Desson Thomson

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For 1,704 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Nightmare Before Christmas
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1704 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    First-time filmmaker Jordan Roberts worked on this project for years, but merely ended up with dreary cliche.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    This "Four" ain't so "Fantastic."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Fails as the big-screen romance it wants to be. The main problem: There's only one heart between the principals, and it beats solely in Chow's chest.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The story, which feels more like a sprawl of television episodes than a film, is a little tedious to sit through.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    This movie is great in any version...I don't miss what has been cut from the new version. The overall effect is so beautifully wrought, a few details aren't going to bring things crashing down.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    This movie is so wearying in its mediocrity, the inappropriate Ronica almost registers as dramatic relief.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It avoids the compulsively calibrated storytelling of big-studio moviemaking for a slower-moving but powerfully absorbing drama.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Williams is hardly at his comically inventive best. And the script (adapted by Chris Van Allsburg, and a string of others, from his book) pursues the least exciting avenues possible.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 37 Desson Thomson
    Presumably, there's a poignant story to be told about the love between 19th-century poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud. But Agnieszka Holland's Total Eclipse, a pretentious, flat affair, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Rimbaud and David Thewlis as Verlaine, is not the film to pull it off.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    From the get-go, the story remains bogged down in its rather limited morass.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The result: an empty comedy that takes hackneyed potshots at consumerism.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The film's first half is easily the best and brightest. As the movie moves into the more saddening sections, however, it loses most of its power.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    By its own deliriously rock-bottom standards, "Universal" ain't half bad. Of course, you have to be big on bloody slaughter, kickboxing, infrared gunning and impaired acting. But "Universal" executes its subtle-free mission with surprisingly watchable efficiency.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    If the ultimate goal is entertainment, then Lady in the Water enthusiastically rises to the task. In a movie laden with enough symbolism, shamanism and mythic lore to make Joseph Campbell dance a tribal jig, Shyamalan never forgets to have fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Blaze turns out to be quite an amusing floor show, the kind of silly, factually irresponsible burlesque that makes you laugh in spite of yourself.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Desson Thomson
    The great thing about Mystery Train is its open-endedness. It's a generously scripted ride that gives equal berth to all its characters, then cuts them loose with unfinished business, which also leaves them alive and drifting in your thoughts for a long time. That doesn't seem like a bad achievement at all.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    There's nothing beyond the bloodshed and gallows humor, just intellectually secondhand implications about materialism, conformity and misogyny.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    One artist's moving tribute to another.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    Insipid, by-the-numbers romance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    I would rather have a more interesting group of desperate people to spend my post-apocalyptic time with.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Tomorrow Never Dies isn't one of the great Bonds, by any means. But it's familiar, flashy and enjoyable in all the right places.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    A violence-intoxicated, far-fetched, morally corrupt drama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    A brightly wrapped, ketchup-drenched mush-burger, it slides down the Zeitgeist esophagus like a slippery McPelican. You pay, you swallow, you drive home. You're left with nothing except, possibly, heartburn.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Less-than-scintillating spin on "Life Is Beautiful."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Unabashed, streamlined entertainment, and you won't hate yourself in the morning for liking it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    I could love it only as far as it let me. Although the movie has hilarious moments throughout, its thematic thinness is writ fairly large on the big screen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    I don't pretend to understand a darned thing about Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love...But it's undeniably powerful and, if you're up for the experience, exhilarating.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The Wachowski brothers have rendered their chronicles into banality, as if trying to imitate the qualitative tailspin of the "Star Wars" series.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    This is sweet-natured fun for the very young.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Strikes an unsatisfying balance between serious romantic texture and outright farce.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    At what point in the movie is it too late to ask for your money back?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Ironically, Alien is not a bad movie. In fact -- here's the rub -- it's too interesting to make an exciting summer flick.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Garrone's movie finds a disconcerting niche between edgy character thriller and black comedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The movie's much more than a castor-oil feminist message about self-realization, bad old Dad and all those awful men. The performances take care of that.