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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/4 78% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/4 95% Bisbee '17 (2018) An interesting if unfulfilling documentary experiment...‐ San Francisco Chronicle
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
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/4 91% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
1/4 76% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/4 83% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/4 89% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/4 90% We the Animals (2018) One of the best of the year so far.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
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
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 93% 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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2018
3/4 84% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/4 97% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet 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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
1/4 83% That Summer (2018) "That Summer" leaves me with Beale fatigue. It would seem to appeal to "Grey Gardens" completists only.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
52% Scarlet Diva (2000) A really bravura piece of filmmaking and a brave central performance.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
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
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
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2/4 60% Anything (2018) McNeil plays it way too safe. Trying to have it both ways, he satisfies no one.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
2/4 76% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/4 90% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/4 84% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero" is a cute and scruffy movie.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
1/4 14% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
1/4 75% 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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
92% The Peacemaker (2018) The Peacemaker is absorbing, and O'Malley is a fascinating character. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
4/4 68% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/4 97% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
2/4 81% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) The problem ... is the thin, meandering storyline and the slow pace.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) This is a film that's likely to stick with you because of its exceptional intensity.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3/4 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2018) As always, there is an eclectic mix.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3/4 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) As always, there is an eclectic mix.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3/4 75% Small Town Crime (2018) Brothers Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms, who wrote and directed the film, have some solid ideas, and "Small Town Crime" moves forward with assurance and confidence.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/4 98% Quest (2017) "Quest" could very easily have been titled "An American Family" as well.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3/4 93% Shadowman (2017) And yet, the work he is creating was stunning and powerful. The guy still had it. ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3/4 92% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) Hong [Sang-soo's] work can frustrate, but his observant cinema can also be revelatory, a reason he has such a strong international following.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Los nadie (2016) It is edgy, perhaps, but those edges are softened by the director's clear affection for his characters, and that's not a bad thing at all.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
4/4 92% LA 92 (2017) An immersive, you-are-there experience that is as dramatic (or more so) as any Hollywood feature film.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
1/4 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) How does a good director like Takashi misfire so badly?‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/4 70% The Paris Opera (L'Opéra) (2017) "The Paris Opera" has plenty of interesting moments, and certainly it's a must for opera fans, despite its faults.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 81% Tom of Finland (2017) Tom of Finland is a good, strong movie, but never threatens to be great. One salivates at the adventurous directions the film could have explored.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/4 100% Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017) "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste" is ... darned entertaining and hopeful, as well as informative.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017