CJ Johnson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

CJ Johnson

CJ Johnson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 94% Creed (2015) " It's got a terrific fight at the end, and all the proceeding stuff is professional and clear, while never being thrilling or surprising ... [a shot of a turtle is] the most blatant and risible phallic symbol I've seen in a movie in a long time. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 29, 2015
3.5/5 57% The Program (2016) "There's no time wasted here on wives, children, parents, childhood, religion, politics, puppy dogs or pussy cats. This film is about bicycles and drugs - mainly drugs. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 29, 2015
0.5/5 15% Absolutely Anything "The worst film thus far of 2015, and so staggeringly terrible I can't imagine it being beaten to the bottom ... Lord knows how and why anyone agreed to make this script into a projected image, but a projected image is all that it is. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 22, 2015
4/5 39% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) "This remake may be unnecessary, but it's good. In fact, it's very good - even if you fondly remember the original. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3.5/5 72% He Named Me Malala (2015) "Where the film glows is its depiction of Malala's relationship with her Dad, Ziauddin, himself an inspiring, influential and brave activist. "He named her Malala" after an important folk heroine, and together, they are something to behold. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 17, 2015
1/5 81% Man Up (2015) "Perhaps the whole thing is intended as post-modern ... But it's not funny ironic, it's not funny straight, it's not funny anything. It's embarrassing from start to finish and Pegg looks deeply uncomfortable in it. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 17, 2015
4/5 65% Spectre (2015) "Contemplative ... This is one of the "romance ones", and that romance is the film's strongest element ... Seydoux gives the film's best performance ... every time [Craig] shares a scene with her, his game lifts noticeably. She brings out the best in him. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3/5 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) "The whole thing is horribly conventional while still being charming and relatively entertaining, which, unfortunately, makes it way above average in this rusting, snoozing genre. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 2, 2015
4/5 83% Mistress America (2015) "This is really witty stuff, the funniest film Baumbach has [directed] ... You'll be hard pressed to remember details ... in a couple of months - it's a light, breezy, quick trip to the fountain - but it's joyful as hell, and as funny. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Nov 2, 2015
4.5/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "Heaven in the dark, an extraordinarily well-calibrated historical drama from storytellers par excellence ... Every craft element on display here is superb ... not a lot of suspense or tension ... but enormously entertaining and ultimately very moving. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/5 90% The Lobster (2016) "Lanthimos is an acquired taste ... This is an accessible, fun and occasionally frustrating entry into his body of work. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2015
2/5 29% Burnt (2015) " Cooper is compelling, but [character] Adam makes you want to punch him in the face ... Great chefs may be horrible, arrogant, violent, self-centred, pretentious, egomaniacal dickheads, but that doesn't mean we want to spend an hour and a half with one. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2015
4/5 61% Legend (2015) "I have no qualms about gangster movies that glorify the gangsters - I'd have to sacrifice a significant chunk of Scorsese's oevre if I did - and I didn't have a problem with the breezy, happy-go-lucky tone of Legend. Indeed, I had a lot of fun throughout. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2015
1.5/5 85% The Walk (2015) "Each scene is played at full volume in a cartoonish style that desperately underlines, bolds, screams and punches every single point and effect Zemeckis is trying to make, as though he's trying to get through to a roomful of deaf babies. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 8, 2015
4.5/5 92% The Martian (2015) "The Martian is its own unique and wonderful beast, with a bizarre (in the best possible way) tone that is full of fun and wonder. It's a feel-good romp with lashings of science, a sci-fi flick with laughs, an ensemble comedy, a crowd-pleasing blockbuster. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Oct 5, 2015
3/5 80% Macbeth (2015) "The wind-blasted Scottish moors are the perfect landscape for this cold-blooded story, and in setting the story in its exact time and place, Kurzel exposes the severity of these characters' lives, while also obliquely commenting upon our own expectations. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 30, 2015
3.5/5 94% Sicario (2015) "Villeneuve's seventh feature is his most ambitious, and best ... spookily rich in atmospheric, seemingly authentic detail, expertly crafted, full of beautiful performances ... Absolutely worth seeing, and on the big screen - but it's a little frustrating. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 29, 2015
2/5 64% The Visit (2015) "A strange brew of humour and creepiness that seems to be intended for the teen market. Shyamalan has said that he recommends the youngest viewer be fourteen or above; I recommend the eldest being seventeen or below. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 22, 2015
3.5/5 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "It will appeal to a limited group of high cinephiles, and those who always got off on the kind of fantasy soft-porn the film so dutifully replicates, and most of all, to the subset of folk who are both. That would be me. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 13, 2015
3/5 97% Tangerine (2015) " It is original, and these days that always counts for something. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 13, 2015
3.5/5 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Rename this flick Straight Outta Compton: The Authorised Biopic of NWA, and you'll have no problem slurping up its many pleasures. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 9, 2015
3/4 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "The second and third acts ... are as maudlin, grim and depressing as any other boy meets girl, girl is dying of cancer movie (and there have been quite a few of late). " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 9, 2015
3.5/5 93% The Gift (2015) "A slick, well-constructed and original take on a trustworthy sub-genre of psychological thriller: the creepy guy who turns up in a nice couple's lives, seems nice, probably isn't. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 3, 2015
3.5/5 40% She's Funny That Way (2015) "As our lead hooker with a heart of thousand-carat gold, Imogen Poots once again reigns supreme, gifting her every scene, line and moment with life, spontaneity, energy and comic precision. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Sep 3, 2015
2.5 / 5 44% Irrational Man (2015) "A very contained, very [small] particle of Woody Allen's huge cinematic universe ... Irrational Man is a minor work in a minor key, with just enough charm to make it a passable expenditure of your time. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 26, 2015
