Edward Johnson-Ott

Edward Johnson-Ott
Three rules for effective film criticism: 1.) Reveal as little about the plot as possible. 2.) While getting personal is no sin, try to talk less about yourself and more about the movie. 3.) Humor in a review is welcome, but not at the expense of giving an accurate assessment of the film. Never do "cute" puns based on the title of the movie. Leave that to Jeff Craig and the other hacks. I miss the days when movies were made by artists instead of technicians.

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Edward Johnson-Ott's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 83% Mistress America (2015) "Mistress America is uneven, but it delivers when it counts, and that's all I require. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Aug 27, 2015
5/5 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "One wrong move could have thrown the whole movie off, but Powley gets it right again and again. And so does the cast and crew. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4.5/5 92% The End Of The Tour (2015) "The End of the Tour is one of the best movies I've seen this year. Of course, some film-goers will disagree. Loudly. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3.5/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "The movie is fun, if you're content to view it as an exercise in style and fashion. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Aug 12, 2015
2.5/5 61% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "Cody's screenplay is packed with fights and reconciliations, and snappy one-liners fly all over the place. But the characters are so underwritten that the dialogue carries no weight. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) "Lacking a central figure as dazzling as Heath Ledger's Joker, The Dark Knight Rises is not as strong as its predecessor, but it's still a doozy. Um, a violent, grim, nightmarish doozy. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Aug 1, 2015
3.5/5 80% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "Infinitely Polar Bear suffers from the same problems as many other movies dealing with mental illness... But a look back at writer-director Forbes' goals for her film shows that she accomplished what she set out to do. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2.5/5 17% Pixels (2015) "The bottom line is this: Pixels is as sloppy and lazy as most Adam Sandler comedies, but there's fun to be had for those willing to overlook its flaws, of which there are many. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 23, 2015
4.5/5 86% Inception (2010) "I'm looking forward to seeing Inception again. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/5 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "I was engaged, but most definitely not swept away. That said, Testament of Youth is well-intentioned and achingly sincere. It's message is powerful and clearly stated. And it's well-acted. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 16, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Wildlike (2014) "Writer-director Frank Hall Green has crafted an engaging feature that touches the heart without getting sappy. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 44% Daredevil (2003) "Daredevil is a perfectly serviceable B-movie, something to tide over genre fans waiting for X-Men 2. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3.5/5 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) "As far as totally needless remakes go, this is one of the better ones. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3.5/5 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) "Thor: The Dark World is uneven, but the combination of strong personalities, humor and clever battle choreography keeps the Marvel superhero movie formula from dragging. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 certainly has its moments, but for the most part it's just middle-of-the-pack blockbuster fare. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 14, 2015
4/5 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) "The series appears healthy again. Groovy. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 13, 2015
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "Solid acting, a storyline that creates tension even if you can anticipate the outcome, and killer action set pieces more than make up for the slightly overstuffed feel. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 13, 2015
4.5/5 97% Amy (2015) "What I know is this: By the time the film nears the end, I appreciated and respected Amy Winehouse considerably more than I had before. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 9, 2015
4.5/5 52% Gemma Bovery (2015) "I enjoyed spending time in the French countryside. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) "Bridesmaids, co-written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo and directed by Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig, is as solid as any other comedy from Team Apatow. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 30, 2015
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has its problems, but its triumphs are many, from its exciting pacing and strong sense of place to its charismatic turn by Andy Serkis, whose characterization at times reminded me of Abraham Lincoln. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 30, 2015
4/5 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) "Toy Story 3 isn't in the same league as its predecessors, but it's close enough that most people won't care. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 29, 2015
4/5 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "I liked Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Of course, people that write about movies are supposed to like it. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 89% The Simpsons Movie (2007) "Did the movie deliver on its promise? No, but then again, my expectations were huge. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 24, 2015
