For 1,451 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kevin Thomas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Sure Thing
Lowest review score: 0 Eating Out: All You Can Eat
Score distribution:
1451 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Hairspray is a deliriously fast and funny satire of the '60s that marks John Waters' best shot yet at mainstream audiences. [25 Feb 1988, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    This splendid film is no mere polemic, for Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, often called the first lady of Iranian cinema, is above all an accomplished storyteller and dramatist who understands the evocative power of sound and image.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    For so brisk and entertaining a film, sharp in its observations but light in its touch, Cooking has unexpected substance and is a formidable accomplishment in that it brings dimension to its nearly 40 principal characters.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    An elegant, poetic fable of endurance.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Malena the film is as beautiful and seductive as its heroine, with its ravishing Lajos Koltai cinematography and sweepingly romantic Ennio Morricone score.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A delightful, effervescent morality tale for children conveyed with such wit and sophistication that adults are likely to be enchanted as well.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A smart, lively and unpretentious exploitation picture...Consistently funny and clever.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A compelling entertainment because of Hill and co-writer David Giler's adroit cinematic storytelling skills and the powerful presence of Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames, whose talent and intelligence are as impressive as their physiques.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    For an American film it is a groundbreaker in exploring the realm of sexual fluidity, and it does so with wit, wisdom and in a completely entertaining fashion.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    The thinking person's caper flick, with its endlessly clever plotting revealing character under the utmost pressure.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Bold, acutely observant and universal in its wide-ranging concerns and implications.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A moment had come that had to be seized, which in turn gave birth to the gay rights movement. On June 28, 1970, New York held its first gay parade, and as one of its participants remarks, "Stonewall lives on" in all the gay parades ever since.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Jackie Chan's best American picture to date, breathes fresh life into the virtually dormant comedy-western.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    A martial arts action-adventure with wondrous special effects and witty production design, it effectively combines supernatural terror, a mythical slay-the-dragon, save-the-princess odyssey and even a spiritual quest for self-knowledge. [21 Aug 1995 Pg. F3]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    It is such a grand, romantic entertainment that it sweeps the viewer along in its swiftly escalating suspense.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Above all else expresses the timeless impact of Lily Bart's plight.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    Offers a riveting depiction of the classic collision of fate and character, with geography in this instance playing a crucial role.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Thomas
    For all its nonstop energy and high spirits, Can't Hardly Wait allows its characters to emerge as fully dimensional individuals; they've been written with care and perception and played with equal aplomb by a roster of talented young actors.

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