John Gholson

John Gholson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

John Gholson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Cinematical,

Movie Reviews Only

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"Civil War is of course a huge payoff for fans who've been following from the start, but even the casual movie-goers will pick up on the fact that there's something slightly more special about this one." ‐
Posted May 5, 2016

Beware the Slenderman (2016)

"Unbearably sad" ‐
Posted Mar 22, 2016

Under The Shadow (2016)

"A perfect stage for terror...[Reaches] the fever pitch intensity of the very best haunted house movies, jump scares and all." ‐
Posted Mar 21, 2016

Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016)

"Like a late stage album from a band who peaked decades before, the surprise is gone, the punch is softer, but you certainly hear the bits in there that made you a fan in the first place." ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2016

Moonwalkers (2016)

"A drug-fueled, hyper-violent, swinging-sixties story" ‐
Posted Jan 15, 2016

Creed (2015)

"We knew Creed was always a worthy opponent, but we never expected Creed to be such a worthy sequel/spin-off movie." ‐
Posted Nov 25, 2015

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

"First-time director S. Craig Zahler's script deliberately leans on Old West cliches, but is buoyed by crackling dialogue and strong performances." ‐
Posted Oct 9, 2015

The Devil's Candy (2015)

"Kiara Glasco gives one of the best 'scream queen' performances of all-time...A muscular, punchy genre exercise that feels like a new classic simply because the filmmakers noticeably gave a damn." ‐
Posted Oct 6, 2015

High-Rise (2016)

"Laing could've been unlikeable and unsympathetic in anyone else's hands, especially as things escalate, but Hiddleston's innate charm gives the film license to get ugly without losing the audience. Laing is Hiddleston's best work to date." ‐
Posted Oct 2, 2015

Finders Keepers (2015)

"An easy contender for one of the funniest docs of all time...It's gut-busting, can't-breathe funny, but introspective and knowing as well." ‐
Posted Oct 1, 2015

Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler (2015)

"Like The King of Kong before it, Man Vs. Snake finds humor, heart, and an unlikely underdog 'sports' story in the unique world of retro video gaming." ‐
Posted Sep 29, 2015
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"An easy contender for one of the funniest docs of all time...It's gut-busting, can't-breathe funny, but introspective and knowing as well." ‐
Posted Sep 25, 2015

Fantastic Four (2015)

"Fantastic Four figures out a way to approach a familiar origin story with unexpected smarts, then all-but-squanders that goodwill in its dumbed-down finale. " ‐
Posted Aug 6, 2015

Ant-Man (2015)

"The finale is something else - a symphony of comedy and action mayhem that outclasses every single second that comes before it. Nothing else in the movie even comes close." ‐
Posted Jul 15, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

"Regardless, this time with Avengers: Age of Ultron, our socks were only tugged on, halfway flopping off our collective toes, but never blown quite off." ‐
Posted Apr 30, 2015

The Little Death (2015)

"Erin James and T.J. Power get the least amount of screen time of all the couples in the anthology sex farce The Little Death, but they create the most lasting impression." ‐
Posted Mar 20, 2015

Adult Beginners (2015)

"Adult Beginners feels more like a baby-step in figuring out how [Nick] Kroll will transition to film star, but the potential is certainly there. " ‐
Posted Mar 20, 2015

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

"It is the shaggiest of the Wachoski's shaggy dogs." ‐
Posted Feb 19, 2015

Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

"Turns out, it's a perfectly worthy sequel to a film that aimed low from the start." ‐
Posted Nov 14, 2014

Interstellar (2014)

"Interstellar is much like space itself - a beautiful, promising void." ‐
Posted Nov 11, 2014

Big Hero 6 (2014)

"For all its impeccable craft, it's unusually flavorless." ‐
Posted Nov 11, 2014

That Guy Dick Miller (2015)

"If you happen to catch the documentary, make sure you have a couple of Dick Miller movies handy to turn on once the credits roll." ‐
Posted Sep 25, 2014

Late Phases (2014)

"There's always junk-food pleasure in seeing a questionably funky-looking werewolf take the business end of a silver-loaded shotgun to the face." ‐
Posted Sep 25, 2014

Horns (2014)

"Aja directs this tragedy as if it's a flavorless comedy." ‐
Posted Sep 25, 2014

Kelly & Cal (2014)

