Desson Thomson

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For 1,636 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 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 City of God
Lowest review score: 0 200 Cigarettes
Score distribution:
1636 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A most excellent sequel, funnier and livelier than the original.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    As Tsotsi, Chweneyagae turns his face into a living battle mask -- curved, molded and sandpapered into smooth ruthlessness. But as the story unfolds, Tsotsi's mask begins to crack, and his humanity begins to flow through.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The movie's a treasure of small gems.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A helter-skelter ride of the soul, an unblinking, white-knuckle crash landing into the mushy mysteries of the subconscious.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Grim, yes, and great viewing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    This story doesn't just belong to them anymore. This richly observed, sometimes heartbreaking movie has become ours, too.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    To watch this movie is to be moved not only by an affecting, warmly spirited yarn, but also by the wisdom that seems to waft to us directly from those snow-capped peaks.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Huppert and Greggory provide the emotional impact. They respond accordingly, imbuing their mutual suffering with an exacting and moving finesse.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Barry's deliberately unspectacular performance makes this even more powerful. He gives "Assassin" a disquieting authority.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's as much fun to anticipate what he's (Herzog) going to say as it is to appreciate the snowy landscapes, belching volcanoes and mustachioed seals before his lens. And what could have been a conventional travelogue becomes a sort of ruminative odyssey of the mind.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It is stylistically breezy but deeply sincere, as Tickell offers a thoughtful, well-researched argument for alternative energy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Fascinating facts and testimony.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There are scenes that simply ask the audience to drink in the details, to enjoy the repast, just as much as follow the plot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Takes unabashed delight in itself and its own culture.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Miller time for the funny bone.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Tautou is a delight, as always, using her bubbly personality to comic advantage. And Elmaleh makes for a sort of poor man's Buster Keaton, perpetually stressed but refusing to surrender, no matter how much damage he sustains to himself or his wallet.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It is a snapshot of a great actor in his prime and a chance for us to see one of yesteryear's great films in all its kingly luster.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Shaolin Soccer is "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" with soccer balls, a touch of Sergio Leone and not one microsecond of seriousness.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The movie, which suggests a combination of "Wait Until Dark" and "Rear Window," not only takes your breath away on an aesthetic level, it eloquently evokes the mother's and daughter's vulnerability.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Relentlessly funny satire.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Makes a virtue of its own simplicity. But don't be fooled. That simplicity is mere cover. You're kept wondering about the outcome until the very end.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's not art, but it's fun artfully done. And as long as you're paying less than the price of a cheapo motel for the night, it's worth checking into.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Wedding has enough coincidences, screamfests, drunken rants and shock revelations to fill a season of "Desperate Housewives," but it comes across as finely textured drama, thanks to the performers, who make their characters so persuasive and three-dimensional, we're too mesmerized to care about the story's more overwrought or histrionic passages.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There isn't a dull or dumb moment in this movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Writer-director Niccol (who wrote and directed "Gattaca" and scripted "The Truman Show") uses disarming, but wicked lightness to damn the celebrity-worshiping culture and Hollywood's beyond-the-looking-glass filmmaking.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    You're drawn in, like it or not. You can't get away from the immediacy. Or the feeling that you're getting sucked in, too.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The movie is given unusually wide dimension by director Taylor Hackford, who creates a subtly scary drama that emphasizes character over caricature (in most cases) and plausibility over formulaic stupidity (again, in most cases).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Bacon's subtle, assured performance keeps us with him every step of the way.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    The gals are fab. And so's the movie.

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