating. But more often, it's so overwhelming, it'll make you want to watch "Die Hard With a Vengeance" for peace and quiet.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    It's an eroticism of nastiness -- triple-X fare for dirty old men in raincoats. If you resist this sleazy gorefest, you'll be right to feel proud of yourself.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Almost every scene has something to chuckle over.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Surrender and enjoy the spectacle.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This digitally animated movie, filled with a cast of charming, funny critters from long ago, is family entertainment at its most bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Then as now, visually pleasant and (of course) musically wonderful but, all-in-all, a mixed bag.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As a movie, this is exciting stuff.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The best element of the movie is a subplot involving Noah's spiritually obsessed teacher (Rainn Wilson) and his wacky girlfriend (Kathryn Hahn), whose bumbling eccentricities give the movie an emotional liveliness it otherwise lacks.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Although "Pluto" has a rollicky, endearing air, it's cooler than Jordan's other films.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The film's first half is easily the best and brightest. As the movie moves into the more saddening sections, however, it loses most of its power.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Mainly, Femme Fatale is really about De Palma's three favorite things: women, movies and women. And you can either share his guilty pleasures in all their living, breathing, power-edited, overextended glory, or you can get on with your life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    If there's such a thing as freedom for everyone, Rory's determined to give the prospect its most grueling road test.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    An engaging battle between terrific acting and a flawed script.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    I can recommend the first two-thirds of this movie with great enthusiasm.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It suffers from a dreary middle section. Great movie, mediocre script.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    In this loser-and-the-whore story line, Allen's sensibilities have taken a turn for the nasty.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 10 Desson Thomson
    Love! Valour! Compassion!, an adaptation of Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play, which has piano music and exclamation points to spare, is excruciatingly predictable, creatively inane and almost offensive in its depiction of gay characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Ironically, Alien is not a bad movie. In fact -- here's the rub -- it's too interesting to make an exciting summer flick.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    After 9/11, few of us look at terrorist acts casually. It's insulting to watch this grandiloquent pornography, using shock value and Hollywood cliche to evoke poignancy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Unfortunately, the story, adapted by Anne Rice from her best-selling novel, sucks at the neck a little too long. A 23-minute snipping from this 123-minute movie would have done wonders.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There's a rampant looseness to this movie, and it's subversively liberating.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Even though he shows some master touches throughout the movie, Shyamalan flits a little too lightly across the surface, like a pond skater.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    A violence-intoxicated, far-fetched, morally corrupt drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    At best, the movie is a problematic chamber piece; at worst, a misdirected, slightly misanthropic pretension.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Fabulous mental escape. It's fun and playful, rather than dark and foreboding. And there doesn't seem to be an original cyber-bone in the movie's body. But it's put together in a fabulous package.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    If there's anything good to be said about Heights, it's Glenn Close's strutty, booming performance.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    In the end, however, when all Pacino's demons are bared, they don't add up to the poignant punchline you were set up for. The movie seems to have two or three finales too many -- a disturbing trend in all too many films of late.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It canters along, content to follow the Rules of Cute and Fuzzy Horse Movies.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Even Thompson, the one you look forward to watching, is disappointing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    No matter how you come down on this movie politically, Dogville is a compelling chamber piece with constant cinematic surprises. And you remember that von Trier is, above everything else, a consummate filmmaker.
    • 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
    A heartfelt but eccentric, pseudo-documentary tribute to his sister Maria.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Sometimes big-time studio entertainment is done so well, you simply have to salute its corporate effectiveness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Hoffman's touchingly fractured performance gives the picture a warm dimension.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Director and co-writer James Marsh clearly thinks he has made a grim and telling satire about fundamentalist hypocrisy. But he and co-writer Milo Addica display such contempt for their characters and religious conviction in general, they reduce everything to one-note banality.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Though Hard Candy clearly believes pedophiles should be chopped into little pieces and buried in an unmarked grave, its only purpose is exploitative. Sure, it's a cautionary tale for all those sicko wolves out there, but it's nothing more than an unabashed lurk-and-dread fest.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A warmly spirited travel diary of a movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Isn't much more than another conveyer-belt romantic comedy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The movie has many of the elements that made the first "Dawn" so darkly entertaining.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Despite drawing from one of the most powerful and true stories from the Cold War, K-19 is only moderately moving.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This is a Reagan youth's wet dream of underwater ballistics and East-West conflict.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Nelson certainly passes muster for sincerity but, unfortunately, his movie doesn't have the same clear-cut quality.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It doesn't lack for emotional intensity or persuasive, three-dimensional characters.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Left-wing filmmaker's attempt to call foul on megamedia owner Murdoch's exclamation-point news network.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    The scenario (written by Carl Binder, Susannah Grant and Philip Lazebnik) is disappointingly wan and obsequious.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Although it has moments of charm and poignancy -- this is one of Glenn Close's best hours -- the scheme and scope of the movie are just too darned obvious.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    It's too bad Chan's imagination and delicacy were wasted in this movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    All credit to Carrey, whose one-man performance is almost enough to redeem the movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    A disappointingly dull thud of a fantasy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    And thanks to great existential one-liners from scriptwriter Robert Harling (with appropriate plaudits to novelist Olivia Goldsmith, of course), gender warfare is made amusing for almost everyone.

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