Desson Thomson

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For 1,634 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Dead Ringers
Lowest review score: 0 American Outlaws
Score distribution:
1634 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A smart, restrained entertainment, it doesn't splash around in blood and hysteria. It doesn't have to.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Exciting, smart and enormously enjoyable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    There's an extra dimension here, not present in the other comedies. Not only is the material amusing, it's charmingly engaging.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    When Gray brings things to a narrative conclusion, the movie feels perfectly structured. If it were any longer, it would tip the overindulgence scale, and lose its effectiveness. But at 80 minutes, the film feels compact and pithily observed. And you're quite prepared to meet Gray on his next flight of self-absorbed fancy. [30 May 1997, p.N41]
    • Washington Post
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Truly a movie for world audiences with a message that's devastatingly subtle.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It's a magnificent comic experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The movie's pace is unhurried by Hollywood standards, but it's all the richer in character detail.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    His (Tarkovsky's) pictures, and his sounds -- such as the symphonic drip of raindrops in a wooded pond -- tell more than just the immediate story; they rejuvenate the mind.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    I'm talking cheap visual gags, painfully embarrassing moments and other sophomoric humor guaranteed to get you and your friends almost vomiting with laughter.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Lures us in with extraordinary subtlety. Keeping sound effects and incidental music to a relative minimum, it builds its suspense almost subliminally. So when something scary or shocking does occur -- deprived of those Hollywood-style cues -- we are truly startled.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A hilarious fantasy, about a plucky piglet that learns how to tend sheep, Babe is a barnyard charmer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The movie holds you in thrall from first frame to last. Hatred is hatred unslaked. So is racism, ugliness, love, lust and sorrow.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A delirious mixture of spectacular gun battles, furious explosions and breathtaking stunt work, it's also one of the strangest stories to ever get the green light at a Hollywood studio. You have to take your hat off to Paramount Studios for allowing such inspired weirdness to see the light of day.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Piquant, thoroughly engaging character drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    In Get Shorty, director Barry Sonnenfeld's spirited adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel, Travolta's rebirth accelerates directly into adulthood.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    You realize this is a story about the life beyond this movie, about the great changes in life we never give ourselves time to consider. And for a moviegoing experience, that's a lot of bang for your buck.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    One of the most enjoyable experiences of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A smart cartoon about the life of the mind. It's about the fuzzy border between dreaming and living. It's thoughtful, provocative, liberating and fun.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    You can feel the movie's sensibility and its powerful emotions in every aching image, which leaves you so caught up in these ancient times, you're loath to return to present-day normalcy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Spade and Warburton might not have made The Emperor's New Groove one of the mouse factory's all-time greatest, but they've certainly made it one of the funniest.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    To appreciate the movie, you have to be okay with vampire violence. I don't mean subtle little nips at the neck and, ooooh, it's directed by Werner Herzog.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A stylish hoot: entertainingly edgy and ludicrous all at once.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    An intriguing yarn.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Ford makes such a dynamic president in Air Force One, you may find yourself favorably weighing his odds in Iowa and New Hampshire.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Enormously entertaining.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Watch this film. You may never look at nature indifferently again.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Cuts a path directly to the heart.

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