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 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 My Own Private Idaho
Lowest review score: 0 Half Baked
Score distribution:
1,629 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    There's no question the movie's entertaining. But the blatantly schematic depictions of black and white, liberal and hawk, and other tiresome dichotomies turn A Time to Kill into the moral equivalent of a cockfight.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The movie feels forced, cliched and derivative.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    If it weren't for Sharif's extraordinary presence, there wouldn't be a cherishable moment in the movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    A good-natured but failed experiment in meeting cute -- indie-movie style.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    But when mechanical plots are a drama's main engine, we look for something else to divert us, preferably good comedy. That's in short supply, unfortunately. And it's no fun to sit through the movie's retread Woody Allenisms.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    Feels razor thin. None of the characters is particularly noteworthy. And the revelations of deep-seated conspiracy in the usual privileged, closed circles are hackneyed and tired.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    The most screamingly obvious reaction to Gerry is: what a load of pseudo-arty you-know-what.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    I'd rather sit in bumper-to-bumper hell on I-495 for two hours than get caught in Traffic again.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    It's a glossified, cluttered parody of itself. Almodovar is no longer a burlesque auteur. He's a repeat offender.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    There seem to be about a half-dozen spiraling subplots that go nowhere in particular. But it's oh so hiply done -- at least, that's the idea.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 0 Desson Thomson
    The Devil's Own, which stars Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, is so epically awful, it's practically homeric.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Equally earnest and unconvincing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The actual movie is the cinematic equivalent of cheap Chinese egg rolls: all flour and cabbage shreds, maybe half a nibble of pork.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The film's moral commentary is De Palma redux: same old Brian enjoying the peeping, bringing us into the guilt zone, then saying shame on all of us.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    All dancing and hugging and no good.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    There doesn't seem to be much purpose to it except a half-baked notion that the histrionics of the mentally insane (or a moviemaker's idea therein) are eminently cinematic. They aren't.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    Insipid, by-the-numbers romance.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 10 Desson Thomson
    It's a triumph of vile over content; mindless nihilism posing as hipness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    There's a little too much over-the-top drama, as well as superfluous detail, in this Icelandic film.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    It's about as deep as electronic white noise.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The kid chews up the scenery like a baby T-Rex, egged on, no doubt, by director Agresti.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    Devolves into such utter ludicrousness, the best response (other than avoiding the thing in the first place) is to laugh.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Becomes a strung-together collection of interesting, semi-interesting, boring and sometimes embarrassing (seemingly improvised) moments from the cast.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Fractured, tentative, oh-so-artsy and very much in the style of Wong's previous Hong Kong-set boy-meets-girl movies. But this time, the effect is contrived: a star-driven pseudo-indie affair that will please neither celebrity worshipers nor cineastes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Desson Thomson
    Let's not waste any time: This movie is just awful. Prime problem: Josh Kornbluth, the chubby, wild-haired, bug-eyed star.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Aside from the obviously Australian flavor to everything -- which can be entertaining at times -- there's no X factor to justify the whole exercise.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    It doesn't seem like overstating things to say that Eros becomes steadily worse as it goes along.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Fails because of its gratuitous rape and violence and also because of its pretentious and intellectually one-dimensional grounds, which make the violence at the end feel even worse.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    A brightly wrapped, ketchup-drenched mush-burger, it slides down the Zeitgeist esophagus like a slippery McPelican. You pay, you swallow, you drive home. You're left with nothing except, possibly, heartburn.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Yields the same sort of archetype and the usual results: De Niro's workmanlike in a dismayingly familiar role.