John Anderson

John Anderson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 86%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"Even with performers as likable as Hader and Wiig, and characters as likable as Milo and Maggie, sympathy should be earned. Like an cocksure banker, Johnson takes our investment for granted." ‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 59%

My Old Lady (2014)

"What starts as an elaborate sitcom becomes an emotionally substantial tragicomedy." ‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 18, 2014
4/4 95%

Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

"Inspiring and thrilling." ‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2.5/4 89%

Wetlands (2014)

"Graphic, occasionally disgusting but sweet-natured and liberated." ‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 30%

The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)

"Terrific performances help mine the poignancy in a legendary tabloid story." ‐ Newsday
Posted Sep 5, 2014

Life Of Crime (2014)

"There's a pronounced lack of tension in this feature by director Daniel Schechter, who has to deal with a storyline that is, unfortunately, not Mr. Leonard's strongest." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 28, 2014

Starred Up (2014)

"Audiences, the less squeamish at least, will benefit from Mr. Mackenzie's ability to wring white-knuckling tension out of Mr. Asser's intelligent story." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 28, 2014

The November Man (2014)

"[An] engaging, fast-paced and ultimately ludicrous combo of espionage and mayhem ..." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 28, 2014

The Notebook (2014)

"Szasz keeps the kids at such an emotional distance that even their notebook -- in which their father has commanded they commit everything they do, and think - does little to generate much emotional investment." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 28, 2014
B 100%

I Am A Knife With Legs (2014)

"After all the huffing and puffing, Jones and Co. have created an original work of comedy, and an outsider movie with real sense of itself." ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 18, 2014

The Giver (2014)

"For much of the movie, viewers will be asking themselves where the conflict is. And, by extension, the drama." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 18, 2014

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"In his eagerness to create a David-and-Goliath story, and with his distractingly pro-BHI bias, Mr. Miller fails to ask a lot of questions." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 18, 2014

Frank (2014)

""Frank" is a genuine original in a summer sea of sameness, and a darkly comedic manifesto against the cultural status quo." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3.5/4 89%

Calvary (2014)

"It doesn't confront church scandal-priestly crime; it stares into the spiritual void that has been left in its wake. What stares back is lurid, soulless and damned." ‐ Newsday
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3.5/4 62%

L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) (2014)

"A mad mix of what Tex Avery, Rube Goldberg and the silent-film fantasist Georges Melies might have come up with if they'd put their feverish heads together." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 31, 2014

Woo (1998)

"A painfully graceless comedy that reworks After Midnight, Blind Date and Booty Call into something monstrous and untoward." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 26, 2014
2/4 53%

I Origins (2014)

"Makes a too obvious attempt to repeat [Cahill's] previous effort, wanting to be spooky and ending up soggy." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 74%

Alive Inside (2014)

"The movie hovers between diatribe and misplaced diplomacy. At certain times, you want to ask Rossato-Bennett "What's the problem?"" ‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 24, 2014

Getaway (2013)

"It's all you can do not to laugh. Oh, go ahead. But be forewarned that there are many miles to go before we get to the end and it will feel like an eternity before any of it makes sense." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 22, 2014
2/4 44%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"What's it about? Everything and nothing. Seriously: If wishes were horses, one would have walked into the movie and told us what exactly Braff thought was going on." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/4 90%

Siddharth (2014)

"Part of what makes "Siddharth" so troubling and moving is the difficulty we have situating our sympathies." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/4 98%

A Summer's Tale (2014)

"For all his seeming facility with the opposite sex, Gaspard is really a romantic idiot. And aren't we all, Rohmer suggests." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 10, 2014

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

"The results remain pop perfection." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 7, 2014

Venus in Fur (2014)

"The couple's movie-long pas de deux, during which time a reversal of roles takes place and the inner Thomas is exposed to the world (us), is staged with delicious irony and ingenuity by Mr. Polanski" ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 7, 2014

Tammy (2014)

"The movie's principal intention is to make you laugh at a loser, and revel in scenes from which polite people would instinctively turn away." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 7, 2014

