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 Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land
Lowest review score: 0 The Tiger and the Snow
Score distribution:
1,410 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    In an instance of director, stars and material melding flawlessly, Spider is a brilliantly realized depiction of a mentally ill individual.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A potent mixture of sentiment and grit, and it showcases the talents of its young principals.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A sparkling romantic comedy, the kind of picture that glides by so gracefully and unpretentiously that it's only upon reflection that you realize how much skill, caring and good judgment had to have gone into its making.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Halloween: H20 is as stylish and scary as it is ultra-violent. It's a work of superior craftsmanship in all aspects.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A bold and unqualified triumph, nifty trick and treat for Halloween that is, arguably, Hancock's best film ever, surpassing even his potent heart-tugger, the 1973 baseball drama "Bang the Drum Slowly."
    • 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
    Surely there is room in the movies for a small film with an unabashed, even old-fashioned but timeless humanist spirit -- and a triumphant portrayal by a veteran star that is likely to be regarded as one of the year's best.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Scrupulously fair-minded yet deliciously ambiguous, What Alice Found, a triumph of sound psychological and artistic judgment, is an unexpected treat for sophisticated audiences.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Smart and stylish, Disney's Teacher's Pet is one family film that has appeal for adults as well as children.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Alternately satirical and romantic, full of pain and humor, Buffalo '66 is a winner.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Never does Down by Love, handsome and fully crafted, have the feel of being a filmed play. It emerges as a fresh, challenging and unpredictable experience with a stunning finish.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Not long into this most exhilarating and enjoyable of movies, it becomes reminiscent of such vintage jewels as Carol Reed's simultaneously thrilling and amusing "Night Train to Munich."
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Moving and invaluable.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    It's a laff riot that also contains a torrent of scathing social satire that couldn't be more timely in light of the dismantling of affirmative action.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The vigorous Bang Rajan moves with a sure sense of direction and authority to its major culminating battle, a singularly savage and wrenching encounter that for all its bloodshed is never exploitative and concludes the film on a resounding note of tragic grandeur.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Secret Ballot, which has a rich, spare score by Michael Galasso that blends Eastern and Western motifs, is funny, provocative, well-paced and leaves a memorable bittersweet aftertaste.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Effortlessly graceful and burnished to a glow, Dinner Rush is surely as satisfying as any of the delicious-looking food served at Louis' restaurant -- and is as full of surprises as any dish Udo ever concocted.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    This altogether remarkable film is as much of a paradox as Nong Toom: at once poetic and sensitive yet as gritty and hard-hitting as any boxing movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Swimming Upstream evokes time and place without being showy about it and offers an altogether invigorating experience.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    This witty and tender 1966 gem remains as timeless and fresh as ever.
    • 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.

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