G. Allen Johnson

G. Allen Johnson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Film Threat , Hearst Newspapers , Houston Chronicle , San Francisco Chronicle , San Francisco Examiner
Total Reviews:
353

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
78% The Last Sentence (2014) " Amazingly, Troell still operates his own camera. "The Last Sentence" was made digitally, and his attention to detail is remarkable." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 9, 2014
4/4 87% The Immigrant (2014) " An astonishingly beautiful, irresistibly grim movie ..." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " "Dom Hemingway" isn't about story. It's about Jude Law as a force of nature, and that turns out to be a very entertaining diversion." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
1/4 25% Goodbye World (2014) " If there are roving bands of rogue soldiers, angry and distrustful neighbors and biker gangs running convenience stores, would you be high and naked in the outdoor hot tub? Would you really be picking at old jealousies from the college days?" — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " "Better Living Through Chemistry" does have its moments, and there are quite a few laughs. It tries too hard, but at least it's trying." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 93% Mother Of George (2013) " The whole cast is good, but the film wouldn't work without a great performance from Gurira, who is of Zimbabwean descent." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/4 14% Baggage Claim (2013) " A romantic comedy so light and brainless you almost expect it to float away." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 27, 2013
3/4 89% You Will Be My Son (2013) " How much you enjoy "You Will Be My Son" depends on how much you can take an unbearable, arrogant jerk as your lead character." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/4 56% Bounty Killer (2013) " It isn't the worst thing to blow an hour and a half on a film where everyone - including supporting players Gary Busey, Beverly D'Angelo and Kristanna Loken - seems to be having a good time." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 5, 2013
1/4 62% Scenic Route (2013) " Kyle Killen's script is generally uninspired and fairly predictable ..." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 22, 2013
4/4 94% Drug War (2013) " As always, To delivers fantastic set pieces ..." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2.5/4 90% Storm Surfers 3D (2013) " The 3-D images of extreme surfing in "Storm Surfers 3D" feel groundbreaking. Or is that wave-breaking?" — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/4 83% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) " This is a gentle film, hand-drawn with irresistible colors, that exudes nostalgia in a lovely way." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 29, 2013
4/4 —— Waga haha no ki (Chronicle of My Mother) " The period atmosphere is inviting, and the film achieves a meditative quality that precious few modern films have." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 21, 2013
2/4 43% Waiting For Lightning (2012) " It's enjoyable enough, but how much you like it will depend on how much you like skateboarding and extreme sports." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 6, 2012
3/4 20% The Mystical Laws (Shinpi no hô) (2012) " If you're an anime fan, you already know to look past the mumbo jumbo plots and enjoy the visual scope of a battle between good and evil." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 29, 2012
4/4 71% Dangerous Liaisons (2012) " Takes Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' 18th century source material to its most sumptuous silliness - I mean that as a compliment." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 8, 2012
3/4 67% The Zen Of Bennett (2012) " Like the singer himself - smooth and classy." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 1, 2012
4/4 94% The House I Live In (2012) " Jarecki takes a highly original approach to create a compelling, thought-provoking look at a highly relevant and controversial topic." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2012
2/4 74% Hello I Must Be Going (2012) " Sarah Koskoff's play-it-safe script and Louiso's heavy-handed direction combine to kill the potential of "Hello I Must Be Going."" — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3/4 54% Brother (Hermano) (2012) " Rasquin's cinema verite style brings power to the story, and he has coaxed some good performances out of his leads." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 23, 2012
2/4 29% Twixt (2013) " Not really scary, although there are some nice creepy visuals here and there." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 9, 2012
3/4 77% Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (2012) " You can see why Woo, the noted Hong Kong action director, would want to produce it: It fits right in with his "heroic bloodshed" cinematic legacy." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 26, 2012
