Trevor Johnston

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For 114 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Trevor Johnston's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision
Lowest review score: 20 A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 114
  2. Negative: 6 out of 114
114 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    To be fair, the full impact probably depends on some prior Pasolini knowledge, but even those coming in fresh will appreciate a haunting portrait of an artist destroyed by the anticommunist prejudices he fought to tear down.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    The slowest of slow burns, requiring adjusting to its careful pacing. There’s no instant gratification on offer, but the second half will draw you into its bristling power games.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    If it lacks the originality and sheer muscle of the best horror fare, this does offer an astute take on fragile thirtysomething machismo, and Spall treads a convincingly anguished path towards potential redemption.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Trevor Johnston
    It’s a zingy set-up but just as quickly, it hits the skids.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    The film has no easy answers, but it does strenuously challenge all sides of the argument. Which is exactly what you want from a great documentary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Nighy gives another suave masterclass, and the whole thing positively burns with passionate advocacy for the artists, free-thinkers and social outsiders who’ve been the making of modern London.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Some accuse the filmmaker of being just like the politicians who turn up, look around and do nothing. It adds a confrontational edge to the film’s already startling combination of immersive aesthetics and humane empathy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    A pleasure and an education.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    The film is let down by thin characterisation, struggling to generate much empathy with its square-jawed, tough-yet-troubled special-forces warrior heroes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    The painterly camerawork shows the sheer sophistication possible these days with digital technology. The only conventional note in a highly distinctive film touched with wry humour is the too-safe choice of a Mozart music cue.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    All in all, ‘Madame Bovary’ is quite something, gradually building to a jawdropping final scene. Anyone with an interest in Chinese arthouse cinema really needs to see this.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    A somewhat dour, slightly clenched viewing experience perhaps, but delivered with admirable insight, control, and nuanced subtlety by all concerned. It stays in the mind long afterwards.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    The story is fictional, yet it builds up a chastening picture of divisive separate political and religious agendas holding sway over common humanity, and leading the country deeper into chaos. A striking, tough-minded achievement.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    It’s an authentic celebration of the timeless delights of country bike rides and skimming stones. Absolutely lovely.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Yamada’s creative direction shows a filmmaker with a distinctive way of looking at the world, following in the footsteps of other maverick Japanese talents like Ozu, Kitano and Miyazaki. Yep, she’s that good.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Irreplaceable builds in intensity as we realise the profound humanity and community spirit embodied by everyday heroes like this. Beautifully done by a writer-director who clearly knows his stuff.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    The tone careens from high seriousness to easy parody in a way that makes the film slightly imprecise and slippery. Still, nothing else quite like it out there, that’s for sure.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    The extraordinary skill with which Shults’s camera prowls and probes the enclosed surroundings also channels Robert Altman in chamber-drama mode. Those are strong comparisons, but this unexpected and hugely impressive US indie debut is worthy of them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    It will drive some viewers up the wall, but fans will feel the rush of discovering a unique new director and, in Richard,a gawky yet captivating screen presence.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Against a backdrop of tensions between French and Flemish speakers, this is a forceful presentation of social divisions and the urgent need for change from within.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Trevor Johnston
    Never less than professional, rarely more than functional.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    At its heart, is Danner’s lovely performance, vulnerable and smart behind the sarcastic façade, and sealed by a devastating karaoke performance of Cry Me a River that hints at the musical talent her character left behind in her youth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Gorgeous and haunting, this is a tantalising introduction to Pamuk’s work.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Trevor Johnston
    There are laughs, but they’re tinged with the sadness of watching a beloved elderly relative making a bloody old fool of himself.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    We’re all set for sparks to fly, but unfortunately reality doesn’t quite live up to the set-up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    Lau’s astute performance is rather like the film as a whole – at first you think it’s underdone, but it’s actually cannily judged to favour genuine feeling over pushy sentimentality.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    Overall, excitement levels are moderate. But even if the film can’t match Hollywood for spectacle, there’s a sobering sense of the painful sacrifices and compromises facing those who toil in secret to keep us safe from harm.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Trevor Johnston
    The largely non-professional cast are as authentic as the craggy, unforgiving surroundings, and the way the film balances the simplicity of its central rite of passage with a broader outlook on a people caught in the shifting sands of time is a tribute to the filmmakers’ clarity of vision. A truly memorable first feature.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Trevor Johnston
    It’s a struggle to glean many positives from this ugly, superficial offering, which gestures towards feminist empowerment while heaping mental and physical hurt on every one of its female characters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Trevor Johnston
    It’s just a shame the film is slightly ragged, with a tendency to preach when there’s more than enough drama to get the point across. Still, it’s an important story, told with commitment.

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