Desson Thomson

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For 1,634 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Diamond Men
Lowest review score: 0 American Outlaws
Score distribution:
1634 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Robert De Niro is one extended pleasure in Midnight Run -- a real actor putting his considerable talent to work in a well-scripted comedy. And he's more than complemented by Charles Grodin, a brilliant comic performer who has been wasted up to now in small roles or lousy movies. [22 July 1988]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    More amiable than hysterical.
    • 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]
    • Washington Post
    • 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
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The most enjoyable John Sayles movie in recent memory.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Extraordinary documentary.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It won't be long before you feel the compulsion to watch again. There is too much to appreciate in one sitting.
    • 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
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Inspired, sublime fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A percolating comedy. The laughs may not tear your belly up, but they're constant and they dovetail with the story.
    • 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
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Despite its fragmentary, seat-of-the-pants plot, Chungking Express abounds with staccato style and frenetic charm. It's the cinematic equivalent of popcorn on a hot stove. There are "jump-cut" shots, freeze frames, stirring (and often beautiful) images and a general sense of boundless energy, all of which capture perfectly the Zeitgeist of Hong Kong society. [15 Mar 1996, p.N43]
    • Washington Post
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's more a collection of episodes that build to a complex, richly layered picture of these girls' lives. And the more time we spend with them, the more endearing they become.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The film becomes a modest delight.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Cruise is at the top of his form, and Gooding makes a brilliant opponent.
    • 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
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Has the glorious, gaudy benefit of much stock footage of Those Days, featuring all manner of drag queen, bearded lady and lactating hippie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Devil leads us into that dark, uncharted valley where evil, genius, divine inspiration, insanity -- and other unfathomable mysteries -- commingle. It also examines the hyperbolic industry of instant celebrity and ultimately shows us the complex algebraic equation that is Daniel Johnston's life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Childishly simple, but extremely funny.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Fascinating facts and testimony.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As they stumble, bumble and fumble their way to love, they get more charming by the minute. Which makes them more interesting than Hollywood-style characters, anyway.
    • 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.

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