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 Review
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 90% 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 82% 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 31% 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 93% 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 72% 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 82% 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 88% 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 98% 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 96% Bisbee '17 (2018) An interesting if unfulfilling documentary experiment... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/4 64% 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
1/4 75% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) The second half of the movie is in near-darkness, making even the stylish visuals hard to decipher. What little interest you have in the characters is effectively extinguished as well. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/4 84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) McEnroe, Faraut asserts, was "a man who played on the edge of his senses." His film brings that home. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/4 91% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) McEnroe, Faraut asserts, was "a man who played on the edge of his senses." His film brings that home. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/4 91% We the Animals (2018) One of the best of the year so far. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/4 100% Minding the Gap (2018) A layered, complex portrait of a group of broken young men (and one broken young woman) whose prospects in the seemingly dead-end town of Rockford, Ill., appear bleak. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 92% Nico, 1988 (2018) There is a low-key blandness to Susanna Nicchiarelli's film... elevated by a subtle, powerful performance by German actress Trine Dyrholm, whose complex and spot-on portrayal of Nico gives the film soul, albeit a lonely one. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 89% Far From the Tree (2018) There is much to think about in "Far From the Tree," a worthy and at times tender film. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2018
3/4 85% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) "The Third Murder" is an intriguing investigation into truth and the nature of justice. Those two aren't necessarily in sync. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/4 98% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) Stephen Nomura Schible's documentary, Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA is not only a portrait of a great artist, but a sensitive and engrossing depiction of the act of creation and its process. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
1/4 20% Poor Boy (2018) At the end, the movie breaks apart like crumbling kaleidoscope images, scattering plot, characters and images in head-spinning fashion. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) This "Ant-Man" entry stakes out its own corner of the Marvel Universe sandbox as a throwback to '80s-style childlike adventure. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
1/4 81% That Summer (2018) "That Summer" leaves me with Beale fatigue. It would seem to appeal to "Grey Gardens" completists only. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/4 100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) It is almost a gentle, sweet film. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
4/4 92% Nossa Chape (2018) The Zimbalists... have made another highly accomplished soccer-related documentary (they also made the 2016 film "Pele: Birth of a Legend"). - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2/4 42% The Valley (2018) A film that, at best, seems like one of those cliched life-lesson movies on the Lifetime channel. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
52% Scarlet Diva (2000) A really bravura piece of filmmaking and a brave central performance. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/4 93% Angels Wear White (2018) Qu fleshes out her characters to expose the societal and familial pressures that tend to limit options for females. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
4/4 93% Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story (2018) Lek gives "Love & Bananas" humanity, but Bell's personality and enthusiasm is contagious, inviting us into the film. We root right along with her. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2/4 64% Anything (2018) McNeil plays it way too safe. Trying to have it both ways, he satisfies no one. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
2/4 78% Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018) It's colorful and imaginative, but other than Lu, the characters don't have much depth. Emotional, that is, not oceanographic. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
3/4 53% Bad Samaritan (2018) A pretty slick thriller that proves, if nothing else, that not enough films are shot in Portland, Ore. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2/4 87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) Unfortunately, Jones is alone here, forced to carry the film without much help from the director. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/4 91% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) At 69 minutes, "Claire's Camera"...is among Hong's shortest movies. But it feels complete, just the right amount of time to spend part of a weekend at Cannes with some charmingly dysfunctional people. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/4 87% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero" is a cute and scruffy movie. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
1/4 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Expect this film to be followed by "Blumhouse's Spin the Bottle" and "Blumhouse's Boggle." - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
1/4 71% Gemini (2018) It is among the emptiest movies I've ever seen, beginning with a production design filled with sets in roomy designer houses with no personality whatsoever (and that's probably the point). - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
90% Big Fish & Begonia (2018) A sweet and lyrical fantasy film filled with inviting visuals and inventive characters that might, if nothing else, make you look at dolphins in an entirely different way. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
92% The Peacemaker (2018) The Peacemaker is absorbing, and O'Malley is a fascinating character. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
4/4 70% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) A film so rich and pleasurable you'd be forgiven if you thought about it each time you have a glass of red. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/4 98% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) Such pesky details might ruin the meditative worldview of the film; "Leaning Into the Wind" asks us to appreciate art for art's sake, and that's not a tough ask at all. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018