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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil's Own
Score distribution:
1,629 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    More juvenile than a Mel Brooks movie, wittier than "Get Smart," almost as low as "Animal House" and close to the laugh count of "Airplane!", "Gun" is a loving parody of every cop show that ever syndicated its way to your living room. [2 Dec 1988]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A stylish hoot: entertainingly edgy and ludicrous all at once.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Piquant, thoroughly engaging character drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Climb into this rig and you'll be sweating bullets.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Each revelation seems more disturbing than the next. But Chinese treatment of Tibetans is only half the heartbreak. The other is the amazing resilience of the Tibetans, who are overwhelmingly Buddhist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A hugely absorbing social drama that is, by turns, excruciating, sad and sardonic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Has to be one of the must-see films for any student of Hollywood fame and infamy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Kidd, a first-time writer and director, has created a sophisticated but intriguingly toxic comedy of manners.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Demonstrates what writer-director Levinson does best: evoke the sights, smells and atmosphere of his youth with intelligence, humor and a keen sense of social perspective.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Hilarious, touching and wonderfully dyspeptic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Although fictionalized, it feels depressingly real. It's a 90-minute newsreel with a broken heart.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Theron has rendered herself 100 percent unrecognizable. Not since Robert De Niro morphed into hulk dimensions to play heavyweight boxer Jake La Motta in "Raging Bull" has there been a transformation this powerful and effective.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It's the atmospheric sideshow that earns the highest marks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Lures us in with extraordinary subtlety. Keeping sound effects and incidental music to a relative minimum, it builds its suspense almost subliminally. So when something scary or shocking does occur -- deprived of those Hollywood-style cues -- we are truly startled.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Want to see something strange, funny, twisted, brilliant and macabre? Sure you do.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It's a guaranteed must-see for its generation. Sin City has a long, long shelf life ahead.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Thanks to strong performances from all, particularly Mount and Nicholson, we're with this story all the way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    One of the most enjoyable experiences of the year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Martin Scorsese brings honor back to the remake. He shines up this reprise of the original with original brilliance
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Without its animation, A Scanner Darkly would have made a fine cautionary tale about drug addiction, paranoia and institutional treachery in a police state. But with a technique that turns the existing live action into a two-dimensional cartoon, the movie goes one -- maybe even 10 -- better. It becomes its own living, breathing metaphor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The animation, rendered in good old-fashioned watercolors, is appealing. It's easy, rather than flashy, on the eyes. But the best thing about the movie is the humor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The dance between authenticity and storymaking works beautifully.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    When you're in the hands of the Coen brothers, you're in for sheer originality.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Spy movies just got thrilling again.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Surprisingly powerful and universal: the search for meaning and small blessings in the face of life's utter randomness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Wickedly funny. In fact, Heathers may be the nastiest, cruelest fun you can have without actually having to study law or gird leather products. If movies were food, Heathers would be a cynic's chocolate binge.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It is sheer brilliance and testament to the vitality of an old master.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It's a masterful little film, and, thanks to Zhang's seasoned hands, it's subtly heartfelt but never manipulative.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Makes compelling, provocative and prescient viewing. You can draw your own conclusions.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Exquisitely textured film.