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 Maria Full of Grace
Lowest review score: 0 Waking Up in Reno
Score distribution:
1418 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Thomas
    A clever, entertaining stunt, no more, no less.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Thomas
    A thoughtful but uneven film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Leigh piles up woe wider and higher than ever before. That he has done so with his usual skill, perception and alertness to relieving gestures of human tenderness and care does not keep All or Nothing from being a pretty glum, overly familiar business.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Thomas
    The witty coming-of-age film is marred by an uneven, digitally shot look, a disservice to its first-rate cast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Thomas
    As a grand flourish of cinematic technique, it is awesome; as a human drama, it is disgusting and silly, a mindless depiction of carnage on an epic scale. [15 July 1988, Calendar, p.6-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Thomas
    Thumbsucker aims high but swerves too frequently between the engaging and the credibility-defying to be satisfying.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    On the whole, Chain Camera is encouraging.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Kevin Thomas
    Not enough to save ivansxtc from, of all things, dullness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Kawalerowicz directs with briskness and vigor but cannot keep the first half of his film from slipping into tedium.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Simply too tedious and stretched out to be amusing. Had Schorr brought in his picture at 80 or 90 minutes Schultze might have been a different story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Thomas
    Felicity Huffman is such a wonder, at once funny and brave, playing a pre-op male-to-female transsexual in the uneven comedy Transamerica that she sustains several lapses that might otherwise have sunk it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Not as distinctive or even as humorous as its needs to be to stand out, but it has clearly been made with affection and care.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Thomas
    An affectionate tribute to the drag artist who has been a Manhattan institution for more than 20 years.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Kevin Thomas
    A glum British kidnap movie in which writer-director J Blakeson manages to generate tension and some suspense, never rises above the mechanical and contrived, finally lapsing into the improbable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Thomas
    Paper Clips arrives with an authentically persuasive message of hope.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Thomas
    Thraves is skillful at evoking mood and atmosphere and at depicting transitional periods in a person's life with a mildly wistful humor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Thomas
    Payne cops out, and the result is off-putting, despite a sparkling cast headed by a fearless Laura Dern in the title role.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    There are some inspired off-the-wall moments, but they are more than offset by a pervasive aura of tedium and the lack of any sense of the forward momentum necessary to sustain an adventure of this kind.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Dahmer moves with a slowness that's meant to be compelling but is largely merely glum. This becomes a hindrance to building suspense in telling a true story whose outcome is already well known.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Contrivance and a horrendous body count combine to yield a morbid effect for discriminating filmgoers, despite a comic tone. Still, there's enough ingenuity and scariness to please plenty of fans of the first film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Diverting and sometimes humorous but sticks to the superficial ...not distinctive enough to make much of an impression.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Sadly the film is so elusive, so distant, that it never seems more than half-alive.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Dazzling in its possibilities, but the holiday message of the 37-minute Santa vs. the Snowman leaves a lot to be desired.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Kevin Thomas
    Weighed down with gimmicks and special effects, a number of which are far from special, Sky High is best left to 10- to 14-year-olds because it's not likely to do much for older audiences and is too violent for the very young.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Stone covers territory all too familiar to most Americans old enough to remember the JFK assassination.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Thomas
    Too much of the film is not inspired enough in its humor to overcome the queasy feeling that comes from watching a comedy-adventure involving Jews during the Holocaust.
    • 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.

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