Desson Thomson
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For 1,631 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 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Lowest review score: 0 Enough
Score distribution:
1,631 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Everything has a Chaplinesque feeling, from the largely silent scenes to the highly visual, tragicomic situations...But The Man Without a Past is entirely free of the tramp's cloying sentimentality.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Has a refreshingly keen ability to see everything from multiple angles.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The more you watch, the more you are committing yourself to watching "56 Up" and beyond.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Desson Thomson
    This is 90-proof, single-malt stuff. You sip it neat and you don't handle heavy machinery afterward. This movie will stay with you long after you've seen it, thanks to Thewlis's performance, Leigh's direction, Andrew Dickson's haunting bass-and-harp soundtrack, cinematographer Dick Pope's indelible images -- and the unalloyed, naked conviction of it all.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A classically polished drama about repressed emotions, self delusion and protracted heartbreak, this Merchant/Ivory movie is one of the most affecting experiences of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Three sterling performances from Moore, Haysbert and Quaid, all of whom grapple with psychic pain in different, touching ways.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    A well-mounted, macabre seriocomedy with passing punchlines. And for about half the movie, it's compelling stuff.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The compositions are masterful, especially the snow-covered scenes in Istanbul and, most memorably, the spectacle of an overturned ship in the wintry harbor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Eastwood's elegantly directed Mystic River, a deeply textured drama in which the sins (or perceived sins) of the past weigh heavily on the present.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Odd, complex and charming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A movie that appeals to the eye, mind, heart and funny bone; that's a pretty good quadruple for any movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    In the Name of the Father is as good a compromise of fact and fiction as you could hope for -- and still call it a movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This all makes for a deeply entertaining experience that engages our hearts as well as our funny bones. And it's gratifying to see Cruz finally get her due.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A well-orchestrated nightmare that keeps you on edge until the very end.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A smart, restrained entertainment, it doesn't splash around in blood and hysteria. It doesn't have to.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There is a clear festive buzz, as attendees laugh, bob and listen to Chappelle's impish, inventive comedy, and some of the best music hip-hop has to offer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Thanks to Caine's subtly nuanced performance, there's a deeper dimension to everything. He's snappily ironic at times, sometimes amazingly delicate, always engaging.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Lee, who made the upbeat "Eat Drink Man Woman," plays this double love story as brightly as possible. There's peppy social satire in the smallest of gestures.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    You can feel the movie's sensibility and its powerful emotions in every aching image, which leaves you so caught up in these ancient times, you're loath to return to present-day normalcy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Brings kinetic, stylistic and even sexy dimension to the Bram Stoker legend.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    May not be the first movie to examine the creative process. But it's the most playfully brilliant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It scores its comic points with dire one-liners, an astringent dearth of sentimentality and only-in-America developments.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    By the end, you realize you've seen an extraordinary movie, easily one of the best of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Anguish ranges from gritty and realistic to the tragicomic soap opera found in Pedro Almodovar's films.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Although it's a drama, Osama feels like urgent documentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This is the Mickey Mouse factory at its finest, with inventive animation, stirring music and a pride of inspired, almost-human animals.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Succeeds where 100 studio-generated teen romances -- starring the bland, the blunt or the blow-dried -- have failed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    If you don’t like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, have your pulse checked... You'll forget yourself right through to the end when Porky Pig, dressed as a cop, says "M-move along, there's n-nothing more to s-see folks." [24 June 1988]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Instead of "Masterpiece Theatre"-style fawning, [Scorsese] fills this movie with visual flow, masterful cinematography and assured direction. There's an alert, thinking presence behind the camera.

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