CJ Johnson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

CJ Johnson

CJ Johnson
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
3.5/5 78% 22 July (2018) The maturity shown by every level of Norwegian society - even by one of Anders' alt-right heroes - seems to us, in the age of rage, simply staggering ... It is the portrait of a nation in crisis but remaining calm, the opposite of mass hysteria.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 100% Wajib (2017) How often do you see a film set in contemporary Nazareth? And a really good one, with heart, humour, dynamism, and politics served without pressure or pain? ... While The Insult won the Sydney Film Festival's Audience Award, Wajib won mine.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4.5/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) This is a movie to gush over, to see again, to buy the soundtrack to, to urge others to see, to dream about ... Watch it sweep the Oscars, too. I'll be fine with that.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
1.5/5 31% Venom (2018) Tom Hardy makes the film sit-throughable, but only just, and only because he plays what comedy there is for all it's worth. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2.5/5 88% First Man (2018) Technically, there is no faulting First Man ... Dramatically, however, things are a different story.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 89% American Animals (2018) Wildly, gleefully entertaining; I can't recommend it enough ... Layton sets up and maintains a terrific, jovial tone, and even when things get heavy, we're allowed to enjoy the ride. [His] incredible score with The Imposter was no fluke; he's big league.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 100% McKellen: Playing the Part (2017) A comprehensive and entertaining enough overview ... [but] Sir Ian deserves at least two hours ... it's a bit of everything in 92 minutes, and as such, it's completely entertaining, charming and lovely while also being annoyingly unsatisfying.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
4/5 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) By the end, it has achieved momentous power ... Meticulously constructed, building with painfully specific intent ... A spectacular debut.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) In the end, Kendrick, Lively, Feig's direction, and the sunny Connecticut exteriors and stunning tasteful rich interiors are diverting enough and perhaps worth a matinee ticket. But the script only has a single good act.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3.5/5 94% Beast (2018) Gamey, strange and fresh.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/5 93% Searching (2018) The form is absolutely as important as the content [and] the good news is that the form holds well ... If the gimmick doesn't hold you, I'm not sure the script will, but in tandem, they add up to something solid and clever without re-setting the bar.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/5 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Crazy Rich Asians is culturally significant, but it's still about a girl falling in love with the prince.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Offers plenty in the way of structured ambiguity, so much so that I'm afraid it's most appealing as a deconstruction of Ramsay's own authorial voice.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2.5/5 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) [Lead character] Tony is such a deeply unlikeable protagonist that the film is hard to stomach ... he's racist, a nationalist, a bigot. I gave up on him long before the film did.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3.5/5 81% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fête) (2017) Goes down easy as these films should, chock full of engaging characters, gentle humour and a lot of heart ... Some of the later set-pieces, once the place is all lit up, are stunningly beautiful.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) This is American filmmaking at its best: urgent, angry, innovative, loud and funny.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018
4/5 67% On Chesil Beach (2018) Worthy of its stellar ingredients ... one of those adaptations - the TV version of Patrick Melrose is another - that looks and feels just like the book did in your head ... lifted ever skyward on the back of Ronan's impeccably modulated performance. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018
3/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) This is a slow, quiet film of gentle revelation. Come to see the debut feature of a promising filmmaker, armed with patience, a sense of discovery, and, if possible, your own inner child.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) I long ago gave up letting action sequences make me tense, so why was I clutching my armrest? McQuarrie's massive tornadoes of bodies, steel and space are visceral, energetic [and] exhilarating.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 85% The Wife (2018) To paraphrase what someone clever said about Trump: it's the kind of movie a dumb person thinks is smart.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/5 90% The Breaker Upperers (2018) To call the script "shaggy" would be far too generous. It's baggy and flat, and at its worst falls back into extremely tired (and insulting) tropes.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3.5/5 96% Foxtrot (2018) The twists and reversals in Maoz's screenplay are bold enough to alienate or even anger. But his cast and crew are all on the same page, in on the same joke, and the strange engine hums. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Unfunny, unexciting and unsuspenseful ... a lifeless, hand-me-down script featuring a dull, uninspired heist.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) The best American horror film since The Sixth Sense.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3.5/5 79% I Kill Giants (2018) Strange and darkly beautiful, a slave to no master's rhythms or rules other than its own.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2.5/5 38% Gringo (2018) Gringo has seemingly good intentions, and shows good taste in its inspirations, but keeps missing its own beat, scene after scene. It's a happy-go-lucky, shaggy, odd, silly, and ultimately infuriating mess.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) There's no "force", so you don't have to keep track of who's got the force and who's strong with the force. There's a good villain and a surprisingly heartfelt romance. But the heart of the film is the relationship between one man and his wookie.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
