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.

    MaryAnn Johanson'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
    29% Get Hard (2015) "All the comedic and visual elan of an amateur YouTube fratboy prank, include nonstop rape jokes and rampant homophobia. Are you laughing yet? " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 26, 2015
    96% Wild Tales (2015) "This anthology of six bleakly funny shorts is a mixed bag that ranges from anticlimactic but intriguing to 'Oh my God, did I just laugh out loud at that?' " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 25, 2015
    71% The Voices (2015) "A chipper woman-hating comedy about a serial killer... that wants us to feel sorry for him? This is disgusting, repulsive, and enraging. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 25, 2015
    45% En chance til "An impossible tragedy, a movie that confounds all expectations and is full of a terrible suspense. You have never seen a cop movie like this before. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 23, 2015
    27% Wild Card (2015) "Piles of noirish exposition get the better of Jason Statham in this unpleasantly retrograde crime drama. What happened in Vegas should have stayed there. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 23, 2015
    46% Home (2015) "Science fiction with training wheels, fine for sucking the kiddies into geekery but with little appeal for grownup fans of animated genre adventure. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 19, 2015
    16% The Gunman (2015) "A tired old piece of action junk that expects us to sympathize with a very bad man. We don't. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 18, 2015
    31% Insurgent (2015) "Sneakily undercuts tropes of the young-adult hero's journey. But in a more adventurous movie environment, this wouldn't feel this fresh as it does. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 17, 2015
    72% Suite Française "An immediate and intimate tale of forbidden romance and other complex emotions and contradictory obligations. This ain't history but a very human now. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 13, 2015
    100% A Brilliant Young Mind "An honest, heartfelt film, full of lovely performances, yet one that ends up rather unexpectedly conventional. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 12, 2015
    61% Run All Night (2015) "Too long and too same-old, and even Liam Neeson's effortless tough-guy charm can only carry this familiar-feeling film so far. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 12, 2015
    92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "A grownup storybook of a movie spun out of candy-colored nonsense that challenges you to embrace its falseness and deny its romance. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 11, 2015
    22% October Gale (2015) "It's not very suspenseful or romantic, but the always awesome Patricia Clarkson remains calm and kicks some ass, so that's something. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 10, 2015
    84% Cinderella (2015) "A product of the Disney princess machine. Its highest ambition is to move a new line of toys. Or to evoke despair in the fairy-tale-ization of girls' lives. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 9, 2015
    100% Dreamcatcher (2015) "An extraordinarily personal story about prostitution, one with a gentle but undeniable humanist force for hopeful understanding. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 6, 2015
    77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "A passionate and intense drama - fueled by a fierce Jeremy Renner - that furiously underscores the problem of lickspittle corporate 'journalism.' " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 6, 2015
    11% Unfinished Business (2015) "Apparently made by snickering 12-year-olds who like naked boobies and have heard rumors about the phenomenon known as 'the business trip.' " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 6, 2015
    30% Chappie (2015) "A morally muddled mess that is convoluted in plot and appallingly simplistic in its themes. I am a sad geek today. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 5, 2015
    96% Ida (2014) "A beautiful film, and a mysterious one. I don't quite know what to make of it, but I have been seduced by its evasive intrigue. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 2, 2015
    33% I'll Follow You Down (2014) "Indie science fiction with a rare humanism, a scientific and emotional mystery with a solution Hollywood wouldn't dare go anywhere near. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 2, 2015
    81% Beyond the Lights (2014) "Smart and passionate, this is one of the ultimate Hollywood fantasies: an adult romance performed by gorgeous actors with palpable onscreen chemistry. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 28, 2015
    35% Project Almanac (2015) "There are things in which horny teenaged boys were not meant to meddle. Like we needed the warning. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 27, 2015
    38% Ejecta (2015) "Quite possibly an alien torture device designed to turn our brains to mush. *sob* " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 27, 2015
    95% Catch Me Daddy (2015) "A lurid meatgrinder of a movie in which the young-woman protagonist is reduced to a passive object of male rage, greed, and possessiveness. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 27, 2015
    96% It Follows (2015) "Wait. Really? Horror movies are still doing the punishing-girls-for-having-sex thing? Ah, but this is 80s retro, so it's 'okay,' then. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 27, 2015
    63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "There's not much of a story, just a chance to spend more time with the gang of classy sexy randy oldsters. And that's just fine. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 26, 2015
