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 Safe Conduct
Lowest review score: 0 The Tiger and the Snow
Score distribution:
1,410 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The Cronenberg trademarks are here in full force, including an outrageous sexual suggestiveness in his bizarre special effects.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A film of exceptional emotional honesty.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Boldly structured, intensely focused and briskly paced, Alice and Martin has a tremendous emotional density that places the utmost demands upon its actors--and asks a lot of audiences, too.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A dynamite concert film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Although there is real pain and suffering in It All Starts Today, it is too impassioned, too brisk and too embracing of life and human foibles to be depressing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    This graceful and wise film moves to its denouement with subtlety and, at its end, strikes a note that seems just right for all that has gone before.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Spring Forward is so fully realized and so moving that you wish you could get away with merely saying: "Go see it for yourself."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    To watch this film, in short, can be a transforming experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    It's a film of high energy, punctuated by rock music and a dark wit, yet it is capable of profound reflection and tragic irony.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Carvalho's superb cinematography, Antonio Pinto's score and a dedicated cast and crew admirably sustain this poetic and uncompromising film.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Ethan Hawke, in his feature directorial debut, has brought Nicolette Burdette's play to the screen with fluid grace and a perfect blend of dreaminess and grit, expressed in camerawork that seems to float and in Jeff Tweedy's shimmering, gently insistent score.
    • 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
    The perfect summer tonic for mature audiences looking for sophisticated escape. It's filled with beautiful people in gorgeous, exotic locales.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A stylish work from an accomplished, sophisticated filmmaker that bristles with intelligence and gleams with Scott's and Davis' multifaceted, astutely judged portrayals.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    An excellent example of its genre, with Pennebaker capturing the excitement of what was a very special, emotion-charged occasion.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A crisp, elegantly resonant film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The Piano Teacher will surely be too strong for some audiences and is best left to those who like films that take big risks and get away with them.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn never lets up, continually introducing new characters and adding new thrills and chills right up to the last frame… A terrific trip, although admittedly not one that everybody would enjoy taking. [13 Mar 1987, Calendar, p.6-14]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A sweeping romantic fable about love and mortality, targets an audience of girls in their early teens, but has been made with such skill and sensitivity that its appeal spans generations.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Demands the utmost concentration, for to look away from the screen for even a brief moment is to risk losing a plot line or a crucial bit of information, but its cumulative, transporting impact makes it worth the effort. Above all, it has an overwhelming sense of reality atypical of the American cinema.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Once again Chabrol's son Mathieu has composed a crucially evocative score, and Renato Berta's cinematography is gleaming. Merci Pour le Chocolat crackles with wit and elegance, humor and pathos.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Boldly distinctive in its depiction of individuals caught up in a veritable infernal machine designed solely to give pleasure to a monarch, Vatel is a timeless tale of love and sacrifice in a world as opulent as it is cruel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Catches you up so firmly in its world that you find yourself accepting whatever Thornton presents right up to its deeply ironic finish.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    It could have done with fewer plot devices, but it is ultimately far more satisfying than countless less ambitious and risky films.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A heady yet disciplined work, a dazzling fable of love, destiny and redemption.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    An expertly designed theme park ride of a movie that packs nonstop thrills.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    This remarkably revealing and timely film, in which the depiction of pain and sorrow is suffused with a sense of beauty and a graceful, flowing style, more than lives up to glowing advance notices.

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