For 1,410 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 7.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kevin Thomas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Eve's Bayou
Lowest review score: 0 Eating Out: All You Can Eat
Score distribution:
1,410 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Late Marriage will assuredly rank as one of the cleverest, most deceptively amusing comedies of the year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    In only his second feature, Frammartino has found a fresh and ravishingly poetic and beautiful way to explore the relationship between the spirit, man and nature.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    In its vitality and finesse, Maria Full of Grace is all of a piece -- and both artistically and spiritually itself full of grace.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Lemmons' command of cinematic style, her appreciation of the chimerical aspects of life and her ability to inspire actors to give remarkably faceted portrayals mark Eve's Bayou a first film of exceptional promise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A masterpiece by any measure, is fresh, immediate and contemporary, but its wintry yet warm perspective is suffused with the wisdom and experience of a great filmmaker who turns 85 on June 2.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    The film is a glittering triumph of personal expression at its most elegant and opulent.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A brilliantly conceived epic fable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Go
    Offers breathtaking comic-action fantasy….Exhilarating and sharp, it never stops for a second. [9 April 1999, Calendar, p.F-6]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Chungking Express ravishingly, seductively exudes the immediacy of everyday life as its spins its classically timeless tales of love lost and almost regained.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A dazzlingly imaginative work with awesome production values and special effects that bear comparison to those of "2001."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    AKA
    Among the most sophisticated, fully realized and satisfying films of the year.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Few filmmakers juxtapose cruelty and beauty as audaciously as Japan's Takashi Miike. A master director with great style and panache, Miike's latest, 13 Assassins, is a classic samurai movie, right up there among the finest in the genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    In its masterful use of evocative imagery and music, Road to Nowhere is flawless.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Every element of The Mother, directed by Roger Michell and written by Hanif Kureishi, fits together with perfection. The film's staging -- the way its settings create a world that allows for striking images that echo the psychological interplay of its people, the way in which every performance could not be any better -- is awe-inspiring.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    The Cruise validates beautifully a life that is its own validation.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Anthony LaPaglia and Sigourney Weaver are superb in this moving adaptation of the post-Sept. 11 play.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Unquestionalby it's an instant classic, probably the grisliest well-made movie ever. [26 May 1983]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    The City of Lost Children is a stunningly surreal fantasy, a fable of longing and danger, of heroic deeds and bravery, set in a brilliantly realized world of its own. It is one of the most audacious, original films of the year. [22 Dec 1995]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A constant, idiosyncratic pleasure that leaves us eager to see what the Goodmans and Logue will do next.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Anubhav Sinha's exhilarating fantasy Ra.One is Bollywood at its best. It has energy, spectacle and humor, song and dance, but razzle-dazzle special effects and action stunts never overwhelm its story of enduring love that unfolds amid an intricate and inspired sci-fi odyssey.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Lutz's dialogue is consistently sharp and snappy, and the large cast forms a sparkling ensemble under Junger's adept direction.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    For 20 years, Claire Denis has been among France's foremost filmmakers with her acute yet subtle observations of the ebbs and flows within relationships. Her perception and understanding seem to grow only richer over the years, and her newest film, 35 Shots of Rum, is surely one of her finest -- and thereby one of the best films of the year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    In short, Wonderland is an extraordinary film, as entertaining as it is observant, about ordinary people.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Watching Marwencol, Jeff Malmberg's probing documentary on Hogancamp's undertaking, is an exhilarating, utterly unique experience.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A little movie with big truths, a work of such fierce intelligence and emotional honesty that it blows away the competition when it comes to contemporary romantic comedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    “Donnie Darko" was one of the best pictures released in 2001. Now that it has returned in a 20-minute longer--and richer -- director's cut, it seems sure to be ranked as one of the key American films of the decade.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Jacques Rivette has brought the Balzac short story to screen as a superb chamber drama. His is a graceful work of austerity and formality that perfectly captures the chaos of repressed emotions that see beneath the rigid conventions of aristocratic society.
    • 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."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    The film's immense cast and crew, headed by director Michael Bay, writer Randall Wallace and stars Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale, blend artistry and technology to create a blockbuster entertainment that has passion, valor and tremendous action.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Superb.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    An unforgettable experience from yet another filmmaker who is making South Korean cinema one of the most vibrant of any emerging on the international scene.
