Desson Thomson

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For 1,705 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 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Fresh
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil's Own
Score distribution:
1705 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Isn't much more than another conveyer-belt romantic comedy.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Never feels original, even though it's enjoyable to watch Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito and newcomer Peter Facinelli going at it with snappy patter.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The movie's about its own playfulness. But that playfulness, all too often, feels labored.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Entertaining for so long it's a downer to sit through the dumbed-down finale.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Although the film starts out with well-mounted menace, Arlington Road becomes increasingly overwrought and predictable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    As long as you focus on the central sniper-versus-sniper story -- and not the dreadful mishmash of jarring accents or the film's unconvincing romantic subplot or any of the personal relationships -- you'll enjoy it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    A subplot involving Griffith and first boyfriend Alec Baldwin becomes the-subplot-that-wouldn't-go-bust, and comic scenes sometimes go bankrupt because they just hold their stock too long. Light entertainment like this should zip along like those financial quote boards.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Although the movie adheres more closely to history than "Quills," it lacks dramatic punch and depth.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    May not rock the joint. But then, it isn't trying to.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Its greatest asset...Flora Montgomery, a flash of blond, Irish fire who makes Trudy well worth Brendan's trouble.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Moderately pleasing adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novella.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Never was the case for psychotropic medication more acute than in Jovovich's performance.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The more you lower your expectations, the more you'll learn to laugh.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    At first, the picture is moving. . And suddenly charm turns to quasi-commie didacticism.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Less-than-scintillating spin on "Life Is Beautiful."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Amazingly stilted before accelerating into its exciting finish.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Makes for interesting, rather than emotionally compelling viewing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Things become almost too strange and convoluted to handle. The story's dramatic effectiveness starts to seriously malfunction. The fascinating and the mysterious become the silly and occasionally comical.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Burton has evoked the surface of Ed Wood's life, but in a story about a man who loves angora and frilly panties, he has barely unbuttoned Wood's uniform.

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