Edward Johnson-Ott

Edward Johnson-Ott
Three rules for effective film criticism: 1.) Reveal as little about the plot as possible. 2.) While getting personal is no sin, try to talk less about yourself and more about the movie. 3.) Humor in a review is welcome, but not at the expense of giving an accurate assessment of the film. Never do "cute" puns based on the title of the movie. Leave that to Jeff Craig and the other hacks. I miss the days when movies were made by artists instead of technicians.

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Edward Johnson-Ott's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"The Birth of a Nation may be a blend of indie sensibilities and Hollywood imagery, but it works." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Oct 4, 2016
4/5 43%

The Hollars (2016)

"There are lots of nice moments and the cast is charming." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"After nearly a year of hype, The Magnificent Seven has arrived and proven itself to be another entertaining if underwhelming remake of a well-regarded flick." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Sep 21, 2016
3.5/5 48%

Complete Unknown (2016)

"It's a modest tale about the roles we play, told in an unusual fashion. There are rewards to be had here, if you're willing to meet the filmmaker halfway." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Sep 14, 2016
4.5/5 92%

Southside With You (2016)

"Southside With You isn't just a crystal ball look at history in the making. It's fun to peek into the past and figure out how Barack and Michelle became who they are today, but these characters also exude a timeless, universal appeal." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2/5 58%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"The Light Between Oceans is a tearjerker that plays like an extra long Lifetime TV movie with a Grade A cast." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Aug 30, 2016

Hands of Stone (2016)

"Hands of Stone has feet in concrete." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/5 99%

Don't Think Twice (2016)

"If you're a fan of indie films, comedy, improv comedy, and/or well-textured ensemble acting, then go see Don't Think Twice. Mike Birbiglia's latest is rich and rewarding." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Aug 18, 2016
4.5/5 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"Hell or High Water takes a story that's been told many times before and makes it feel vital." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/5 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Pete's Dragon is a nice little Disney film, and my use of the words "nice" and "little" is in no way intended to be dismissive." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Aug 10, 2016
3.5/5 91%

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)

"He was a troublemaker, and a visionary. Sometimes Frank Zappa's sneer made me angry. But his challenges made me better. He made a lot of us better." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2.5/5 60%

Bad Moms (2016)

"Bad Moms is deeply flawed, but funny enough." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 28, 2016

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"They're still delightfully awful, but not outrageous enough to watch." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 20, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016)

"The 2016 Ghostbusters is entertaining and funny. It never reaches the heights of the original, which is common with reboots." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3.5/5 67%

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"You can laugh, wince, and squirm at Swiss Army Man. You can harvest the small truths, enjoy the lyrical moments...And when somebody asks you if you've seen any good movies lately, boy, will you have an interesting answer." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 12, 2016

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"Mike and Dave are funny because Efron, DeVine, Kendrick and Plaza are pros. There are plenty of rude and crude moments in the movie, and I laughed a lot...I hit the wall about 20 minutes before the film ended, which isn't bad for a hard R comedy." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jul 12, 2016
4/5 86%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"It works in large part because of the swell cast." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/5 87%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"Everybody Wants Some!! is a highly entertaining production that's easily as good as its title is bad." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 95%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"The Jungle Book is a visually stunning adventure film." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Apr 13, 2016

Demolition (2016)

"Demolition features Jake Gyllenhaal's best performance since Brokeback Mountain and fine works from Chris Cooper, Naomi Watts and young Judah Lewis as well." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Apr 7, 2016

City Of Gold (2016)

"If you opt to see the film, and you should, I suggest you grab a bite before, or make plans to grab one right after, because this is certainly going to make you hungry." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Mar 31, 2016

Miracles from Heaven (2016)

"Call me picky, but I want my movies about miracles to leave me with wonder in my eyes, along with a tear or two." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Mar 23, 2016
3/5 62%

Creative Control (2016)

