For 1,418 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kevin Thomas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Evil Dead
Lowest review score: 0 Boxing Helena
Score distribution:
1418 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    The film is a glittering triumph of personal expression at its most elegant and opulent.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Ran
    Ran, which translates as "chaos" or "turmoil," is at once brisk and vital, elegiac and contemplative, intimate and epic, tragic yet shot through with humor. It combines the energy of youth with the perspective of maturity. It encompasses all of human nature in its folly and grandeur, and it does so in images as beautiful and terrifying as any ever captured on film and in performances that are impeccable.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Thomas
    Far from seeming dated, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie seems timelier than ever, downright prophetic, for that matter.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A brilliantly conceived epic fable.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    This witty and tender 1966 gem remains as timeless and fresh as ever.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    There's such a rich sense of the fullness of life in Moolaadé that it sustains those passages that are truly and necessarily harrowing.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Thomas
    A ruggedly beautiful landscape of desert and sea provides a dramatic setting for a psychological drama told with the utmost rigor--and unabashed eroticism.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Superb.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A dazzlingly imaginative work with awesome production values and special effects that bear comparison to those of "2001."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Thomas
    Has a sense of humor that is intellectual, even academic, at heart.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Thomas
    Ghost World is above all a disquieting consciousness-raiser.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Thomas
    A graceful, affectionate yet clear-eyed portrait of daily Middle America small-town life in which no individuals are interviewed but instead are observed with detachment as they go about their lives.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Thomas
    Beguiling but long-winded.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Thomas
    Even though the film's tone grows ever more elegiac, it stubbornly remains a celebration of the Kurdish capacity to endure.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Thomas
    The impact of its finish has been dissipated by too much meandering along the way.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Time is truly on Apted's side because the passing of time not surprisingly brings a richer, deeper perspective with each new segment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Requires careful attention at its abrupt finish. Close concentration on the final shots yields a meaning not possible should a viewer's attention wander or turn away a few moments too soon.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg has stood the test of time as beautifully as Deneuve and seems likely to enchant future generations as fully as it has audiences over the past four decades.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Amazing, rich in authentic period atmosphere and detail, an ever-changing cyclorama of a movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Thomas
    The luminous humanity that characterizes the films of Alexander Sokurov is in full force in Alexandra. On the surface, it is a work of the utmost simplicity but is charged with the eternal complexities and contradictions of both love and war.

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