Desson Thomson

Desson Thomson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Desson Thomson's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Deception (2008)

"Deception is another example of when genre-fication (the forcing of otherwise intriguing stories into the straitjackets of horror, thriller or other genres) reduces our entertainment to head-shaking banality." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 24, 2008

The Singing Revolution (2007)

"It's a powerful story of a nation that, almost literally, sang its way to freedom." ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 17, 2008

My Blueberry Nights (2007)

"A star-driven pseudo-indie affair that will please neither celebrity worshipers nor cineastes." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 17, 2008

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

"You know you're in a fantasy movie when the central character has to traverse time in search of the 'Monkey King.' If only you were in a good movie." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 17, 2008

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

"Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a refreshingly tender treatment of love gone wrong -- we mean, for a movie that's got enough lowdown sexual content to start its own Kinsey Report." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 17, 2008

Street Kings (2008)

"We see the big picture way before the characters do, and that pushes us right out of the movie and back into our seats -- the last place we want to be." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 10, 2008

Mio Fratello è Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) (2007)

"Although the movie never quite dispels the sense of being dated (it could have been made anytime in the past 40 years), it's a memorable, often moving timepiece." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 10, 2008

Chaos Theory (2008)

"Chaos Theory shows just how crucial casting can be to a movie, especially something as sensitive to nuance, idiosyncrasy and timing as a romantic comedy." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 10, 2008

Alice's House (2008)

"Even though it sounds awfully depressing, there's something moving about watching people go at their lives with everything they have -- or don't have." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 10, 2008

Shine a Light (2008)

"For the most part, Scorsese (as he did in The Last Waltz, his brilliant documentary about the Band) largely lets the Stones be the Stones." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2008

Priceless (2006)

"The routines may have been done a thousand times, but somehow they seem funny all over again." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2008

Girls Rock! (2007)

"It's goooood." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2008

Married Life (2008)

"Married Life is an engaging romance noir, a sort of updated The Postman Always Rings Twice that packs its surprises into four characters, none of them predictable." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 27, 2008

Flawless (2008)

"Flawless makes an entertainingly nostalgic journey to old Britain -- that black-and-white world we remember from long-ago Alfred Hitchcock and David Lean movies." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 27, 2008

21 (2008)

"It's a would-be parable about greed that emptily celebrates it, a drama about gifted people who are one-dimensional voids and, most laughable of all, a story about the giddiness of risk-taking that safely plays everything by the numbers." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 27, 2008

Run Fatboy Run (2007)

"Run Fat Boy Run is hard to love, thanks to the tedious romantic-comedy cliches to which it subjects its characters -- and us." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 27, 2008

Celtic Pride (1996)

"The outcome is deeply unsatisfying." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 24, 2008

Meet The Browns (2008)

"To appreciate Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, there's really only one requirement: Loosen up." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 24, 2008

Never Back Down (2008)

"Never Back Down is teensploitation at its most obvious -- a boneheaded cliche-rama built around six-pack-ab standoffs between preening studs." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2008

CJ7 (2008)

"CJ7 is too bizarre an amalgam of sappy sentimentality and life-on-the-streets edginess." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2008

Blindsight (2006)

"Blindsight makes us consider an apparent paradox that, for the blind, is the philosophical starting point of their day: how to see things the human eye won't register." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2008

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

"A computer-animated feature that strikes an amiable balance between honoring the text and the dictates of contemporary animation, the film is as good as one could hope for in this era of post-literate impatience." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2008

Let's Get Lost (1989)

"Watching Let's Get Lost, shot in a liquid black-and-white, we are lost in a monotonal, gorgeously shot reverie about Chet Baker, the jazz trumpeter whose alabaster-smooth, pretty face and plaintive tones broke hearts." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 6, 2008

The Bank Job (2008)

"What makes director Roger Donaldson's movie greater than zany heist fare is that this particular robbery really happened and that this episode illuminated an almost moral clash between the haves and the have-nots of Great Britain." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 6, 2008

The Lion King (1994)

"A computer-animated scene featuring a stampede of wildebeest is positively breathtaking." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 4, 2008

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

"Even by its own standards, the movie becomes increasingly macabre and ludicrous as Anne's machinations get the better of her, and everyone, including the audience, is left feeling shattered, shaken and vaguely unclean for having participated in all this." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 28, 2008