1/4 21% My Way (2012) " "My Way," billed as the most expensive Korean film in history ($25 million) is epic, packed with action - and it's lousy." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 20, 2012
3/4 13% My Way (2011) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 20, 2012
60% The Waiting Room (2007) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 17, 2012
2/4 62% We Have a Pope (2012) " Piccoli gives the film a depth it perhaps doesn't deserve." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 13, 2012
1/4 17% People V. The State of Illusion (2012) " There is an intriguing message behind this film; too bad it is presented so awkwardly." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 13, 2012
3/4 74% Norwegian Wood (2012) " A master of mood and visuals, Tran proves an inspired choice." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 2, 2012
3/4 —— The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (Yip Man chinchyun) (2010) " Can the most currently popular martial arts series survive without Donnie Yen, the most popular action star in Asia? Absolutely." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 27, 2011
2/4 8% 1911 (2011) " Packed with so many characters and subtitled history lessons it barely allows its excellent main cast room to maneuver." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 7, 2011
2/4 54% Farmageddon (2011) " [It's] a must-see for organic food zealots. For those who aren't, but are still curious about food and farming issues, rent "Food, Inc." instead." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 22, 2011
2/4 81% Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011) " If nothing else, the film is colorful." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2011
4/4 86% Circumstance (2011) " Maryam Keshavarz has announced herself as a bold voice, albeit from exile, in the new Iranian cinema." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 8, 2011
1/4 88% The Hedgehog (2011) " What does happen seems to happen in slow motion." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 25, 2011
3/4 83% !Women Art Revolution (2011) " By the end of the film, you'll be searching out the work of Judy Chicago, Sheila de Bretteville, Faith Ringgold, Miranda July and the Guerrilla Girls, among many others." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 25, 2011
3/4 80% Life in a Day (2011) " "Life in a Day" is at once ambitious in its global reach and modest in its simplicity." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 28, 2011
1/4 44% Yellowbrickroad (2011) " "Yellowbrickroad" is without personality. It's competently made, but the cast and direction are just bland." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 2, 2011
3/4 89% Rammbock: Berlin Undead (2011) " It's worth seeking out." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 5, 2011
—— Love in a Puff (Chi ming yu chun giu) (2010) " Writer-director Pang Ho-cheung ("Beyond Our Ken") keeps things moving despite his cigarette-paper-thin plot." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 22, 2011
96% 13 Assassins (2011) " It shows that Takashi could be a great filmmaker if he'd only slow down." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 22, 2011
4/4 100% Poetry (2011) " Lee is a gifted, thoughtful filmmaker, unafraid to tackle difficult subjects." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 7, 2011
3/4 85% Garbo: The Spy (2011) " How does one make a documentary about a cipher? In "Garbo the Spy," Roch solves that problem, and magnificently so." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 10, 2011
3/4 84% Ip Man (2010) " A period piece filmed on obvious but eye-pleasing studio sets with wall-to-wall kung fu and a simplistic, philosophical message." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 28, 2010
3/4 90% Fresh (1994) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 1, 2010
3/4 67% Fresh (2010) " Joanes' point is made: Eating healthy doesn't have to be more expensive." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 30, 2010
3/4 88% The Desert Of Forbidden Art (2011) " Needless to say, the film is packed with art, as well as interviews with art critics, journalists and the descendents of some of the artists." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 23, 2010
4/4 100% Last Train Home (2010) " Lixin Fan's Last Train Home is a remarkable documentary that, by following a family of factory workers during a three-year period, says a lot about China and its difficult transition to economic powerhouse." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 23, 2010
1/4 81% Catfish (2010) " Much of this film appears very contrived, as if once the filmmakers stumbled onto their story, they went back and filmed re-creations of the initial Facebook scenes." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 16, 2010
2/4 57% Bran Nue Dae (2010) " A sunny, colorful Australian Aborigine musical sounds like a good idea, but Bran Nue Dae is a very slightly plotted, over-the-top film with hammy acting suitable for an old Benny Hill episode." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 10, 2010
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