Desson Thomson

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For 1,636 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Lives of Others
Lowest review score: 0 American Outlaws
Score distribution:
1636 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Speaking of Jane, Minnie Driver gets the big banana for top off-screen performance. She brims over with prissiness and pep, tenderness and visionary appreciation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Mamet's graceful, reverent movie adaptation moves along with a deliberating, almost hypnotic flow, strengthened by impeccable, dignified performances from Nigel Hawthorne, Rebecca Pidgeon and others.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Enlightening, if structurally relaxed documentary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    What's best about Faithless is its honesty, its lack of desire to ingratiate itself with the audience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Fluidly edited, subtle.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Makes for fascinating cinema.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Never has an actor embodied the passing down of violence and bitterness from father to son more powerfully.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A disconcertingly assured tango between tenderness and brutality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Sure, the heroes and villains are arranged in a convenient moral gallery. But the performances, Weir's adroit direction and John Seale's superb cinematography take care of that banality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There are extremely touching moments between Jesse and mystical Randolph, who seems to understand just about everything; and, more tellingly, between Jesse and mechanic Jim.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    One artist's moving tribute to another.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Whatever its ultimate position on the greatest hits list, Monsters, Inc. is supple and technologically sophisticated entertainment.
    • Washington Post
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Desson Thomson
    To watch "Time" is not merely to marvel at the heavens we cannot yet know; it is also to admire Hawking, now 50, for approaching such daunting problems on a daily basis, despite every possible problem the cosmos can throw at him.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    As viscerally compelling as smash-mouth filmmaking gets.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Corbijn makes us achingly aware of the singer's talent, the haunting poetry of his songs and how, living in the gloomy culture he did, his passing was virtually inevitable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The images are crisp. The story is restored. And there's no sign of Raymond Burr.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    No matter what is going on in the story, these star-crossed lovers are always fascinating to watch.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    An extraordinarily riveting drama.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As we vicariously participate in their daily rituals, we find ourselves at the ground level of spiritual worship. It's hard to recall a similar documentary that brings viewers so palpably close to that sacred experience.
    • 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
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Doesn't just bring you to the edge of the hopeless zone, it takes you right into its homes where the children play.
    • 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
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Wedding has enough coincidences, screamfests, drunken rants and shock revelations to fill a season of "Desperate Housewives," but it comes across as finely textured drama, thanks to the performers, who make their characters so persuasive and three-dimensional, we're too mesmerized to care about the story's more overwrought or histrionic passages.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Franklin's picture is effortlessly wise beneath its entertaining surface.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Del Toro has made a ghost story that's not only evocative and original, it's a pleasure to watch.

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