Desson Thomson

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For 1,665 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 City of God
Lowest review score: 0 Formula 51
Score distribution:
1665 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    I sat through "Courage" with interest, but I wasn't particularly moved or riveted with suspense.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Intriguing, oddly banal and ultimately deflating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    There's nothing "wrong" with this movie but it feels like warmed-over business as usual.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It's hardly the best film in the world but you can have fun with it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    A medium-boil good time, mostly for its humor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Afterglow may not bestow Julie Christie with the hip imprimatur of a Travolta-style comeback. But the British actress coyly and elegantly updates the siren-ish presence she exuded in "Darling," "Far From the Madding Crowd," "Petulia," "The Go-Between" and even "Shampoo." [16Jan1998 Pg N.32]
    • Washington Post
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Brassed Off gets bogged down in sentimentality; and that political agenda is spread on thick.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The first 60 minutes of this black comedy are brilliantly sustained, but then director and co-writer de la Iglesia loses his way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It's clear this sequel (directed by Darren Lynn Bousman) doesn't have the same smartness (I speak relatively) of the original. Nonetheless, "Saw" fans can still look forward to involuntary incineration, wrist and throat slashing, bullets through brains and the bashing of someone's head with a nail-festooned club.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Carrey lights up an otherwise over-scripted, over-frenetic potboiler.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Although "Pluto" has a rollicky, endearing air, it's cooler than Jordan's other films.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Williams has to break out of a second-rate "Tootsie" imitation, ankles clamped in pathos and face covered in latex. He pulls it off in the end, but it's not pretty.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Myers, who created the original characters, has to make a feature film out of a teeny sketch. With cowriters Bonnie and Terry Turner, he fares better than you'd expect.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    But for most audiences, this bittersweet family saga is going to feel like an ordeal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    As Benny (short for Bernadette), a big-boned, headstrong lass who strains winningly against the restrictions of family, religion and just plain growing up, [Driver's] a comedic breath of fresh air, easily the best thing about the movie.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    A Prairie Home Companion tries to embrace the spirit of that longtime radio series but suffocates the very qualities that make the original show so special in the first place.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Of all ironies, "Strangers" occasionally takes a step in the direction of the after-school specials it's trying to twit; you'll catch it trying to make you feel warm and fuzzy about Jerri.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The movie attempts to paint too large a canvas.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Sketchy but often entertaining.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Thanks to screenwriter Alan Sharp's fast-moving scenario featuring a healthy array of rape, pillage, burning, deceit, swordfighting, treachery and murder, it's a watchable hoot.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Cornish provides a counterbalance for Ledger's authoritative presence, turning what could have been just another heroin movie into a flawed but engrossing parable on love and sacrifice.
    • 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.

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