MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson

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  • "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.

    Biography:
    "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 FlickFilosopher.com, 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.
    Favorites:
    Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eight Dimension, The Princess Bride, This Is Spinal Tap, Ghostbusters
    Publications:
    Apollo Guide , AWFJ Women on Film , Film.com , Flick Filosopher
    Critics' Group:
    Online Film Critics Society
    Total Reviews:
    3473
    Total QuickRatings:
    19
    Location:
    New York City
  • Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

    Showing 51 - 100 of 3473
    Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
    21% Devil's Knot (2014) " Atom Egoyan is all over the real-life case of American injustice surrounding the West Memphis Three. But sadly, I'm not sure why." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 9, 2014
    88% Frank (2014) " An askew, bitter dramedy of artistic pretension and creative desperation that has something sneakily marvelous to say about what it takes - and what it doesn't - to be an artist." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 9, 2014
    100% Next Goal Wins (2014) " I could not possibly care less about football, and I fell hopelessly in love with this movie, and with the can-do amateur team it introduces us to." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 7, 2014
    20% Sabotage (2014) " Feels like a cheap action flick and not the serious drama it is presented as, and plays like an unintentional call to end drugs prohibition and the idiotic war between cartels and law enforcement." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 7, 2014
    13% Walk Of Shame (2014) " If you don't think it's hilarious that a woman dressed for a night out would 'naturally' be mistaken for a prostitute, there is nothing here for you." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 6, 2014
    80% Whitewash (2014) " It's nowhere near as blackly funny as it wants to be, but Thomas Haden Church is strangely compelling as a man befuddled by the vagaries of fate." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 4, 2014
    73% Neighbors (2014) " A mess not by accident but by design. It's meant to be a ton of stuff thrown against the wall in the hope that some of it will momentarily distract you into involuntary laughter." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 3, 2014
    65% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) " A drama of conscience and passion, a finely observed portrait of a woman driven to make a difference in the world, even as it hurts those she loves." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 2, 2014
    100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " A lovely, intimate drama of family dynamics under stress, offering an intriguing peek into previously unseen Singaporean middle-class life." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 2, 2014
    7% Plastic " Preposterous and charmless, this heist flick purports to be based on a true story and hopes to invoke a Robin Hood vibe, but I'm not buying any of it." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 2, 2014
    96% Blue Ruin (2014) " A riveting Southern gothic revenge thriller - a suspenseful reinvigoration of the genre - that seems to be over in the first 20 minutes, and then finds horrific new places to take you." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 1, 2014
    26% Brick Mansions (2014) " This absurd and pointlessly convoluted remake of a decade-old French action flick feels dated and out of step in more ways than one." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 1, 2014
    83% On My Way (2014) " A beautifully observant meander through the difficulties and discoveries of wise but still confused advanced age, led by a gorgeous, vital, 70-odd Catherine Deneuve." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 30, 2014
    56% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " Whatever the technical intrigue of a film shot guerilla-style at Disney World, the would-be surreal midlife crisis that ended up onscreen doesn't work... at all." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 29, 2014
    91% The Final Member (2014) " The world's only penis museum is no joke, but there's plenty funny (and enlightening, and poignant) in this sweet portrait of a man dedicated to completing his life's work." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 25, 2014
    26% The Love Punch (2014) " The jokes are as creaky as the aching bunions and bad backs onscreen, but Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan are incandescent together." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 25, 2014
    50% The Sea " Ciarán Hinds engages in some pointlessly dour Irish brooding at the beach." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 25, 2014
    83% Tracks (2014) " Romantic in the grandest sense, a visceral and hypnotic experience of idealistic aspirations set against the desolate beauty and danger of the Outback." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 25, 2014
    23% The Other Woman (2014) " We need an equivalent term to "Uncle Tom" for a woman - in this case, screenwriter Melissa Stack - who participates in Hollywood's systematic hatred of women." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 23, 2014
    54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " I'm not sure I've ever seen a film that looks more like the filmmaker's midlife-crisis wish-fulfillment fantasy than this one." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 23, 2014
    63% In Your Eyes " Joss Whedon wrote and produced a sweet little supernatural romance for your geeky pleasure, and you don't even have to pirate it: he released it instantly on Vimeo." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 22, 2014
    84% Joe (2014) " Nicolas Cage finally gets away from his shouty, cartoony madmen, but it's hard to shake the sense that this was laboriously constructed around him as a showcase." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 22, 2014
    19% Transcendence (2014) " The neo-luddite attitude is bad enough, but the movie commits a far worse sin: it's dull. If only it worked as a schlocky pile of pulp nonsense, that'd be something..." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 18, 2014
    53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Suffers badly by comparison with the cogent, witty Avengers flicks. This feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 18, 2014
