For 1,629 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 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Under the Sand
Lowest review score: 0 200 Cigarettes
Score distribution:
1,629 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    An extraordinarily riveting drama.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It is quietly observant, with a detached eye for the telling moment, and the visual compositions are often exquisite.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The most eloquent and exacting vision of the war to date... Inspired with technique rather than overblown with it, Kubrick, the filmmaker's filmmaker, lays one on you.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    What songs, what people and what a triumph that their music won in the end.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Once again, Frears -- who has enjoyed a glorious run of diverse, good-quality movies, from "My Beautiful Laundrette" to "High Fidelity" -- has crafted a unique gem.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Through this miasma of pain and suffering, love may not flicker more strongly than a dim lamp. But it's the only beacon to consider. Can Barry find his? Thanks to Anderson's assured picture, a symphony of cinematic textures, that disarmingly simple question becomes incredibly compelling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    With the exception of the opening scene -- whose purpose is chiefly comic -- the movie is one, extended climax. Even with flashbacks and other time jumps, it never lets up. You have to go back to Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1952 "The Wages of Fear" to recall suspense this relentless.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A great little film, dignified by a superb performance, Diamond Men is a gem.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Franklin's picture is effortlessly wise beneath its entertaining surface.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Eve's Bayou is a movie unto itself, a rousing, original yarn about family life that includes everyone, whether they're from Louisiana or miles away. [07Nov1997 Pg N.48]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Something to treasure: a thriller whose style, structure and rhythms are so integrated with the story, you cannot separate them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The movie's pace is unhurried by Hollywood standards, but it's all the richer in character detail.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    As Morvern, Morton is disconcertingly enigmatic, often bordering on catatonic. But she carries the movie effortlessly. And even though we're on the outside looking in, she carries us along, too.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Richard Linklater's satirical take on high school life in the 1970s is not only funny and entertaining. It's practically a historic document of life during the smiley-face button era.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Inspired, sublime fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It gets you below the emotional belt in a searing, delicate way. No movie this year approaches such magnificent imagery, such delectable poetry.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    An extraordinary and brilliant (and almost wordless) film that takes us above ground and below it, up in the air and deep below water, to follow its conundrum of a story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    What's truly surprising about Happy Feet is not its giddily brilliant entertainment, its intimate knowledge of the culture or its toe-tapping music. It's how commonplace these qualities have become in computer-animated movies… Happy Feet may be just one of the crowd, but what a great crowd it is.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    One of the most thought-provoking documentaries of recent times.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Fabulously kinetic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Dogme 95 at its best: open-ended and exciting, with a grand sense of experimentation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This is about the rise of a pop star, plain and simple. The real deal –- and the movie's greatest fun –- is in the rap contests.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Notre Musique is really a poetic essay, masterfully intermixing the director's mournful-toned, philosophical narration with documentary and staged moments.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Childishly simple, but extremely funny.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Nair is not making a caricature out of Lalit or anyone else. She's inviting us into the inner recesses of her culture. And it's both pleasure and privilege to be one of her guests.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Though it might lack in Hollywood production values, it overflows with moral impact.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    What's so powerful about the film is the rich stories it tells and how it leads them like so many human tributaries to one black, bubbling source.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    As with his other works, [Mann] binds sound, music and pictures into one hypnotic triaxial cable and plugs it right into your brain. He makes this almost-three-hour experience practically glide by.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Passionate, literally shimmering movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A saga of unbearable sadness and romantic beauty.