Desson Thomson

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For 1,693 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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Moolaadé
Lowest review score: 0 Darkness Falls
Score distribution:
1693 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Dramatically, this is something of a waking dream.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The writer in Soderbergh proves the ultimate weak link. In sex, lies' last third, he seems seized with a compulsion to make sense of it all, bring everything to bear, give everyone their moral comeuppance, their screenplay payoff.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Kidman grabs center stage and never relinquishes the position. Playing mercilessly against her pinup girl image, she's an unforgettable, comic archetype—a more slapsticky corollary to William Hurt's bumbling, handsome newscaster in "Broadcast News."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    So wonderfully antiquated, so blissfully free of postmodern cleverness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Cuts a path directly to the heart.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Rushmore is an almost indefinable genre of its own. A comedy with a menacing edge? An ironic romance? Hard to call.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    For those who enjoy cinematic visits to other, darker worlds, this blood's for you. Watching Ringers is not unlike watching a critical operation -- unnerving but also enthralling. [23 Sept 1988]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It's his best work by far.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Ten
    Shows us, in an extraordinarily simple way, the hopes and frustrations of one woman's life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Simple, yet quietly astonishing film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Nobody's Fool is so eloquently straightforward, it practically sings to the soul. A story about very real people caught in the everyday woes and worries of a small Upstate New York town, it shows the kind of character traits, tics and from-the-heart chatter you wish there was more of in the movies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    You emerge from this experience rather like a returning U-boat crewman -- drained, blinking in the light, but oddly triumphant. [Director's cut]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Works best when it concentrates on O'Grady and the ever-rippling effect of his transgressions. Viewers may not remember the victims whose stories practically pierce the heart, but they're unlikely to forget O'Grady's deceptively innocent face.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It's a great pleasure that -- we get to ponder one of the most involving psychological mysteries in recent memory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Sinfully watchable ensemble movie.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Demy, his cinematographer Jean Rabier and production designer Bernard Evein created an operatic masterpiece of romanticism, which makes a modest but effective antidote to the harsh era of cynicism that has pervaded world cinema ever since.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    If Frears and screenwriter Donald E. Westlake (who scripted "The Stepfather") are light on substance, they're satisfyingly heavy on nuance. Grifters may not blow you away afterward but it keeps your attention riveted during.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Maintains its artistic magnificence after more than 30 years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This Is England, set in the social dystopia of Margaret Thatcher's Great Britain, gives us something far more humane and complex than a culturally specific memoir about Doc Martens shoes, reggae music and mindless aggression.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A rare commodity. It's brilliant and a guilty pleasure. A subtle damning of things Hollywood, Robert Altman's seriocomedy slices its target with a thousand, imperceptible razor cuts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Hilarious, painful and brutally frank.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A humanistic gem of a movie, with unforgettable performances from Linney and Ruffalo.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Polanski, himself a survivor of Nazi-occupied Poland, has created a near-masterpiece.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The sexiest movie of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Truly a movie for world audiences with a message that's devastatingly subtle.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    One of the great movie satires. And if it isn't the funniest rock spoof ever made, it certainly shares the title with "The Rutles."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Frances McDormand enjoys the comedic role of her career.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Exults in the hard-riding romanticism of classic Westerns, but it takes revisionist stock too. It dismounts at places usually left in the dust -- the oppressed lot of women, the loneliness of untended children, adult illiteracy and the horrible last moments of the dying.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It is a movie about the real challenge of heroism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    What gives About Schmidt its ultimate boost, what pushes it into the stirring heavens is Nicholson, who produces the most understated -– and one of the most powerful –- performances of his career.

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