Desson Thomson

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For 1,636 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Lives of Others
Lowest review score: 0 American Outlaws
Score distribution:
1636 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    So wonderfully antiquated, so blissfully free of postmodern cleverness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A three-ring circus of visual pleasure, showing us the beauty of Korean garment, custom and national character.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It's simple, sizzly and very funny.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This digitally animated movie, filled with a cast of charming, funny critters from long ago, is family entertainment at its most bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Anguish ranges from gritty and realistic to the tragicomic soap opera found in Pedro Almodovar's films.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Though it might lack in Hollywood production values, it overflows with moral impact.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The compositions are masterful, especially the snow-covered scenes in Istanbul and, most memorably, the spectacle of an overturned ship in the wintry harbor.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    In the Name of the Father is as good a compromise of fact and fiction as you could hope for -- and still call it a movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Flirting With Disaster, like that Energizer Bunny, keeps on going. But in this case, the perpetual motion is a deliciously hysterical rush.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Thanks to strong performances from all, particularly Mount and Nicholson, we're with this story all the way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    McNamara fits perfectly into Morris's canon: He tells a story that knocks you right off your feet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This is the Mickey Mouse factory at its finest, with inventive animation, stirring music and a pride of inspired, almost-human animals.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A 160 minute work of sustained brilliance and delicacy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Evokes its spirituality with deft strokes and wonderful humor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    What's best about Faithless is its honesty, its lack of desire to ingratiate itself with the audience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    So unassuming and pure of heart, you can't help but warmly extend your arms and yell "Safe!"
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Grabbing every backstage musical cliche by the lapels, it sends each one pirouetting, then sprawling hysterically across the floor. It's hard not to love this kind of tribute.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Dogme 95 at its best: open-ended and exciting, with a grand sense of experimentation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It is quietly observant, with a detached eye for the telling moment, and the visual compositions are often exquisite.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    What songs, what people and what a triumph that their music won in the end.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Demy, his cinematographer Jean Rabier and production designer Bernard Evein created an operatic masterpiece of romanticism, which makes a modest but effective antidote to the harsh era of cynicism that has pervaded world cinema ever since.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This film explores what low-budget films do best: the quirkiness of character, and slightly off-kilter comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Soderbergh and screenwriter Coleman Hough aren't interested in creating a coy whodunit so much as evoking the deeper, less romantic mysteries of people -- and it's riveting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    In this admirably unconventional film, director Paul Schrader is interested in just about everything BUT traditional biopic business.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    More juvenile than a Mel Brooks movie, wittier than "Get Smart," almost as low as "Animal House" and close to the laugh count of "Airplane!", "Gun" is a loving parody of every cop show that ever syndicated its way to your living room. [2 Dec 1988]
    • Washington Post
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    What's so powerful about the film is the rich stories it tells and how it leads them like so many human tributaries to one black, bubbling source.

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