G. Allen Johnson

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For 75 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

G. Allen Johnson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Wind Will Carry Us
Lowest review score: 0 Anaconda
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 75
  2. Negative: 16 out of 75
75 movie reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    A sweaty-browed exercise in precision filmmaking, but one that doesn't cheat you with wisps of tension and the pretense of attitude.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    Ran
    Kurosawa pulled out all the stops with Ran, his obsession with loyalty and his love of expressionistic film techniques allowed to roam freely.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 G. Allen Johnson
    Leigh has a gift for demonstrating character from the outside in.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    The effect is riveting and frightening. You feel you are under siege with the combatants.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    "The Big Sleep" and "The Maltese Falcon" echo loudly throughout.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 G. Allen Johnson
    A crowd pleaser that caters to our horror of totalitarianism, our love of personal freedom, our belief - justified or deluded - that knowledge is a powerful tool and that access to information is a God-given right.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 G. Allen Johnson
    The movie is meant to be uplifting and to the degree that you can ignore its unquestioning treatment of mental illness, I suppose it is.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    Minghella is an artist and he has painted himself a masterpiece.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    Kiarostami's genius is elusive. His films may be unknowable, but they are undeniably hypnotic, charismatic.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 G. Allen Johnson
    The only film sequels in history that just keep getting better.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 G. Allen Johnson
    A weird, wonderful and funny work that stands as a true original. As if that weren't enough, director and co-writer Anderson has given Bill Murray his best role in years.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 G. Allen Johnson
    I'm not sure all of this works out as convincingly as Anderson intends in the movie's somewhat unsatisfying ending, but getting there is a wickedly enjoyable journey.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 G. Allen Johnson
    The Coens haven't been this sharp, focused and fluid since their first film. This is "Blood Simple's" promise fulfilled.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 G. Allen Johnson
    Nicolas Cage gives one of the best performances of his strange, courageous career.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 G. Allen Johnson
    Solondz's greatest success is the pederast, heartbreakingly played by Baker...Had Solondz reached that apex in the other stories, it would have been a masterpiece.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 G. Allen Johnson
    Troubling and troubled.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 G. Allen Johnson
    Salles' solid narrative is only deceptively simple; there is a lot of dimension and depth to this gentle, sometimes painful portrait of two wanderers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Misses some creative opportunities to really drive this story home, but it's a naturally haunting story nonetheless.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 G. Allen Johnson
    Now "Rod Tidwell," with Jerry Maguire as a supporting character, would be a movie to pay to see.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    This movie has everything but Humphrey Bogart, and I'm sure he's sorry he was unavailable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    It is an important work, and a very good one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 G. Allen Johnson
    It's a more intelligent and dimensional epic than, say, "Anna and the King." Emperor is worth every single penny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 G. Allen Johnson
    There isn't a whole lot of fancy subplotting, just a potpourri of funny and engaging characters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 G. Allen Johnson
    May be the funniest movie about parental and spousal abuse ever made.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Overall a well-played chess match of a movie.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 G. Allen Johnson
    A warm-hearted valentine to old traditions in China that are being obliterated by modern - and admittedly more efficient - technology.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    Ruiz has made the most ambitious adaptation of a Proust work yet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 G. Allen Johnson
    A guilty pleasure and one of the best films of the year.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    The success of Felicia's Journey lies in the work of the steady and here understated Hoskins, who gives one of his best performances, and young Cassidy, who displays a weary maturity even through her deer-in-the-headlights character.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Fallen Angels is proof that Wong will try anything, and the result is an eclectic mix of images and disjointed editing, sounds and rhythms that are at times as powerful as any piece of filmmaking likely to be seen all year. It can also, every once in awhile, be tedious and trying.

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