4/5 77% Holding The Man (2016) "The first great Australian movie about the AIDS crisis, filtered through ... a great romance. Wonderfully directed, and perfectly acted. Corr is amazing as Tim Conigrave ... emotionally present but also appropriately distant as Conigrave must have been. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 26, 2015
3/5 98% Iris (2015) "The movie becomes most poignant and meaningful when Maysles suddenly turns the camera on himself, revealing the 87 year old man who is stalking the 93 year old subject. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3.5/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) "No matter what happens to her as a performer, she will forever be able to get a screenwriting gig based on her script here ... because Schumer has balanced her naturally subversive sense of humor with the demands of true ruthless commercialism. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3.5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "A female lead who is so good, she brings Cruise up a few notches ... She's Ilsa Faust ( Rebecca Ferguson (the BBC's The White Queen)), and you can tell by her name how this chapter in the franchise has been constructed - it's basically a Bond movie. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Aug 3, 2015
3.5/5 81% Ant-Man (2015) " A heist movie at heart, where the safecracker can also shrink to the size of an ant, it's got a true lightness of touch that makes it compelling and even heart-warming. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3.5/5 94% Women He's Undressed (2016) "Terrifically entertaining and revealing snapshots of how The Hollywood System worked and how designers and their leading ladies actually collaborated on what was created and worn. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3.5/5 67% Ruben Guthrie "Sails breezily along with terrific dialogue, great performances and an extremely relatable story. It's excellent contemporary entertainment, the kind of character and situation-based comedy the French do so well but Australian cinema, not so much. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 13, 2015
4/5 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Easily the feel-good movie of the year thus far, and the funniest ... These guys are an incredible delight to hang out with, and the talent they represent is unbelievable ... Each can spin a joke, a character and an outrageous dance move. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jul 7, 2015
4.5/5 91% Love & Mercy (2015) "Paul Dano gives an astonishingly rich performance ... in Love and Mercy, a major film which easily takes a seat not only amongst the very best music biopics, but amongst those rare films that are able to dramatize the creative process. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 28, 2015
3.5/5 56% Minions (2015) "Being a French film, there are endless jokes at the expense of the English ... and the human characters are sexier than you'd find walking around in a Pixar flick. Even Britain's Queen - quite a major character! - slouches louchely. C'est tres amusant. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 23, 2015
3/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Its as Hollywood as it comes, when Hollywood's having a good day. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 16, 2015
2.5/5 33% Entourage (2015) " The storylines within it are no more ambitious than anything attempted on the show, and some of them are simply lazy, boring and fatuous. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 9, 2015
4/5 39% Strangerland (2015) "Bold, extremely accomplished and confident ... it's got a foot in each of the commercial and arthouse camps, and is entertaining in both ... gripping, thrilling, creepy and exciting. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 9, 2015
3.5/5 48% San Andreas (2015) "Has a massive heart and makes the right choices at the right moments, and manages to skilfully avoid the many inherent pitfalls with this sort of material. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 3, 2015
3/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "It's not that the movie is bad, per se, but it's just so undisciplined ... It's like a one hundred and ninety million dollar improvisation. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Jun 3, 2015
4/5 95% Wild Tales (2015) "Writer / director Damien Szifron's style and tone are similar to Tarantino's, and if you like his stuff you'll certainly hoover up what's on offer here. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 26, 2015
2/5 94% Spy (2015) "There are plenty of jokes, but they're almost all stale, in bad taste, or simply not funny (usually all three). " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 26, 2015
3/5 74% A Royal Night Out (2015) "Any film whose biggest concern is, "Did the future Queen of England kiss a bloke that night?" is obviously not for everyone. But if the war, the royals, or period frocks are your game, this could be the right sweet confection for you. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 25, 2015
3.5/5 93% Ex Machina (2015) "The most interesting role, of course, is Ava, and Vikander nails it. It's actually possible to say of this film that it's worth seeing just for the robot. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 18, 2015
5/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) " I was already getting excited for my second viewing ten minutes into my first ... it's got the weird vernacular, the Australian-ness .... It may have cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but still feels home-grown, hand-made, and completely deviant. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 18, 2015
4/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Lest you assume things are going to get salacious or melodramatic, they don't. This film is shot on an even keel, and smells deeply of truth. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 13, 2015
3/5 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "If sheer visual and aural ravishment is your bag and enough to get you through a feature film - then this one's for you ... If story is your thing, the film will be less successful, and if character motivation is your jam, it could be deeply frustrating. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 7, 2015
3.5/5 62% Unfriended (2015) "The more you know about how Facebook, Skype, messaging and YouTube work the more deeply appreciative you'll be about just how clever the screenplay is and how precisely its been brought to life. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted May 4, 2015
4.5/5 94% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) "Gibney, the pre-eminent documentarian right now, presents the facts cleanly: this is an abusive cult, and here's the proof. It's relentlessly fascinating viewing. Wright did the hard yards, but that doesn't mean this isn't awesome. It's a must-see. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 29, 2015
2/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Darker than its predecessor [and] far less witty ... Whereas Stark seemed to dominate the first film, here the emphasis is ... Hawkeye and Black Widow ... a negative in the case of Hawkeye and a huge positive in the case of Black Widow. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 29, 2015
3.5/5 83% Testament Of Youth (2015) " Vikander's performance, and the ultimate effect of Brittain's story, are powerful enough to raise the film above its own shortcomings. It's ultimately a powerful and memorable experience. " ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Posted Apr 29, 2015
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