G. Allen Johnson

G. Allen Johnson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

G. Allen Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat, Hearst Newspapers, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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 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 80% 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 56% 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
2/4 32% A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun) (2010) "A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop is an easy film to watch and admire, but a hard one to connect with, let alone love. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 10, 2010
3/4 27% The People I've Slept With (2010) "Dare we call it a "grow-mance"? " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 2, 2010
2/4 83% Peepli Live (2010) "I liked Peepli Live, which is colorful and at times quite lively, but I wish it were funnier and its satirical edge a bit sharper. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 13, 2010
91% Vengeance (Fuk sau) (2010) "To's smooth, balletic style, noirish lighting schemes and compositions are made for the big screen... " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 13, 2010
2/4 No Score Yet Dark House (2010) "Regrettably, Scott the director is better than Scott the writer - the script is standard-issue, by the numbers, with no sense of character development. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 30, 2010
3/4 No Score Yet The Dark House (Dom zly) (2009) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 30, 2010
3/4 84% The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2010) "Kimchi Westerns, anyone? " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 7, 2010
No Score Yet Nang mai "Make of it what you will; the adventurous filmgoer will not regret seeing it. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 22, 2010
3/4 80% Mine (2009) "The documentary has a lot to say about human compassion, government bureaucracy and the problems inherent after disasters on a large scale. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 7, 2010
3/4 75% Ischeznuvshaya Imperiya (Vanished Empire) (2008) "Shakhnazarov, who began his film career in the Soviet era and was about the age of his protagonists in '73, brings an authenticity to the material, as well as a certain wistfulness in his excellent re-creation of Brezhnev-era Moscow. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 23, 2009
1/4 48% Ong Bak 2 (2009) "Tony Jaa is a lot of fun to watch, but Ong Bak 2: The Beginning is not only a step back in time -- to 1431 -- but a step back in this martial artist's international film career. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 23, 2009
3/4 72% Fuel (2008) "A peppy, bouncy documentary that is watchable and informative, although Tickell's celebrity name-dropping at times detracts from the serious message. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 18, 2009
4/4 72% La Mujer sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman) (2008) "Martel's vision is so visually rich and complex it borders on the impressionistic, but The Headless Woman would be nowhere without the precise tour de force performance by Onetto. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 18, 2009
1/4 83% Daytime Drinking (Naj sul) (2008) "... has an uninteresting lead character and a plot filled with contrived situations, illogical decision-making and amazing coincidences. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 21, 2009
2/4 90% 24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) (2008) "24 City won't change the minds of detractors -- it is his most painfully slow yet -- but it might change the minds of his supporters, including this critic, for Jia attempts something that is, in the end, unforgivable. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 31, 2009
1/4 78% Dai-Nipponjin (Big Man Japan) (2009) "The film, written, directed and starring stand-up comic Hitoshi Matsumoto has, like most superheroes, a tragic flaw: It isn't funny. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2009
4/4 87% Treeless Mountain (2009) "So Yong Kim has made another minimalist masterpiece, a quiet movie of sharply observed details and two girls who will break your heart. " ‐ Houston Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2009
4/4 No Score Yet Ching yan (The Beast Stalker) (2008) "A movie that has all the best elements of a great Hong Kong action film: It's over the top and ingeniously plotted (even if that plot strains credibility) and never stops moving. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2009
93% Man Jeuk (The Sparrow) (Cultured Bird) (2008) "An action film without guns or even that much violence, it unfurls like an elegant ballet. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 29, 2008
3/4 80% Never Forever (2007) "Vera Farmiga is the best American actress you've never heard of. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2008
80% Ten Nights of Dreams (Yume jû-ya) (2006) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2008
21% Meet Bill (2008) San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 18, 2008
1/4 40% Callback: The Unmaking of Bloodstain (2008) "A loopy, over-the-top comedy about indie filmmaking and impossible dreams in Los Angeles. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 17, 2008
4/4 91% Forbidden Lie$ (Forbidden Lies) (2007) "It must be fun to make a film about a con artist when the con artist is a full and willing participant, literally going to the ends of the Earth to prove she is the real deal. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3/4 81% Flow: For Love of Water (2008) "Salina's film is a very effective primer of an underreported problem. If nothing else, it made me thirsty. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3/4 66% Ping Pong Playa (2007) "A mostly amusing, appealing family comedy about going from pretender to contender, in life as well as pingpong. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 5, 2008
3/4 91% Tuya's Marriage (2006) "A strong addition to the burgeoning canon of China's so-called Sixth Generation filmmakers. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 20, 2008
3/4 86% Woman on the Beach (2008) "Woman on the Beach, perhaps [director Hong's] most accessible film (and often a funny one, too), is a good introduction, even if it is not a masterpiece. Here's hoping more of his films see the light of an American day. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 20, 2008
4/4 96% Up the Yangtze (2007) "What Chinese Canadian filmmaker Yung Chang achieves in his documentary Up the Yangtze is remarkable. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 13, 2008
3/4 92% Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) (2006) "Never has destruction looked more beautiful than the demolished buildings in Jia Zhang-ke's Still Life. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 9, 2008
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