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 10 Things I Hate About You
Lowest review score: 0 Waking Up in Reno
Score distribution:
1,410 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    What makes this film special, as in his other films, is the getting there. Téchiné is the master of subtle shifts in mood, an acute delineator of psychological interplay, and therefore demands the utmost of his actors.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The singular achievement of Jonathan Karsh's graceful and rigorous documentary is that he enables his audiences to see his heroine's family through her very clear but always loving eyes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The look and feel of the film is entirely beguiling. It is deliberately not a period piece, heavy with dated styles and fads, but instead evokes a sense of timelessness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Malena the film is as beautiful and seductive as its heroine, with its ravishing Lajos Koltai cinematography and sweepingly romantic Ennio Morricone score.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    It is best to let this stunning film simply wash over you and trust that all will become clear enough in time. Vengo in a sense is a concert film tied together with the slenderest of plots.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    As atmospheric and moody as a film noir, the stylish, sometimes perplexing Purple Butterfly is a remarkable period piece, evoking the bustling, dense and increasingly dangerous Shanghai of the '30s
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    An accomplished film that continually takes us beyond our first impressions of people and situations.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Brings maximum subtlety, nuance and insight into the timeless story of first love.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A heart-tugger made totally irresistible because of the combination of Kitano's wry, sly sense of humor and his rigorous detachment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    For all its nonstop energy and high spirits, Can't Hardly Wait allows its characters to emerge as fully dimensional individuals; they've been written with care and perception and played with equal aplomb by a roster of talented young actors.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A work of artistry and craftsmanship at the highest level.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A work of art whose beauty has the eternal power of redemption.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A potent mixture of sentiment and grit, and it showcases the talents of its young principals.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Even though there are tedious stretches with less-than-riveting characters, the film gradually pulls you into its claustrophobic spell and becomes acutely suspenseful in its final half-hour.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Flawless contributions by Armstrong's crew make Oscar and Lucinda a vibrant period piece, buoyant yet incisive, and easily sustaining interest, if not generating deep involvement, throughout a just-under two-hour running time. [31Dec1997 Pg.8]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Humor, sentiment and melodrama strike a balance as he brings to life nine major characters and a host of others as well.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Director Nora Ephron and her co-writers, sister Delia plus Pete Dexter and Jim Quinlan (the latter two wrote the original story), bring a smart contemporary sensibility to the hokum, hilarity and heart-tugging that have made for many a classic Hollywood entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A martial arts action-adventure with wondrous special effects and witty production design, it effectively combines supernatural terror, a mythical slay-the-dragon, save-the-princess odyssey and even a spiritual quest for self-knowledge. [21 Aug 1995 Pg. F3]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    An exhilarating rush of a movie, with all manner of go-for-broke visual bravura that expresses perfectly the free spirits of his bold young people. [22 May 1998, Pg.F9]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Beautifully wrought and wonderfully acted, The Flower of My Secret is in fact the kind of film that George Cukor often made - and he surely would have been delighted at Almodovar's deft blend of humor, tenderness and wisdom. [13 Mar 1996]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Michael Winterbottom's handsome, uncompromising film. Jude glows with Eccleston's and Winslet's performances and with those in supporting roles.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Live Flesh is an effortlessly articulated tragicomedy by Pedro Almodovar, a world-renowned filmmaker at the height of his powers. [30 Jan 1998]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The result is a take-no-prisoners movie from one of Hong Kong's most idiosyncratic, shoot-from-the-hip filmmakers that's the very antithesis of sentimental gay love stories. [31 Oct 1997]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The smiles don't fade until the finish of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown when we witness Pepa's realization that she has, in fact, come into her own and taken charge of her own destiny. [20 Dec 1988, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The result is a career milestone [for Hal Hartley] and a film that could become a landmark in American independent cinema.
    • 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

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