For 1,409 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 76% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kevin Thomas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Hamlet
Lowest review score: 0 Boxing Helena
Score distribution:
1,409 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    House of Flying Daggers finds the great Chinese director at his most romantic in this thrilling martial arts epic that involves a conflict between love and duty carried out to its fullest expression.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    It's hard to imagine many films surpassing or even equaling the effect of this supple, breathtakingly direct, small French film.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Seems every bit the masterpiece it was when first released by Paramount. In this dazzling film, Bertolucci manages to combine the bravura style of Fellini, the acute sense of period of Visconti and the fervent political commitment of Elio Petri -- and, better still, a lack of self-indulgence.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Incisive yet supple, wrenching yet deeply pleasurable, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada easily ranks among the year's best pictures.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Never has Denis demanded so much from audiences as with this shimmering enigma, at once intimate and epic, but it's worth the effort and then some.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A period chamber drama drawn from a Joseph Conrad short story and of such intensity and passion that it transcends a specificity of time and place to achieve timelessness and universality.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Filmmaking at its most fearless, with Ostergaard creating a suspenseful, harrowing account of his original key subject, known only as "Joshua."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A gritty, deceptively low-key, no-fuss, no-frills movie of consistent originality and surprise in which suspense arises straight up from the heroine's evolving character.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A brilliant, often grotesquely bizarre allegory on life in Hungary from World War II to the present.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Anthony LaPaglia and Sigourney Weaver are superb in this moving adaptation of the post-Sept. 11 play.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A superlative work, offering a rich emotional experience that at the same time calls attention to the seemingly endless suffering of the Afghan people.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A constant, idiosyncratic pleasure that leaves us eager to see what the Goodmans and Logue will do next.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Assayas has made a great film from Jacques Chardonne's classic novel. Although far different in tone, time, place and temperament, it brings to mind "Gone With the Wind" in its depth and scope and in its love story, which unfolds over a turbulent era.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    May well be Imamura's funniest film; it is also one of his most accomplished. It is the work of a mature artist who has kept his adventurous spirit alive, which he has expressed in a complex and risky work carried off with an effortlessness that comes only from wisdom and experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Late Marriage will assuredly rank as one of the cleverest, most deceptively amusing comedies of the year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Cookie's Fortune, which knows how to treat serious matters with humor, is to be treasured as an utterly distinctive work by one of America's finest filmmakers. [2 April 1999, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    AKA
    Among the most sophisticated, fully realized and satisfying films of the year.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A thoroughly original accomplishment of a high artistic order, Northfork features flawless, spare production design by Ichelle Spitzig and the Polish brothers' father, Del, and cinematographer M. David Mullen's striking images slide effortlessly into Dalí-like Surrealism.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Almereyda imagines Hamlet taking place in present-day Manhattan with such vigor, insight and originality that the power and immediacy of his film makes Shakespeare accessible in an exciting and provocative manner beyond all expectations.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    By the time this irresistible treat is over, it has created some of the funniest moments and most inspired visual humor and design we may expect to experience at the movies all year. [30 Mar 1988]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A dazzlingly imaginative work with awesome production values and special effects that bear comparison to those of "2001."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    The musical biography of comedian Fanny Brice emerges as a true classic, as enthralling as the day it was released in 1968. It is a superb example of Hollywood craftsmanship in which all elements have been blended to perfection with inspired artistry.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    In short, Wonderland is an extraordinary film, as entertaining as it is observant, about ordinary people.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    It was this ineffably poignant semiautobiographical reverie that unleashed fully Fellini's shimmering, flowing poetic style, echoed perfectly in a plaintive score by Fellini's potently evocative collaborator, Nino Rota.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
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    Offers breathtaking comic-action fantasy….Exhilarating and sharp, it never stops for a second. [9 April 1999, Calendar, p.F-6]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Deliciously funny and fiendishly clever con-man comedy that begins on a note of ingenuity that it then sustains with the tension of a high-wire act.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A brilliantly conceived epic fable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Superb -- Crammed with incident, and bristles with passion and energy. Tavernier treats his actors, every last one of them impressive, as an ensemble.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    The film is a glittering triumph of personal expression at its most elegant and opulent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    The extraordinary quality of White's script and Arteta's direction lifts the meticulously cast actors to the height of their abilities. "Friends" star Aniston digs deep but is never showy. Reilly reveals the tenderness, vulnerability and hidden depth that can lurk within a slob, and Nelson has some of the film's most outrageously funny and inspired moments.