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:
    3501
    Total QuickRatings:
    21
    Location:
    New York City
  • Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

    Showing 51 - 100 of 3501
    Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
    74% Oculus (2014) " The eerie atmosphere of psychological upset is intriguing and unusual, but it's not actually all that scary." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jun 13, 2014
    79% 112 Weddings " A startling and welcome breath of reality for an institution overladen by fantasy in our culture. Happily ever after is hard!" — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jun 13, 2014
    33% A Perfect Plan (Un plan parfait) " With rom-coms like this, who needs warcrimes? This is the most cruel, most contrived romantic comedy I have ever had the displeasure to endure." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jun 13, 2014
    10% Grace Of Monaco " It's not exactly emotionally enthralling, but there's still much that's intriguing in this portrait of a woman who refused to let herself be pushed out of frame." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jun 6, 2014
    84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Funnier, cleverer, wittier, and snarkier, than the first film. It is nonstop self-deprecation that doles out well-deserved smacks to about 817 Hollywood things that desperately deserve it." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jun 5, 2014
    73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " Is she a virgin, or a whore? Surprise, she's both! This French drama about a teenager is infuriating in its reductive stereotypes." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jun 5, 2014
    52% Lucky Bastard (2014) " Two contrived things, found-footage and porn, combine to create a flick that is distasteful and downright disgusting in so many ways." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jun 5, 2014
    46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " You'd think any movie that an all-powerful deity had a hand in would be awesome, right? Turns out, not so much. There's barely even a story here." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 30, 2014
    90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " A witty, clever, character-driven bit of science fiction wonderfulness, full of suspense, surprise, tension, and an unexpected poignancy." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 30, 2014
    33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Director, producer, writer, and star Seth MacFarlane laments the epic romantic tragedy of Seth MacFarlane, who deserves a beautiful girlfriend because he's 'nice.'" — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 29, 2014
    48% Maleficent (2014) " Please leave your desire for a well-rounded story in the lockers provided, and keep your arms and legs inside the ride while it is in motion." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 28, 2014
    100% Frequencies (2014) " A film to warm the cockles of your geeky heart, an incredibly ambitious and profoundly provocative science fiction drama about ideas that require no FX to sell them." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 24, 2014
    43% Honour (2014) " A whole lotta violent bigoted men discussing women's lives as if they merit any say in the matter. If only pop culture were as concerned with women's stories as it is with men's." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 24, 2014
    88% The Punk Singer (2013) " A fantastic introduction to original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna and her groundbreaking work in music, feminism, and all-around kickass awesomeness." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 23, 2014
    65% Beyond the Edge (2014) " Through gorgeous archival footage and new re-creations, thrillingly places us amidst the first successful summit of Everest in 1953, taking true advantage of 3D to offer us dazzling mountain vistas." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 23, 2014
    86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " A hugely entertaining biography of one of the great observers of the American century whose witty, bitter obstinance is essential in highlighting how far the U.S. has gone off the rails since WWII." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 22, 2014
    14% Blended (2014) " Adam Sandler goes to Africa, via the tampon aisle, and assumes you'll agree with him that racism and sexism are family values worth celebrating." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 22, 2014
    4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Perhaps the most astonishing thing is that this movie is as elegant as it is." — Orlando Weekly
    Posted May 20, 2014
    84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " [A]nother brilliant documentary from the ever-incisive Alex Gibney... not about cycling but the power of celebrity..." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 16, 2014
    81% Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist (2014) " Filmmaker James Erskine gives even the most profoundly uninitiated viewer (such as me) plenty of opportunities to understand, cheer for, and mourn the man..." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 16, 2014
    29% SX_Tape (2014) " There's no reason or logic in this found-footage yawner, and nothing rises to the level of even adolescent notions of sexy-scary." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 16, 2014
    84% The Two Faces of January (2014) " There's delicious movie-movie elegance in the exotic locales and the period dress, but not much tension to be found in the murderous misadventures on offer." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 16, 2014
    93% A Touch of Sin (2013) " It's been banned in China for its savage criticism of that nation's economic and social policies. But its horrors look awfully familiar to us in the West, too." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 16, 2014
    40% In Secret (2014) " If O. Henry and Edgar Allan Poe collaborated on a love story, it might look something like this juicy bit of ironic gothic romance." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 15, 2014
    85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " I want to live in this movie. I want to crawl inside it and curl up in its lap and stay there forever." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 15, 2014
    73% Godzilla (2014) " Elegantly updates the King of All Monsters for the 21st century in ways that have moved with the global zeitgeist. But Hollywood's tedious myopia means the movie as a whole isn't quite so beautiful." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted May 12, 2014
    23% 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
    91% 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
    12% 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 (2014) " 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
    27% 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
    24% 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
    86% 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
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