Brian D. Johnson

Brian D. Johnson
Brian D. Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Maclean's Magazine
Publications: Maclean's Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
44% The Way of the Gun (2000) A grisly mix of carnage, torture, backroom surgery and painful dialogue. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
32% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Taking no chances, the makers of the sequel have manufactured a remarkably close facsimile of the original movie -- even duplicating some of the jokes. But Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is an improved, more luxurious model. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
92% Pulp Fiction (1994) What is unusual is that a director with such visual flair should be so interested in words. Tarantino offers actors the kind of dialogue -- and monologue -- usually found only in theatre. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
56% Marie Antoinette (2006) Coppola's queen incarnates excess; her royal privilege is to get lost in the superficial pleasure of the moment. And that's exactly what Marie Antoinette offers its audience. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
45% Stepmom (1998) The critic feels cheated, but all around him the audience is happily weeping. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
33% In the Cut (2003) [Jane Campion] brings shocking beauty to a traditionally male genre - and proves she's not just cinema's most eloquent female filmmaker, but one of its essential visionaries. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
67% The Door in the Floor (2004) The female characters are either preposterous or pathetic. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
100% Waste Land (2010) [Director Lucy] Walker's documentary is an eye-opening trip to a part of the world where garbage serves as liquid currency for people who salvage dignity from degradation with intelligence and grace. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
No Score Yet The Nutcracker in 3D (2010) Do not see this movie. Do not take your children to this movie. Do not be tempted by the title, or dancing visions of sugar-plum fairies. Do not put on the 3-D glasses. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
42% Faster (2010) It receives a passing grade. And it's not the worst movie I've seen this season. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
48% Love and Other Drugs (2010) Even though it's a dog's breakfast... the chemistry between Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, two of the most watchable movie stars on the planet, makes it a guilty treat. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
80% Made in Dagenham (2010) Hollywood gets a of flak for turning true stories into formula fables, but never underestimate the ability of the Brits to do the same thing. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
45% The Portrait of a Lady (1996) The director has a brilliant eye. But she fails to get behind the eyes of her heroine. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
35% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lI: The Secret Ooze is funnier, smarter and more entertaining than the original. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
44% Twins (1988) Despite its contrived origins, Twins is a surprisingly sweet, gentle comedy that sustains its humor long after the novelty of the premise wears off. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
53% The Cable Guy (1996) Sure, in the title role [Carrey] plays another in-your-face, over-the-top, wild and crazy guy. But for once he is not a lovable goof. He is a rather unsavory psychotic. And the movie itself is not pure farce: it is satire, with a disturbing edge. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
43% Moll Flanders (1996) The movie takes Moll's name, but mollifies her spirit. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
21% Harlem Nights (1989) Despite a flimsy script and a vain director, some of the supporting cast give spirited performances. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
5% Cocktail (1988) Cocktail is a vacuous throwback to Saturday Night Fever -- without the cultural novelty. The script is spiked with some comic lines, but overproof doses of inadvertent humor kill the effect. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
43% Space Jam (1996) Jordan seems dwarfed by Space Jam's high-concept shenanigans. His performance amounts to a series of one-note reaction shots. He seems to have as much talent for acting as for baseball. But at least he has something to fall back on. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
49% The First Wives Club (1996) But despite the clever jabs, and even with cameo support from Ivana Trump and Gloria Steinern, the film's three stars still seem trapped by Hollywood formula-choked by the heavy-handed direction of Hugh Wilson, and a smarmy script by Robert Harling, - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
87% First Man (2018) First Man fulfills its mission as suspenseful thriller. That's partly because it's not simply a re-enactment of a familiar story. It's a visceral, bone-rattling ride-an experience designed with meticulous precision. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
67% Bruno (2009) What's most consistently brilliant about the film is Baron Cohen's acting. He never breaks character for a second. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
68% Public Enemies (2009) Yes, this is a gangster movie worth seeing, and it should be seen on the big screen. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
85% 500 Days of Summer (2009) I found much to like in (500) Days of Summer, not the least of which is its emotional candour. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
44% The Proposal (2009) I found myself enjoying The Proposal more than I felt I should, chuckling at the predicaments and feeling the odd unsolicited tear moisten my eyes as if on cue in the third act. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) Hauling their luxurious backstories like matching trailers, hero and villain face off with what seems like contractual symmetry. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
79% Okuribito (Departures) (2009) The encoffination ritual has a subtlety and grace that's lacking in Takita's direction, which lays down the narrative with slow, heavy brushstrokes of lacquered whimsy. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
68% Away We Go (2009) I began to realize why I'd been resisting the film all along, in spite of its dogged charm. None of the places the couple visit seems remotely real. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
78% The Hangover (2009) The movie, in the end, feels as as shabby as the unfulfilled lives that, we assume, these men will resume once the fun and games are over. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
98% Up (2009) With Up, Disney/Pixar continues to set the bar for animated features. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
84% State of Play (2009) I know it sounds like I'm trashing this movie, but the story has real juice and complexity, the performances have muscle, and the political backdrop is ripped from the headlines. I wasn't bored for a second. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
77% Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys) (2008) It's a strong story, with a slow but inexorable momentum. Ceylan has marshalled a quartet of superb performances. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
57% The Soloist (2009) Aside from putting flesh on the bones of characters, there are ways in which a movie can surpass a book. In this case it's through the power of music-both aural and visual. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
90% Hunger (2008) Director Steve McQueen finds beauty in the squalor. And to his credit, he doesn't sermonize or take sides. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
51% Observe and Report (2009) My resistance to embrace this film-even though I like the idea of a subversive, satirical anti-Paul Blart mall cop comedy-is that I had trouble believing it. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
31% Fanboys (2008) The momentum is lost. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
88% Adventureland (2009) It's the opposite of the Hollywood dream that you never let go.In this case the big, gaudy ambition turn out to be empty and pointless. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
42% RiP: A Remix Manifesto (2009) Rip is a dazzling frontal assault on how corporate culture is using copyright law to muzzle freedom of expression. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
92% Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008) It's been a while since I first saw this brutal slice of social realism in Cannes. And it left an indelible impression, if not an urgent desire to see it again. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
16% Crossing Over (2009) It's all too conventional, a prosaic melodrama composed of characters who turn out to be strictly good or evil. We already know that immigrants are exploited. Crossing Over tries to tell us that once again, while compounding the offence. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
50% One Week (2008) Joshua Jackson makes a likeable and [convincing] a turns in a strong performance as a man who has a premature mid-life crisis when he learns he's dying of cancer. But I wish I could feel the same affection for the script. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
No Score Yet Lost Song (2008) It's lovingly crafted. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
100% C'est Pas Moi, Je le Jure! (It's Not Me, I Swear!) (2008) As a poetic tale of an outrageous artist-as-a-young-boy, It's Not Me, I Swear is also reminiscent of Léolo, the wonderful 1992 film by the late Jean-Claude Lauzon. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
53% Stone of Destiny (2008) To call it a pleasant, watchable picture is to damn it with the faint praise that it seems to solicit. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
No Score Yet Che (2008) I'm afraid to count myself as one of those curmudgeonly critics who was underwhelmed by its folksy period charm. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
No Score Yet The Necessities of Life (2008) The story, scripted by Bernard Émond, is so spare, and its world is so bleak, that Ungalaaq's performance seems to take place in a void. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
58% The International (2009) As for the direction, Tykwer seems more enamoured with architecture than with his actors. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
96% The Class (2008) It is intensely vital. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
71% Last Chance Harvey (2009) Maybe I'm damning with faint praise, but these are two actors I don't mind wasting time with. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017