Desson Thomson

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For 1,656 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Midnight Cowboy
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil's Own
Score distribution:
1656 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    What's so powerful about the film is the rich stories it tells and how it leads them like so many human tributaries to one black, bubbling source.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    If Frears and screenwriter Donald E. Westlake (who scripted "The Stepfather") are light on substance, they're satisfyingly heavy on nuance. Grifters may not blow you away afterward but it keeps your attention riveted during.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    An understated, hypnotic stroke of brilliance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    With their inspired, absurdist taste for weird, peculiar Americana-but a sort of neo-Americana that is entirely invented-the Coens have defined and mastered their own bizarre subgenre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Everything has a Chaplinesque feeling, from the largely silent scenes to the highly visual, tragicomic situations...But The Man Without a Past is entirely free of the tramp's cloying sentimentality.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A thoroughly gratifying prestige thriller, thanks to riveting suspense and two brilliant stars.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Has a refreshingly keen ability to see everything from multiple angles.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Makes compelling, provocative and prescient viewing. You can draw your own conclusions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Although fictionalized, it feels depressingly real. It's a 90-minute newsreel with a broken heart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Frances McDormand enjoys the comedic role of her career.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The movie's intense watchability can be traced directly to superb performances by Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Buscemi makes Seymour into a character you simply want to see again and again. He's the most appealing, amusing "loser" anyone could ever share old records with.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    It avoids the compulsively calibrated storytelling of big-studio moviemaking for a slower-moving but powerfully absorbing drama.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Unabashed, streamlined entertainment, and you won't hate yourself in the morning for liking it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    So full of creativity, so subversive, so alive.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Martin Scorsese brings honor back to the remake. He shines up this reprise of the original with original brilliance
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Makes for fascinating cinema.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Wins you over with its devastating simplicity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Hilarious, touching and wonderfully dyspeptic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Until its final stumble, this intelligence thriller, starring Val Kilmer, is charged with brilliance.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    So elegantly layered and emotionally restrained, it makes the horror at its center all the more disturbing.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    An extraordinary piece of electronic history. And a riveting movie

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