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    With this masterful, flawless film, Xiaoshuai emerges in the front ranks of China's now numerous, world-renowned filmmakers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Charged by a passion for life, A Home at the End of the World is a major achievement.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    It's been brought to the screen by director John Schlesinger and writer Malcolm Bradbury with such deftness, giving it a life of its own, that it's not necessary for audiences to be familiar with the literature it satirizes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A brilliant, often grotesquely bizarre allegory on life in Hungary from World War II to the present.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A string of unlikely events and coincidences set off Night Falls, and Lumet makes them believable the old-fashioned way: through interaction with a screen full of strongly drawn, fully dimensioned, psychologically valid characters.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    On the screen, the rip-roaring rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch retains all the excitement and energy it had on stage while adding depth, clarity and emotional texture.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Silent Souls is a marvel. Fedorchenko's expressive powers and his visual prowess are astonishing, and though the film's conclusion is abrupt and confounding, it feels right.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A beautiful film that flows with a luminous ease and assurance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Armstrong, screenplay adapter/co-producer Robin Swicord and their colleagues have got everything just right. [23 Dec 1994]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 51 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A teen comedy that actually puts a priority on intelligence and values and spans generations in its appeal, emerging as a special delight for anyone for whom high school was something less than nirvana. [29 Jan 1999, p.6]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Secret Ballot, which has a rich, spare score by Michael Galasso that blends Eastern and Western motifs, is funny, provocative, well-paced and leaves a memorable bittersweet aftertaste.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A gorgeous film with a vision strong enough to sustain heart-tugging, heightened by San Bao's romantic score, that verges on the sentimental.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Alternately heart-wrenching, dismaying, raw and even funny, Solas is ultimately a wonderfully warm and embracing experience.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    This witty and tender 1966 gem remains as timeless and fresh as ever.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The sweeping, confounding conclusion therefore unfolds with a beauty and an ease that seem truly organic. The Way We Laughed has that feeling of being a work of art.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Anderson, his superb ensemble cast and inspired cinematographer Uta Briesewitz, appeal at once to the intellect and the emotions as they build suspense and tension mercilessly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    In his feature debut, writer-director John Mangold brings remarkably sensitive powers of observation to bear upon ordinary people living ordinary lives.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A most-affecting experience, an impressive accomplishment in all its aspects.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    As a dramatist Eason has a classicist's sense of structure and movement to complement his sense of the cinematic. Manito, which has a special grand jury prize from Sundance among its 10 awards, is a small film with a big impact.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A work of art whose beauty has the eternal power of redemption.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    An across-the-board delight featuring a spot-on ensemble cast that treats the most awkward and embarrassing moments in the rites of passage with affectionate hilarity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Terrific escapist fare, stylish, outrageous and compelling.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A handsome work of authoritative yet understated style, responsive to mood, subtleties and nuance in exploring its especially well-drawn and intelligent lovers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Not long into this most exhilarating and enjoyable of movies, it becomes reminiscent of such vintage jewels as Carol Reed's simultaneously thrilling and amusing "Night Train to Munich."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Once again Chabrol's son Mathieu has composed a crucially evocative score, and Renato Berta's cinematography is gleaming. Merci Pour le Chocolat crackles with wit and elegance, humor and pathos.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    It's sensational in both senses of the word: a bravura, provocative sendup of horror pictures that's also scary and gruesome yet too swift-moving to lapse into morbidity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Mike Armstrong's relentlessly downbeat script allows Demme to develop an ensnaring camaraderie coupled with a dark destructiveness that recalls Eugene O'Neill.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Catches you up so firmly in its world that you find yourself accepting whatever Thornton presents right up to its deeply ironic finish.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Wickedly hilarious. [19 Feb 1999]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Surely there is room in the movies for a small film with an unabashed, even old-fashioned but timeless humanist spirit -- and a triumphant portrayal by a veteran star that is likely to be regarded as one of the year's best.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Lives up to its ambitiousness in all its aspects.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A fascinating, veritable self-portrait, masterfully culled from a trove of archival materials.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Kontroll is in fact an allegory, but one that oozes a gritty, dynamic realism.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    In recent years, South Korean cinema has fully flowered, producing both uncompromising highly personal films and crisp, intelligent genre movies, with Shiri the most spectacular example of the latter to date.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Alternately satirical and romantic, full of pain and humor, Buffalo '66 is a winner.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Sophisticated in its ease and spontaneity, it was directed with clarity and rigor by Auraeus Solito from Michiiko Yamamoto's acutely perceptive script.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    It is a film of uncommon intelligence and rigor that illuminates a complex era, and the romance at its center is also one of exceptional passion and honesty.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A period spectacle, steeped in awesome splendor and lethal palace intrigue, it climaxes in a stupendous battle scene and epic tragedy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    There is a wonderful natural quality to Jeong's storytelling that is enhanced by cinematographer Young-hwan Choi's graceful camerawork and by a dynamic, contemporary score from M&F.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A graceful mood piece that is infinitely moving.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Haneke illuminates beautifully the lives of his people with an eye for the revealing nuance and detail.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Yet another Merchant Ivory triumph.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    This graceful and wise film moves to its denouement with subtlety and, at its end, strikes a note that seems just right for all that has gone before.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    It could have done with fewer plot devices, but it is ultimately far more satisfying than countless less ambitious and risky films.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Effortlessly graceful and burnished to a glow, Dinner Rush is surely as satisfying as any of the delicious-looking food served at Louis' restaurant -- and is as full of surprises as any dish Udo ever concocted.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Boldly distinctive in its depiction of individuals caught up in a veritable infernal machine designed solely to give pleasure to a monarch, Vatel is a timeless tale of love and sacrifice in a world as opulent as it is cruel.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Ethan Hawke, in his feature directorial debut, has brought Nicolette Burdette's play to the screen with fluid grace and a perfect blend of dreaminess and grit, expressed in camerawork that seems to float and in Jeff Tweedy's shimmering, gently insistent score.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Moves way past the predictable into the shocking. Indeed, the film is so expertly structured and paced that its denouement knocks you off your feet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Remains a timeless, major work of a master.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Bagdad Cafe, which Adlon wrote with his wife, Eleonore, and Christopher Doherty, is a miracle of timing and control for all its aura of zany, off-the-cuff spontaneity. It is the work of a director who has such a clear idea of what he wants and where he's going that he can take his time to build up every joke for the maximum payoff.

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