Desson Thomson

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For 1,784 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Secrets & Lies
Lowest review score: 0 Isn't She Great
Score distribution:
1784 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    In this good-natured film, even the smallest efforts at kindness yield positive results.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Desson Thomson
    A twentysomething comedy with a brain-dead script, unflattering lighting and 16 performers in search of a scriptwriter...[It] feels like one-sixth of an idea stretched to the breaking point.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Desson Thomson
    Let's talk about it quickly, because the thumbs of both my hands have gone similarly crazy. They're pointing downward and refuse to budge until I finish this review.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    A pretty woeful affair...a sitcom disguised as a movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It gets you below the emotional belt in a searing, delicate way. No movie this year approaches such magnificent imagery, such delectable poetry.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Isn't much more than another conveyer-belt romantic comedy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Desson Thomson
    The only way a self-absorbed treatise like this can get any kind of audience (not to mention distribution) is to cast famous people in it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Possibly the most suspense-charged mountain-climbing movie ever made.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    The movie's initial intensity is so great, it consumes itself. By the time we reach the final scene, which is clearly supposed to exude glorious rapture between offbeat lovers Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern, it has all the warming effect of cold ash.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    With the exception of the opening scene -- whose purpose is chiefly comic -- the movie is one, extended climax. Even with flashbacks and other time jumps, it never lets up. You have to go back to Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1952 "The Wages of Fear" to recall suspense this relentless.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 10 Desson Thomson
    [Gere] seemed to be improvising his way from beginning to end, like he was disgusted with the actual script.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Lawrence's material runs between mediocre and offensive, and then he rescues it with his physical humor. He's at his best when he lets his face or inflection do the talking.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    In Get Shorty, director Barry Sonnenfeld's spirited adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel, Travolta's rebirth accelerates directly into adulthood.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A great little film, dignified by a superb performance, Diamond Men is a gem.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    So unassuming and pure of heart, you can't help but warmly extend your arms and yell "Safe!"
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    Crossing should be watched not because it's their finest achievement (that's still to come), but because the brothers are keeping things refreshingly different and building a career, their minds still very much fixed on originality.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A crazy, intentionally ludicrous movie that's a lot of film-noir fun.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Allen, who's a natural charmer, seems to be at half-strength here.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Desson Thomson
    Fraser is one funny, mixed-up guy
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Desson Thomson
    Follows all these rules, which is why you'll get the enjoyable basic minimum. But not a whit more.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A smoothly executed jab in your solar plexus, a lean, smart film noir that pokes at you with quintessentially English disdain and sarcasm.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    Doesn't anyone get sick of this same old routine?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Desson Thomson
    Ultimately, SLC Punk! doesn't have enough dimension to maintain dramatic interest.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    It's more a collection of episodes that build to a complex, richly layered picture of these girls' lives. And the more time we spend with them, the more endearing they become.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Desson Thomson
    I suggest you think of this movie as another bad sausage from the Warner Bros. meat-packing factory. And you should think of this review as a government health warning. Eat this thing at your peril.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Desson Thomson
    A longwinded, predictable scenario.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Desson Thomson
    Never feels original, even though it's enjoyable to watch Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito and newcomer Peter Facinelli going at it with snappy patter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Desson Thomson
    A film that's tender and disarming for its intimate honesty. It's also deeply refreshing to see a movie that dares to explore sexuality among mature characters.

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