Desson Thomson

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For 1,791 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 My Own Private Idaho
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil's Own
Score distribution:
1791 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Given the creative recession in the movies, you could do worse than sit through Patriot Games. If this would-be blockbuster slavishly follows summer movie guidelines, it does so well -- or adequately. Neither poisonous nor great, it never loses sight of its mall-movie mandate, to defend American hearth and home against invincible boy-toy bogymen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The movie's nowhere near the inspired funniness of its predecessors. But it often displays the same spirit. It's strung end to end with sight gags. Some fall flat on their faces. But, by sheer weight of numbers, many of them work. It depends on your ability to lower yourself into -- or steer stoically clear of -- the idiocy pit.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    A second-rate romantic comedy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Compelling, if sometimes grittily depressing, viewing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A gee-wonderful virtual visit to the arid orb, which uses ingenious technical sleight of hand to -- let's face it -- fake it beautifully.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Proceeds with an episodic pace, full of narrative twists and turns that clearly are not pretested by a Hollywood committee. Things feel sort of strange and original all at once.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Treat this project as you would a safari: It has its slow parts but the wildlife makes it worthwhile.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    There's a lot in this movie, simple, big, small and exciting. It's the year's first serious contender for big prizes. What's not to like about this picture?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    A bad, unimaginative story posing pretentiously as the very opposite.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    The writing (by Bill and Cherie Steinkellner) has a non-sentimental appeal for that young preteen (and early teen) crowd that fancies itself too cool for kiddie stuff.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Wonderfully silly all the time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    No matter what is going on in the story, these star-crossed lovers are always fascinating to watch.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    There are extremely touching moments between Jesse and mystical Randolph, who seems to understand just about everything; and, more tellingly, between Jesse and mechanic Jim.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Watching "Henry" is very gratifying on a nonintellectual level. Director Mike Nichols moves through this story through the appropriate emotions with linear simplicity. Ford, who goes from control freak to powerless (but triumphant) child, makes the rather one-dimensional redemption work.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Amid the violence, the one-liners ring out. Nobody speaks for real. It's as if they all know they're in a movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A museum piece, something to be enjoyed for its historical value. [2000 re-release]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Instead of an originally conceived movie that reflects Nash's troubled but brilliant mind, we have one of those formulaically rendered Important Subject movies -- the kind that seem exclusively designed for Best Picture nominations.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Unfortunately, "Youth" becomes so lost in its own conceptual, convoluted vortex, it becomes virtually incomprehensible. Coppola proves that even the best of our film artists can lose sight of what this medium is all about: entertaining, enlightening and including its audience.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Desson Thomson
    Sitting through this is groan-inducing enough, but it's spiritually depressing to watch Djimon Hounsou, who deserves better.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Rather like the faltering way Dennis runs the race, Pegg the performer insists that we keep watching, ever hopeful for a decent gag. And we spend most of our time thinking back to movies that better showcased his talents, such as "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Works because of its heedless, heart-on-its-sleeve spirit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    We are amused. We are not sputtering into our teacups, but we are chortling lightly.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Never did sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll seem more shopworn and routine.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Extraordinarily poetic, suspenseful film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Beaufoy and Cattaneo handle this potentially racy material with an engaging balance of good taste and outright slapstick.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Hoot may be warm and fuzzy with its adorable owls, triumphant kids and inviting Florida groves. But its forced, innocuous humor is unlikely to amuse anyone but the very young -- and the extremely forgiving.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Polanski, himself a survivor of Nazi-occupied Poland, has created a near-masterpiece.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Elle fans will likely ignore the narrative shortcomings in favor of a well-loved character.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Isn't just a fabulous seagoing spectacle. It's one for the ages.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Enlightening, if structurally relaxed documentary.

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