"The presence of [Juliette] Lewis makes it feel like a bigger, more important movie than it would've without her" ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Posted Aug 18, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"These Ninja Turtles are the ones you love, but trapped in a film that's hard to like." ‐
Posted Aug 8, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"100% sugar rush Saturday matinee sci-fi junk food." ‐
Posted Aug 3, 2014

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Though it climaxes about a half hour too early, it's a superior sequel." ‐
Posted Jul 11, 2014

Housebound (2014)

"It's a remarkably assured first feature, one that balances tonal shifts and just keeps things moving at all times. There's no fat on Housebound, and nothing is tried that doesn't flat-out work." ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Posted Jun 13, 2014

Arlo and Julie (2015)

"The pay-off is logical (if convoluted), and has real consequences to the relationship between the two, which deserves its own special recognition, seeing as how so many tiny indies think that the journey is its own reward." ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Posted Jun 13, 2014

Beyond Clueless (2014)

"It's a little like Room 237 for Freddie Prinze Jr. flicks. There's not much upside in presenting the surface qualities of She's All That as deeper profound truths about adolescence, but [director] Lyne goes there anyway." ‐
Posted Jun 13, 2014

Doc Of The Dead (2014)

"There's some real food for thought in the film from a topic we'd assume had been bled dry." ‐
Posted Jun 13, 2014

Honeymoon (2014)

"[Honeymoon] delivers real unease despite a well-tread plot." ‐
Posted Jun 13, 2014

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Edge of Tomorrow will get the easy comparisons to Groundhog Day but it's also exactly the kind of punchy sci-fi adventure that goes best with salty popcorn and a willing audience." ‐
Posted Jun 13, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"It's a solid installment. But it would've been a killer curtain call." ‐
Posted May 23, 2014

Godzilla (2014)

"It's the rare brand name cash-in that manages to feel like artists actually cared." ‐
Posted May 19, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"It feels like somebody's dopey idea of what comic books are, without actually reading them." ‐
Posted Apr 30, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"It's a spectacularly violent move into Bourne territory, with enhanced super-soldiers kicking the ever-livin' daylights out of each other over what freedom really means." ‐
Posted Mar 26, 2014

Shivers (They Came from Within) (The Parasite Murders) (1975)

"I'm shocked no one else has tried 'sex zombies' as a horror film device since this one -- they're terrifying." ‐ Cinematical
Posted Mar 26, 2014

NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no tani no Naushika) (1985)

"It's not only an amazing piece of animation, but an incredible work of science-fiction as well." ‐ Cinematical
Posted Mar 26, 2014

Revenge of the Creature (1955)

"There's nothing particularly remarkable about it, and it plays out almost exactly how you expect it to, but as a monster matinee, you could do a lot worse." ‐ Cinematical
Posted Mar 26, 2014

Dracula (1931)

"It's a case of lightning-in-a-bottle casting and there's no way of telling if anyone else as Dracula would've become the model for every single Dracula that followed." ‐ Cinematical
Posted Mar 26, 2014

The Heart Machine (2014)

"The Heart Machine frustrated me in the best possible way." ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Posted Mar 18, 2014
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Wicker Kittens (2014)

"By being about a competition, even an unusual one, Wicker Kittens gets a big injection of sports movie vigor. " ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Posted Mar 17, 2014

Joe (2014)

"This is how Cage became a movie star in the first damned place -- by being a remarkable actor. " ‐
Posted Mar 12, 2014

Wetlands (2014)

"This movie might not have worked at all without the performance of Juri, who is just a magnetic, impish powerhouse of an actress." ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Posted Mar 11, 2014

Born To Fly (2014)

"Really exemplary documentary filmmaking...I went from completely ignorant of Streb and her 'action heroes' (the name she applies to her dancers) to becoming a big fan. Born to Fly is a must." ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Posted Mar 11, 2014

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"For all the good Alan Taylor does in making sure that the sequel stays sure-footed, there's still a nagging feeling left behind that we haven't really seen a Thor film from a director who truly loves the world he's being paid to bring to life." ‐
Posted Nov 5, 2013

Afflicted (2014)

"An authentic approach to outrageous material doesn't just sell the film as actual found footage, it also shows remarkable intuition by first-timers Lee and Prouse." ‐
Posted Sep 27, 2013

We Are What We Are (2013)

"We're starved for adult horror that's this mature and sure-footed, and when it does come along, we have to sing its praises out loud. This is a wonderful, riveting, unsettling film." ‐
Posted Sep 27, 2013
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