G. Allen Johnson

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For 355 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

G. Allen Johnson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Kagemusha
Lowest review score: 0 Anaconda
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 355
355 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    Even more so than the original, the gravity-defying Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is as close to a moving comic book as one can get.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 G. Allen Johnson
    There is not one line of dialogue or one sight gag in About My Father that can’t be found in other bad comedies, and Maniscalco . . . and director Laura Terruso seem to believe the path to humor is to go as far over the top as possible.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    It’s an action and suspense film, and, like Butler’s earlier 2023 flick “Plane,” a good one. Impressive set pieces include a car chase through a small-town bazaar, and a midnight shootout between Tom, outfitted with night-vision goggles, and a helicopter.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Sean Mullin’s documentary It Ain’t Over is literally inside baseball. The film is essentially a Berra family project, an attempt to rehabilitate the professional reputation of someone who often doesn’t get his due as a player.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie is irresistible. While his Alex P. Keaton of “Family Ties” and Marty McFly of “Back to the Future” are beloved characters, the actor who gave them life is much more interesting and real.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    First-time feature director A.V. Rockwell, working from her own script, tells an epic tale in miniature.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 25 G. Allen Johnson
    Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves feels like Daley and Goldstein, who also co-wrote with Michael Gilio, asked ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence chatbot developed by OpenAI: “Write a Marvel movie except with ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ characters.” Seconds later, this spit out.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    How Yeon-hee became Frédérique Benoît and what it all means is at the heart of Return to Seoul, an ambitious, challenging and sometimes uneven character study by French-Cambodian director Davy Chou.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    To watch Close is to be fully immersed in its finely detailed world suggested by Dhont and co-writer Angelo Tijssens; realized by Dhont and cinematographer Frank van den Eeden; and brought to life by the exquisite performances of its top-notch cast, led by Dambrine, De Waele, Dequenne and — as Leo’s mother — Léa Drucker. As its accolades suggest, it is one of the best films of 2022.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    The Blue Caftan, like its title garment, has a handmade, lived-in quality, an authenticity that marks Touzani — a former journalist making her second feature — a director to watch.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 G. Allen Johnson
    While it is imminently watchable, it’s a movie that consists of mostly people sitting at tables with fantastic period clothing plotting and scheming, but sometimes barely moving at all.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 G. Allen Johnson
    Targeted as Valentine’s Day comfort cinema, the new Paramount+ movie At Midnight is as sappy and predictable as it sounds, with walks along the beach, romantic getaways, candy-colored scenery and, of course, the inevitable mix-ups, misunderstandings and silly arguments that are requirements of the rom-com genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Infinity Pool is a twisted, visually intriguing and at times unhinged movie designed — elegantly so — to make you squirm (for maximum impact, skip seeing the spoiler-filled trailer).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Sr.
    Sr. is elegiac in tone, often moving, with moments of irreverence and humor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 G. Allen Johnson
    Bratton has made a film that isn’t necessarily anti-military — he is no doubt proud of his service — but pro-humanity. In a sense, Ellis is going through his own personal boot camp. Perhaps the film should have been called “The Introspection.”
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    White structures the documentary as an absorbing adventure tale, and that it is.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    But after two instant classics in “Raya and the Last Dragon” and “Encanto” in 2021, “Strange World,” while pleasing, is a bit of a step down for Walt Disney Animation.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 G. Allen Johnson
    It could be considered an achievement that a full-length feature movie with a talented ensemble cast, led by Kristen Bell and Allison Janney, couldn’t create a single character that you would want to spend more than five minutes with, but there it is. Not even picturesque London can save this witless comedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    Bad Axe is a raw and stunning work of immediacy, a frontlines report from Trump country on the immigrant experience, family loyalty and community co-existence. It is not just among the finest and most important films of the year, but it will stand as a valuable historical and social document of these times.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Is That Black Enough for You?!? is the noted film critic and author’s ode to Black contributions to American cinema — reaching back to the silent era but focusing on what he considers the apex of Black Hollywood, a wild and energetic period from 1968-78 that revolutionized the art form.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    Aftersun is a film about memory and regret, of finding small islands of warmth and happiness and holding on; a movie that beautifully struggles to say what is unsaid.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    Descendant isn’t just necessary. It’s urgent.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    It is, in fact, good: a simple, well told story, about an impossible love decades ago, and the collateral damage that results.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 G. Allen Johnson
    Raymond & Ray aims for the kind of gentle, offbeat wistfulness of a “Little Miss Sunshine” or “Sunshine Cleaning,” but with uncomfortable awkwardness instead of eccentric ingenuity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 G. Allen Johnson
    Stars at Noon has some interesting ideas, and a general fatalistic malaise creates a perversely appealing Le Carré-esque mood. But it’s so vague — perhaps because Denis doesn’t understand Central America as much as she does West Africa — that its impact melts in the heat of its near equatorial setting.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    Blanchett is so convincing, and Field’s approach is so authentic, that it feels like an event, not just a movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 G. Allen Johnson
    A final word about Bardem: He’s simply terrific. With his shaggy curly hair, exaggerated showmanship, athletic dance moves and operatic gestures, Hector is part Willy Wonka and part Gene Kelly — it’s Bardem’s most off-the-rails performance since his turn as a James Bond villain in “Skyfall.”
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Ultimately, Hocus Pocus 2 operates as a cheerful throwback to the 1980s/early ’90s genre of plucky kids saving small-town America from existential danger, a vibe tapped into by not just the original “Hocus Pocus” but such classics as “Gremlins,” “Back to the Future” and “The Goonies.”
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Even though the film is by the numbers, it offers younger generations who know nothing of Poitier’s life and groundbreaking work a look at this important actor and activist.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 G. Allen Johnson
    Directed by veteran British television director Tom George, “See How They Run” won’t impress demanding viewers, but acts as an a rather agreeable placeholder until the next “Knives Out” movie arrives.

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