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    The driving drama of such a desperate situation is lost in the movie's casting silliness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It is, however, a baby boomer's treat to see Faithfull, romancer of Mick Jagger back in the day and a pop siren in her own right, show her qualities as an actor. One is hopeful she'll find her way to other, better projects.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Isn't scintillating, but it's sort of embraceably funny.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Never better than fair to middling pleasant.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    At first blush, there's something vicariously liberating about Brosnan strutting through a lobby dressed only in Speedos and cowboy boots. But it also feels false. The actor seems to be theatrically slumming before his return to suave form.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Although it contains many visually compelling passages and some provocative moments, the movie is strangely banal and simplistic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Its strength is the documentary-textured depiction of Native Americans in their social environment. Its weakness is a story that's a patchy combination of soap opera, low-tech magic realism and, at times, ploddingly sociological commentary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    It suffers from a dreary middle section. Great movie, mediocre script.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    By Breillat's usually dire standards, this is practically a laff riot, and if you want to see her funniest, most accessible movie, this is the one to watch.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Chinese director Zhang Yimou understands perfectly that the small can be epic and awe-inspiring. And, by the way, he knows how to get big, too.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Narratively club-footed but directorially assured.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As a Coen brothers fan I hate to say this, but the movie's a collection of great bits and pieces rather than a complete work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    For interested parties, it's entertaining to hear from, and meet, the people who live and breathe the politics of America.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Although the movie loses power in its final sections, the performances, writing and Richard Pearce's direction transform this shaky idea into something rewarding.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 Desson Thomson
    I wouldn't want you to consider even renting this thing. It would only encourage another prequel, this time featuring two dumb toddlers who keep walking into doors and become great pals. Call it "Duh and Duh."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Far too slick and manufactured to claim street credibility.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    If you want to sample the sheer bouquet of great acting, you could get drunk on this movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Nothing like the sight of thousands of scuttling, hideous, practically indestructible insects crawling up the sides of a fortress, hellbent on destroying the human race. As they keep coming and coming, they’re the only things in this movie earning your money.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    You want to know if The Running Man is a good-time macho show, right? Stay at home and watch professional wrestling. Or Miami Vice (same director -- Paul Michael Glaser). Sure there's blood spattering and bullets riddling and Big Boys Banging Biceps. But through the dry-ice haze, Running Man is surprisingly boring.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Compared to Escape From New York, the weapons are bigger and the violence is more extensive, although it’s toned down by today’s excessive standards. There are also greater special effects this time, involving holograms and nuclear-powered submarines. But Escape From L.A. is more enjoyable in a playful way.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    A conceptual train wreck, with half an idea scattered like disaster debris all over the screen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There's a collective scintillation about its rich, distinctive characters, narrative serendipity and ineffable magic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As a movie, this is exciting stuff.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    Here are some of Summer School's favorite things: idiocy, illiteracy, irresponsibility, drunkenness, dumbness and debauchery. Piqued? [24 July 1987]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Recycles the great surprises that made the first movie so powerful. And most significantly, it makes a big hoot of the whole business.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    We are hooked into a low-tech but compelling dynamic -- between relatively static images and McElwee's sensitive, connective narrative.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The firefighting equivalent of an Army recruitment commercial.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A crazy, intentionally ludicrous movie that's a lot of film-noir fun.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Sure, this romance, starring Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg, follows a familiar boy-meets-girl scenario, but Younger turns the routine into combustible fun.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    What isn't so fascinating is this movie's absurdity of motivation. No one does anything that makes sense. No one seems real. When the actual perpetrator is uncovered, there is no enlightenment as to why the killing occurred.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    If Amazing Grace serves its most superficial purpose -- to educate the viewer -- it's hardly compelling viewing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Davis, who won an Oscar for Best Documentary, may not have agreed with presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon on the war, but he heeded Johnson's call to fight for hearts and minds. His aim was dead on target.