G. Allen Johnson

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For 123 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

G. Allen Johnson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Brad's Status
Lowest review score: 0 Anaconda
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 123
  2. Negative: 23 out of 123
123 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 G. Allen Johnson
    The second-half of Burning is allegorical and intentionally obtuse. It’s intriguing, even. But it all leads to an ending that satisfies no one, especially after 2½ hours.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Obviously, sports fans will get the most out of In Search of Greatness. But there are self-help tropes for everyone.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Directed with restraint by Craig William Macneill, Lizzie never quite gets to what made Lizzie Borden tick, but it’s possible no film ever could. But it remains an entirely watchable drama thanks in no small part to the charisma of its two lead women.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    A fascinating guide to its subject and her work, but the emotional wall Kusama lives behind remains unbroken. She is a loner and a mystery.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 G. Allen Johnson
    The already confusing story loses all hope of clarity as day turns to night — the second half of the movie is in near-darkness, making even the stylish visuals hard to decipher. What little interest you have in the characters is effectively extinguished as well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    An invaluable piece of sports history, with 16mm images by de Kermadec that are succulently detailed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    Adapted from Justin Torres’ debut novel from 2011, Zagar’s bravura direction, with a visual style by cinematographer Zak Mulligan, is lyrical and poetic in an approach that would suggest Terence Malick, complete with wistful narration by the film’s young protagonist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Happiness might remain elusive in Nico’s last years, but after years of loneliness and fading fame, at least she can catch a glimpse from time to time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    There is much to think about in Far From the Tree, a worthy and at times tender film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    A consistently absorbing, often gripping, sometimes muddled whydidhedoit (because we already know whodunit), The Third Murder moves along Kore-eda’s customary careful, incisive pace, yet manages to be, for the most part, a riveting legal thriller.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    Not only a portrait of a great artist, but a sensitive and engrossing depiction of the act of creation and its process.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 25 G. Allen Johnson
    What starts out as a bottom-feeder noir a la “Breaking Bad” or “Hell or High Water” transitions into scattershot ambitions of being a mythic tragedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    Ava
    In watching Ava, a visually inviting and sharp portrait of teenage life in Iran, one must admire how writer-director Sadaf Foroughi was able to play her own tune in life.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 G. Allen Johnson
    That Summer leaves me with Beale fatigue. It would seem to appeal to “Grey Gardens” completists only.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Word of warning: Don’t go to the theater with a full stomach. Some of the images of animal abuse are graphic and hard to watch, although this is rather tame compared with other documentaries on the same subject.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Escape means a roller-coaster finish, and with this delightful sequence achieved without the aid of computer effects, this “Ant-Man” entry stakes its own corner of the Marvel Universe sandbox as a throwback to ’80s-style childlike adventure.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    McKay doesn’t take sides in the immigration debate, although he is clearly sympathetic of these hard-working young men who experience great indignities to work jobs most of us would not want. His approach is more cinema verite than high-stakes drama. It is almost a gentle, sweet film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    The film is an excellent reminder of how important soccer is globally. It’s more than a sport.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    Lek gives Love & Bananas humanity, but Bell’s personality and enthusiasm is contagious, inviting us into the film. We root right along with her.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 G. Allen Johnson
    Suffice to say that McNeil plays it way too safe. Trying to have it both ways, he satisfies no one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 G. Allen Johnson
    It’s colorful and imaginative, but other than Lu, the characters don’t have much depth. Emotional, that is, not oceanographic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Sometimes the movie is a little too slick. Some of the characters, such as Sean’s girlfriend (Jacqueline Byers) and the FBI agents who begin to believe Sean’s story, are underdeveloped. But Tennant, excellent as a creep, and Sheehan, who is appealing in his helplessness, provide the necessary depth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 G. Allen Johnson
    A film with no context, it is a sporadically interesting, overlong look at the legend as she nears 70, still performing before her legions of fans.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 G. Allen Johnson
    A cute and scruffy movie. Helena Bonham Carter, lending a female presence to the otherwise all-male story, charmingly narrates as Robert’s sister, who pieces together the Stubby legend from letters sent home.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 G. Allen Johnson
    It is such a soul-killing exercise in narcissism — and not a very smart thriller, either — that yeah, you can buy into the notion that Tinseltown is a total drag.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 G. Allen Johnson
    A film so rich and pleasurable you’d be forgiven if you thought about it each time you have a glass of red.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 G. Allen Johnson
    Still, I’m not sure Kiarostami really intended this film to be a movie. It seems more like an art installation. Of note is the terrific sound design; the sound is credited to Ensieh Maleki, who captures full, rich, peaceful sounds of nature.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Leaning Into the Wind asks us to appreciate art for art’s sake, and that’s not a tough ask at all.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 G. Allen Johnson
    A bleak, at times fascinating but strangely inert Chinese animated film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 G. Allen Johnson
    Buoyed by an appealing lead performance by John Hawkes, Small Town Crime is a smart, sharply written detective story that, though not without humor, plays it straight and tough.

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