Desson Thomson

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For 1,665 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 All or Nothing
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil's Own
Score distribution:
1665 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    An overture to the subject rather than a profound study.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    All the movie's treacheries, deceptions and story twists are marred by our lack of innocence. We see the big picture way before the characters do, and that pushes us right out of the movie and back into our seats -- the last place we want to be.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Newton may not be a great actor, either, but she's full of life and charm. She's the only thing holding this movie together at all.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It is, however, a baby boomer's treat to see Faithfull, romancer of Mick Jagger back in the day and a pop siren in her own right, show her qualities as an actor. One is hopeful she'll find her way to other, better projects.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Thanks to screenwriter Alan Sharp's fast-moving scenario featuring a healthy array of rape, pillage, burning, deceit, swordfighting, treachery and murder, it's a watchable hoot.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    There's something diverting but not wildly stirring about this Italian drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Ultimately, the movie's too uneven to be totally satisfying.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Ron Howard somehow makes a great movie and an awful movie, all at the same time.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The movie makes an over-long deal about Jody's immaturity and never seems to get beyond it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    An overextended, episodic disappointment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    In the end, we don't know what we're watching, an art-house superhero film or a computer-generated "King Kong." By trying to please both sensibilities, the filmmakers have pleased neither.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Never was the case for psychotropic medication more acute than in Jovovich's performance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Never gets as emotionally involving, or persuasive, as the moviemakers intend it to.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Truth be told, none of it is actual living, and all of it is secondhand re-spinning of such better movies as "The Year of Living Dangerously" and "Welcome to Sarajevo." To use an antiquated newsman's cliche: Get me rewrite.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Co-directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, whose visual schemes lent a hypnotic aura to their previous collaborations -- "The Deep End" and "Suture" -- don't find the right balance of story and image this time.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The best thing about this movie? It's short.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    There's nothing to stir us, no scene to savor for life -- such as the father-son battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in "The Empire Strikes Back." Back then, we were watching a classic, still the best film in the series. This time, we're watching just another "Star Wars" flick.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Springs from that childhood fantasy of being able to stop time and wander freely among the temporarily frozen. If only writer-director Sean Ellis had done more than use the conceit for a functional romance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    A medium-boil good time, mostly for its humor.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The Treatment gets this year's Rip van Winkle award.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Another sentimental mushfest disguised as a movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The more the movie progresses, the more you realize how much Seinfeld's voice sounds like a droning bee -- the kind you want to swat away.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It's good for a silly laugh, this stuff. And maybe this movie will draw renewed attention to Carpenter's eminently better movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    For horror fans who appreciate a bit of craft with their second-rate experiences -- Paul Haslinger's fear-mongering score is terrific for what it's worth -- this might merit a future late-night rental.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    May be one hundred percent sap, but its spirit is anything but cloying, thanks to persuasive performances, most notably from Rachel McAdams.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    If it does nothing else, Music Within shows us how deeply Ron Livingston's amiable face can take us into a movie. But even likable mugs like his -- remember him in "Office Space"? -- need help from the movies around them.

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