4.5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "Inside Out gets a bit frantic every now and then, but most of the film is sweet, funny and a visual knockout. You don't need to take a child to enjoy it. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Love and Mercy isn't easy to watch. The part you most want to see doesn't come until the end, of course. Before that there's so much pain. But the film is well assembled, well acted and as moving as it is frustrating. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 18, 2015
90% District 9 (2009) "District 9 is a dark, surprising, exciting, whip-crack smart sci-fi thriller that grabs you from the beginning and never lets you go. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 17, 2015
3.5/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Jurassic World is fun. Just take a deep breath and lower your expectations. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 11, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) "If you're a fan of the TV series, I hope you have a ball... If you're not a fan of the TV series, then run! Run like the wind until you find something worthy of your precious time! " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3.5/5 89% Still Alice (2015) "While the relationship between Moore and Stewart's characters is interesting, most of the film follows well-traveled roads. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "Silly and clever and consistently amusing. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 1, 2015
4.5/5 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "I was mesmerized by Mr. Turner, the man and the movie. Though the running time is 150 minutes, I would happily have stayed for another hour. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 1, 2015
4/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "A Most Violent Year is very good, but it could have been devastating. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted May 31, 2015
3.5/5 45% True Story (2015) "True Story is an odd bird. I expected a taut cat and mouse story, but got something sadder. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted May 30, 2015
3/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "It's simply movie hooey, but if you're up for a space epic and your expectations are low, Jupiter Ascending delivers for a while, then uses big battles to coast to an ending. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted May 30, 2015
2.5/5 29% Get Hard (2015) " laughed hard a number of times, but not enough. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted May 30, 2015
4/5 72% American Sniper (2015) "Clint Eastwood offers a powerful low-key portrait of the man, accented by a non-obtrusive score, that leaves it up to you whether to judge Kyle or simply to recognize him as a member of the family that did a very difficult job. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted May 29, 2015
4.5/5 92% Force Majeure (2014) "Force Majeure is the best foreign language film I've seen this year. It's one of the best films in any category I've seen this year. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted May 29, 2015
4/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "The movie remains fascinating because of the fine performances of the three key characters and the mystery of what is happening in du Pont's head. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted May 29, 2015
3.5/5 82% The Homesman (2014) "It reminds us repeatedly of how fragile civilization was in the Old West. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted May 29, 2015
3/5 77% Rosewater (2014) "Despite a few stylistic flourishes, the production is an earnest and straightforward account of what happened, with moments of naturalistic humor based on some major miscommunication. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted May 29, 2015
2/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "We've got a movie about a futuristic city that doesn't spend much time in the futuristic city, instead focusing on a road trip/chase plot line with mostly uninteresting characters. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted May 20, 2015
4/5 96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "Salgado has been called a voyeur of global pain. Does his work objectify suffering? Is it grief porn? Does the photographer overtly anesthetize human misery? I believe beauty and great pain can coexist without one trivializing the other. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "Director Thomas Vinterberg crafts a handsome film, then lets the string section goo everything up. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "[I] loved most of the exchanges between the characters. Appreciated the Avengers' attempts to avoid destruction in population centers. The action scenes were very exciting and clever, but I had trouble keeping up with the visuals. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Apr 28, 2015
4.5/5 92% Children of Men (2006) "Powerhouse dystopian chase film/thriller/political statement from Alfonso CuarĂ³n. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Apr 1, 2015
30% Insurgent (2015) "It would've been nice to tell you Insurgent was surprisingly good. Or fun to rant and rave about how lousy it is. But no. It's just there, another middle installment of another teen-targeted post-apocalyptic series. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Mar 18, 2015
4/5 95% Star Trek (2009) "You don't have to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy this rollicking movie. J.J. Abrams' reboot of the 1966 TV space adventure series is fast-paced, action-packed and lots of fun. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Mar 17, 2015
4/5 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) "The rich, dark production is the 25th directorial turn by Clint Eastwood and is perhaps his best work yet. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Feb 27, 2015
98% The Hurt Locker (2009) "The movie pays off so well because it places you fully in the shoes of the men, from their fears and obsessions to their paranoia about virtually every Iraqi citizen they encounter. " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Feb 25, 2015
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