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)

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) It's very long, but, unlike some of the Marvel movies, it's neither bloated nor convoluted. Instead, it's proud ... Thankfully there aren't a lot of references to other Marvel properties. Iron Man doesn't zip in and save the day. Can you imagine?‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/5 97% Menashe (2017) A small tale of beauty, sadness and undeniable fascination ... In a way, the film is a kind of documentary hybrid; we're seeing a story, but what we're really watching is the milieu, which has never been depicted on film before with this veracity.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) The script is fantastic - smart, witty, revealing, precise, and concise ... Ronan is staggeringly charming and appealing, even when Lady Bird is not ... I could have watched it for days.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
4/5 70% Happy End (2017) The more you know his work, the more you'll enjoy this one, because the more you'll get the inside jokes. The opening shot is brilliantly witty, but it's downright piquant if you've seen Caché. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) A masterpiece ... The multiple thoughts, contradictions and emotions these actors are allowed to display under Anderson's watchful eye are mind-boggling in their multitude ... Enormously disciplined, precise, and bold. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
4/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) It plays one note, but it plays it very, very well.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
4/5 99% Jane (2017) The footage is astonishing: crisp, vibrant, immediate and beautifully framed ... has a surprising narrative drive ... [as] Morgen edits the footage to shape the story of Goodall's career, rather than in the order it was shot.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
4/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) A broader biopic than you may be expecting ... very, very funny, but also moving and tough ... That's the kind of movie this is: not the kind you think, to its absolute credit.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) A tonally bonkers high-gloss mainstream-adjacent oddity ... Spielberg crossed with Jean-Pierre Jeunet crossed with David Cronenberg ... full of childlike wonder but also a childish desire to shock. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/5 73% Swinging Safari (2018) There's a hell of a lot of stuff, everywhere, all the time, and the sheer energy of it all is contagious, propulsive, and fun ... the colourful direction, performances and design make for an engaging and relentlessly entertaining ninety-six minutes.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3.5/5 86% Darkest Hour (2017) You come, and you stay, for Oldman ... [His performance is] uncanny, it's technically virtuosic, it's mesmerising ... [he] gets the humour, the doubt, the drunkenness, the moods, the intelligence, the heart and soul. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3.5/5 88% The Post (2018) Spectacularly entertaining, in the way that Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jaws are spectacularly entertaining. Breathlessly paced, it's a journalist-movie thrill ride ... There is no reason not to see it. It is professional, angry, and fun.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3.5/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) Works best, not as a true-crime kidnap thriller, but as yet another reminder - always timely, and particularly now, as billionaires buy political capital - that all the money in the world can't make you happy, and will probably make you an ass.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
4/5 97% Coco (2017) It seems like the kind of speculative material that would be easy to get spectacularly wrong, and it is to Disney and Pixar's credit that they've been bold enough to go there, with class, respect and ultimate integrity.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
2.5/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) I was propelled from scene to scene during Three Billboards, even as I found each of them to be annoyingly imperfect: blueprints for better versions of themselves, if given another draft or pass, some more time and care.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
4/5 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It is incredibly pleasant to spend a couple of hours with characters as unashamedly smart as this. It is rare these days to find English-speaking characters who revel in the pleasures of intellectual discussion, who celebrate each other's braininess.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4.5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) Enormously compassionate; joyous and funny, incisive and surprising, and truly subversive ... manages to be furious about the state of affairs in the United States while never raising its voice nor venturing near any political imagery.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Chock full of fantastical London sets, a million and one famous British thespians having a whale of a time, and good cheer, love and joy. It's even better than the first one, having more jokes for the adults while a much better villain for the kids.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) You'll come for the promise - fulfilled - of excellent production design and a feast of fabulous British thespians, but you'll stay for the surprisingly engaging story. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
1.5/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) The kind of movie where the actors step from one shaft of sunlight carefully into another, their performances stiff as wind-up toys, hampered by the need to place their faces "just so" to catch the light ... misuses PTSD as a cheap sentimental trick.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
4/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) One of the funniest films I've seen in years ... epic chops as a faithful adaptation of an intriguing memoir, an odd-couple buddy movie, Tale of Hollywood, and meditation on ambition ... an honestly motivated biographical adaptation, not a piss-take. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3/5 90% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) The whole film, only 1 hour and 42 minutes, makes its point over and again, and could have been tighter ... That said, the milieu is intriguing, the metaphors at play are clear and enlightening, and Mauréry's performance is absolutely worth catching.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/5 79% Borg vs McEnroe (Borg McEnroe) (2017) Surprisingly sombre in tone, Metz's debut scripted feature film ambitiously delves into the psychology of these two men, and that of elite sportspeople in general ... Borg's crisis of confidence and McEnroe's arrogance result in two unlikeable leads.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2/5 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) At least Branagh's Hercule Poirot is fun and multi-layered, but the rest of the cast are hung out to dry, hammily looking off into the middle distance to imply that they might have done it ... Dull as dishwater.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4.5/5 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Gripping, creepy, intense and wholly original. It slots beautifully into 2017 as The Year Of Intelligent Horror; it is also, easily, one of the best films of the year.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) An obvious labour of love, this is a film with extremely deep affection for its characters, which you will certainly share by the end.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
