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 Muse
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1631 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    At first, the picture is moving. . And suddenly charm turns to quasi-commie didacticism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Makes for interesting, rather than emotionally compelling viewing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It's doubtful that Depp's off-kilter interpretation will have any discernible effect on the movie's success. But it remains the movie's most disappointing aspect.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Moore provides a rather rambling discourse of causality, which includes racism, white flight and Africanized bees.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    With its zany daily episodes, "Groundhog" gets stuck in a non-progressive repetition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Instead of an originally conceived movie that reflects Nash's troubled but brilliant mind, we have one of those formulaically rendered Important Subject movies -- the kind that seem exclusively designed for Best Picture nominations.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    This movie has all the same elements as other Grisham fare: raw young lawyer trying to make it in the South; helpless client treated badly; sleazy, star-chamber villains. Wake me up when the last-minute surprise witness comes out of her hidey hole to turn the case around.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Energetic and slickly done, but also somewhat soulless.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    As a satire on Tobacco Inc.'s outrageous ability to market carbon monoxide as the elixir of life, this movie should be packing more nicotine.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Making a film about mob violence while showing restraint and humanism is a difficult procedure. Singleton and screenwriter Poirier search for some gradations within the white ranks, but for the most part, every cracker's a psycho with a short, smoking fuse.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Watchable, certainly. It should have been so much more.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Wuornos was unambiguous about one thing: She wanted to die. In the end, that's the only assurance the movie provides. It's an odd kind of closure for her and for us.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The movie, which is based on the Lowell Cunningham comic book series, throws out some wonderful implications, but they’re frustratingly few and far between.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It's just a simple, actorly drama about big, gaping emotional needs and the consequences a woman can face -- particularly during the 1960s -- for simply owning up to them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The movie gradually peters out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    A darkly interesting distraction but not much more.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Won't go down as Robert Altman's most memorable movie. But it's a pleasant affair, whose greatest assets are its unhurried, benevolent atmosphere and the quiet, gem-like moments that occur among its characters.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Burton has evoked the surface of Ed Wood's life, but in a story about a man who loves angora and frilly panties, he has barely unbuttoned Wood's uniform.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Even though we're caught up in his derring-do as he beguiles entire meeting rooms of jaded publishers and editors, we're kept at a dissatisfying distance from Irving and the movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    As Benny (short for Bernadette), a big-boned, headstrong lass who strains winningly against the restrictions of family, religion and just plain growing up, [Driver's] a comedic breath of fresh air, easily the best thing about the movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Its hackneyed themes prevent the sci-fi flick from feeling like anything more than well-directed mediocrity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Some of it is funny in a Zucker brothers slapstick way. And as the Man's geeky lieutenant, Chris Kattan has some amusingly kooky business. But there's not enough to sustain the comedy. Ultimately, the movie's short running time becomes its finest quality.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Had The Cooler stuck to its dark guns and not turned into a treacly, love-conquers-all fairy tale, this movie might have gone somewhere. In the end, you're only watching this with a sort of mercenary interest in the actors.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Like the mysterious, bound package Goodman gives Turturro (the contents are never revealed), the Coens isolate a small area of interest, bind it with psycho-atmospheric finesse, then wait for something significant to emerge. Even after a second viewing of this movie, it doesn't.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Sad, sobering film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Refreshingly free of the hyperbole of special effects...Ong-Bak will win no scriptwriting awards, but Jaa is definitely the real deal.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The scenes of destruction-apart from being great to watch-provide much-needed relief from these people's unidimensional banalities.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    A little too shopworn and pokey to be more than a respectable European diversion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Afterglow may not bestow Julie Christie with the hip imprimatur of a Travolta-style comeback. But the British actress coyly and elegantly updates the siren-ish presence she exuded in "Darling," "Far From the Madding Crowd," "Petulia," "The Go-Between" and even "Shampoo." [16Jan1998 Pg N.32]
    • Washington Post
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Revenge was supposed to be the one that really socked it to us, about Anakin's almost biblical fall from grace. But the movie never rises to its powerful occasion.

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