Semi-Pro (2008)

"Our hesitation to identify [Ferrell] as the genuinely funny star of comedies such as Old School and Anchorman comes after seeing this actor's halfhearted, disconcertingly crude and only occasionally amusing performance." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 28, 2008

Steep (2007)

"Sometimes it takes escaping death to feel alive -- especially if we have survived a cancer scare, a road accident or some other potentially fatal encounter. But Steep is about those who actively seek that dance with danger." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 21, 2008

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

"Not surprisingly we learn that parents need to listen more often to what their kids are saying. What Charlie really needs is a scriptwriter who's forceful and creative enough to break new ground." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 21, 2008

Step Up 2 the Streets (2008)

"Let's wait for a movie where they do get it all right: story, acting and dancing. It'll happen, just not this time." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 14, 2008

The Last Seduction (1994)

"The movie is a spirited attempt at modern film noir, and huge parts of it are enjoyable." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 12, 2008

Dirty Dancing (1987)

"The dance finale between Gray and Swayze, although an obvious crowd-pleaser, is performed to a contemporary song clearly intended for the charts, which blows the period feel right off the dance floor." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 12, 2008

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

"A talented comedian, Lawrence has leaned all too easily on formula for his successful films. Imagine if he would test his flair against original and fresh premises, instead of the tried and trite." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 8, 2008

The Hottie and the Nottie (2008)

"Like Nate, we are mere Notties. And we are supposed to feel oh-so privileged for getting to watch Paris through the glass." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 7, 2008

The Godfather (1972)

"There are volumes that could be written -- and have been -- about the movie's uniformly powerful performances; its precedent-setting editing by William Reynolds and Peter Zinner; Nino Rota's haunting score; and Dean Tavoularis's evocative set design." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 29, 2008

Titanic (1997)

"Titanic is a good, often stunning movie caught in a three-and-a-half hour drift." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 29, 2008

Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008)

"No longer is Rambo killing for a cause, but for kicks. And his portentous blather, even by Rambo standards, becomes unintentionally hilarious." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 25, 2008

Shoot Down (2007)

"Gets bogged down with too many talking heads and long-winded departures into American political policy and -- at the beginning, at least -- rather cheesily sentimental music. Those weaknesses blunt what could have been a more sharply told story." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 24, 2008

U2 3D (2007)

"In many ways, watching the movie is better than concertgoing." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 23, 2008

Youth Without Youth (2007)

"Unfortunately, Youth becomes so lost in its own conceptual, convoluted vortex, it becomes virtually incomprehensible." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 10, 2008

The Orphanage (2007)

"By exploring the psychological terrain of a haunted woman, the movie brings a dimension of reality into this otherworldly situation." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 3, 2008

P.S. I Love You (2007)

"If P.S. I Love You proves anything, it's that Hilary Swank may be a great actress, but she can't do cute." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 20, 2007

That Thing You Do! (1996)

"First-time writer/director Tom Hanks stays about a half-beat ahead of the cliches with rim shots of boyish enthusiasm and deft comedy. The movie's also buoyed by the title song, whose Beatles sound is infectious enough to merit a real hit." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 17, 2007

Juno (2007)

"It transcends its own genre. Only superficially a teen comedy, the movie redounds with postmodern -- but emotionally genuine -- gravitas." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 13, 2007

I Am Legend (2007)

"Instead of maintaining its edgy sense of constant discomfort, the movie is compelled to make Neville as fuzzily adorable and messianic as possible." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 13, 2007

Stealing Beauty (1996)

"[A] hilariously inscrutable exercise in pseudo-profundity." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 7, 2007

Revolver (2005)

"As the plot becomes increasingly convoluted -- as if two Ritchie gangster stories have been accidentally fused -- Jake's tortured state becomes ours." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 6, 2007

How to Cook Your Life (2007)

"In How to Cook Your Life, Edward Espe Brown endearingly embodies one of Buddhism's guiding principles: a sense of humor about our arrogances and illusions." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 6, 2007

August Rush (2007)

"Intended as a fuzzy family fable, August plays more to the gag reflex than to the heart." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 21, 2007

Southland Tales (2007)

"Southland may be ambitious in its genre-defying abandon, sideswiping science fiction, satire, film noir and melodrama along the way, but it's also exasperatingly convoluted, self-amused and politically sophomoric." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 15, 2007