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
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Mike Myers unleashes (or seems to unleash) the entire contents of his comic mind.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Without hesitation, I hand the comic award to Smith. She plays a pinched guest known as Constance, Countess of Trentham, to such a hilarious tee, her tee runneth over.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    An extremely affecting experience, down to the last agonizing moment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Hilarious, painful and brutally frank.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Although it's a drama, Osama feels like urgent documentary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Unusual, unexpected and strangely refreshing. For this movie to have resorted to a familiar action-flick finish with everything explained, pressed and dry-cleaned would have rendered it banal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The movie does what any great musician should: It lifts an idea to the heights of ecstasy; it sells its song.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A truly satisfying holiday picture, the kind everyone can enjoy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A disconcertingly assured tango between tenderness and brutality.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The movie's big action scenes, at times, make you forget you're even watching animation. There's an in-your-face sequence involving a runaway, crashing train that will make you squirm in your seat trying to get out of the way.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It's a wonderful postmodern hug of a movie, and never once do you not know you're watching a movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The dance between authenticity and storymaking works beautifully.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    There's visceral horror, too, including a grisly image -- a horror-in-miniature involving a fingernail -- that located an open nerve in my jaded ability to endure screen violence.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It feels like real life unfolding before your eyes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It's the atmospheric sideshow that earns the highest marks.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Without its animation, A Scanner Darkly would have made a fine cautionary tale about drug addiction, paranoia and institutional treachery in a police state. But with a technique that turns the existing live action into a two-dimensional cartoon, the movie goes one -- maybe even 10 -- better. It becomes its own living, breathing metaphor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Mamet doesn't just give us an enthralling heist flick, he makes the language something to savor. You're biting your nails with your ears peeled.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Steers refreshingly clear of the usual cliches. Character takes the wheel and dictates the action, not the other way around.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Costner (with Michael Blake's screenplay) creates a vision so childlike, so willfully romantic, it's hard to put up a fight.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Merchant's attention to Trinidadian culture, locales and general atmosphere is inescapably alluring.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This isn't a stand up and cheer flick; it's a sit down and ponder affair. And thanks to Kline's superbly nuanced performance, that pondering is highly pleasurable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Mullan's movie is admiringly uncompromising. He refuses to augment the horrors with relief.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Passionate, literally shimmering movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This is a fully realized movie, whose intelligence -- despite its grim findings -- dwarfs any Hollywood production.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Franklin's picture is effortlessly wise beneath its entertaining surface.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    No matter how you come down on this movie politically, Dogville is a compelling chamber piece with constant cinematic surprises. And you remember that von Trier is, above everything else, a consummate filmmaker.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Surprisingly powerful and universal: the search for meaning and small blessings in the face of life's utter randomness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Kidd, a first-time writer and director, has created a sophisticated but intriguingly toxic comedy of manners.

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