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Doesn't anyone get sick of this same old routine?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    You are allowed to come up with a monster we haven't seen before.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    Although the hallmarks of Rudolph movies can be found everywhere -- they don't add up to the usual magic this time.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    To watch Greendale is to understand everything about Neil Young. Like him, it's grungy, honest, disarming and unapologetically original.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    It tries unsuccessfully to make a wry gumshoe noir out of an overarching, cross-sectional political diagram.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It's a fascinating story but not so fascinatingly told.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    There's no doubt about the film's sheer power and taut originality.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The movie's great fun, particularly for kids used to that satirically hard-edged kind of kid show.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Fabulous mental escape. It's fun and playful, rather than dark and foreboding. And there doesn't seem to be an original cyber-bone in the movie's body. But it's put together in a fabulous package.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Short but emotionally effective movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Slickers is also a white male's "Wizard of Oz." Stern will get his courage back and defeat the wicked witch. Crystal's heart will be restored and Kirby will get to roar for a while. But the film's strewn with enough amusing lines and situations to make the trail diverting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Some of it is funny -- particularly the physical comedy. Most of it is not.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Desson Thomson
    The projectors in the theater practically shut down with boredom.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Desson Thomson
    Don't even consider this when it hits the Blockbuster shelves of shame.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    So full of creativity, so subversive, so alive.
    • 79 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It canters along, content to follow the Rules of Cute and Fuzzy Horse Movies.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    This movie is a mixed repast: good food and wine laced with enough misanthropic poison to turn any stomach.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The Jacket is doing nothing but sampling elements of "Jacob's Ladder," "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Memento" without offering more than hackneyed solutions, including a rather cheesy conclusion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A sobering reflection on our culture's attitude toward violence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The grimness of the movie becomes not only too unbearable, its point is clear about halfway through. After that, everything comes across as redundant retreading of the same perspective. But for atmosphere, great cinematography and eye-opening directness, this movie can't be beat.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Frantic is vintage Polanski, with its relentless paranoia, irony, diffident strangers and nutty cameos. And Polanski forgoes the mood-marshalling Hitchcock cellos for his own brand of good old quiet tension -- here made eerier by Witold Sobocinski's high and low camera angles.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Martin Scorsese brings honor back to the remake. He shines up this reprise of the original with original brilliance
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    The comic equivalent of microwaved leftover food -- and pretty stale at that.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There's every reason to watch Bread and Roses for what Loach really does best: He involves us directly in the desperate lives of his characters, who are forced to live without security and who have to compromise to make ends meet. And, above all, who feel as real as moviemaking allows.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's painstakingly paced, but it's also entrancing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Revenge was supposed to be the one that really socked it to us, about Anakin's almost biblical fall from grace. But the movie never rises to its powerful occasion.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    After watching this movie, which stars Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Kathy Bates and Gabriel Byrne, I was moved only to find my own bridge to leap from.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Its heart is vaguely in the right place.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The film amounts to a harsh and perpetual assault on viewers' sensibilities -- not only because of its violence but because of its overall bleakness.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Reveals itself detail by searing detail.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A guaranteed pleasure for anyone who ever loved pop music, owned a record collection or suffered in love
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Flagging energy isn't the only issue here; Ford has become enslaved in his own cliches.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    A good-natured but failed experiment in meeting cute -- indie-movie style.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Gets bogged down in sentimentality, while its wheels spin futilely in life-solving overdrive.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Makes for fascinating cinema.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Like the mysterious, bound package Goodman gives Turturro (the contents are never revealed), the Coens isolate a small area of interest, bind it with psycho-atmospheric finesse, then wait for something significant to emerge. Even after a second viewing of this movie, it doesn't.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    One mediocre, ploddingly predictable film, loaded down with cheesy Hollywood tactics.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A peppy, satisfying comedy that could soon become a minor classic
