For 1,416 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 6.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kevin Thomas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)
Lowest review score: 0 Waking Up in Reno
Score distribution:
1416 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    It's difficult, though, to see how this picture -- essentially chronicling a long car trip -- could mean much to anyone but the Wagners and their friends and relatives.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    It's good that God's Sanbox has such an intriguing premise and compelling performances, because Doran Eran's pacing tends toward slackness, and most of the dialogue is in an English that is often impenetrable.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Increasingly perplexing film, which is more concerned with being clever than satisfying.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Director Mike Bigelow maintains a mercifully swift pace, and while the film's humor is deliberately as crass as humanly possible, it is not truly mean-spirited, even though Amsterdam is depicted as a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    That the acting is stilted and that the filmmakers and especially Pla take themselves so seriously serves to make Eternal deliriously silly camp fare.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Serves up a lot of bone-crushing violence in an offbeat context with considerable style and energy, but the steady diet of brutal street fighting makes it all but impossible to connect with this picture, despite whatever visceral appeal it may offer.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    There are moments when it is possible, with effort, to forget the plot and its tired premise and enjoy Witherspoon and Ruffalo's chemistry and imagine they are in another movie. But never for long.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Although The Dying Gaul tries to evoke the pathos of Greek tragedy and the stars strive heroically, there's none of the requisite grandeur in this trio of creeps to make it worth caring what happens to them.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Soderbergh has lots to say but this time seems to lack the confidence to express himself seriously.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Much of Craig Chester's good-hearted love story Adam & Steve is silly and contrived, but the film boasts four engaging actors.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    The Conrad Boys reveals little cinematic instinct or imagination but has a deeply personal quality that becomes engaging.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Even with satisfying performances from the principal actors, Poster Boy is longer on energy than focus.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Danny Elfman's intense score contributes crucial energy, John Thomas' camera work is first-rate, but the ambitious Freeway ends up merely trashy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    t's great to see cherished, longtime stars in big roles to which they can bring so much spontaneity and finesse; you wish only that this movie were sturdier and had aimed higher. Judging from the bloopers that unreel during Grumpier Old Men's end credits, the cast had lots of fun making this movie--more fun, it would seem, than it is to watch. [22 Dec 1995, p.18]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    As writer as well as star, Dedio expresses passionate concern for the lost young souls of Lower Manhattan but by and large doesn't define his characters strongly enough to involve the viewer in their fates very deeply.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Driver, who steadfastly carries Rosina/Mary through every stormy stage of her self-discovery, is consistently better than the picture, as is Wilkinson.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Klimt comes alive only fitfully at best, and it seems that for those occasional moments when it comes into focus there is an equal number that are merely silly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Stone covers territory all too familiar to most Americans old enough to remember the JFK assassination.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    A poignant, ambitious romantic comedy that overreaches its premise with a hopelessly convoluted denouement; it plays like a last-minute attempt to pad out Tori Spelling's part to justify her star billing.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Although competently acted and directed, lacks a fresh point of view and its people lack individuality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    The new film is so leisurely paced and overly long that what means to be at once charming yet darkly satirical lapses into tedium and barely comes alive.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Van Peebles' persona and sensibility remain engaging, as do his way with his beguiling score and songs, but his film desperately needs tightening to eliminate tedious moments, especially in the African sequence.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Filmmaker Peter Rodger does a fairly comprehensive job of traversing the globe in 98 minutes, posing the age-old question, "What is God?"
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Even though Drool rambles and ultimately slides into overly obvious make-believe, Kissam emerges as a fearless risk-taker of promise.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Eichmann, in all its solemnity, needs to be more dynamic; the film's portentous score further weighs it down.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Landon's sardonic view of human nature and deft filmmaking skills - plus a raft of sharp portrayals - keep the viewer from pondering the preposterousness of certain situations and instead encourages going along with the fun.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    The Grace Card becomes increasingly involving and assured, yet when the inevitable moment of truth arrives for the coming-apart Mac, the film lapses into melodrama, contrivance and improbability.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Alba gives such a focused, interior portrayal that she just might have managed to carry the movie had it been better.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Finding Joe is so centered on the self-realization of the individual that it provokes one to contemplate the millions of oppressed, imperiled people that haven't the luxury of pursuing such an inner quest.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Instead of underplaying the story's escalating tempestuousness it pushes it over the top; time and again the film begins to catch fire only to be doused in silliness.

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