"This one is ambitious and good looking as it deals with a new computer dealie that's like Google Glass, only it actually does something." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Mar 18, 2016
2.5/5 26%

London Has Fallen (2016)

"London Has Fallen is entertainment. Not very good entertainment, but it gets the job done." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Mar 9, 2016
4/5 98%

Zootopia (2016)

"Zootopia is stuffed with characters, situations, culture clashes and eye candy." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Mar 2, 2016
4.5/5 96%

Son of Saul (2015)

"One of the most devastating Holocaust movies I've ever seen." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Feb 18, 2016

The Witch (2016)

"I respect the film, but despite Eggers' best efforts, I had to fight off boredom at several points." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"Deadpool is funny -- frequently hilarious." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Feb 10, 2016
3.5/5 63%

The Finest Hours (2016)

"Rescues at sea, New England accents, maritime clich├ęs ... what's not to love? " ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/5 92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"To enjoy this film's rewards you'll need to be patient." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jan 21, 2016
4/5 88%

The Big Short (2015)

"Entertaining, horrifying and sort of clear." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jan 14, 2016

The Revenant (2015)

"The first hour of the film is stunning. After that, it's a whole lot of showing off." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"I didn't mind the many nods to the original two movies -- at least they nick story points from the right ones." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 23, 2015
3.5/5 74%

Trumbo (2015)

"Trumbo has some fine performances, an important story, some entertaining scenes, and even a bit of humor. But it tries too hard to be a prestige film." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 16, 2015
3.5/5 80%

Macbeth (2015)

"This Macbeth is a solid enough version, intense and violent, and well-acted by a strong cast, including Fassbender and Cotillard." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Dec 9, 2015
4/5 97%

Brooklyn (2015)

"Saoirse Ronan does exceptional work as Eilis. Her subtle expressions keep the character interesting even when she appears withdrawn from those around her." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Nov 25, 2015
5/5 96%

Spotlight (2015)

"The movie works so well because it focuses on the efforts of a team of reporters to uncover a huge, nightmarish scandal. It's all about the process, and it never forgets that it's all about the process." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Nov 18, 2015
3.5/5 81%

Labyrinth Of Lies (2015)

"As a movie, Labyrinth of Lies has problems, but it's an informative reminder of something we must never forget." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3.5/5 62%

Truth (2015)

"Watching the actors work is a pleasure." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3/5 90%

Coming Home (2015)

"The bottom line? Coming Home is heartbreaking. Coming Home is hooey. Take your pick." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Oct 21, 2015
4/5 91%

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"While not one of his best, Bridge of Spies is a good Spielberg film." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Oct 15, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet

Three Windows And A Hanging (2014)

"The story is gripping, there are fascinating character studies, the actors are excellent, and there are moments of warmth and even humor." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Oct 8, 2015
4/5 92%

99 Homes (2015)

"This is a mean movie, with excuses and appeals to decency left to evaporate in the relentless Florida sun." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 98%

Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016)

"Crocodile Gennadiy is the powerful sophomore documentary by Steve Hoover" ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4.5/5 93%

Skyfall (2012)

"Skyfall is not simply one of the very best Bond films, it's one of the year's best movies, period." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Oct 4, 2015
4/5 93%

The Sessions (2012)

"The Sessions is an unflinching, moving and often funny story about dignity and sexuality." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Oct 4, 2015
3.5/5 84%

The Walk (2015)

"First hour bad, second hour good." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Oct 1, 2015
2.5/5 45%

A Walk In The Woods (2015)

"A Walk in the Woods is as aimless as its title." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Sep 17, 2015
4/5 92%

Grandma (2015)

"Grandma is tart, smart and short." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Sep 17, 2015
4/5 89%

Meru (2015)

"Meru doesn't explain the climbers. It lets us get to know them a little, while presenting their gripping (sue me -- it's the appropriate word) adventures." ‐ NUVO Newsweekly
Posted Sep 2, 2015
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