Desson Thomson

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For 1,694 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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Nobody's Fool
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil's Own
Score distribution:
1694 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Manages to be innocent, physically passionate, earnestly romantic and self-deprecatingly funny, all at once.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Climb into this rig and you'll be sweating bullets.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    There's a problem: This romance isn't developed enough to be truly satisfying -- it's fat-free SnackWell's when you want Godiva. It's not the original story we signed up for -- or thought we did.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
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    Essentially a dumb guy's day in Heaven. The movie's retrofitted with stunts, fights, explosions, drugs, babes and cars -- not necessarily in that order.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    At best, the movie is a problematic chamber piece; at worst, a misdirected, slightly misanthropic pretension.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    A fascinating premise. And yet, the movie, directed by Bruce Beresford, never quite blooms.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    A feel-good infusion for your precious little darling (or pack of darlings) who could use an uplifting fantasy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    With the exception of a few enjoyable action scenes, such as when Aeon and fellow operative Sithandra (Sophie Okonedo) flip and backflip their way across a lethal garden of bullet-spewing trees and spikes disguised as blades of grass, Aeon Flux is surprisingly draggy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's a B+, not an A. This would be enough for most filmmakers. But Anderson must contend with a higher standard. It's his fault for being original.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A hugely absorbing social drama that is, by turns, excruciating, sad and sardonic.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    If you're looking to take your children to something harmless, that doesn't embarrass anyone, this light comedy (a gentle parody of those "Behind the Music" specials on cable TV) is your next outing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Despite a subject of immense potential -- the movie's surprisingly uninvolving.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Unfortunately, the story, adapted by Anne Rice from her best-selling novel, sucks at the neck a little too long. A 23-minute snipping from this 123-minute movie would have done wonders.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    May be ambitious in its genre-defying abandon, sideswiping science fiction, satire, film noir and melodrama along the way, but it's also exasperatingly convoluted, self-amused and politically sophomoric.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Admirable in its refusal to be politically correct.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    This isn't real life. It isn't even a movie. It's an extended sitcom. And for the first time in your life, you'll actually beg for commercials.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    An easy-on-the-sensibilities family film, Eddie Murphy practically assumes the easygoing manner of Mister Rogers, a character he used to wickedly lampoon on "Saturday Night Live."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Demonstrates what writer-director Levinson does best: evoke the sights, smells and atmosphere of his youth with intelligence, humor and a keen sense of social perspective.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A humanistic gem of a movie, with unforgettable performances from Linney and Ruffalo.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Sketchy but often entertaining.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Director Phillip Noyce has made a serious movie that switches to almost popcorn entertainment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The most enjoyable John Sayles movie in recent memory.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    These dramatic shortfalls make us merely worried that two human beings are in danger, but not two compelling souls. There's your missing ingredient, the human X-factor.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    May not be the ultimate word on the Tibetan situation, or even the Dalai Lama, but its heart seems to be in the right place; and it's entertaining enough to give audiences an emotional sense of the story. [16 January 1998, p.N32]
    • Washington Post
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A deft, entertaining story that mixes menace with charm and satire with seriousness.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    In the end, however, when all Pacino's demons are bared, they don't add up to the poignant punchline you were set up for. The movie seems to have two or three finales too many -- a disturbing trend in all too many films of late.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's an intriguing experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Sitting through The Hangover is like watching "Memento" featuring the Three Stooges.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    So disarming, it's hard to say anything but good things about it. So get in line. The doctor is in.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Where the movie succeeds-and succeeds wonderfully-is when it stays a heartbeat away from politics. For two-thirds of the movie, it's an involving, boxing saga and romance.

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