The distinguished Anglo-US critic’s selections for Sight and Sound in 1982, 2002, 2012 (top 10 first here), having named Mississippi Mermaid along with His Girl Friday and Celine and Julie go Boating among his 3 favourites in the 2010 edition of his Biographical Dictionary of Film.
Results of 2012 Sight & Sound poll here
Citizen Kane, Ugetsu Monogatari and Celine and Julie go Boating were chosen all 3 times in S&S,. He’s named Renoir as the greatest director, has also championed Mizoguchi, Rivette and Hawks, while taking swipes at Ford and Fellini. Ben Tabberer on Mubi has also done lists of Thomson’s favourites from given years
In a recent Sight and Sound poll of critics’ favourite film books, Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film came out on top. Its first edition in the 70s was regarded as a marvel- the editor of S&S likens it to Citizen Kane-, but later editions show a shocking disregard for Latin America, Africa, most of Asia, and for many interesting up-and-coming directors. His writing is highly seductive and stylish, i like his taste, there are exciting shafts of insight, but his peers’ overlooking of his limitations (along with most of the other poll selections) also demonstrates the sad state of Anglo-American criticism.