Trevor Johnston

Trevor Johnston

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Biography:
Time Out film critic.
Publications:
Film4 , Radio Times , Time Out , Time Out New York , Times [UK]
Total Reviews:
610

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 50% The Sea " Stick with the book." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/5 47% Reaching for the Moon (2013) " A classy, grown-up drama." — Time Out
Posted Apr 15, 2014
3/5 44% Pioneer " Insomnia director Erik Skoldbjaerg knows his '70s conspiracy thrillers backwards. As a result, Pioneer delivers insidious, shadowy tension." — Time Out
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3/5 58% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " This well-acted adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's award-winning novel starts like a college soap opera, before turning into a Nigerian Gone with the Wind. " — Time Out
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3/5 80% Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) " Believable, emotionally complex performances help sustain momentum, yet the direction takes a misstep by withholding information to create a greater sense of mystery." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/5 94% A Story Of Children And Film " Captivating, educational stuff: ideal viewing for families looking to broaden their cinematic horizons." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/5 68% Visitors (2014) " With only 74 slowly unfolding shots, it's closer to gallery installation than conventional cinema, but for audiences open to the experience, it's inexplicably compelling." — Time Out
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3/5 30% Svengali " Writer-producer-star Jonny Owen's amiable central turn just about gets the movie through myriad sticky patches." — Time Out
Posted Mar 18, 2014
3/5 82% Salvo " Hits the heights in its first forty minutes ... Later developments prove disappointingly predictable." — Time Out
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/5 —— Ironclad: Battle for Blood " Much sound and fury ensues, but without a compelling story behind it, it signifies very little." — Time Out
Posted Mar 12, 2014
1/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " Pettyfer and Wilde (both Brits) look the part in a soft-drinks-commercial way, but their characters might as well be called Ken and Barbie for all the depth they bring." — Time Out
Posted Feb 11, 2014
3/5 70% Love Is In The Air (2014) " Not exactly arthouse, but as subtitled fluff goes, we're talking première classe. " — Time Out
Posted Feb 11, 2014
2/5 38% 8 Minutes Idle " In its favour, there's a whimsical sense of humour which means you're never far from an unexpected smile; but otherwise the central romance is lukewarm." — Time Out
Posted Feb 11, 2014
4/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Fiennes's confident direction captures every nuance in a subtle, accomplished and intelligent piece of film-making." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/5 84% Teenage (2014) " Filtering writer Jon Savage's non-fiction doorstopper into a mere 78 minutes ... makes this feel like a taster for a more in-depth TV series - but one well worth seeing, nonetheless." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " See it for Bale ... who doesn't just play his part, he seems to live it." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 88% Journal de France " A fascinating introduction to one of France's major filmmakers." — Time Out
Posted Jan 28, 2014
3/5 75% Oh Boy " It's all rather charming ... leading man Schilling remains affable while never underselling this kindly yet feckless dropout's sheer spinelessness. " — Time Out
Posted Jan 14, 2014
2/5 38% Delivery Man (2013) " It's warm-hearted, certainly, but ultimately undone by a would-be feelgood central conceit that makes less and less sense the more you think about it." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 10, 2014
4/5 86% Kiss the Water (2014) " Definitely not your standard doc, this is something special ... a captivating journey through a landscape of mystery and imagination." — Time Out
Posted Jan 7, 2014
3/5 100% Moon Man " Adults may long for a bit more impetus in the lackadaisical narrative. But younger viewers will be entranced by the child-like wonder the Moon Man inspires in others." — Time Out
Posted Dec 17, 2013
5/5 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " This isn't just another arthouse film, but a powerful testament to incredible human resilience" — Time Out
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 88% Fill the Void (2013) " This is an extraordinary first film, nerve-tingling in its intensity, and assembled with a finesse and control even the great Austrian director Michael Haneke might envy." — Time Out
Posted Dec 9, 2013
4/5 38% A Long Way From Home " What seems at first an almost mundane affair becomes a devastating, unsentimental portrait of quiet desperation" — Time Out
Posted Dec 2, 2013
4/5 86% The Patience Stone (2013) " It requires a leap of faith, but this handsome-looking film offers a disarming combination of insight, compassion and provocation." — Time Out
