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:
636

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 63% Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) " The usual Nordic Noir garnishings of furrowed seriousness, chilly visuals and grim subject matter add a dash of flavour to this plodding crime procedural but still fail to enliven it." — Time Out
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/5 37% If I Stay (2014) " For a drama pretty much aimed at 12-year-old girls, this is less superficial than you'd expect." — Time Out
Posted Aug 29, 2014
4/5 90% District 9 (2009) " This remains a textbook example of fantasy cinema's ability to tackle thorny moral issues while splattering the screen with gloopy creature effects." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 25, 2014
2/5 25% Die Frau des Polizisten (The Police Officer's Wife) " Philip Gröning builds his would-be magnum opus of domestic unease in fragments. A three-hour running-time, however, means an awful lot of fragments. " — Time Out
Posted Aug 19, 2014
4/5 79% Welcome To New York " It's as if Ferrara's just chucked all the bits in the air and left us to deal with it ourselves - which is a surprisingly effective approach to the sort of material that could easily have made for a superficial and preachy movie." — Time Out
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2/5 10% The Nut Job (2014) " Pretty much everything in this South Korean co-production is slightly undercooked, lacking the same degree of sprightly wit or dramatic punch regularly found in A-list studio product. " — Time Out
Posted Jul 29, 2014
3/5 77% Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014) " This doc attempts to put a human face on the statistics, not only following the grisly day-to-day of American officials dealing with the bodies, but also exploring the dead man's rural Honduran background. " — Time Out
Posted Jul 23, 2014
3/5 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " You can imagine ET phoning his legal team, but although this kids' sci-fi adventure is derivative, its characters are drawn with more care and insight than you'd expect. " — Time Out
Posted Jul 23, 2014
2/5 71% Jealousy (2014) " Chic yet exasperating, it's somehow quintessentially French - just not in a good way." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/5 75% Goltzius And The Pelican Company " Very nearly classic Peter Greenaway." — Time Out
Posted Jul 8, 2014
3/5 75% Bicycling with Moliere (2014) " For Francophiles of a literary bent, just hearing these two actors silkily unfurling their lines will be frisson enough" — Time Out
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/5 58% Keeping Rosy " [A] modestly scaled British thriller about a high-flying executive confronted with the rash decisions she makes on a really, really bad day." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/5 25% Secret Sharer " After a promising start, the story starts to drift between romance, maritime adventure and rite-of-passage tale." — Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2014
3/5 86% Bright Days Ahead (2014) " We've seen variations on the character before. But Fanny Ardant's performance as the straitlaced wife ... is insightful and note-perfect." — Time Out
Posted Jun 17, 2014
3/5 100% Of Horses and Men " Benedikt Erlingsson's magnificently rugged-looking film offers darkly comic mishaps that play out over a series of sly vignettes." — Time Out
Posted Jun 10, 2014
2/5 35% Knocked for Six (Save Your Legs) " The cast are amiably geeky and blokey, but there's an underlying air of Aussie jingoism which perhaps doesn't quite travel." — Time Out
Posted Jun 10, 2014
3/5 89% Road " The tragedies and triumphs of the Dunlop dynasty will be well known to fans, so this retelling will have most impact on newcomers to their remarkable story." — Time Out
Posted Jun 10, 2014
3/5 100% 36 " This gentle, melancholic Thai drama gives a modern spin on an age-old story: girl meets boy, girl takes photos of boy, girl's hard drive crashes, girl loses photos." — Time Out
Posted Jun 3, 2014
3/5 58% Before the Winter Chill (2014) " Another middle-class, midlife crisis unfolds here in the way French cinema does so well." — Radio Times
Posted May 9, 2014
96% Blue Ruin (2014) " Saulnier works intelligent and engrossing variations on the revenge thriller." — Sight and Sound
Posted May 8, 2014
4/5 65% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) " Cleverly, the film makes it clear that Binoche is also strongly motivated by bringing suffering and injustice to light, making the central conflict that bit sharper." — Radio Times
Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 91% Patema Inverted (2014) " Impressive but not dazzling. Miyazaki would have given the action more thump and Kon might have gone that bit weirder." — Time Out
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2/5 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Follows the bog-standard formula perfected by Besson: combining functional storylining with competent action highlights and an occasional air of whimsy." — Time Out
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2/5 18% Tarzan (2014) " Proves that technical knowhow and a reliable old yarn will only get you so far when imagination is lacking." — Time Out
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2/5 50% The Sea " Stick with the book." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/5 58% Reaching for the Moon (2013) " A classy, grown-up drama." — Time Out
Posted Apr 15, 2014
3/5 41% Pioneer (2014) " 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 52% 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 81% 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 69% 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 81% Salvo (2014) " Hits the heights in its first forty minutes ... Later developments prove disappointingly predictable." — Time Out
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/5 17% Ironclad: Battle for Blood (2014) " 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 77% 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 53% 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 71% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) " 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
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