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 2 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: 0 200 Cigarettes
Score distribution:
1634 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Surprisingly uninvolving, the least effective of Neufeld's Clancy-based movies. Surely he was not looking for this kind of film: one that bombs literally and figuratively.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    A bad, unimaginative story posing pretentiously as the very opposite.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Weitz co-directed the wonderful "About a Boy" in 2002, but in "Dreamz" -- a tediously facile satire -- his comic instincts fail him.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Overdresses and ultimately abandons what drew us to its 1998 predecessor in the first place: an intimate embrace with history.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The suspense is laughably absent.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    It's hard to believe the creative mind that gave us "Almost Famous," "Jerry Maguire," "Say Anything" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" looked up with satisfaction after typing 117 pages of this.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Desson Thomson
    The only way a self-absorbed treatise like this can get any kind of audience (not to mention distribution) is to cast famous people in it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    If you're going to make a gross-out comedy you can't just be gross. You've got to be to be funny as well, or the movie will be DOA. Which is why Eurotrip should be toe-tagged and shoved into the deepest and coldest of video vaults.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Even the staunchest of golfheads must know they're watching a cut-and-trite accounting.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Dramatically lackluster.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Desson Thomson
    Mad City is for those who haven't seen enough movies about hostage situations. It's also for those who haven't seen enough ponderous movies about media exploitation, or Dustin Hoffman's ongoing reliance on muttery method acting.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The movie wants to trade on atmosphere more than plot, but even the atmosphere rings false.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Desson Thomson
    The movie's a floating longboat that ought to be ignited and pushed out to sea, Viking style.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    Is Meg Ryan going to play the goofy romantic gal forever?
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Perhaps they should have called this "Bore-a, Bore-a, Bore-a."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    In Chaos Theory, Reynolds's performance is taut, crabby and tense. And his beard and glasses, which intensify those already narrow eyes, suggest a mad bomb-builder rather than a hapless soul with whom we can identify.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The Jacket is doing nothing but sampling elements of "Jacob's Ladder," "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Memento" without offering more than hackneyed solutions, including a rather cheesy conclusion.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    In their desire to humanize the big story, director John Boorman and screenwriter Ann Peacock ... have resorted to groan-inducing cliches and clunky narrative.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    One mediocre, ploddingly predictable film, loaded down with cheesy Hollywood tactics.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    The problem with this movie is the problem with most Renny Harlin movies: There's an excessive amount of excess -- a mind-numbing plurality of firearm battles, vehicular explosions and brutally frank sexual talk.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    Drowning in uncharted waters and way off-center in any world.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Desson Thomson
    The episodes are too convoluted to get into.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    No darn good.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    For the most part, the film's a bewildering disappointment.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The mawkishness is ultimately too formidable.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    It doesn't help matters that The Libertine seems to unload every olde English cliche on file.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    May be ambitious in its genre-defying abandon, sideswiping science fiction, satire, film noir and melodrama along the way, but it's also exasperatingly convoluted, self-amused and politically sophomoric.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    Feels patently inauthentic.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The film oozes sentimentality, soap-opera bathos and clumsy cribbings from the Frank Capra book of small-town values. Those are its good points.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Never did sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll seem more shopworn and routine.

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