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    This movie has all the same elements as other Grisham fare: raw young lawyer trying to make it in the South; helpless client treated badly; sleazy, star-chamber villains. Wake me up when the last-minute surprise witness comes out of her hidey hole to turn the case around.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    An overextended, episodic disappointment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Though Hard Candy clearly believes pedophiles should be chopped into little pieces and buried in an unmarked grave, its only purpose is exploitative. Sure, it's a cautionary tale for all those sicko wolves out there, but it's nothing more than an unabashed lurk-and-dread fest.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Hedge is built for laughter rather than artistry; jokes are packed into every pixel. But despite the movie's entertaining qualities, there is something a little unsettling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Wickedly funny. In fact, Heathers may be the nastiest, cruelest fun you can have without actually having to study law or gird leather products. If movies were food, Heathers would be a cynic's chocolate binge.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    In drama, and just about everything else, almost is never enough. Which is why Martian Child, about the growing bond between an adult and child, never reaches us.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    They go about scaring you, but only in the most hackneyed and cheap-shock manner.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It is a well written, nicely acted and smoothly directed battle of the sexes.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    In this final installment of a glorious trilogy (which includes the films “Blue” and “White”) he has saved his greatest for last.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    If Southpaw leaves you hungry, this much is also true: The "food" was good in the first place.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Wins you over with its devastating simplicity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    If there's anyone who can make this ordeal -- and when you're plumb out of characters, it can be an ordeal -- tolerable, and even entertaining, it's Hanks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    The movie attempts to paint too large a canvas.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It doesn't matter how many times you see these images. They're always exciting.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    [Zaillian] employs every trick and convention in the Hollywood book, but with such expertise, it feels original. Never were the emotions this roundly affected -- around a simple board game.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Overwritten, overextended and clunkily symbolic
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Occasional clumsiness is easily coated over by the movie's overarching goodwill.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The movie has many of the elements that made the first "Dawn" so darkly entertaining.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 0 Desson Thomson
    The Devil's Own, which stars Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, is so epically awful, it's practically homeric.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    But the film, written and directed by fellow artist Julian Schnabel, is so tender in its affections, these omissions and poetic licenses seem like the embellishments of a good friend.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    The movie wants to trade on atmosphere more than plot, but even the atmosphere rings false.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Sad, sobering film.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It's formula-packed business as usual. In fact, it's double-packed, triple-packed, more.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Hilarious, touching and wonderfully dyspeptic.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    It's uninspired and insipid all the way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    In a movie in which time travel is used to rectify the past, it's too bad scriptwriters David and Janet Peoples didn't go through the time/space tunnel to work on that first draft again.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A pleasure because of zany developments like this, and a healthy dose of amusing characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Lathan, who was such a live wire as the aspiring basketballer in 2000's "Love & Basketball," gives this movie an alert, glamorous presence.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This is pretty much a feel-good film for committed fans and moviegoers looking for some spectacular combination of travelogue, athleticism and slo-mo grace.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    More amiable than hysterical.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    The movie’s disappointingly straightforward, with no discernible flair.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    I laughed. And I laughed primarily over Heder's hilarious performance. You ain't seen nothing till you've seen Napoleon attack that tether ball.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The story that emerges has elements of romance, tragedy and even silent-movie comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Vaughn can motormouth like a machine gun, spraying men, women and children with manic, rat-a-tat outbursts of toxic insincerity. It's often dirty, yes. But it's also manic and inspired.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    I can only bestow this adaptation of Joanne Harris's bestselling novel with such faint praise as "pleasant" and "mildly disarming."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    This movie may appeal to the youthful, midnight-madness crowd, but there isn't enough in it to bestow it with classic B-movie glory.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    For all its visual delights, however, Coraline remains more an engaging spectacle than a connective drama. That is chiefly because of the writing. Director-writer Henry Selick doesn't reach for the kind of universality that would enrich the movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Until its final stumble, this intelligence thriller, starring Val Kilmer, is charged with brilliance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A psychic journey deep into the very fabric of Iranian (and by extension, all) life.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A warm, unexpectedly moving portrait of a man on the verge of what could either be a dreadful or delightful second chapter.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The scenes unfold with such unhurried delicacy, and the characters are so intriguing, you can ignore the editorial bluntness and savor the smaller, sweeter details.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Does a masterful job of building menace until about halfway through.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Martin Lawrence is all there is to National Security. And that's about two or three points out of a possible 10
