Desson Thomson

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For 1,631 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 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lowest review score: 0 200 Cigarettes
Score distribution:
1631 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A memorable and devastating indictment of the oppression facing many women in Iran.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A movie for almost everyone, from boomer parents (who remember their teens and twenties) to their teenage kids (who can't wait to get started with same). And if there's anyone who can bring so many into the same mosh pit, it's Black, who so occupies the role you can't believe he's acting.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Contains about 10 additional minutes and is as fabulous and enjoyable as ever. To be honest, I didn't even notice the new material, having not seen the original film since its 2001 release. I just saw a film that works beautifully and has held together well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Suddenly, you're looking at life in his (Thornton's) jaundiced way and laughing with a sense of vicarious liberation, even when he says the most outrageous things -- to children, no less. And I daresay you can still recover your holiday spirit when you're through laughing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Childishly simple, but extremely funny.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    On one level, Yi Yi is classic soap opera, with a suicide attempt, a wedding ceremony, even a brutal 11 o'clock news murder, all in the mix. But Yang's direction is so admirably restrained, it lends rich heft to everything.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    When you're in the hands of the Coen brothers, you're in for sheer originality.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Inspired, sublime fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Once again, Frears -- who has enjoyed a glorious run of diverse, good-quality movies, from "My Beautiful Laundrette" to "High Fidelity" -- has crafted a unique gem.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Theron has rendered herself 100 percent unrecognizable. Not since Robert De Niro morphed into hulk dimensions to play heavyweight boxer Jake La Motta in "Raging Bull" has there been a transformation this powerful and effective.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Succeeds where 100 studio-generated teen romances -- starring the bland, the blunt or the blow-dried -- have failed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Spy movies just got thrilling again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    As Morvern, Morton is disconcertingly enigmatic, often bordering on catatonic. But she carries the movie effortlessly. And even though we're on the outside looking in, she carries us along, too.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Raimi offers all the fantasy, camp and hardcore horror you devoured in the comics. You can feel the pen-and-ink drawings coming to life. Dipping wittily into myth, the macabre and the modern, it's an effervescent adventure that's as amusing as it is genuinely gripping. [19 Feb 1993, Weekend, p.n38]
    • Washington Post
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Pure energy, a perfect orchestration of heroism, villainy, suspense and comic relief.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A darkly enjoyable roller-coaster ride -- Clooney and Kaufman deftly interweave the macabre with lightheartedness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Yes, it's that cheesy, but it's also surprisingly appealing. After all, the horse Seabiscuit really WAS that phenomenal.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Yes
    For those who accept Potter's premise -- and why not embark on a challenging, enriching experience? -- this is a unique, bold adventure of the soul.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The sexiest movie of the year.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    As in Chaplin's films, humor and tragedy dance a wonderful tango throughout the movie. Baran is heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes apart, sometimes together.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    If the scope of the film feels small, Girl With a Pearl Earring fills that scope to bursting with subtle glory. It takes things as far as they can -- and should -- go.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Guilty, deftly orchestrated fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Director Van Sant, who made the lyrical "Mala Noche," "Drugstore Cowboy" and "My Own Private Idaho," returns to his favorite hunting ground -- the subworlds of grimy, poetic lost boys -- and pulls us right in
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Reconfirms Tarantino's status as the master of pop cinema and puts a sense of excitement into the year. He has matched, if not eclipsed, the power and scope of 1994's "Pulp Fiction," though not its human charm.
    • Washington Post
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Three sterling performances from Moore, Haysbert and Quaid, all of whom grapple with psychic pain in different, touching ways.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Batman Begins emerges from the darkness and leaves a powerful, lasting impression.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Never has an actor embodied the passing down of violence and bitterness from father to son more powerfully.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A chalice of unpretentious delight, flowing over with goodwill, a cheeky love for soccer and, uh, Buddhist humor.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    There are so many things to enjoy here.

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