For 1,422 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kevin Thomas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Conformist (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Waking Up in Reno
Score distribution:
1422 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A period chamber drama drawn from a Joseph Conrad short story and of such intensity and passion that it transcends a specificity of time and place to achieve timelessness and universality.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A little movie with big truths, a work of such fierce intelligence and emotional honesty that it blows away the competition when it comes to contemporary romantic comedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    “Donnie Darko" was one of the best pictures released in 2001. Now that it has returned in a 20-minute longer--and richer -- director's cut, it seems sure to be ranked as one of the key American films of the decade.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A gritty, deceptively low-key, no-fuss, no-frills movie of consistent originality and surprise in which suspense arises straight up from the heroine's evolving character.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    It was this ineffably poignant semiautobiographical reverie that unleashed fully Fellini's shimmering, flowing poetic style, echoed perfectly in a plaintive score by Fellini's potently evocative collaborator, Nino Rota.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Jacques Rivette has brought the Balzac short story to screen as a superb chamber drama. His is a graceful work of austerity and formality that perfectly captures the chaos of repressed emotions that see beneath the rigid conventions of aristocratic society.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Filmmaking at its most fearless, with Ostergaard creating a suspenseful, harrowing account of his original key subject, known only as "Joshua."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    The film's immense cast and crew, headed by director Michael Bay, writer Randall Wallace and stars Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale, blend artistry and technology to create a blockbuster entertainment that has passion, valor and tremendous action.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A superlative work, offering a rich emotional experience that at the same time calls attention to the seemingly endless suffering of the Afghan people.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    The older it gets, and we with it, the more we're able to see in it. As few American films have, Gone With the Wind succeeds both as historical epic and as intimate drama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Incisive yet supple, wrenching yet deeply pleasurable, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada easily ranks among the year's best pictures.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A thoroughly original accomplishment of a high artistic order, Northfork features flawless, spare production design by Ichelle Spitzig and the Polish brothers' father, Del, and cinematographer M. David Mullen's striking images slide effortlessly into Dalí-like Surrealism.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    By the time this irresistible treat is over, it has created some of the funniest moments and most inspired visual humor and design we may expect to experience at the movies all year. [30 Mar 1988]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Superb.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    An unforgettable experience from yet another filmmaker who is making South Korean cinema one of the most vibrant of any emerging on the international scene.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Cookie's Fortune, which knows how to treat serious matters with humor, is to be treasured as an utterly distinctive work by one of America's finest filmmakers. [2 April 1999, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    With this masterful, flawless film, Xiaoshuai emerges in the front ranks of China's now numerous, world-renowned filmmakers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Charged by a passion for life, A Home at the End of the World is a major achievement.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    It's been brought to the screen by director John Schlesinger and writer Malcolm Bradbury with such deftness, giving it a life of its own, that it's not necessary for audiences to be familiar with the literature it satirizes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A brilliant, often grotesquely bizarre allegory on life in Hungary from World War II to the present.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    House of Flying Daggers finds the great Chinese director at his most romantic in this thrilling martial arts epic that involves a conflict between love and duty carried out to its fullest expression.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    A string of unlikely events and coincidences set off Night Falls, and Lumet makes them believable the old-fashioned way: through interaction with a screen full of strongly drawn, fully dimensioned, psychologically valid characters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Assayas has made a great film from Jacques Chardonne's classic novel. Although far different in tone, time, place and temperament, it brings to mind "Gone With the Wind" in its depth and scope and in its love story, which unfolds over a turbulent era.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    On the screen, the rip-roaring rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch retains all the excitement and energy it had on stage while adding depth, clarity and emotional texture.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Silent Souls is a marvel. Fedorchenko's expressive powers and his visual prowess are astonishing, and though the film's conclusion is abrupt and confounding, it feels right.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Deliciously funny and fiendishly clever con-man comedy that begins on a note of ingenuity that it then sustains with the tension of a high-wire act.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Seems every bit the masterpiece it was when first released by Paramount. In this dazzling film, Bertolucci manages to combine the bravura style of Fellini, the acute sense of period of Visconti and the fervent political commitment of Elio Petri -- and, better still, a lack of self-indulgence.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    Never has Denis demanded so much from audiences as with this shimmering enigma, at once intimate and epic, but it's worth the effort and then some.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Thomas
    The musical biography of comedian Fanny Brice emerges as a true classic, as enthralling as the day it was released in 1968. It is a superb example of Hollywood craftsmanship in which all elements have been blended to perfection with inspired artistry.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A beautiful film that flows with a luminous ease and assurance.

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