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The film's not only funny and weird, it's oddly poignant. I miss Hedwig already.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    It's the usual undisciplined, overextended Spike symphony: more fun than it is any good.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The movie's not heavyhanded about this coming of moral age; the revelations unfurl in subtle ways. What Bernal and this well-wrought movie convey so well is the charisma that would soon become a part of human history.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    So elegantly layered and emotionally restrained, it makes the horror at its center all the more disturbing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    The scenario (written by Carl Binder, Susannah Grant and Philip Lazebnik) is disappointingly wan and obsequious.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A triumphant return to the icky, otherworldly eerieness that graced such earlier Cronenberg works as "Scanners," "Videodrome" and "Dead Ringers."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Tries -- and fails -- to evoke that whoa-did-this-really-happen edge.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Although the movie has a few interesting twists and turns, its mind-versus-mind conceit devolves into a mundane warden-versus-inmate conclusion.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The commercial transition has been remarkably successful. This is primarily thanks to Rodriguez, who not only retains the original movie's kinetic flair, but takes it further.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Good but it SEEMS even better because of its evocative setting.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    It's as pretentious and wispy as its title.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This is a compelling cautionary tale hot-wired to your gag reflex.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Between them, Clooney and Kidman would still need a third party to work up a personality. In fairness to both, they aren't given much to work with.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Above all, the movie's funny and wicked fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The reason for the film's success is simple. Screenwriter Richard LaGravenese and director Eastwood skirt most of novelist Robert James Waller's excesses.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Of all ironies, "Strangers" occasionally takes a step in the direction of the after-school specials it's trying to twit; you'll catch it trying to make you feel warm and fuzzy about Jerri.
    • 85 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Aside from the obviously Australian flavor to everything -- which can be entertaining at times -- there's no X factor to justify the whole exercise.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Despite its intelligent agenda, swollen heart and fabulously epic surface, amounts to a didactic banality: a white guy's politically correct lesson abroad.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The movie gradually peters out.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    CQ
    A charming, spirited movie for cinephiles, or those who aspire to be. It's the kind of movie every kid in film school wanted to make but didn't have the father to produce.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Never intends to be deeper than a magician's hat, and its wonderfully low-tech stop-motion technique is not only a nod to Czech animator Jan Svankmajer but a tacit rebuke to computer-graphics-heavy fantasies such as "The Chronicles of Narnia" or the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It is sheer brilliance and testament to the vitality of an old master.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Even though this will not go down as a great Zucker comedy, he has made Rat Race funnier than it could reasonably hope to be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    It's too short, and it doesn't delve deep enough. But it's thoroughly enjoyable.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The racial angle becomes the tiresome basis of almost every joke.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    Lacks that outrageous effrontery that might have socked it to its intended audience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    An extraordinary piece of electronic history. And a riveting movie
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    A picture-book French film that's pretty and trite, rather than edgy and moving.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    An edgy quasi-comedy, it's very funny in places, touching in others. There is a little unevenness. But for a directorial debut, it's amazingly assured.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    There's something diverting but not wildly stirring about this Italian drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A saga of unbearable sadness and romantic beauty.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    But if the modestly budgeted film (loosely based on journalist Michael Nicholson's factual narrative, "Natasha's Story") lopes along a formulaic, often heavy-handed track, its pictures and subtext make a powerful statement. [9Jan1998 Pg. N.41]
    • Washington Post
