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 Adaptation.
Lowest review score: 0 200 Cigarettes
Score distribution:
1634 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It is quietly observant, with a detached eye for the telling moment, and the visual compositions are often exquisite.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The most eloquent and exacting vision of the war to date... Inspired with technique rather than overblown with it, Kubrick, the filmmaker's filmmaker, lays one on you.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The plot becomes so overextended, as Reeves and Hopper wage their endless public transportation battle, even the hardest Die-Harders will consider leaping off way before the final stop.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Doesn't just bring you to the edge of the hopeless zone, it takes you right into its homes where the children play.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    With the exception of the opening scene -- whose purpose is chiefly comic -- the movie is one, extended climax. Even with flashbacks and other time jumps, it never lets up. You have to go back to Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1952 "The Wages of Fear" to recall suspense this relentless.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A great little film, dignified by a superb performance, Diamond Men is a gem.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Once again, Frears -- who has enjoyed a glorious run of diverse, good-quality movies, from "My Beautiful Laundrette" to "High Fidelity" -- has crafted a unique gem.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    What songs, what people and what a triumph that their music won in the end.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Through this miasma of pain and suffering, love may not flicker more strongly than a dim lamp. But it's the only beacon to consider. Can Barry find his? Thanks to Anderson's assured picture, a symphony of cinematic textures, that disarmingly simple question becomes incredibly compelling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Wedding has enough coincidences, screamfests, drunken rants and shock revelations to fill a season of "Desperate Housewives," but it comes across as finely textured drama, thanks to the performers, who make their characters so persuasive and three-dimensional, we're too mesmerized to care about the story's more overwrought or histrionic passages.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Franklin's picture is effortlessly wise beneath its entertaining surface.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Del Toro has made a ghost story that's not only evocative and original, it's a pleasure to watch.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Robert De Niro is one extended pleasure in Midnight Run -- a real actor putting his considerable talent to work in a well-scripted comedy. And he's more than complemented by Charles Grodin, a brilliant comic performer who has been wasted up to now in small roles or lousy movies. [22 July 1988]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    More amiable than hysterical.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Eve's Bayou is a movie unto itself, a rousing, original yarn about family life that includes everyone, whether they're from Louisiana or miles away. [07Nov1997 Pg N.48]
    • Washington Post
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Something to treasure: a thriller whose style, structure and rhythms are so integrated with the story, you cannot separate them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    You're left, as with certain vivid dreams, filled with memorable images but not completely able to account for what you just experienced.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The most enjoyable John Sayles movie in recent memory.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Extraordinary documentary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The movie's pace is unhurried by Hollywood standards, but it's all the richer in character detail.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    As Morvern, Morton is disconcertingly enigmatic, often bordering on catatonic. But she carries the movie effortlessly. And even though we're on the outside looking in, she carries us along, too.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Richard Linklater's satirical take on high school life in the 1970s is not only funny and entertaining. It's practically a historic document of life during the smiley-face button era.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It won't be long before you feel the compulsion to watch again. There is too much to appreciate in one sitting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It gets you below the emotional belt in a searing, delicate way. No movie this year approaches such magnificent imagery, such delectable poetry.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Inspired, sublime fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A percolating comedy. The laughs may not tear your belly up, but they're constant and they dovetail with the story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    We may enjoy watching the spectacles, but we don't much care for, or even have a feeling for, the guy in the cockpit.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    An extraordinary and brilliant (and almost wordless) film that takes us above ground and below it, up in the air and deep below water, to follow its conundrum of a story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    I sat through "Courage" with interest, but I wasn't particularly moved or riveted with suspense.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    What's truly surprising about Happy Feet is not its giddily brilliant entertainment, its intimate knowledge of the culture or its toe-tapping music. It's how commonplace these qualities have become in computer-animated movies… Happy Feet may be just one of the crowd, but what a great crowd it is.

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