John J. O'Connor

John J. O'Connor
John J. O'Connor's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Times
Publications: New York Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
50% Fall from Grace (1990) It is a fairly straightforward cautionary tale of greed and foolishness. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
60% Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1989) "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" is anything but silly. It's a fresh, challenging and memorable little movie. Parental -- and all other -- attention is advised. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
63% The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (1985) Mr. Baum's peculiar vision can be filled with all sorts of deliciously scarifying elements, but the underlying theme is unfailingly comforting. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
No Score Yet Murder by the Book (1987) But the problem with Murder by the Book is that it never quite gets bizarre enough. It keeps insisting on being disappointingly pedestrian. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
25% Hercules (1983) No good will come of detailing how this film's narrative departs from classical mythology to traffic in baser materials from 'Superman' to 'Star Wars.' Suffice it to say that the results are a tribute to the materials. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
40% The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988) The basic plot defies comprehensible summation. Suffice it to say, there are several opportunities for David to do his transformation act, and for the Incredible Hulk and Thor to whip up some violent action. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
No Score Yet The Family Rico (1972) It's serviceable but, following the norm in made‐for‐TV movies, it is dissipated in erratic pacing, awkward editing and the absence of a cohesive focus. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
No Score Yet Gulag (1985) This is not terribly compelling stuff. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
No Score Yet Porgy and Bess (1993) Despite the inevitable distancing effect between sight and sound, there is undeniable power in this version of the production. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
No Score Yet Return to 'Giant' (2012) The result is a surprisingly haunting slice of Americana. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
92% Brian's Song (1970) On its own, somewhat obvious level, Brian's Song worked. Not least in its favor were two exceptionally fine performances: James Caan as Brian Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016