Desson Thomson

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For 1,652 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Company
Lowest review score: 0 Spice World
Score distribution:
1652 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Less-than-scintillating spin on "Life Is Beautiful."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Doesn't connect with its audience in the one place that matters most: the heart.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    As with most sequels, Addams Family Values is a thinner, airier reunion. For those who enjoyed the original The Addams Family, the flavor is still there. But you feel a little undernourished.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The best moments occur when -- as in reality -- we're still in the dark. As soon as the movie gets to its version of a punch line, it turns into another Hollywood vehicle spinning aimlessly in space.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Even though it’s mostly pleasant and sometimes funny, Zoolander could use some sort of boost.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    In the end, we're treated to an overture of possibilities rather than a satisfying film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The worst mistake is the screenplay, which not only cuts everything into superficial pieces but fails to make authentic moments of anything. In the end, White Oleander isn't an adaptation of a novel. It's a flashy, star-splashed reduction.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Ultimately, the movie's biggest crime is its inability to convey the delicate, damaged texture of Kahlo's life, but also the triumph of her will over intimidating defeat.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The movie's nowhere near the inspired funniness of its predecessors. But it often displays the same spirit. It's strung end to end with sight gags. Some fall flat on their faces. But, by sheer weight of numbers, many of them work. It depends on your ability to lower yourself into -- or steer stoically clear of -- the idiocy pit.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Beautifully filmed and very atmospheric in terms of evoking the sights and sounds of modern-day Beijing, this Chinese movie suffers a flat tire about halfway through.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    This ensemble comedy has its inventively funny moments. But ultimately, it gets a little too cute for its own good.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    It's not often you find a movie as exciting and awful as Rumble in the Bronx. But the sole aim of this so-bad-it's-funny action picture is to introduce Jackie Chan to American audiences. In that narrow sense, it's completely successful.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It never attains full dimension. It pursues the De Niro-DiCaprio war so singlemindedly, everything else is left high and dry.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Them knows something the makers of the "Hostel" and "Saw" movies apparently don't: Subtlety and suggestion are every bit as terrifying as slashing and sawing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The more you lower your expectations, the more you'll learn to laugh.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Ultimately, we find ourselves looking for the wrong sort of clearing: a way out.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It's a piquant story but unfortunately the movie creaks with European-style artifice. It tells its story in a rather cinematically stilted style, and some of the dramatic moments come perilously close to unintentional parody.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    There'd be nothing wrong with this if the film 'fessed up to its kitschy soul. Instead, it pretends to be the high-minded drama it's not.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    For those who simply want to drink in the northern Italian countryside and Tyler's physical details, it's quite an experience. But as a story, Stealing Beauty (which Bertolucci wrote with Susan Minot) is a misbegotten, sentimental reunion with old European cinema.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Brassed Off gets bogged down in sentimentality; and that political agenda is spread on thick.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The movie, a frenetic, explosive experience full of car crashes and gun battles, is original and exhilarating. But more often, it's so overwhelming, it'll make you want to watch "Die Hard With a Vengeance" for peace and quiet.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Obviously, this was just meant to be a fun experience. But the movie fulfills those duties on the most mundane level. You have to treat Space Jam like that well-known fast-food Jordan loves to promote: It doesn’t matter how the movie is prepared, only that it’s served and ready to go.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Then as now, visually pleasant and (of course) musically wonderful but, all-in-all, a mixed bag.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The best element of the movie is a subplot involving Noah's spiritually obsessed teacher (Rainn Wilson) and his wacky girlfriend (Kathryn Hahn), whose bumbling eccentricities give the movie an emotional liveliness it otherwise lacks.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Although "Pluto" has a rollicky, endearing air, it's cooler than Jordan's other films.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The film's first half is easily the best and brightest. As the movie moves into the more saddening sections, however, it loses most of its power.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    An engaging battle between terrific acting and a flawed script.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    In this loser-and-the-whore story line, Allen's sensibilities have taken a turn for the nasty.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It suffers from a dreary middle section. Great movie, mediocre script.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    I can recommend the first two-thirds of this movie with great enthusiasm.

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