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 7.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kevin Thomas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Cookie's Fortune
Lowest review score: 0 The Tiger and the Snow
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.

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