    89% Locke (2014) " We say things like, 'Oh, I'd watch that guy read the phone book,' and this is almost that. Except it really is absolutely riveting, and that's no joke." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 17, 2014
    41% Divergent (2014) " No, it's not wildly different than other science fiction, hero's journey, and adventure movies. Sometimes we call such stories archetypal. Mythic, even." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 17, 2014
    66% The Railway Man (2014) " Almost entirely ignores the amazing aspect of this true story that makes it worth telling, and even the very good performances point us in another direction than the intended one." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 17, 2014
    91% Being Ginger (2014) " A smartly perceptive and very brave personal documentary diary of one man's attempts to come to terms with being an oft-derided and bullied redhead." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 15, 2014
    84% Night Moves (2014) " Kelly Reichardt cements her reputation as one of the most provocative and engagingly watchable American indie filmmakers with a quiet, tense thriller of morality and motive." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 15, 2014
    —— Swim Little Fish Swim (2014) " It's almost a little too precious to be taken as an honest exploration of the difficulties of living an artistically genuine life. Or else that's where it finds a lost romance." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 15, 2014
    92% The Retrieval (2014) " Deceptively simple and deeply cutting. A remarkable little film, a marvel of American indie filmmaking and of stories typically overlooked." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 11, 2014
    —— Jesus People (2014) " This gentle - too gentle - mockumentary barely even takes aim at its easiest potential targets, but the appealing cast is game and manages a few cogent hits." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 11, 2014
    51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " Oh what a lovely film! As romance and history, this is by turns funny and tragic, suspenseful and celebratory, and never less than solidly entertaining." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 11, 2014
    48% The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears (2014) " A teeth-grindingly, blood-boilingly infuriating cinematic trial that's like an art school film project gone horribly awry." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 11, 2014
    36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " There aren't many outright scares here, and when they do come, they are curiously circumspect, but the old-fashioned Hammer Horror atmosphere is appealingly spooky." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 10, 2014
    86% Under the Skin (2014) " Scarlett Johansson is an alien serial killer who sexes men to death in a misogynist fanboy wet dream that also fails to satisfy as science fiction." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 9, 2014
    —— I am Yours " Culture clash amplifies the array of life options open for all women, and lends this quietly compelling film an extra layer of difficulty for a young Pakistani-Norwegian woman as she attempts to navigate them." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 9, 2014
    82% Grand Piano (2014) " Builds up a good momentum of suspense only to throw it away on a rushed and powerfully unsatisfying ending, rendering all its preposterousness suddenly unforgivable." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 8, 2014
    —— Too Sane For This World (2014) " An enlightening portrait of 12 adults from across the autistic spectrum that sheds some much needed light on a subculture that could do with some demystifying." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 8, 2014
    83% The Double (2014) " A painfully funny odyssey of personal ineffectualness that is bitterly wonderful in how it revels in the decrepit horror of the everyday world." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 4, 2014
    69% Visitors (2014) " A weirdly beautiful film, eerie in its complicated simplicity, and open to seven billion interpretations, all of them valid." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 4, 2014
    80% Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) " An overwrought pastiche of Hitchcock that makes less sense and renders its protagonist far less plausible the longer it goes on." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 4, 2014
    47% Rio 2 (2014) " This is what passes for a children's movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 3, 2014
    100% La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (2013) " Follow a humble yellow school bus as it is transformed into something joyous and defiant. It's like discovering that your grandma has another life as a secret agent." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 3, 2014
    88% Cheap Thrills (2014) " The movie equivalent of a mean girls' game whose only goal is the humiliation of its protagonist, for your entertainment. Also: a failed parable of the twistedness of the 1 percent." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 2, 2014
    89% Le Week-End (2014) " A marvelous little unpacking of the meaning of happiness, precisely what constitutes it, and how to know whether you've found it." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 2, 2014
    12% 47 Ronin (2013) " A handsome movie in many ways, but it feels like an unpolished first draft, one that can't quite decide how fantastical it wants to be." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Apr 1, 2014
    77% Noah (2014) " A Biblical action disaster fantasy epic that is completely bonkers, endlessly entertaining, and actually religious in that inspiring-and-instructional way that you don't need to take as literal truth to see the wisdom of." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 30, 2014
    13% Locker 13 (2014) " Nothing here is terribly haunting, but at least someone is trying to make something like a horror movie these days that isn't about buckets of gore and inventive torture." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 27, 2014
    79% The Borderlands (2014) " Low-budget British indie finds absolutely nothing new in the supposedly spooky found-footage subgenre, unless all the typical haunted-house frights occurring in a church counts." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 27, 2014
    94% The Past (2013) " A remarkably grounded French-Iranian drama about a broken family trying to mend; unexpectedly riveting, thanks in part to one of 2013's best ensembles." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 26, 2014
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