    56% Focus (2015) "Unpleasant, humor free, and contrary to accepted codes of movie morality. And that's before it shows its hand as a pile of implausible sentimental mush. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 26, 2015
    11% The Boy Next Door (2015) "Reaches beyond ordinary laughable movie nonsense to create a moment - only one, alas - that will reign in the annals of cheesy cinematic history. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 25, 2015
    93% Birdman (2014) "It's all a bit satirical. Or maybe not. Look, over there, Shakespeare in a superhero cape! " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 24, 2015
    61% Maps to the Stars (2015) "Quite hilarious in a deeply disturbing way that you won't want to look straight on at, lest it forever ruin you as a lover of movies. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 23, 2015
    60% Drunktown's Finest (2015) "Infuses a familiar tale of small-town life and youthful disaffection with a crisp sense of hope teased out of Navajo tradition. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 20, 2015
    28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "A festering pile of fatphobic, homophobic, sexist, grossout garbage in which men are manipulative liars but women are worse. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 20, 2015
    34% Blackhat (2015) "This mysteriously misbegotten flick should be a gritty 10-hour miniseries so it would have time to explore its ideas and potentially fascinating characters. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 20, 2015
    87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "Weirdly funny and weirdly sad, one woman's slo-mo nervous breakdown becomes an exercise in pathos that is unforgettably poignant. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 20, 2015
    88% Foxcatcher (2014) "A pensive and unsettling film that defies genre description and keeps you wondering just what the heck sort of film you're watching. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 19, 2015
    100% Virunga (2014) "This is not a nature documentary, though there are some beautiful scenes of wild spaces. This is war journalism, tense and upsetting. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 18, 2015
    99% Leviathan (2014) "The angry grandeur of its despair over how ordinary people get screwed by the powerful may be uniquely Russian, but it will hit home everywhere. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 18, 2015
    81% Tangerines (2015) "Slaps an honest emotional sincerity and a dry, almost humorous pragmatism in the face of macho posturing and identity tribalism. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 17, 2015
    100% Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014) "A harrowing yet also inspiring portrait of the American pop music icon as he copes with the rapid deterioration of Alzheimer's. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 17, 2015
    100% Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (2015) "An almost unbearably heartbreaking documentary rehumanizes the LGBT icon... and makes him newly tragic all over again. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 16, 2015
    25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "A charm-free hero with control issues and a passive, fretful heroine have coy and tediously vanilla pretend-sex. This is meant to be erotic? " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 15, 2015
    95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) "Paints a true-life picture of ordinary people with human consciences defying their orders and the law to do the right thing when bureaucracy fails them. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 12, 2015
    21% Old Fashioned (2015) "Old-fashioned is right. Like how the Taliban is old-fashioned. Behold some pretty despicable passive-aggressive othering of women in the name of 'respect.' " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 12, 2015
    97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "A genuine horror story, sweaty with a palpable ring of truth about the unending fear that accompanies life on the knife edge of financial despair. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 11, 2015
    No Score Yet Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (2015) "An extraordinary group of films concerned with corralling confusing and conflicting human experience at emotional borderlands. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 6, 2015
    99% Selma (2015) "A magnificent film, vital and alive, with the most profound sense of immediacy I think I've ever felt in a historical story. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 6, 2015
    100% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "Charming in that gloriously detailed Aardman way, but with its simple slapstick humor, it's strictly for the littlest tykes. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 6, 2015
    25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Sees no need to engage metaphor or dispense with cliché, so when you haven't seen it before, you can't believe what you're seeing. And not in a good way. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 5, 2015
    73% Gone Too Far! "Something like a Shakespearean comedy, full of highly amusing, sharply drawn characters and offering wicked insight into how identity is shaped by city living and immigrant culture clash. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 5, 2015
    86% Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2015) "Three of the five nominees are about women, and it's hardly a surprise that their fresh perspective results in stories that are new and original. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 4, 2015
    25% The Devil's Violinist (2015) "A hilariously histrionic depiction of 19th-century superstar violinist Niccolò Paganini's rise to fame, far more Monty Python than Mozart. " ‐ Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 3, 2015
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