MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson

  • "It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage." -- Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • "One should not believe in an ism." -- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • "It's not that I'm lazy; it's that I just don't care." -- Office Space
  • "There's not a lot of money in revenge." -- The Princess Bride "

    Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

    "One of online’s finest" film critics, or so says trade mag Variety, MaryAnn Johanson is a New York City-based freelance writer who loves movies but hates what Hollywood sometimes does to them. She is the webmaster and sole critic on, founded in 1997 and now one of the most popular movie-related sites on the Internet. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, and she is a founding member of Cinemarati: The Web Alliance for Film Commentary. She is also an award-winning screenwriter. She doesn’t feel it’s necessary to divulge how many cats she lives with, or the state of their mental health.
    Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eight Dimension, The Princess Bride, This Is Spinal Tap, Ghostbusters
    Apollo Guide , AWFJ Women on Film , , Flick Filosopher
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    Online Film Critics Society
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    New York City
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    Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
    79% The Riot Club (Posh) " Hooray for a good old-fashioned rich-bastard bashing. But they get the last laugh: These guys are the future masters of the universe. Hooray." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Sep 18, 2014
    35% The Giver (2014) " A very simplistic Dystopia for Dummies - with a bit of Terrence Malick for Dummies thrown in - and inoffensive enough until it devolves into all kinds of stupid." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Sep 18, 2014
    51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " A flimsy trifle, but a diverting one. Colin Firth is absolutely hilarious, and the re-creation of the 1920s French Riviera is gorgeous." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Sep 17, 2014
    98% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " An unclassifably weird hybrid of documentary, fiction, and stream-of-consciousness meditation on the creative life, according to Renaissance man Nick Cave." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Sep 17, 2014
    77% Honeymoon (2014) " Very effective in creating an unsettling mood, but its horrific, fantastic speculation ends, frustratingly, just when it could have gotten really intriguing." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Sep 12, 2014
    95% Pride (2014) " One of the rare movies that gets absolutely everything right, bursting with happy-tears emotion about solidarity, friendship, and smashing bigotry." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Sep 12, 2014
    71% The Boxtrolls (2014) " There's a fine line between baroque and grotesque... and The Boxtrolls crosses it. Here is a film that actively makes you want to look away." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Sep 11, 2014
    93% The Guest (2014) " '[C]inema is over, man, and there's nothing left but a death spiral of sarcastic self-reference reflecting and refracting around a dismal hall of movie mirrors and taunting us with the echoing emptiness our creatively bankrupt souls.'" — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Sep 9, 2014
    58% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) " When it finally collapses under the weight of its own preposterousness, this would-be elegant thriller becomes a cheap retrograde melodrama." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Sep 5, 2014
    64% Life Of Crime (2014) " Low-key black comedy and sporadic horror lazily pop up among the crime drama, but never enough of either to score many zings." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Sep 5, 2014
    18% Sex Tape (2014) " Color me absolutely astonished that this is genuinely sweet and wholly sex-positive. Unfortunately, it's also completely unfunny." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Sep 4, 2014
    37% If I Stay (2014) " Honest, emotional teen melodrama with a great performance by Chloë Grace Moretz that serves as a beautiful metaphor for the choices that teen girls face." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 29, 2014
    88% Obvious Child (2014) " Beautifully redresses how the realities of women's lives are too often ignored on film... and does so with startling raw power and humor." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 29, 2014
    92% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " An essential - and enraging - documentary about the life, career, and death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, a danger to corporate hegemony whose work could not be allowed to continue." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 29, 2014
    83% Rich Hill (2014) " A portrait of small-town American poverty in which compassion for its subjects is matched only by a caustic undercurrent of rage at the utter collapse of the American dream." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 27, 2014
    —— Doctor Who Season Premiere (2014) " We now have Peter Capaldi to save us from Steven Moffat, who I swear is veering into Michael Bay territory..." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 25, 2014
    66% Lucy (2014) " In this pile of adolescent heavy-metal-deep pseudo-sci-fi philosophy, the meaning of humanity (or lack thereof) depends on how "cool" something looks onscreen." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 22, 2014
    20% Into The Storm (2014) " A movie to make you despair of the found-footage conceit (if you weren't already). Suddenly Twister looks like Shakespeare." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 21, 2014
    27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " A rote police procedural conducted by a cardboard movie cop investigating a supposedly demonic evil that simply cannot compete with nonsupernatural reality." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 21, 2014
    45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " An unnecessary sequel that's empty and arduous, little more than vignettes on vengeance and cruel parades of sociopathic power performed as gleefully ultraviolent shadowplays." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 20, 2014
    29% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " A rich white man tours the misery of others to learn about happiness. Yes, it is as offensive as it sounds." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 15, 2014
    71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) " A bittersweet reminder that while the scientific method may be coolly rational, the people who do science are deeply emotionally caught up in their work." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 13, 2014
