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

Kevin Thomas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Warm Water Under a Red Bridge
Lowest review score: 0 Waking Up in Reno
Score distribution:
1,410 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Kontroll is in fact an allegory, but one that oozes a gritty, dynamic realism.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The film is a terrific scare show, fast and furious, made with a lot of style and energy, packing plenty of jolts yet never lingering morbidly over horrific images. It is anchored in strong characterizations, and its plot develops with chilling psychological suspense. It's such a skillfully made entertainment that its plunge into the supernatural is persuasive even for the skeptical.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Alternately witty, caustic, tender and endlessly imaginative and unpredictable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    It is the kind of superbly crafted, intelligent entertainment — a classic suspense thriller — that nowadays is as welcome as it is rare.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A remarkable work -- lively, painful, humorous, deeply revealing of both father and son -- that is worthy of one of Hollywood's finest directors of photography.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Romero easily commands an enormous cast, a plethora of action sequences and a cornucopia of special effects -- some of them very gory -- and creates one darkly dazzling image after another that allows Land of the Dead to emerge without any nudging whatsoever as a bleakly humorous, hard-charging allegory.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A fascinating, veritable self-portrait, masterfully culled from a trove of archival materials.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    That rare episode film that actually accrues a cumulative power and doesn't merely proceed from one segment to the next.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Down to the Bone emerges with an aura of authenticity so strong as to be mesmerizing, thanks to a superior script brought to life with infallibly natural performances.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A psychological suspense drama of the utmost rigor and originality.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Chen's masterful, deeply perceptive direction of his superb cast is equaled by the film's luminous cinematography, rich yet spare and stylized production and costume design, and rousing score.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Finds Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien at his most intimate and romantic. The deceptive simplicity of these vignettes, written by Chu Tien-wen, throws into relief Hou's formidable storytelling strengths and visual acuity - his way with actors, his subtlety and expressiveness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Emmanuel Carrère's witty, elegant La Moustache is a deliciously unsettling, beautifully sustained enigma, a film of much beauty and flawless performances, especially from Vincent Lindon in one of his most demanding roles.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Sophisticated in its ease and spontaneity, it was directed with clarity and rigor by Auraeus Solito from Michiiko Yamamoto's acutely perceptive script.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A period spectacle, steeped in awesome splendor and lethal palace intrigue, it climaxes in a stupendous battle scene and epic tragedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    There's not a second in the film that isn't a reminder that New Orleans in its architecture, cuisine and multicultural diversity as well as in its music is a unique and major American center of culture. Murphy has made a film more valuable than he surely ever could have imagined.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    An example of sophisticated, impassioned filmmaking involving mainly people who lived through the harrowing experiences so unsparingly depicted, Journey From the Fall powerfully illustrates the refugee/immigrant experience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A stunning reminder of the omnipresence of mortality.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Bold, acutely observant and universal in its wide-ranging concerns and implications.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The Stoning of Soraya M. goes well beyond its angry didacticism and its specific indictment of men's oppression of women to achieve the impact of a Greek tragedy through its masterful grasp of suspense and group psychology, and some superb acting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    This fresh and flawless adaptation of an autobiographical story by Davy Rothbart is a joy to behold. Its people are in their 20s, but what they experience is ageless, timeless and universal.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Complex, challenging and richly rewarding, it glows with the kind of wrenchingly selfless portrayals that are the hallmark of the Bergman classics.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A stirring, thought-provoking feat of filmmaking, accomplished in every facet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    As a dramatist Eason has a classicist's sense of structure and movement to complement his sense of the cinematic. Manito, which has a special grand jury prize from Sundance among its 10 awards, is a small film with a big impact.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    It takes a director with exceptional talent, skill and experience to explore ambiguity in all aspects of human nature and behavior, and Oshima has created a film of resilient, downright tensile strength that ends on a satisfyingly ironic note.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A mesmerizing, shimmering and amazingly successful adaptation of Time Regained.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Denis and Testud, in a wondrous collaboration of a gifted director and equally gifted actress, succeed in making Christine a tragic figure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A handsome work of authoritative yet understated style, responsive to mood, subtleties and nuance in exploring its especially well-drawn and intelligent lovers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Not only is it Merchant's best directorial effort to date but also is among the finest films the Merchant Ivory company has ever made.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Martel's sharp observations of the foibles of human nature are expressed perfectly in the telling images of cinematographer Hugo Colace and tight editing of Santiago Ricci.

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