Desson Thomson

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For 1,659 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 Chicken Run
Lowest review score: 0 Spice World
Score distribution:
1659 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A great little film, dignified by a superb performance, Diamond Men is a gem.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    An extraordinarily riveting drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The best heist flick since "The Usual Suspects," a perfect 10 of a movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The list of great moments is virtually endless.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    There's no doubt about the film's sheer power and taut originality.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A humanistic gem of a movie, with unforgettable performances from Linney and Ruffalo.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Superbly conceived anti-biopic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The Piano plays itself with such contrapuntal richness, it resonates in you forever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Not since the 1972 'Cabaret' has there been a movie musical this stirring, intelligent and exciting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Simple, yet quietly astonishing film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Has to be one of the must-see films for any student of Hollywood fame and infamy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Dramatically, this is something of a waking dream.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The satire of the season, a hilarious, razor-sharp indictment of the American Dream.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    One fabulous Middle-earth show.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It doesn't matter how many times you see these images. They're always exciting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Instead of "Masterpiece Theatre"-style fawning, [Scorsese] fills this movie with visual flow, masterful cinematography and assured direction. There's an alert, thinking presence behind the camera.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    If you don’t like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, have your pulse checked... You'll forget yourself right through to the end when Porky Pig, dressed as a cop, says "M-move along, there's n-nothing more to s-see folks." [24 June 1988]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Reveals itself detail by searing detail.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Polanski, himself a survivor of Nazi-occupied Poland, has created a near-masterpiece.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The visual comedy is brilliant.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A sequel that eclipses the original. The toys are back with even more hilarious vengeance. The story's twice as inventive as its predecessor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    For those who enjoy cinematic visits to other, darker worlds, this blood's for you. Watching Ringers is not unlike watching a critical operation -- unnerving but also enthralling. [23 Sept 1988]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    There are so many good things to say about this film it's hard to find a statement that really nails it. Perhaps we can leave at this: Y Tu Mama Tambien is originality writ large.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    What gives About Schmidt its ultimate boost, what pushes it into the stirring heavens is Nicholson, who produces the most understated -– and one of the most powerful –- performances of his career.

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