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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Wings of Desire
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil's Own
Score distribution:
1,631 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Fabulously kinetic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Sunrise feels more like an absorbing experiment than a supple success.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Despite its fragmentary, seat-of-the-pants plot, Chungking Express abounds with staccato style and frenetic charm. It's the cinematic equivalent of popcorn on a hot stove. There are "jump-cut" shots, freeze frames, stirring (and often beautiful) images and a general sense of boundless energy, all of which capture perfectly the Zeitgeist of Hong Kong society. [15 Mar 1996, p.N43]
    • Washington Post
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's more a collection of episodes that build to a complex, richly layered picture of these girls' lives. And the more time we spend with them, the more endearing they become.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The film becomes a modest delight.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Cruise is at the top of his form, and Gooding makes a brilliant opponent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Dogme 95 at its best: open-ended and exciting, with a grand sense of experimentation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This is about the rise of a pop star, plain and simple. The real deal –- and the movie's greatest fun –- is in the rap contests.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Notre Musique is really a poetic essay, masterfully intermixing the director's mournful-toned, philosophical narration with documentary and staged moments.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Has the glorious, gaudy benefit of much stock footage of Those Days, featuring all manner of drag queen, bearded lady and lactating hippie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Nothing more than an over-designed lobster pot. After following the beckoning twists and turns, you're left trapped and more than a little disappointed for getting in so deep.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Devil leads us into that dark, uncharted valley where evil, genius, divine inspiration, insanity -- and other unfathomable mysteries -- commingle. It also examines the hyperbolic industry of instant celebrity and ultimately shows us the complex algebraic equation that is Daniel Johnston's life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Childishly simple, but extremely funny.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Fascinating facts and testimony.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As they stumble, bumble and fumble their way to love, they get more charming by the minute. Which makes them more interesting than Hollywood-style characters, anyway.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Nair is not making a caricature out of Lalit or anyone else. She's inviting us into the inner recesses of her culture. And it's both pleasure and privilege to be one of her guests.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Although it contains many visually compelling passages and some provocative moments, the movie is strangely banal and simplistic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Though it might lack in Hollywood production values, it overflows with moral impact.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The movie’s disappointingly straightforward, with no discernible flair.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    What's so powerful about the film is the rich stories it tells and how it leads them like so many human tributaries to one black, bubbling source.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    As with his other works, [Mann] binds sound, music and pictures into one hypnotic triaxial cable and plugs it right into your brain. He makes this almost-three-hour experience practically glide by.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    May just be the best in its genre… Entertainment and radical street preaching, all rolled into one. If it tells black kids not to try this at home, it also revels cinematically in blam-blam-you're-dead. This is what makes the movie maddening -- and what gives it strength.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Engagement simply disappears inside its own enormous, intricate and ambitious design.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Vibrant and engaging documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Want to see something strange, funny, twisted, brilliant and macabre? Sure you do.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There's such a sense of overall intensity, you know you have been though something powerful.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    And what makes this autopsy of a love affair funny is Tom's ironic, morose commentary as he revisits what happened.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Hums with compassion for its outlandish, lonely but always sweet characters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Roundly entertaining.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Passionate, literally shimmering movie.

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