Desson Thomson

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For 1,665 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 All or Nothing
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil's Own
Score distribution:
1665 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Kidd, a first-time writer and director, has created a sophisticated but intriguingly toxic comedy of manners.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Has to be one of the must-see films for any student of Hollywood fame and infamy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Settle into your seat for an enjoyable movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    A Prairie Home Companion tries to embrace the spirit of that longtime radio series but suffocates the very qualities that make the original show so special in the first place.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Guerrilla' is an engaging film, but it's a documentary and nothing more.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A psychic journey deep into the very fabric of Iranian (and by extension, all) life.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The most cinematic of the three films. It tells its story in stark, often wordless scenes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Chabrol arranges his story with a subtle, almost clinical accumulation. And it takes close attention to the movie's seemingly innocuous details to understand his deeper purposes.
    • 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
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    You're drawn in, like it or not. You can't get away from the immediacy. Or the feeling that you're getting sucked in, too.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A one-of-a-kind experience, a Molotov cocktail of a seriocomedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Mostly a string of talking-head interviews, but those talking heads -- more than 16 men and women -- are compelling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It's the atmospheric sideshow that earns the highest marks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    In a movie in which time travel is used to rectify the past, it's too bad scriptwriters David and Janet Peoples didn't go through the time/space tunnel to work on that first draft again.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    For the right audience, this movie is the butt-kicking, dirt-talking, blood-spurting equivalent of beautiful music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    In this movie, only one thing is certain: No one remains the same.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Director Fernando Eimbcke, in an extraordinary debut, never expresses contempt for his characters. By examining their inner lives with compassion and respect, he inspires us to do the same.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    No matter what's coming their way, post-apocalyptic doom or gloom, this James Gang of the galaxy is just plain fun to watch.
    • 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
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    May not be the ultimate word on the Tibetan situation, or even the Dalai Lama, but its heart seems to be in the right place; and it's entertaining enough to give audiences an emotional sense of the story. [16 January 1998, p.N32]
    • Washington Post
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Witty, sweet and charming but never sappy, the movie joins the heady company of such extraordinary child-centered movies as "The 400 Blows," "My Life as a Dog" and "Au Revoir Les Enfants."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Amusing and inventive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    This movie should have blown us out of the water. Instead we catch ourselves occasionally thinking the unpardonable thought: "OK, sink already."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Malkovich's lead performance digs in its heels, deadening the movie's speedy exhilaration. The result is a highly diverting but ultimately unsatisfying production that doesn't perform -- so much as paraphrase -- the script.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Something to get excited about.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's not the deepest thematic concern you ever saw on screen. But it's watchable, great fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    You will surely leave this movie shocked, shaken and surprisingly moved. And definitely stuck on that poor octopus.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    There's nothing "wrong" with this movie but it feels like warmed-over business as usual.

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