Trevor Johnston
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For 64 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Trevor Johnston's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Upstream Color
Lowest review score: 20 Endless Love
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 64
  2. Negative: 4 out of 64
64 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Trevor Johnston
    If you’ve ever sat at your desk wondering whether there’s more to life, or been kept awake by an insidious hum in the darkness, this will speak to your soul – even as its enveloping, disturbing, uplifting story sends your mind reeling with giddy possibilities.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Black Sea runs a few fathoms short of classic status. But its blend of old-fashioned storytelling values and zeitgeisty relevance make it a worthy addition to sub-aquatic cinema’s nerve-juddering legacy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    The film’s unwillingness to judge either the decent yet doubt-wracked pastor, or the damaged souls seeking a new start, effectively draws us in to a whole cluster of gnarly dilemmas, where humane intentions prove counter-productive and the truth only makes matters worse.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Even after The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, this brings us chillingly closer to the real story of the post-Iraq shitstorm.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    It’s all presented as a playful cinematic puzzle by director Eskil Vogt’s confident direction and mischievous humour.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    The material inspires affection, given its knowing pastiche of everything from Universal horrors to '50s grade-Z sci-fi, and a shamelessly hedonistic, fiercely independent sensibility that must have seemed a welcome relief from the mainstream bombast of other '70s musicals.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    It’s hugely entertaining.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Not just a cheeky stunt, Ferrara’s film is a genuine, worthwhile, thoughtfully unresolved attempt to understand the deepest, darkest mysteries of manhood and power.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    While Monsters University can’t claim outright originality, this is a far richer movie than most were expecting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Events are still unfolding, so this is a snapshot in time, but Gibney’s conscientious, revealing document proves a mine of valuable information and affecting emotional insights.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Occasionally baggy, always sincere, this is an essential document of a defining era when ‘soul’ really meant something.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    His film is the product of tough-love, arresting, unexpected and worth your time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Its encouragement to let ourselves be captivated by everyday humanity as well as the old masters is both richly illuminating and quirkily endearing. Time well spent.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Hyena is startling, claustrophobic and penetrating in its analysis of the blurred lines involved in doing good.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    There’s much to ponder in a brave, defiantly idiosyncratic film that’s as mesmerising as it is unexpected.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Don’t be put off by the jock-ish ‘extreme sports’ subject matter, this is an insightful, deeply affecting journey of emotional discovery beyond the thrill of speed and the roar of the crowd.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    The cliché-averse will doubtless resist, but the laughter and tears here are never less than fully earned. A lovely film.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    The effect is talismanic: overlaid by a thoughtful voiceover, it invites the audience to share the pain in a cathartic act of imaginative reclamation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    This story of humanity manifesting itself in unexpected circumstances just doesn’t have enough surprises on offer to make good on that early promise. A noteworthy debut nonetheless.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    It’s all rather charming, though, since leading man Schilling remains affable while never underselling this kindly yet feckless dropout’s sheer spinelessness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    There’s enough sly wit in the margins to engage the grown-ups and the whole thing conveys Christmas cheer without being overly cynical.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    Mirren’s performance movingly evokes the travails and rewards of seeking an accommodation with a nightmare past. Yet the clunky, often superficial movie around her tames the anger and anguish of memory in favour of a well-meaning but pat, feelgood ‘prestige’ product.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    Vikander’s spellbinding, not-quite-human presence (her synthetic skin is silky yet creepy) keeps us watching. But an only-too-obvious ‘twist’ and some clunky plotting...drain much of the credibility from a story which promised so much.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    As a study in human greed this is shocking, but as this thorough, convincing, if slightly stodgy film makes clear, it’s also a moment to mobilise public opinion and shape change.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    It’s impressive but not dazzling.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    The film never works out how to generate genuine dramatic fire from its material. There are convincing performances and decorative retro detail to admire, but the heart needs to beat just that bit faster – and it doesn’t manage that.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    Ellis’s twisty plotting gets too clever-clever for its own good. But it’s pacy, engrossing, and Jake Macapagal’s turn as the plucky schmuck protagonist is stellar.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    It’s all put together with a crisp confidence that suggests its writer-director will swiftly move on to bigger things.

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