For 1,629 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 higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Days of Being Wild (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Serving Sara
Score distribution:
1,629 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    May not be the first movie to examine the creative process. But it's the most playfully brilliant.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A movie for aesthetically hungry moviegoers: wildly amusing, sometimes sardonic and always touching. There's so much here, and all of it delightful.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A jarring, mesmerizing documentary.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Brilliant and brutal, funny and exhilarating, jaw-droppingly cruel and disarmingly sweet...To watch this movie (whose 2 1/2 hours speed by unnoticed) is to experience a near-assault of creativity.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Its themes of passion, heartbreak and the inexorable passage of time are eternal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Polanski, himself a survivor of Nazi-occupied Poland, has created a near-masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    There's no doubt about the film's sheer power and taut originality.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Simple, yet quietly astonishing film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The film's not only funny and weird, it's oddly poignant. I miss Hedwig already.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    One of the most startling, grittily brilliant films in recent years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A great little film, dignified by a superb performance, Diamond Men is a gem.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It's easily the best and brightest family-friendly movie of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A story that rips fleshy holes through your heart.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The Piano plays itself with such contrapuntal richness, it resonates in you forever.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Wickedly funny and devilishly subversive. It is satire at its most fearless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Not since the 1972 'Cabaret' has there been a movie musical this stirring, intelligent and exciting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The result is one of Almodovar's darkest films since the early days of "Law of Desire" and "Matador," and certainly one of his finest.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A great American picture, full of incredible images and lasting moments.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    You believe in everything.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    One fabulous Middle-earth show.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Wings is a soaring vision that appeals to the senses and the spirit. (Review of Original Release)
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Observed mostly from Remy's rat's-eye view, Gusteau's kitchen is a memorable world-in-miniature with its vivid old-fashioned stoves, bright, brassy pots and general air of frenzied industry; never did sliced red onions or simmering soup look so fresh and real.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    So wonderfully antiquated, so blissfully free of postmodern cleverness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Not only gives us a superb new cast of believable characters, it transcends its own genre. Only superficially a teen comedy, the movie redounds with postmodern -- but emotionally genuine -- gravitas.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Batman Begins emerges from the darkness and leaves a powerful, lasting impression.