Desson Thomson

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For 1,633 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Lowest review score: 0 Darkness Falls
Score distribution:
1633 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The central story, in which Helms has to make up his mind whether to attend his sister's funeral, is too limited a conflict to hang a movie on. Ultimately, audiences will have to satisfy themselves with the collective presence of these actors and the movie's obviously good-hearted intentions.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Directed by Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth"), the movie is heavy on hokum but easy to like, thanks to the spunky Schroeder.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Essentially, Chuck & Larry is an oafish chance for audiences to laugh at gay-bashing jokes and then feel morally redeemed for doing so -- courtesy of an obligatory wrap-up scene that reminds us that homosexuals are humans, too.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    For all its visual delights, however, Coraline remains more an engaging spectacle than a connective drama. That is chiefly because of the writing. Director-writer Henry Selick doesn't reach for the kind of universality that would enrich the movie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    By its own deliriously rock-bottom standards, "Universal" ain't half bad. Of course, you have to be big on bloody slaughter, kickboxing, infrared gunning and impaired acting. But "Universal" executes its subtle-free mission with surprisingly watchable efficiency.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The movie's initial intensity is so great, it consumes itself. By the time we reach the final scene, which is clearly supposed to exude glorious rapture between offbeat lovers Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern, it has all the warming effect of cold ash.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Follows all these rules, which is why you'll get the enjoyable basic minimum. But not a whit more.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It's too bad the movie's intriguing effect wears off (so to speak) about two-thirds through.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    You could be forgiven for thinking -- occasionally -- that you just stumbled into "The Silence of the Apes."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    After some promising leaps, bounds and swings through a fascinating jungle of possibility, Charlie Kaufman's movie misses an all-important creeper.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Burke's face is impressively scaly, his head is adorned with shorn horns. He makes a great monster. If only he had a better movie to growl in!
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Then as now, visually pleasant and (of course) musically wonderful but, all-in-all, a mixed bag.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The lower your expectations, the more you'll enjoy it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Fails as the big-screen romance it wants to be. The main problem: There's only one heart between the principals, and it beats solely in Chow's chest.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Fans of bubbly romances can consider this a thumbs up. I call it a clenched-teeth concession at best.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Works better as a subject for high school study rather than lasting art.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The story moves episodically, almost painstakingly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Fails to capture the spiritual hallelujah of the novel.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    A great director's losing battle against a goofy script.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
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    A fairly ordinary drama about young love, basketball, petty jealousy and high school politics. The movie also has one of the goofiest, over-the-top finales in recent memory.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Ultimately, Forces of Nature is more of a lull than a passionate storm.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    For all this potential, and the appealing presence of Nicolas Cage and newcomer Adam Beach, Windtalkers remains almost obstinately flat.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    All credit to Carrey, whose one-man performance is almost enough to redeem the movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    In this loser-and-the-whore story line, Allen's sensibilities have taken a turn for the nasty.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Nelson certainly passes muster for sincerity but, unfortunately, his movie doesn't have the same clear-cut quality.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The story, which feels more like a sprawl of television episodes than a film, is a little tedious to sit through.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    There is one reason, and one reason alone, to watch Cet Amour-La. It is Jeanne Moreau.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Newton may not be a great actor, either, but she's full of life and charm. She's the only thing holding this movie together at all.

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