    33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " There's just no point in even bothering. In the vast conspiracy of stupidity that has overtaken pop culture, the disparagement of this movie by a film critic becomes an endorsement of a sad, twisted sort." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 12, 2014
    34% God's Pocket (2014) " The cast is amazing and the film has a certain grim visual beauty. But ultimately there is little here but ugly senselessness." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 8, 2014
    76% Welcome To New York " This may be one of the most repulsive movies I've ever seen. It's also an important movie, laying bare the farce that equality and justice become in the face of power, privilege, and money." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 8, 2014
    92% Lilting (2014) " A heartbreakingly lovely film about the seemingly insurmountable distances between us when sharing grief is too painful." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 8, 2014
    57% Around The Block (2014) " Appealing performances, a few tweaks to the clichés of the inspiring-teacher genre, and a sincere desire to counter outrageous racism go a long way toward making this worth a look." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 1, 2014
    62% Mood Indigo (2014) " Delightfully bonkers stop-motion vacuumpunk madness comes to an abrupt halt in this mysteriously truncated version of Michel Gondry's latest romantic whimsy." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Aug 1, 2014
    13% A Promise (2014) " This dreary, drippy period romance is sorely lacking in juicy melodrama and some sizzle among supposed stifled lovebirds." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 31, 2014
    43% Step Up: All In (2014) " A series of amazing music videos featuring astonishingly athletic dancers expressing crazy-hot modern choreography strung together by a flimsy narrative. Kinda like old-school Hollywood musicals were." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 31, 2014
    92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Just another rote space adventure. It's not actively awful, but there isn't a single damn thing in the least bit surprising or memorable about it." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 30, 2014
    43% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " This biopic of 'fashion's little prince' offers all the elegant precision of a fashion shoot - it's beautiful, and cold - but lacks a lot of necessary context." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 29, 2014
    17% Very Good Girls (2014) " An almost complete waste of a talented cast, and all to, apparently, convince teenaged girls that sex isn't worth the hassle. Say what?" — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 25, 2014
    82% Begin Again (2014) " A hugely satisfying ode to entrepreneurial creativity, and a glorious love letter to New York City and the art it inspires. I love this movie so much." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 24, 2014
    48% Earth to Echo (2014) " An inoffensive time-passer for youngsters, but adult genre fans who recall the 80s classics it draws on - E.T. and The Goonies - will be bored." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 24, 2014
    78% Happy Christmas (2014) " Compulsively watchable. Joe Swanberg is a master of the subtlest of dramatic observation, and his films are unlike anything other filmmakers are giving us right now." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 23, 2014
    60% Hercules (2014) " Grading on the Ratner Curve, this is a positive triumph. The cheesy clichés are at least passingly entertaining. You could do worse." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 23, 2014
    58% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " Doubles down on the first film's angry approach to class, inequality, and violence, and once again reflects an image of America that is ugly but only slightly distorted." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 18, 2014
    95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " An extraordinary examination of a remarkable photographer, part portrait unraveled by meticulous detective work, part sharp criticism of the hidebound art establishment." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 18, 2014
    90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " A magnificent science fiction drama, and a beautiful one. Wonderfully radical for the simple fact that it is ruled by principled ideas." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 18, 2014
    14% Rage (2014) " Sporadically hilariously awful, but mostly cheap, amateurish and so distasteful it borders on the vile. Poor Nicolas Cage and his foundering career." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 17, 2014
    99% Boyhood (2014) " An audacious coming-of-age tale unique in the history of cinema; deeply moving and beautifully authentic." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 11, 2014
    95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Hauntingly grim, full of appalling ironies and awful truths. This is most definitely not the feel-good movie of the summer." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 10, 2014
    —— Falafel (2007) " What could have been a diverting but ultimately throwaway movie experience becomes something you just can't shake." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 9, 2014
    72% Palo Alto (2014) " A meditative contemplation of the boredom of overprivileged, under-aspiring, shallow, spoiled kids. As you've been dying to see." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 8, 2014
    97% Life Itself (2014) " A touching biography, and an accidental look at the tremendous upheaval that journalism has weathered in the past half century." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 4, 2014
    67% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared " An absurdist mock epic that is hilarious, outrageous, and completely insane. It's like a bonkers Swedish Forrest Gump." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 3, 2014
    25% Tammy (2014) " Dumb, pointless, unentertaining crap. But at least it's about women. Yay? Nah." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 3, 2014
    84% The Unknown Known (2014) " This documentary interview with Bush-era insider Donald Rumsfeld is like a horror movie with a calm sociopath at its center." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jul 1, 2014
    18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Rearranger of space and time Michael Bay has reached a level of aggressive self-actualization that perhaps no other human being has reached before." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jun 30, 2014
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