Posted Dec 2, 2013
2/5 20% Who Needs Enemies (2013) " The film is too smitten with its loathsome small-time crooks to generate much interest in the plight of the victims or portray any women as anything but hapless bystanders." — Time Out
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/5 85% Dirty Wars (2013) " [A] gripping investigative doc, which plays out like a classic conspiracy thriller as it follows a trail of clues to the heart of darkness." — Time Out
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2/5 56% Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson " Never as funny or clever as it thinks it is." — Time Out
Posted Nov 19, 2013
4/5 100% Vivan las Antipodas! (2013) " Unlike, say, similar globetrotting, image-led works like Koyaanisqatsi or Baraka, Kossakovsky's film is never preachy, allowing the visuals to percolate." — Time Out
Posted Nov 19, 2013
2/5 67% Future My Love " Artful and ambitious, the film chimes with the past work of Chris Marker, but while undeniably sincere, it also proves diffuse and overloaded." — Time Out
Posted Nov 12, 2013
3/5 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " The Butler proves a decent, significant, but slightly stodgy affair. Its dignified restraint stifles its anger." — Time Out
Posted Nov 12, 2013
3/5 75% La religieuse (The Nun) " It's a generally classy yet dramatically underpowered affair traversing a steady path between respectable costume drama and habit-lifting exploitation." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3/5 95% Child's Pose (2014) " Plays its thematic cards far too early, but it's sustained by Gheorghiu's compelling central turn as the endlessly self-deluding grande dame." — Time Out
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2/5 93% Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki) (2013) " The detailed Ghibli-esque visuals are decent enough, but this is disappointingly bland." — Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3/5 80% Project Wild Thing " It always feels like we're watching a campaign video, so the preaching-to-the converted vibe is inescapable." — Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2013
4/5 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " Occasionally baggy, always sincere, this is an essential document of a defining era when 'soul' really meant something." — Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3/5 67% Lebanese Rocket Society " This amazing true story has so much resonance in terms of turbulent Middle East history and the recent reawakening of idealism that it remains a worthwhile watch." — Time Out
Posted Oct 15, 2013
1/5 36% Not Another Happy Ending " This Scottish romcom is a great advert for Glasgow, but it delivers an awful warning to filmmakers about shooting a script that's seriously unready." — Time Out
Posted Oct 8, 2013
2/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) " Much as we want to relish the shameless parade of cartoon violence ... the soggy plotting and slack comic timing are downers." — Time Out
Posted Oct 8, 2013
3/5 93% Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon (Nobody's Daughter Hae-Won) " Couched in a lackadaisical storytelling style which masks an underlying fascination with the moral whys and wherefores of Korean society." — Time Out
Posted Oct 8, 2013
3/5 31% Emperor (2013) " It's all done with care and authentic Japanese locations ... But there's scant drama." — Time Out
Posted Oct 1, 2013
4/5 96% The Crash Reel (2013) " Lucy Walker has assembled one of the great sporting docs - partly because its scope extends beyond the slopes." — Time Out
Posted Oct 1, 2013
3/5 100% Metro Manila (2013) " It's pacy, engrossing, and Jake Macapagal's turn as the plucky schmuck protagonist is stellar" — Time Out
Posted Sep 17, 2013
2/5 43% The Call (2013) " Just when the movie has us in its grasp, the script falls to pieces and turns into a crass female-in-peril button-pusher." — Time Out
Posted Sep 17, 2013
3/5 100% The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) (1960) " Sautet's characteristic restraint lacks the killer snap of Melville at his best, and the impetus rather flags as events proceed." — Time Out
Posted Sep 10, 2013
3/5 73% Borrowed Time " A sweet-natured character study that's altogether charming, if not exactly hard-edged." — Time Out
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2/5 68% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) " That old arthouse chestnut, about the restorative power of naked young women, gets another outing in this pretty but superficial musing on the creative process." — Time Out
Posted Sep 10, 2013
4/5 94% Museum Hours (2013) " Its encouragement to let ourselves be captivated by everyday humanity as well as the old masters is both richly illuminating and quirkily endearing." — Time Out
Posted Sep 4, 2013
2/5 50% Jadoo " No shortage of appetising ingredients here, yet the execution sadly fails to make the most of them." — Time Out
Posted Sep 4, 2013
5/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) " The most visually imaginative American film since David Lynch's Eraserhead." — Time Out
Posted Aug 27, 2013
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