CJ Johnson

CJ Johnson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

CJ Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): ABC Radio (Australia)

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 67%

Boys in the Trees (2016)

"Who knew to mesh the American Halloween aesthetic to Adelaide streets, skateboard culture and Dinosaur Jr?" ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2016
2/5 33%

Masterminds (2016)

"Suffers greatly in comparison to Michael Bay's Pain And Gain (2013), a film with which it shares much in common ... Everyone does way too much except for Kate McKinnon, who is absolutely brilliant and not utilised nearly enough." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3/5 54%

The Neon Demon (2016)

"Still style over substance, but there's actually a little substance ... at its heart, a ferocious, furious satire ... maintains an atmosphere of dread throughout." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 78%

Joe Cinque's Consolation (2016)

"If the story wasn't true you'd dismiss the fiction as ludicrous ... Low-key, adult, disturbing and compelling." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2/5 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"Another muddled, over-long Burton fantasia ... The last half hour is a rather excellent extended action sequence. The beginning and middle, however, are laborious." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/5 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"With only [about] nine speaking parts, lots of atmospheric Upstate New York fog and excellent performances from Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson, specificity and containment are the keys here ... Pity the trailer doesn't adhere to the same restraint." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 89%

I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

"Curious low-budget thriller, shot on 16mm, has a certain hand-sewn élan ... The whole thing has quite a unique tone - a blend of extremely dry humor, creepy low-key horror, and retro-styled aesthetics - that atone for its somewhat over-extended runtime." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 28, 2016
3.5/5 63%

Snowden (2016)

" Uneven, ramming brilliant scenes up against turgid ones, but ... it gets you by the end. If you've seen Citizenfour you may think you don't need this, but the stuff detailing Snowden's career is fascinating ... Definitely worth seeing despite the flaws." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 28, 2016
3.5/5 92%

My Scientology Movie (2017)

"The title implies a different tack and a different take - both of which pay off ... if you're new to the hunt, see Going Clear first, then feast on this as a bitterly tasty dessert." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2016
3.5/5 95%

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"There is little here that was not done better in The Beatles Anthology (1995) ... [but] it's still two hours in the company of four of the most enjoyable people ever ... [and] this time, instead of the girls, we hear the band." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2016
3.5/5 82%

Sully (2016)

"Like much of Eastwood's latest work, a highly proficient, professional, refreshingly unsentimental procedural about men. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 16, 2016
4.5/5 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"Thematically massive, tonally bold, determinedly non-formulaic and featuring a perfectly cast leading man at the top of his game ... Movies this good don't come along that often. Funny, moving, tender, tough ... just endless things about it to love. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 16, 2016
2/5 88%

The Queen of Ireland (2015)

"Unfortunately Conor Horgan's feature length documentary about Ireland's most influential drag queen lacks sparkle, wit and bite - precisely some of the attributes Panti, and other great drag artists, so embody." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 10, 2016
3/5 64%

Nerve (2016)

"It's tremendous fun, extremely zippy, and much more in tune with teen-speak and modern technology than many of its peers." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 10, 2016
4/5 67%

David Brent: Life on the Road (2016)

"Hysterically funny and desperately acute examination of one of mankind's greatest, and most universal, weaknesses ... Gervais is masterful at portraying the exactitude of life in the smaller towns of England ... his finest hour and a half as a director." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 31, 2016
2/5 89%

Blood Father (2016)

"Guns guns guns, blah blah blah... Gibson's character in Jean-Farançois Richet's Blood Father may fit him like a glove, but the glove is ugly and old-fashioned, unsuited for these times." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 31, 2016
3.5/5 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"It is chaotic and crazy, shambolic and discombobulating, all elements of the novel but not necessarily of coherent filmmaking." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3.5/5 77%

The Shallows (2016)

"The shark is almost incidental, which is what keeps the movie from achieving some sort of genre greatness ... but it is bloody good. It's crazy tight, extremely well thought-out and Lively, mostly in close-up and mostly in peril, is excellent." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/5 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"The final half hour or so is an exhilarating action sequence beautifully done, ending in a rather excellent sausage party indeed." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/5 59%

Down Under (2016)

"Forsythe has an extremely disciplined schematic in mind, and sticks to his guns. The final act has great power ... His script has integrity and his direction is sure-footed and consistent. He may hold his characters in contempt, but never his audience." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 9, 2016
3.5/5 60%

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"The film is really a monument to the spectacular comedic talents of co-star Joanna Lumley, who, at 72, has never been funnier. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 5, 2016
3.5/5 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"A pumped-up, giddily rewarding espionage travelogue, which is pretty much how I remember the first Bourne movie from all those years ago." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 1, 2016
4/5 96%

Weiner (2016)

"Astonishing, a painfully intimate exposé of how politicians frame the truth ... [And] a scintillating glimpse into a unique political marriage." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 1, 2016
3.5/5 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"It's a jaunty, spiffy, upbeat and pacy movie, the kind where everyone is too busy being witty, flirtatious and tart to sit down ... a completely worthy addition to the Austen canon by someone who obviously cared very much to contribute." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 12, 2016
4.5/5 97%