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    So single-minded in its reach for fantasy, it becomes the genre's evil opposite: banality.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A modern epic that fuses myth with hard-edged reality, it's a one-of-a-kind, thoroughly engaging experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Brings kinetic, stylistic and even sexy dimension to the Bram Stoker legend.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Always entertaining. But someone seems to have thrown away the metronome into the Spanish moss outside. "Midnight," which finally draws to a halt after two and a half hours, has a lot of acting, a bit of soul and no rhythm.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Nicotina skitters between dull and forced, this despite the use of split screens, jaunty music and the personable Luna.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Savvy without being smug, cute without being saccharin, and funny without slipping into over-the-top goofiness, this is a 14th-century good time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    I sat through "Courage" with interest, but I wasn't particularly moved or riveted with suspense.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This often macabre comedy allows us to doff such civilized traits as taste and decency. We're free to laugh at anything, and we do. Oh, the shame -- and the good time.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Although it has moments of charm and poignancy -- this is one of Glenn Close's best hours -- the scheme and scope of the movie are just too darned obvious.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    In keeping with the Smith rules, the movie is irreverent, self-referential, twisted, cheap and tasteless. And, of course, I mean that as the highest compliment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Watchable, certainly. It should have been so much more.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Instead of offering a perspective that, at the very least, laments a world where the flow of money hurts otherwise good people, Allen simply pushes the movie into an uncertain sinkhole between morality play and black comedy.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There are some very thought-provoking points, and the movie deserves a balanced listening-to.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Masterfully arranged for color, texture, decor and camera fluidity, The Conformist is more like a symphonic poem than a movie. (Review of 1994 Release)
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Though Philip Haas's digitally shot film has the firsthand immediacy of such nonfictional docs as "Iraq in Fragments" and "Gunner Palace," its dramatic template feels disappointingly secondhand.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Desson Thomson
    Stars Samuel L. Jackson in the worst role of his career -- one hopes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Though Lust, Caution resounds with these disconcerting themes, it operates on the same principle that distinguishes all lasting romances, be they "Wuthering Heights," "Casablanca" or "When Harry Met Sally."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    And if the movie's not particularly visual -- apart from the excerpted scenes from Fellini's extremely visual films -- it's entertaining for the ears. Fellini talks and talks. And like many directors, he talks a good life.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Refreshingly free of the hyperbole of special effects...Ong-Bak will win no scriptwriting awards, but Jaa is definitely the real deal.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As exciting for its narrative twists and turns as for its Korean textures and rhythms.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Speaking of Jane, Minnie Driver gets the big banana for top off-screen performance. She brims over with prissiness and pep, tenderness and visionary appreciation.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Kettle of Fish, starring Matthew Modine as a commitment-skittish saxophone player, is a warm-spirited romantic comedy, but it tends to have a squawky pitch.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    If there's any moral to this sorry story, perhaps Lee's stealth-message is it: Even when it's not about race, it is.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A jarring, mesmerizing documentary.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Unfortunately, apart from Downey's convincing contribution, the movie feels too contrived, stagy and inorganic to draw any pleasure.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Tin Cup works for viewers of any handicap.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    There's something impressive and yet lacking about everything.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Although the movie is moving and even funny in many places, it's also overextended. And composer John Williams's syrupy score practically oozes from your ears on the drive home.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Its title may ring with pun and promise, but Stoned is a flat riff on Jones's short life. You'll get the highlights but no sense of what made him special -- or what really haunted him.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    But it's Roberts's memorably comic performance that is the most distinguishing aspect of the movie. As the gawky professional companion, she's ticklishly appealing.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Well, it could have been good. But this goofy homage to Kiss fans gets dry mouth pretty fast.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    There's not much zest here, even with Mike Myers's energetic attempts to steal the movie as a cross-eyed flight instructor.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Paul Hogan has an easy plan: Simply be Mick Crocodile Dundee and the rest will follow. The rest is Crocodile Dundee II, and it doesn't follow so much as drag itself along like an alligator on dry land.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The real importance of "Earnest" is the thrill of brilliant repartee. And as we laugh, an amazing thing happens: Oscar Wilde comes alive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    With its deft intercutting of place and time, the film creates a powerful sense of mysticism and fate.

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