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 Days of Being Wild (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 200 Cigarettes
Score distribution:
1652 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Zellweger is certainly likable as Beatrix, but as an upper-class English lady of a century ago, she enunciates her words as if sucking a lemon -- you almost start to wonder if you've stumbled into a satire of "Masterpiece Theatre."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Even by its own dark standards, the movie's conclusion is as dramatically dissatisfying as it is disturbing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The film should at least be wise and three-dimensional enough to see Ann's motivations as a source of mystery as much as heroic self-empowerment. This one-dimensional ennoblement doesn't sit quite right.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Of all ironies, "Strangers" occasionally takes a step in the direction of the after-school specials it's trying to twit; you'll catch it trying to make you feel warm and fuzzy about Jerri.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    A leisurely paced, subtly funny, though verbally crude chamber piece.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Unfortunately, screenwriter Sam Catlin and director Danny Leiner make the unexpected mistake of being too subtle.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Moderately pleasing adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novella.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    There is one reason, and one reason alone, to watch Cet Amour-La. It is Jeanne Moreau.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Works far better as an idea than its execution; this has to do with the difficulties of making profound statements with limited budgets and technology, and also grappling with the still-growing sensibilities of an emerging writer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Future II bombards you with more brand-name advertising than three hours of prime-time TV could muster, although repeat filmmakers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis put a humorous twist on everything.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The movie Casanova, starring Heath Ledger, not only fetters the randy Venetian in political correctness, it condemns him to dwell inside the modern equivalent of a bad Shakespeare play.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Its strength is the documentary-textured depiction of Native Americans in their social environment. Its weakness is a story that's a patchy combination of soap opera, low-tech magic realism and, at times, ploddingly sociological commentary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    One electrifying performance becomes the only saving grace of The Kingdom, a goofy action movie that tries to marry the blitzkrieg entertainment of "Rambo" to the cultural consciousness of "Syriana."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It's simultaneously arty, arcane and nasty.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Surely it will not be giving things away to tell you there's absolutely nothing new about the latest episode.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The movie's ambitions (to pay tribute to the Czech pilots who fought for their country only to be interned later) are not matched by the actual story.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Winter Passing is one dull, extended encounter session among hackneyed characters -- although Deschanel gets the most points for almost imitating a human.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The film amounts to a harsh and perpetual assault on viewers' sensibilities -- not only because of its violence but because of its overall bleakness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    After some promising leaps, bounds and swings through a fascinating jungle of possibility, Charlie Kaufman's movie misses an all-important creeper.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Despite all the life-threatening situations, warrior deaths and heroic feats, it's hard to get behind characters who feel like lazy archetypes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Never feels original, even though it's enjoyable to watch Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito and newcomer Peter Facinelli going at it with snappy patter.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    There is but one reason to sign up for Driving Lessons: to watch Rupert Grint -- Harry Potter's redheaded pal Ron Weasley -- squaring off with Julie Walters, Queen of the English Scenery Chewers.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Fails as the big-screen romance it wants to be. The main problem: There's only one heart between the principals, and it beats solely in Chow's chest.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Truly touching moments such as a surprise meeting between Ami and his estranged brother, Oscar, show us this movie didn't need any sentimental help.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    CQ
    A charming, spirited movie for cinephiles, or those who aspire to be. It's the kind of movie every kid in film school wanted to make but didn't have the father to produce.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The story, which feels more like a sprawl of television episodes than a film, is a little tedious to sit through.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Storytelling like this weighs heavier than a standard diving suit, and it's really up to you, if you're ready to take the plunge.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Radcliffe is good at showing vulnerability but without the skills to give it gradation. The magic doesn't work for him this time.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    There's nothing wrong, nor particularly right about the experience. It just sits there, like a Nike ad.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Occasional clumsiness is easily coated over by the movie's overarching goodwill.

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