Sing Street (2016)

"John Carney's Sing Street is a total delight from start to finish, and the best film about the pure joy of making music since We Are The Best! (2013), with which it shares similarities ... It is also a completely engaging, hugely romantic love story." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 12, 2016
3/5 69%

Central Intelligence (2016)

"What it does have is chemistry between Johnson and Hart, which is the sole and entire reason to see the movie." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 9, 2016
3/5 86%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"This is a movie of quiet smiles and the occasional laugh; it's barely a comedy, and yet can only be a comedy; the stakes, while genuine for the characters, are superficial for the audience ... Gerwig saves the day, the movie, and your visit to the cinema." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 9, 2016
2/5 67%

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"There are about three amazing minutes in this film. The fact that they are almost entirely given away in the trailer is not only annoying, it's perverse." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 4, 2016
2.5/5 87%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"The film is set in 1980, the lads all want to "get some" - sex - and the film's politics are no more advanced than those of Porky's (1981) - which is, incidentally, a better movie, and has the benefit of looking more comfortable in its own period clothes." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 28, 2016
3/5 73%

Miles Ahead (2016)

"Cheadle's performance is sublime ... the movie looks absolutely sensational ... Unfortunately, all of this brilliant, top-notch work is undermined by a seriously misguided script ... Recommended with serious reservations." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 28, 2016
3.5/5 98%

Mustang (2015)

"Very solid and well-constructed film that is eye-opening without being heavy-handed." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 28, 2016
3.5/5 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"If you prefer Wagner to Mozart, dark chocolate to milk, or even Lennon to McCartney, you may prefer Duncan Jones' epic fantasy Warcraft to anything coming out involving people who can fly, mutate, avenge or be super. I certainly did." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 21, 2016
3/5 92%

Certain Women (2016)

"It's a very, very quiet, deliberate and precious piece of cinema. It's entertaining in the barest sense of the word, but it is thought-provoking, eye-opening and intriguing in the quietest." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 17, 2016
4.5/5 86%

Goldstone (2016)

"An artful pot-boiler, a boiling, roiling poem of callousness and intrigue that operates as a very direct but never "on-the-nose" metaphor for no less than the history of Australian white settlement." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 17, 2016
4.5/5 95%

Tickled (2016)

"Tickled is an instant classic, one that will appear on "Top 50 Documentary" lists forever." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3/5 40%

Mr. Right (2016)

"Very uneven but ultimately passable RomCom guns-and-guts mash-up." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3/5 71%

A Perfect Day (2016)

"Gets by on the gentle interplay between the double act of Del Toro and Robbins (the comedy duo we've been waiting for!) " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3/5 54%

God Willing (Se Dio Vuole) (2015)

" It's charming and funny and easy to digest, while being almost devoid of nutrition or directorial flourish." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 6, 2016
1.5/5 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"About as angry and energetic as a Yorkshire Terrier on Johnny Depp's jet." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3.5/5 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"After a while, when you've given up on laughing out loud, you start smiling for those old-fashioned reasons: you're enjoying the characters and the scrape they find themselves in." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 31, 2016
3/5 98%

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

"Waititi, who wrote the screenplay based on a novel by Barry Crump, is pretty fearless in his tonal palette ... It's not your conventional, conservative kid's flick, to its definite credit." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 27, 2016
3.5/5 100%

Highly Strung (2015)

"Hicks was there at the right time and place to capture some truly weird and remarkable twists and turns amongst the ensemble. As they say, "you couldn't make this stuff up"." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 24, 2016
2/5 84%

The Meddler (2016)

"Riddled with cliché and trite situations that are very difficult to swallow." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 21, 2016
3.5/5 91%

Green Room (2016)

"Joins the canon of "under siege" movies ... not with louder bangs, scarier invaders or more bloodshed but with originality, wit and subversion." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 17, 2016
3/5 79%

The First Monday in May (2016)

"Interesting if not fascinating, your appreciation will increase the more you like the kind of stuff these people work on." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 13, 2016
3.5/5 62%

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

"A movie as delightful and silly - indeed, much more silly - than its similarly delightful predecessor." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 10, 2016
3.5/5 86%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"Screenwriter Nicholas Martin and director Stephen Frears have pulled off a neat trick with the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins: they've made it the story of her husband ... Florence is slightly absurd and sad ... but we ... see her through his eyes." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 10, 2016
3.5/5 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"Splitsville followed by biffo, all with an extremely agreeable light touch." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 5, 2016
3.5/5 61%

A Month Of Sundays (2015)

" It's a film about letting go, which may not sound very sexy, but Saville plays out this concept on a personal, intimate and relatable level that is powerful and moving." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 4, 2016
4/5 88%

The Invitation (2016)

"Deeply cinematic ... Hay and Manfredi's plot is complicated and satisfying and pays off, big time ... even within the sub-genre of dinner-party horror, The Invitation is one of the classy affairs ... [and] drenched in casual, comfortable diversity." ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 13, 2016
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