Steve Johnson
Select another critic »
For 76 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Steve Johnson's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Malcolm in the Middle: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Hidden Hills: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 76
  2. Negative: 13 out of 76
76 tv reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Johnson
    Continues to test traditional notions of television heroism, upend conventional storytelling rhythms and deliver its thematic points and comic payoffs with a revolutionary subtlety. [4 Mar 2001]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Johnson
    It plays as fresh and funny as anything on TV. [5 Jan 2000]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Johnson
    The best show on television. That's right. It's better, even, than that other HBO series, the one about the nice New Jersey family, because for all of David Chase's brilliance with character in "The Sopranos," he can sometimes wander down thematic dead ends in search of a great dramatic discovery. Simon, with his careful plotting, police-investigation structure and sure sense of what he is trying to say, gives "The Wire" a sense of propulsion, of every moment building to something.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Johnson
    In addition to being riotously and savagely funny, propelled by more great characters than the average night of network programming, it gets you thinking about what's hiding behind those curtains that Johnny walked through on so many nights. [19 Jul 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Johnson
    Spellbinding...The Wire is compelling in its complexity, heart-rending in its humanity, and surprising in the ways it finds to spin the conventions of cop drama. [31 May 2002, p.4]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Johnson
    "The Office" is everything television comedy can and ought to be but almost never is. ... The result is subtle, searing and laugh-bitterly-out-loud funny, like a series of the darkest Dilbert strips strung together and given human dimension and narrative shape. [30 Jan 2003]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Johnson
    The laughs are still there ... But the show begins to take on ominous overtones, a kind of small-scale tragedy in the making as it plots the apparent path of a little dictator's downfall. [10 Oct 2003]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Johnson
    Perfectly seasoned, unassailably adult, brooding, base and piercingly funny, it is as good as everybody says it is, perhaps even better. While plot descriptions and joke recitation can suggest the intelligence and wicked wit of this portrait of life backstage at a "Tonight"-style TV talk show, only seeing it can convey how vivid and penetrating it is. [15 Mar 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Johnson
    Haunting and riveting. [25 Oct 1996]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Johnson
    Instead of trying to run on the fumes of style and attitude, a la "Twin Peaks," Murder One, at least in its premiere, has high octane in its tank. Boasting a tough, savvy script and the cast to handle it, the episode moves at a relentless pace from the discovery of the murder to Cross being charged with it. Along the way it establishes--or at least whets the viewer's appetite for more of--an intriguing assemblage of themes and characters. [19 Sept 1995, p.1C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Steve Johnson
    "The Sopranos," with 13 hours a year to work with instead of a feature film's 2 1/2, tops, has the time to show the way human communication really works: Matters of the greatest consequence stem from misunderstandings and misinterpretations. It insinuates viewers so thoroughly and convincingly into the soul of a man like Tony Soprano that the result becomes universal. [14 Jan 2000]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Steve Johnson
    The performances are generally strong, but the devilishly clever, culturally hyper-attuned dialogue (by executive producer Josh Whedon, who wrote the original and worked on "Speed" and "Toy Story") is what makes this stand out. [10 Mar 1997, p.C8]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Steve Johnson
    A smart, stylish police procedural very much in the manner of "CSI" and "Without a Trace." [28 Sept 2003, p.C10]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Steve Johnson
    Undeclared is practically note-perfect. [25 Sept 2001, p.C1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Steve Johnson
    One of the finest of the new season series, this shimmeringly intelligent hospital drama returns Andre Braugher ("Homicide: Life on the Street") to series TV. Braugher plays, with typical depth and passion, Ben Gideon, a top cancer doc emotionally shaken after the loss of his wife. [10 Oct 2000, p.C8]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Steve Johnson
    If Karen Sisco can keep its tart tone, heady pacing and scripts that continue to respect viewers' intelligence, there ought to be an audience for this. [1 Oct 2003, p.C5]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Steve Johnson
    This is compelling in both the broad strokes and the little details. The funny thing is, even at its most absurd, it feels almost realistic, because Hurwitz so precisely sketches his characters and their setting. [1 Nov 2003, p.27]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Steve Johnson
    It is shot in the seemingly off-handed manner of an independent film, and its concerns are with fending off boredom as the days drift by. It is invigoratingly easygoing. [10 Sept 1997, p.3]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Steve Johnson
    Angel turns out to be as nimble, in its own way, as "Buffy" itself, and Boreanaz a revelation. It helps matters that Whedon has said his primary focus this year will be on the progeny, not the parent. [4 Oct 1999, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Steve Johnson
    In the same way that "The Wire" showed there is an HBO way to update that staple of regular TV, the cop show, Deadwood demonstrates that the western can be revitalized, too, with a dose of extreme realism. [19 Mar 2004, p.C1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Steve Johnson
    "Curb" is as funny, in its pulling-teeth-with-a-pliers kind of way, as anything on TV. [13 Sep 2002]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Steve Johnson
    As played and imagined by the comic Sacha Baron Cohen, it's wickedly amusing stuff, whether he's asking Sam Donaldson about Nixon's "Waterworld" scandal, former Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates about "The Simpsons," or Patrick Buchanan about the time he was president. [16 July 2004, p.C5]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Johnson
    Pungent, sophisticated comedy. [14 Sep 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Johnson
    Engaging, sometimes brutal. [12 July 1997]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Johnson
    "The Real World"--while voyeuristic, stagey and sometimes maddeningly encouraging of fledgling adults' tendencies to navel gaze--is also blistering good drama, TV's most entrancing and rewarding reality show. [28 Jun 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Johnson
    Turns out to be an engaging new hour, boasting crisp writing, near-cinematic production values and an almost fail-safe plot. [14 June 2002, p.3]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Johnson
    [Creator Doug Ellin's] real victory here is in making the series not so much a movie-biz lampoon as an exploration of friendship under an extraordinary kind of strain. What makes it more potent is that the strain hides behind such a glossy veneer: hot chicks, ready cash and glamor, even for pudgy Queens guys. [16 July 2004, p.C1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Johnson
    It's all brought home with realism in the family relations and humor. [26 Sept 2003, p.C1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Johnson
    A stylish and innovative thriller that feels like the filmed version of the smartest airport novel you'll ever read. [6 Nov 2001]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Steve Johnson
    This is adapted, loosely, from the Archie comic books, and it's played in a light, bright comic-book style that is at once winningly broad and smartly sly. [27 Sept 1996, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune

Top Trailers