Allyson Johnson

Allyson Johnson
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/4 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) A dumb movie can be good as long as it's fun, and Mortal Kombat falters by never achieving that. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
7/10 96% Alone Together (2021) Alone Together doesn't exactly stick the landing on this message but it's one that is potent enough to carry us through. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
6/10 86% Recovery (2021) Penned by Call and Everton, the two are clever with a good ear for seamless back and forth dialogue as the two plan on one another, but they lose focus in the overall story, too centered on the individual scene rather than the whole picture. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
7/10 67% The End of Us (2021) A sincere and confident debut, the film isn't without its flaws but manages to keep itself afloat with it's winsome and willful humor. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
87% Mikey and Nicky (1976) The finale gives all that came before a greater sense of dread as we realize that Nicky's mounting paranoia might have been the only thing protecting him from the start. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
96% Desert Hearts (1986) Desert Hearts is a fully immersive experience and a landmark for LGBTQ representation in film. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
3/4 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Albeit messy, Raya is a wonderment, most notably in its quieter observed moments that touch on grief, determination and companionship. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
1.5/4 67% My Zoe (2021) Brittle and clinical... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
1.5/4 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) However, in its efforts to be dizzying, delightful, escapist fun, "Barb and Star" gets lost in its own self-indulgence. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
2.5/4 92% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2021) Despite lacking in visual urgency, the film is saved by the heartfelt relationship at its center. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
2.5/4 92% True Mothers (Asa ga kuru) (2020) Kawase takes her time with the source material, leaning into the split focus when she could have told the same story as effectively in a more linear fashion. Still, there's no denying the potent emotion of the story... - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
1.5/4 64% The Wake of Light (2021) Clearly inspired by the work of Terrence Malick, Director Renji Philip's "The Wake of Light" is little more than a highlight reel for some truly stunning cinematography. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
5/10 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The worth of the film could fill a bumper sticker, and, luckily for them, that seems to be what they were striving for with this sequel. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
3/4 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) The film's biggest message and its lack of genuine triumphs are crystal clear, if achingly depressing in addressing that for all the women who get their win, there are plenty of other victims who had to suffer to get us to this point. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
4/4 88% Monsoon (2020) Quietly shattering in its ruminations on cultural displacement, Monsoon is a stunning portrait of a man in limbo. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
9/10 97% Sound of Metal (2020) Beautifully produced and directed with an abundance of clarity, Sound of Metal is made to make us care by design-its trick is in how it pulls us along to experience all of the ups and downs with our leading man, wringing us all out by the film's end. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
5/10 86% On The Rocks (2020) The film is fleetingly beautiful , but that can only carry the rest of the film so far. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
8/10 100% 76 Days (2020) 76 Days might not be offering us anything new regarding COVID 19, but it will remain a vital source of history. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
8/10 93% Beans (2020) Deer, along with her fellow screenwriter Meredith Vuchnich, have molded a story that, due to its historical relevance and deep emotional pull, is timeless. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
9/10 94% Nomadland (2021) Zhao finds the beauty in it, the pain in it and all that lies between, making for a film full of remembrance, of joy and loss and, most importantly, of the significance of keeping on moving if your story isn't settled at your first destination point. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
7/10 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) It falls short of it's best moments, but those high points are unquestionably mesmerizing. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
8/10 97% Shiva Baby (2021) There's a charm to real life and contained drama - and Seligman finds the magic in those smaller, just as hilarious, just as mortifying moments. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
7/10 84% The Way I See It (2020) It's effective because it gives us momentary relief and validates our rage while asking once again for us to have hope and to keep moving ahead. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
8/10 62% Children of the Sea (Kaijû no Kodomo) (2020) The animation is superb, at moments as beautiful as it is deeply unsettling. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
7/10 98% One Night in Miami (2020) One Night in Miami is an empowering, striking tale of four legends, each men of impeccable skill and charisma and a story that, once it reaches its crescendo, sings some clearly superb notes. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
1.5/4 58% Tesla (2020) Tesla is simply too messy. There's plenty to say about human nature and about capitalism's claws and the correlation between past and present, but there's too much getting in the way of the story. It's pretty, but frustratingly hollow. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
