G. Allen Johnson

G. Allen Johnson
G. Allen Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat Houston Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Examiner Hearst Newspapers

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 100% Love, Antosha (2019) Price has given us Yelchin's most complete performance: himself. It is a cinematic gift to contemporary film fans everywhere. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 81% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The film finally gets into gear around the midpoint and zooms to a satisfying finish. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/4 42% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Who can resist cute dog stories, even if it is the centerpiece of a sappy film and the dog has Kevin Costner's voice? - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 93% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) In the end, "Mike Wallace Is Here" isn't just about one journalist, but a different cultural landscape, before a mass of cable network screamers and talking heads, checkbook journalism, social media and viral videos. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/4 100% For Sama (2019) What a talent Waad is. "For Sama" is a film made with the instincts of a journalist, the passion of a revolutionary and the beating heart of a mother. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
0/4 20% She's Just a Shadow (2019) This utterly tasteless crime film about Tokyo's top madam, a drug dealer, a serial killer is one of the worst films of the year. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/4 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Although there are many witnesses who sit down with Broomfield who help drive the story... it is Ihlen's melodic voice who lends a ghostly conscience to the film. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
1/4 87% Diamantino (2019) "Diamantino" is one of those movies that looks super fun to make but is mind-numbing to actually watch. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
1/4 74% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) Asako's only appeal seems to be that she's very pretty. Her depth of character she apparently keeps to herself. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
1/4 59% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) Politics and social commentary aside, we are left with a crime film. One that isn't very suspenseful or particularly clever. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/4 89% The Third Wife (2019) What we have here is a small, delicate mini-masterpiece, and bright new talent behind the camera. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 44% The Tomorrow Man (2019) John Lithgow and Blythe Danner make an offbeat and winning combination, with total belief that they're in a really good movie. Unfortunately, they're not. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/4 90% The Souvenir (2019) Another small, quietly devastating drama by Hogg, and perhaps the most ambitious and personal of her four films. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/4 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) In its modest way, "The Biggest Little Farm" offers hope, and even suggests a way forward. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2/4 62% ANIARA (2019) "Aniara" has an intriguing premise, and it's even fascinating at times, but despite an excellent production design, it never gets off the ground even as it speeds through the cosmos. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2/4 34% Poms (2019) I can't necessarily recommend the movie, and yet I'm rooting for it this weekend. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1/4 27% UglyDolls (2019) "UglyDolls" is a mind-numbing, low-rent version of "Toy Story," with saccharine songs and a plot with echoes of, no kidding, the Holocaust. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) If you're the adventurous type and like boundaries to be pushed, "Long Day's Journey Into Night" might be worth a shot. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) The value in the documentary lies in Westheimer's personal story, which is pretty amazing. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 100% Penguin Highway (2019) The joy of discovery is at the heart of "Penguin Highway," a delightful new anime that is about the mysteries of life, both scientific and personal. Oh, and it's about penguins, too. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 44% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) "Girls of the Sun" has an air of authenticity and grit that's convincing, and Farahani, an Iranian-born actress, makes us care. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/4 60% Breakthrough (2019) "Breakthrough" might be the first faith-based Hollywood film with genuine crossover appeal. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/4 89% Missing Link (2019) It is blessedly devoid of the manic, ADD pace of many animated movies, with a winning trio of characters. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
1.5/4 65% Peterloo (2019) Does every landowner and politician have to be either comically inept as if out of a Monty Python piece or so villainous that all that's missing is a Snidely Whiplash mustache? Does every working-class person have to have this pained, oppressed look? - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/4 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The new "Pet Sematary," directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, isn't bad, but seems unnecessary. It's even a little bland. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/4 80% The Wind (2019) This is indie horror at its best. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/4 58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) At once an offbeat comedy and a satisfyingly weird thriller. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
1/4 34% Wonder Park (2019) "Wonder Park," frankly, isn't very much fun. It becomes so enslaved with its nonsensical plot that it forgets this is supposed to be about coming to terms with the possible loss of a loved one. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 42% The Wedding Guest (2019) Like the best noirs, "The Wedding Guest" is an efficient crime thriller that clocks in at around 90 minutes. It's a B movie with style - the stuff that dreams are made of. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/4 99% Apollo 11 (2019) The mission was indeed a giant leap for mankind, and now we have a documentary worthy of its subject. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/4 78% Never Look Away (2019) Unlike its main character, it is not a great work of art. But it is a most agreeable, pleasurable cinematic calling card. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/4 91% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) The future may look grim in these four shorts, but at least the next generation will have some great actors. All of the children in these shorts are excellent. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) The future may look grim in these four shorts, but at least the next generation will have some great actors. All of the children in these shorts are excellent. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
1/4 33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) "Welcome to Marwen" does not work as a drama of addiction, and frankly it doesn't work as a celebration of Hogancamp's creations, which work best as stunning still-photo images. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/4 100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) It is as smoothly entertaining as a showbiz set piece, and at times flat-out funny. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 86% Bitter Melon (2018) An intriguing and absorbing independent film... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/4 91% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) Bergman fans will love this film, but the great thing about "Searching for Ingmar Bergman" is that budding cineastes who are curious about his work will find much value in it as well. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
2/4 73% Chef Flynn (2018) "Chef Flynn" seems more suited for an hour-long show on the Food Network. Its 82-minute running time, although short for a feature film, seems too bloated for this story. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
2.5/4 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) With Lee's exacting eye, the off-kilter tone and top-notch performances by an attractive young cast, it's not a waste of time. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
83% Last Letter (2018) It's a movie that rediscovers the treasures of written letters and honest feelings. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 83% Fail State (2018) Shebanow does an excellent job of laying out the sordid history of the decline of American higher educational systems in "Fail State"... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/4 89% In Search of Greatness (2018) Obviously, sports fans will get the most out of "In Search of Greatness." But there are self-help tropes for everyone. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) He never gave up, never stopped shooting. It was a well-lived life because he apparently discovered that it mattered after all. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/4 92% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) The movie works by stringing together many small observations to develop a portrait more quiet and revealing than many overwrought films that strain to address hot-button issues. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/4 59% Face (2002) It is the best performance of [Ling's] eclectic international career, and it raises the level of this otherwise competently made movie to something more special. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/4 97% Free Solo (2018) Honnold's incredible skill is part of what makes "Free Solo" great, but another part of the equation is Chin's daredevil photography. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/4 77% 306 Hollywood (2018) At the risk of being indelicate, Grandma's life - well-lived but ordinary - doesn't make for a very compelling documentary. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/4 95% Bisbee '17 (2018) An interesting if unfulfilling documentary experiment... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/4 66% Lizzie (2018) It remains an entirely watchable drama thanks in no small part to the charisma of its two lead women. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) "Kusama: Infinity" is a fascinating guide to its subject and her work, but the emotional wall Kusama lives behind remains unbroken. She is a loner and a mystery. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018