4/5 84% Detroit (2017) Magnificent.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
3/5 78% Final Portrait (2018) This modest, extremely charming labor of love from writer/director Stanley Tucci is not intended for anyone who can't wait for the next Transformers. But if you're interested in Paris, art, the 1960s or any combination, it may be right up your alley.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
3.5/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Hits a very specific bullseye ... How Ingrid Goes West affects you will almost certainly depend on your current relationship with social media.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
4/5 92% Good Time (2017) It's intriguing, bold, exciting, fresh and urgent ... The first twenty minutes or so are staggering ... The original score, by Oneohtrix Point Never, is creepy, evocative and the best of the year thus far.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) At least one terrific and original set-piece, some fascinating design, and, most intriguingly, an out-of-the-box performance from Glenn Close, playing a military scientist with military precision.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
4/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) [Mimics] the very particular look, sound and feel of the earlier film with eerie specificity ... generally hugely enjoyable ... story-telling is its weakest aspect ... the long third act has elements that are simply incomprehensible.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
3/5 91% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) At times it strains a little too hard, but generally, and especially amongst the performances, there is clarity, precision and taste. I suspect that if you've ever given or received an organ you'll find the film respectful and rewarding.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3.5/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Fun and extremely easy to watch. But ... feels like a massive missed opportunity.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4/5 84% The King's Choice (2017) A deeply affecting story on a personal level, not only full of suspense and tension but also emotion. If Dunkirk is this year's Big World War Two film about the planes and the boats, this is the one about the people.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3.5/5 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Part of the film's shtick is that there's just so much of it ... You can feel comfortable going to the bathroom when you need to, because, in the extremely grand scale of things, you can't have really missed anything, because there's so much more to come.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2/5 74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) The direction, by Miguel Arteta, does the best it possibly can with the script, but the script is an on-the-nose, ultimately annoying clanger, and if anyone can claim the ending as satisfying I'd love to hear their reasoning.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2.5/5 46% The Dinner (2017) Collapses under its intense dramatic weight ... [Like each dish], over-sauced, over-stuffed, too rich and heavy. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) A singularly original work, part portrait of Baldwin, part history of the racial struggle, part essay, part manifesto.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 69% mother! (2017) Aronofsky's phantasmagoric fantasia on art, fame, success, religion, politics, technology and the cult of celebrity erupts relentlessly and furiously. It is the angriest, and one of the most dynamic, films I've seen this year.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
1.5/5 No Score Yet Small Town Killers (2017) The script hits incredibly familiar beats while stinking of a misogyny that feels not so much a comment on the conservatism of small-town life as it does anachronistic ... Like every country, Denmark produces duds, and this is resolutely one of them.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/5 85% It (2017) Contrary to the brilliant trailer-cutting department at Warner Bros., It is not a scary movie ... we get an awful lot of Pennywise-as-special effect, being churned through the digital funhouse mirror. And, well... obvious digital effects just aren't scary.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 86% That's Not Me (2017) Its co-writer and lead actor, Alice Foulcher, is very, very funny, performing her own often wickedly witty lines with aplomb. It's a delightful feature debut.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
1/5 55% 47 Meters Down (2017) On paper, the elements for suspense - sharks, rapidly depleting oxygen, a cage, risk of the bends - are all there, but on screen they add up to a whole lot of visual blah.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3.5/5 86% American Made (2017) [Liman's] film feels - is - derivative, even redundant. But he's got Cruise, and Cruise delivers, in a way he hasn't since Jerry Maguire (1996). I thought I'd never get to say this again: Tom Cruise makes the movie, and is the reason to see it.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3.5/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Not the precision near-masterpiece that Out of Sight is, nor as tight or funny as the Ocean's films, but it's certainly got all the requisite qualities [of the genial heist movie] ... goes down smooth and easy ... the jokes raise a smile [not] a laugh.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3.5/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Colourful, [quirky] and cool, full of sublime design, eccentric set-pieces and easy-going humour ... Delevingne hits her beats with aplomb.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
4/5 87% Wind River (2017) Sheridan is a damn good screenwriter. He wraps rich character studies in genre. All three [of his produced feature scripts] feature guns, but they also feature human beings ... [and here] some of the best Native American actors in the business.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
4/5 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Theron's magnificent. She lifts a very good action spy thriller into another echelon entirely by her total commitment, professionalism, ability and class ... She's present in a fundamentally and startlingly raw, exposed, intimate way ... I was mesmerised.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
4/5 82% The Trip to Spain (2017) I laughed like a drain ... It's the funniest film of 2017; it's that simple.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017