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Unlike the very successful Spanish horror thriller [Rec] or even the nausea-inducing Cloverfield, which Echo more closely resembles, this film doesn't maintain a consistent point of view or any logic about what's on screen." ‐ Wall Street Journal
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3.5/4 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"A rococo exercise in mayhem, boldfaced allegory and ramped-up chaos. It's a summer movie with a social conscience." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jul 2, 2014
2/4 48%

Comme un chef (Le Chef) (2014)

""Le Chef" is vaguely reassuring proof that the French can make comedies as silly as ours -- which, of course, they do, though the films usually don't make it onto the menu here." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 26, 2014
A 74%

Point and Shoot (2014)

"Via his subject's idiosyncracies... Curry starts to weave a subtle, but nonetheless eloquent critique not just of one man's compulsions, but a culture's. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jun 23, 2014
2.5/4 89%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Virtue and vulgarity fight to a draw via a film that should put the vivacious Jenny Slate and director Gillian Robespierre on everyone's indie radar." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3.5/4 84%

Violette (2014)

"Frank, harsh, emotionally harrowing and, much like its subject, difficult." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3.5/4 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"It's a title that makes quite a statement. Few viewers will be inclined to argue." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 60%

The Signal (2014)

"Amid all the self-conscious virtuosity, certain things are right." ‐ Newsday
Posted Jun 12, 2014
A- 89%

Elena (2014)

"Costa may not be detail-oriented when it comes to the minutiae of her sister's biography, but when it comes to creating emotional portraiture, she's exhaustive." ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/4 80%

Fed Up (2014)

"Expos√© against America's nutritional war on itself is informative, passionate, slightly regurgitated." ‐ Newsday
Posted May 22, 2014
3.5/4 89%

A Moment of Innocence (1999)

"A breathtaking cross-fertilization of drama and fact." ‐ Newsday
Posted May 20, 2014
4/4 96%

Ida (2014)

"Likely to remain the best movie of the year." ‐ Newsday
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 83%

Belle (2014)

"One occasionally wishes Asante had chosen a more rigorous course of action with her period piece, but she perhaps also knows that sugar is more seductive than sermons." ‐ Newsday
Posted May 8, 2014

Ida (2014)

"Ida stings, but in wonderfully alarming ways." ‐ America Magazine
Posted May 7, 2014
3/4 73%

The German Doctor (2014)

"Amid the melodrama is a resonant, highly moral kind of horror movie." ‐ Newsday
Posted May 1, 2014

Parkland (2013)

"Had Landesman spent a bit more time on his characters and narrative, he might have made a more watchable movie." ‐ America Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014

Divergent (2014)

"Dramatically, Divergent wanders, but over rich philosophical soil." ‐ America Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014

The Monuments Men (2014)

"It is a little difficult to generate dramatic tension about an art-salvage project when there is a world war going on around it." ‐ America Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014

Noah (2014)

"It ranges far, wide and clumsily in expanding its slender source material, but Noah aches with aspiration, its sincerity and ambition virtually leaping off the screen." ‐ America Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014
2/4 44%

Walking With The Enemy (2014)

"The film is so emotionally obvious and awkwardly handled that it doesn't deserve much consideration as a political or historical statement ..." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/4 67%

The Railway Man (2014)

"Why does the movie leave one cold?" ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 24, 2014

13 Sins (2014)

"The overall effect is enormously amusing. And haunting as well." ‐ Thompson on Hollywood
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3.5/4 86%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Languorous, droll and ultimately affecting." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 24, 2014
4/4 83%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"Morris doesn't "break" Rumsfeld, as some think he did McNamara. He has held a mirror up to the man, and found no reflection. The viewer simply has to realize that what's important is what's not there." ‐ Newsday
Posted Apr 11, 2014

Blue Blood (2006)

"One of the better sports movies in recent memory, Blue Blood is a counteragent to the era of the steroid-shooting superhero, a film that puts athletics back in perspective, and on a human scale." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2014