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 Safe Conduct
Lowest review score: 0 The Tiger and the Snow
Score distribution:
1418 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    It is a bravura work that attests to Pineyro's command of a style rich in texture and nuance and also of multilayered material.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Lucie Aubrac has it all: a tender romance, acute suspense, terrific acting, and a camera style and and score that are beautiful yet understated...a major work, possessing breadth, depth and passion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The smiles don't fade until the finish of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown when we witness Pepa's realization that she has, in fact, come into her own and taken charge of her own destiny. [20 Dec 1988, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A luminous, piercing film from the Elizabeth Bowen novel, richly evokes a world of privilege on the verge of disintegration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Mastery of tone is everything here, and Azazel's control, combined with his wit, perception, discretion and easy command of the visual and of his cast makes Momma's Man a gem.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A beautifully structured and photographed film, John Turturro's rapturous Passione offers a vibrant exploration and celebration of Neapolitan music in all its grit and glory, presenting 23 musical numbers that encompass a millennium's worth of influences.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A film of stunning impact.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Even though there are tedious stretches with less-than-riveting characters, the film gradually pulls you into its claustrophobic spell and becomes acutely suspenseful in its final half-hour.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A drama of extraordinary power and insight with dazzling performances from not only Spacey but also Danny DeVito (who may well be at his best ever) and from newcomer Peter Facinelli.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The result is a career milestone [for Hal Hartley] and a film that could become a landmark in American independent cinema.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Handsome as all Allen films are, and it proceeds with the brisk, sophisticated air of throwaway confidence and lack of pretense that we expect from the contemporary master of grown-up comedy.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Swimming Upstream evokes time and place without being showy about it and offers an altogether invigorating experience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Corrente's gift for evoking the lives of blue-collar men that made his debut film, "Federal Hill," so appealing blends perfectly with the antic sensibility of the Farrellys.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Has the same kind of humor, charm and sensuality that made "Like Water for Chocolate" the most popular foreign-language film until "Life Is Beautiful" came along.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Beautifully wrought and wonderfully acted, The Flower of My Secret is in fact the kind of film that George Cukor often made - and he surely would have been delighted at Almodovar's deft blend of humor, tenderness and wisdom. [13 Mar 1996]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    In directing The Monkey's Mask from Annie Kennedy's adaptation of Dorothy Porter's novel-in-poetry, Samantha Lang displays considerable style and assurance, with Porter and McGillis giving beautifully nuanced portrayals.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    An accomplished film that continually takes us beyond our first impressions of people and situations.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    As the film, with its haunting score and inspired use of popular music, builds flawlessly to its resounding conclusion, it is accompanied by a pitch-dark humor that grows out of the sheer absurdity of the city's daily body count.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    This fresh, highly original film, inspired by Oliveira's substantially different, never-filmed 1952 script, has been made with the greatest of ease and simplicity and with drollery and wit, yet its underlying impact is profoundly spiritual.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Cho's weapons are a wildly imaginative sense of humor and the courage to be absolutely uninhibited.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    With the ambitious and ominous The Devil's Backbone, Del Toro rises to a new level of accomplishment, adding history and politics to his distinctive blend.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Bristling with shrewd observation, inspired humor and all-around smarts, Office Space is a winner about a guy who's beginning to feel like a loser. [19 Feb 1999]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A crisp, elegantly resonant film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A hoot, a hilarious comedy that's smart and caring, yet sexy and ingenious enough that it just might stir up some of that elusive "Full Monty"-style box-office appeal.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    This complex, sophisticated and increasingly suspenseful tale of love and betrayal, intrigue and redemption, is as elegant as its star and its settings.

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