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

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Player
Lowest review score: 0 The Punisher
Score distribution:
1,631 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    By the end, you realize you've seen an extraordinary movie, easily one of the best of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    More like a waking nightmare than a docudrama. A true story of murder and justice evidently miscarried, wrapped in the fictional haze of a surrealistic whodunit, it will leave you in a trance for days. [2 Sept 1988]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It's a guaranteed must-see for its generation. Sin City has a long, long shelf life ahead.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Wickedly funny and devilishly subversive. It is satire at its most fearless.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A classically polished drama about repressed emotions, self delusion and protracted heartbreak, this Merchant/Ivory movie is one of the most affecting experiences of the year.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Superbly conceived anti-biopic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    One fabulous Middle-earth show.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    This movie is great in any version...I don't miss what has been cut from the new version. The overall effect is so beautifully wrought, a few details aren't going to bring things crashing down.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It gets you below the emotional belt in a searing, delicate way. No movie this year approaches such magnificent imagery, such delectable poetry.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Chinese director Zhang Yimou understands perfectly that the small can be epic and awe-inspiring. And, by the way, he knows how to get big, too.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    If you want to sample the sheer bouquet of great acting, you could get drunk on this movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A movie for aesthetically hungry moviegoers: wildly amusing, sometimes sardonic and always touching. There's so much here, and all of it delightful.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    There's no doubt about the film's sheer power and taut originality.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    With the exception of the opening scene -- whose purpose is chiefly comic -- the movie is one, extended climax. Even with flashbacks and other time jumps, it never lets up. You have to go back to Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1952 "The Wages of Fear" to recall suspense this relentless.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    An extraordinary and brilliant (and almost wordless) film that takes us above ground and below it, up in the air and deep below water, to follow its conundrum of a story.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Reveals itself detail by searing detail.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A guaranteed pleasure for anyone who ever loved pop music, owned a record collection or suffered in love
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It doesn't matter how many times you see these images. They're always exciting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The film's not only funny and weird, it's oddly poignant. I miss Hedwig already.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It is sheer brilliance and testament to the vitality of an old master.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A sophisticatedly sappy masterpiece that bucked the prevailing Hollywood vision of aliens as nasty invaders and recast them as friendly collectibles for children.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Masterfully arranged for color, texture, decor and camera fluidity, The Conformist is more like a symphonic poem than a movie. (Review of 1994 Release)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A jarring, mesmerizing documentary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    With its deft intercutting of place and time, the film creates a powerful sense of mysticism and fate.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    There's a lot in this movie, simple, big, small and exciting. It's the year's first serious contender for big prizes. What's not to like about this picture?
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Want to see something strange, funny, twisted, brilliant and macabre? Sure you do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A movie that dares you to slow down and enjoy the subtleties of life.

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