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 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Company
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1631 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Despite a subject of immense potential -- the movie's surprisingly uninvolving.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Should have never made it up the distribution aisle.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Throughout, Garner retains a permanent grimace, as if persuasive acting can be achieved by contorting cheek muscles and pouting lips. It's not just depressing to watch; it's tiring. We want to tell her to relax -- for our own relief.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Forgettable the instant it strafes your retinas.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    For horror fans who appreciate a bit of craft with their second-rate experiences -- Paul Haslinger's fear-mongering score is terrific for what it's worth -- this might merit a future late-night rental.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Keeps you hanging on until the very last moment, not because it's scary, but because you can't believe that's all there is to it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    In the end, Stage Beauty is in over its mediocre head.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Nobody likes a fixed fight, except the backroom boys making the deal. Which is why The Break-Up may have its share of laughs, but isn't much fun.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Even Thompson, the one you look forward to watching, is disappointing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Uneven, not particularly inspired comic thriller.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Actually, any fun you might encounter in Recall can be traced, most often, to director Verhoeven, who injects some of his "Robocop" camp into this mega-dumb project.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    21
    The story may be based on real events, but most of it feels patently false.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Makes the mistake of including too sweeping a scope in too small a movie and with too few resources.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Some routines are funny, it must be said. But more often than not, you'll be groaning with painful recognition rather than actually laughing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Even by its own standards, the movie becomes increasingly macabre and ludicrous as Anne's machinations get the better of her, and everyone, including the audience, is left feeling shattered, shaken and vaguely unclean for having participated in all this.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    A well-intentioned, reverential but unenlightening portrait. It pays tribute to the artist. Yet it doesn't scrutinize him.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    After a promising beginning and an amusing middle, the movie gets stuck in limbo.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Despite an appealing, even ingenious premise, "Scorpion" is another quippy but uninspired comedy.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Here's my favorite part: It's only 87 minutes long. But for the most part, this movie is just another bland, fair-to-middling vehicle for two emerging, fledgling stars.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    An adolescent romance that isn't smart enough to mirror "When Harry Met Sally" or crudely amusing enough to get close to "American Pie."
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The humor works beautifully until Marshall decides to beat the comedy over the head and drum us, once again, with this relentless message: "Mentally challenged people in love say the darndest things!"
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The scenes of destruction-apart from being great to watch-provide much-needed relief from these people's unidimensional banalities.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    It's a warm bath experience, soap-sudsed with sentimentality, improbability and other storytelling misdemeanors.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Enough to make any thinking person want to shoot a hole in the screen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The film feels inauthentic, a cardboard version of other epics that's cast for distribution to various world markets.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    With the exception of Burton's jolting sight gags (I may never recover from the vision of Parker's head grafted on to the body of a chihuahua), the comedy is half-developed, pedestrian material. And the climactic battle between Earthlings and Martians is dull and overextended.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Feels more like an overblown TV special than a grand theatrical release.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Unaccompanied Minors, a sort of junior league version of "The Breakfast Club," never achieves the universal appeal of John Hughes's 1985 film about youth and authority.

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