1.5/5 41% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) The script must have had a lot of empty white space. This is a truly boring movie, in which barely anything happens.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
3/5 94% Aurore (I Got Life!) (2017) Bouncy, swift and genial. Witty dialogue, warm performances [but] the film, like its heroine, is more concerned with being loved than asking questions.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
4/5 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) Curran has filled his North Eastern insular universe with a delightful smorgasbord of mostly unfamiliar character faces, all of whom look, feel and sound like 1969. Along with its other qualities, the film is a textbook example of good casting.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4.5/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) Joins Phantom Thread and Loveless as a monumentally good film of 2018 ... Mention must be made of Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, who reminds me of seeing the young, wild-eyed Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon ... outstanding and should not be missed.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3.5/5 90% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) Undeniably fresh; if it's a rom-com, it's unlike any you've seen ... perhaps the film is, indeed, courageous and a little cutting-edge. Whatever. It's heart-warming, uplifting, funny and different. And that's more than enough.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
3.5/5 100% Gurrumul (2017) Absolutely answers many questions, while finding it tricky to get into the mind of the man himself ... Revelatory scenes of the creation of Gurrumul and Hohnen's fourth and final studio album, Djarimirri, which was a truly unique, bold and risky venture.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/5 80% Unsane (2018) It's hard to know why Steven Soderbergh made Unsane, which is not to say it's not worth seeing. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3.5/5 100% Operation Odessa (2018) As rollicking a documentary about heavy criminals as you get ... This is wild stuff. If you love the 'Cocaine Cowboy' oeuvre you'll hoover this up. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
5/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) A masterpiece, a brutal, uncompromising, stunningly well crafted and extraordinarily observant depiction of modern life, relationships, parenting, and society ... At every turn it is revealing and stunningly precise about the human condition. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
4/5 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Anderson's looking at war, retribution, notions of nationality and nationalism, isolationism, culture and individualism. And he's doing it with stop-motion dogs. He's something else, one of a kind, and we're lucky to have him. Isle of Dogs is sublime. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
1.5/5 81% The Party (2018) The script blatantly needed more work, and the direction is clumsy. Unable to slot into a comedic or dramatic groove, the film skips between the two uncomfortably; it's not an example of balanced tone ... Who could've thought 71 minutes could be so long?‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/5 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) If you're a fan of Kaurismäki, you're already there. If you're a newbie and curious, this is a perfect opportunity to dip your toe in, as it's representative of his finest work. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) The ingredient that puts this very effective little horror gem over the top is Emily Blunt. Thousands of actresses have played women in peril in horror movies, but Blunt shows you the value of shelling out for one from the A-List.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) An overlong, meandering mess, and a stain on Spielberg's CV; it's certainly the least satisfying film of his I can remember seeing.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
1.5/5 83% Blockers (2018) Wallows in the kind of forced, saccharine sentimental schmaltz that much older films like Animal House and American Pie managed to avoid ... pretends to be progressive, but is actually mired in sloppy convention ... final twenty minutes are unwatchable.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3.5/5 39% Mary Magdalene (2018) A film of little dialogue, almost entirely made of mood. But the mood is pretty magical ... truly depicts how scary it would be to see someone brought back from the dead ... title is a cheat; this is the story of Christ, even if he has less close-ups.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
4.5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Enormously witty dialogue ... the finest of ensembles, headed by Steve Buscemi, in the performance his entire career has been leading to ... something of a satirical masterpiece, and a bloody good history lesson to boot!‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3.5/5 83% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) Deeply researched, and the production design is astonishing ... even the cinematography seems to come from the period ... while there is gentle humour, and triumph, nothing is overplayed ... Its dignity and reserve are inseparable.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3.5/5 77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Rigorous, taut and, despite its intense subject matter, restrained.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3.5/5 78% Kangaroo (2018) Eye-opening, revelatory, at times jaw-dropping, and a call to action.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Almost prides itself on not being an "action movie", but it simply replaces traditional action - gunfights, fistfights, car chases - with multiple torture sequences, and, of course, the odd rape.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
4/5 84% The Square (2017) At its best, it skims sublimely from scene to scene, arousing constant knowing humour, satirical appreciation and - Östlund's speciality - ambiguous dread, before arriving at the scene of the year.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
2.5/5 83% Game Night (2018) Although the leads seem perfect on paper ... unusually for both of them, they're trying too hard ... The film spins endless jokes and almost none are funny. It simply reminds you of better films, and in doing so, survives for one hundred minutes.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018