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 About Schmidt
Lowest review score: 0 Crossroads
Score distribution:
1,631 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This movie, directed with precision and an appreciation for (relatively) rich character texture by Sam Raimi, remembers all the fine elements of the original film (and the comic book story). It reprises them perfectly, including wonderfully choreographed, skyscraper-hanging fights.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    In many ways, watching the movie is BETTER than concertgoing. We can enjoy that buzzy feeling of community without the fist-pumping biker obscuring our view.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A hilarious fantasy, about a plucky piglet that learns how to tend sheep, Babe is a barnyard charmer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    If you want to sample the sheer bouquet of great acting, you could get drunk on this movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Few movies have evoked the happiness of a good, strong family as genuinely as this one. And this affecting atmosphere makes the eventual outcome resonate with great power.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Mullan's movie is admiringly uncompromising. He refuses to augment the horrors with relief.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The story, such as it is, follows Renton's inconsistent attempts to kick his habit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The satire of the season, a hilarious, razor-sharp indictment of the American Dream.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi take a deeper, edifying interest in the moral ambiguities that arise between Maurice and Jessie. And thanks to our warm investment in both characters, we're more than willing to sign up for this existential ride. We allow this relationship -- and the movie -- to take us places we'd never usually go.
    • 82 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Watch this film. You may never look at nature indifferently again.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    What keeps the film (adapted from the late John O'Brien's harrowing semi-autobiographical book) from being completely unbearable are the extraordinary performances.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As exciting for its narrative twists and turns as for its Korean textures and rhythms.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A delirious mixture of spectacular gun battles, furious explosions and breathtaking stunt work, it's also one of the strangest stories to ever get the green light at a Hollywood studio. You have to take your hat off to Paramount Studios for allowing such inspired weirdness to see the light of day.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A museum piece, something to be enjoyed for its historical value.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It's not the enormous undertaking that impresses so much as the sheer ecstasy of flight and the ability of Perrin's team to catch it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This story doesn't just belong to them anymore. This richly observed, sometimes heartbreaking movie has become ours, too.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A movie for almost everyone, from boomer parents (who remember their teens and twenties) to their teenage kids (who can't wait to get started with same). And if there's anyone who can bring so many into the same mosh pit, it's Black, who so occupies the role you can't believe he's acting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Although we miss some of the finer details that made Jhumpa Lahiri's 2003 book so meaningful, we're moved by the movie's themes of cultural displacement and the power of chance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Thanks to Schlesinger's exacting direction and Malcolm Bradbury's witty, restrained script, these characters are kept more amusing than horribly pitiable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This is a captivating experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Intriguing, oddly banal and ultimately deflating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Enormously entertaining.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    We are left with vivid images of Dominique, whose desire to change his country, despite formidable intimidation, is an inspiration to any supporter of democracy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Remains highly watchable throughout, for its atmosphere and the actors.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    In Get Shorty, director Barry Sonnenfeld's spirited adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel, Travolta's rebirth accelerates directly into adulthood.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Lilya's struggle to make a life for herself is both heartbreaking and heart-stirring.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Thanks to the new guerrilla narrative, the world has a constant flow of images to file in its collective consciousness. And that camera-testable accountability slowly becomes a global civic right that fulfills the noblest purpose of journalism -- to bring truth to power.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A canny (and profoundly sexy) movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A smart cartoon about the life of the mind. It's about the fuzzy border between dreaming and living. It's thoughtful, provocative, liberating and fun.

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