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 The Manchurian Candidate
Lowest review score: 0 The Punisher
Score distribution:
1634 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    May just be the best in its genre… Entertainment and radical street preaching, all rolled into one. If it tells black kids not to try this at home, it also revels cinematically in blam-blam-you're-dead. This is what makes the movie maddening -- and what gives it strength.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Vibrant and engaging documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Want to see something strange, funny, twisted, brilliant and macabre? Sure you do.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There's such a sense of overall intensity, you know you have been though something powerful.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    And what makes this autopsy of a love affair funny is Tom's ironic, morose commentary as he revisits what happened.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Hums with compassion for its outlandish, lonely but always sweet characters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Roundly entertaining.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Passionate, literally shimmering movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The movie's wonderfully original, fast-moving and funny.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    All in all, this is a celebration of Australian exuberance, a national ethic of adventurousness and enormous charisma.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A saga of unbearable sadness and romantic beauty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's a thrill to listen to the seasoned survivors offering witty, evocative anecdotes about themselves and others.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's a B+, not an A. This would be enough for most filmmakers. But Anderson must contend with a higher standard. It's his fault for being original.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A Chinese film whose simple surface belies greater mysteries.
    • 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]
    • Washington Post
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A stylish hoot: entertainingly edgy and ludicrous all at once.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Relentlessly funny satire.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Piquant, thoroughly engaging character drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Warmhearted and slightly edgy seriocomedy, these sisters experience some pretty entertaining ups and downs. Entertaining, that is, for people who appreciate irony.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Climb into this rig and you'll be sweating bullets.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Where the movie succeeds-and succeeds wonderfully-is when it stays a heartbeat away from politics. For two-thirds of the movie, it's an involving, boxing saga and romance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Testament to the emergence of a visually masterful filmmaker, capable of ingenious, low-tech special effects.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A smoothly executed jab in your solar plexus, a lean, smart film noir that pokes at you with quintessentially English disdain and sarcasm.
    • 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
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Surprisingly absorbing film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's an intriguing experience.

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