4/4 95% Palm Springs (2020) Made up of contradicting bits, of square pegs in round holes, it manages to work because of a clever script and central performances by Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti that anchor the film when it begins to race beyond its boundaries. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
3.5/4 93% Babyteeth (2020) Despite the heavy material, Babyteeth is so purposefully consumed with the need to live in the moment that it doesn't so much drag the viewer down as it engulfs us into its emotional orbit. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
5/10 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) Like it's protagonist, there's charm to The King of Staten Island and it has its moments of biting honesty, but the film stalls as it takes too long to get out of its rudderless station and grab the reigns of its story. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
82% Listen Up Philip (2014) Running a bit longer than it needs to doesn't help, but regardless of any nitpicks, this is surely an interesting film and unlike many put out this year. It has its own particular atmosphere stamped on it. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
3/4 88% Les Misérables (2020) The film flows with the energy of an adrenaline rush, relenting only for a moment of false resolve that makes the gut punch that follows land with a feeling of incredible devastation. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
2.5/5 81% A Hidden Life (2019) Vexing and infuriating, and made all the more so by how stupefyingly stunning the entire picture is, "A Hidden Life" needed someone to pull the visionary behind the camera back from some of his more indulgent fantasies. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/4 94% Honey Boy (2019) "Honey Boy" is a triumph for all involved, starting with a screenplay that might've been overly indulgent, but in which [Shia] LaBeouf instead offers restraint. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/4 88% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) It's a beautiful, commanding character study by a director who keeps getting better with each new, challenging film. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/4 86% Ms. Purple (2019) "Ms. Purple" doesn't land every line, but the moments that do are tremendous in their ability to marry such a human subject with such larger-than-life theatrics. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/4 97% Love, Antosha (2019) The documentary manages to invigorate because it's difficult not to be swept up in the enthusiasm [Anton] Yelchin had for life, but the note we're left on is almost unbearably bittersweet. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 78% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) [Ryusuke] Hamaguchi possesses an eye for engrossing human interaction built on minute details in friendships. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/4 92% Wild Rose (2019) Rough around the edges it might be, like its heroine, but "Wild Rose" is a song worth listening to. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 89% Rocketman (2019) Regardless of its shortcomings, the film's love of its subject matter is apparent, managing to help raise the predictable into something more daring and visually exciting than it has any right to be. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/4 57% Aladdin (2019) The greatest failure of this Aladdin is that, like our blue-dipped Genie, it possesses incredible power but fumbles it, playing too safe when every beat, specifically every musical one, should have dazzled. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
8/10 78% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) It's that ability to intertwine the themes of hope and longing, romance and loss, happiness and regret that makes Asako I & II such crucial viewing. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
B+ 98% Blow the Man Down (2020) Secrets, history, baggage, people that keep their cards close to the chest, all of these inscrutable dynamics cleverly come into play with murder, grief, and crime in the inventive and original film. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
B+ 71% The Place of No Words (2020) Webber's film is clearly built from a bursting-at-the-seams love for his kids and the self-realization that pain will come to your children's life at some point, no matter how hard you hold on to protect them. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
8/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Purposeful chaos with a sleek finesse. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/4 71% Teen Spirit (2019) Teen Spirit is enjoyable, but Minghella's chaotic directorial style and a thin script don't offer much to talk about once the last note has been sung. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) It's a welcome reprieve from the dreariness superhero films can bring, and what it lacks in consistency it more than makes up for in the final, emotional wallops. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
D 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) 'Five Feet Apart' is a ridiculous melodrama that demands you leave your brain at home. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
B 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A touching goodbye to a series that has really grown and matured through the years, aided by stunning visuals and a sweeping, dreamlike-sense-of-adventuring score by composer John Powell. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/4 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) For all Alita gains in technical achievements, it loses in dialogue that is near embarrassing, with wooden simplicity coupled with often rote delivery. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/4 90% Arctic (2019) Even with his dancer's physicality and emotive face [Mads Mikkelsen] struggles to make 90 minutes of stomping through snow in Arctic thrilling - or even watchable. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019