For 1,629 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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil's Own
Score distribution:
1,629 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    In this admirably unconventional film, director Paul Schrader is interested in just about everything BUT traditional biopic business.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    One of Martin Scorsese's most brutal but stunning movies, an incredible, relentless experience about the singleminded pursuit of crime.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Richard Linklater's satirical take on high school life in the 1970s is not only funny and entertaining. It's practically a historic document of life during the smiley-face button era.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This is about the rise of a pop star, plain and simple. The real deal –- and the movie's greatest fun –- is in the rap contests.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    What songs, what people and what a triumph that their music won in the end.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    As with his other works, [Mann] binds sound, music and pictures into one hypnotic triaxial cable and plugs it right into your brain. He makes this almost-three-hour experience practically glide by.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Watch this film. You may never look at nature indifferently again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The movie does what any great musician should: It lifts an idea to the heights of ecstasy; it sells its song.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Sinfully watchable ensemble movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    I don't pretend to understand a darned thing about Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love...But it's undeniably powerful and, if you're up for the experience, exhilarating.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Thanks to Caine's subtly nuanced performance, there's a deeper dimension to everything. He's snappily ironic at times, sometimes amazingly delicate, always engaging.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    One of the great movie satires. And if it isn't the funniest rock spoof ever made, it certainly shares the title with "The Rutles."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The result is a time capsule par excellence...This is the best of times and the worst of times, African American style.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A hilarious fantasy, about a plucky piglet that learns how to tend sheep, Babe is a barnyard charmer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Rushmore is an almost indefinable genre of its own. A comedy with a menacing edge? An ironic romance? Hard to call.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Hilarious, painful and brutally frank.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Everything has a Chaplinesque feeling, from the largely silent scenes to the highly visual, tragicomic situations...But The Man Without a Past is entirely free of the tramp's cloying sentimentality.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Lilya's struggle to make a life for herself is both heartbreaking and heart-stirring.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The movie's big action scenes, at times, make you forget you're even watching animation. There's an in-your-face sequence involving a runaway, crashing train that will make you squirm in your seat trying to get out of the way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Nair is not making a caricature out of Lalit or anyone else. She's inviting us into the inner recesses of her culture. And it's both pleasure and privilege to be one of her guests.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Piquant, thoroughly engaging character drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It's a wonderful postmodern hug of a movie, and never once do you not know you're watching a movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The 11-year-old Osment evokes the boy's terror and awful predicament so memorably, you'll never forget him.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    There's visceral horror, too, including a grisly image -- a horror-in-miniature involving a fingernail -- that located an open nerve in my jaded ability to endure screen violence.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    So full of creativity, so subversive, so alive.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Magnificently nonchalant about its magic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Mamet doesn't just give us an enthralling heist flick, he makes the language something to savor. You're biting your nails with your ears peeled.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Mamet's graceful, reverent movie adaptation moves along with a deliberating, almost hypnotic flow, strengthened by impeccable, dignified performances from Nigel Hawthorne, Rebecca Pidgeon and others.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Mike Myers unleashes (or seems to unleash) the entire contents of his comic mind.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The animation, rendered in good old-fashioned watercolors, is appealing. It's easy, rather than flashy, on the eyes. But the best thing about the movie is the humor.