Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hartford Courant
Publications: Hartford Courant

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/4 4% Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) The sequel to the 1995 live-action video-game movie turns out to be idiotic but amusing low kitsch. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
69% Doc Hollywood (1991) Caton-Jones, who showed his gifts for ensemble in "Memphis Belle," contrives to keep "Doc Hollywood" appealing, if not suspenseful, by his affectionate handling of his large and well-chosen cast. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
1/4 14% Troop Beverly Hills (1989) Long strives coyly and cutely to become a Lucille Ball of the opulent '80s. But despite her winsome presence, "Troop Beverly Hills" proves an uphill, downhill trek. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
48% Crimes of Passion (1984) Except for the performance of Kathleen Turner... "Crimes of Passion" goes beyond the unbearable into the execrable: an artistic netherworld where terminal boredom, utter silliness and mind-boggling perversity coexist. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
10% Rooftops (1989) It's never possible to enjoy any part of "Rooftops"... - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
4% The Toy (1982) Pryor will probably turn "The Toy" into a hit, but once again, he presents us with the prospect of a comic genius in the service of inferior material. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
35% Porky's (1982) Clark has written an especially simple-minded script that comes across as a debased amalgam of "American Graffiti" and "Animal House," and directed it in a way that only emphasizes its poverty of imagination and humor. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
94% The Late Show (1977) Playing a modern variation on the classic detective film is not exactly a novel idea, but "The Late Show" does it with such skill and originality that all the lesser revisions seem to fade away. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
79% Lily in Love (1985) A sheer delight of a sophisticated theatrical comedy. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
79% Hopscotch (1980) At moments... "Hopscotch" stumbles, but Matthau's low-key, but playful characterization always gets it back on track again. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
96% Chan Is Missing (1982) Chan displays imagination and wit from the outset. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
100% Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases Negres) (1984) The stylized colors are more than symbolic. They also give Sugar Cane Alley a feeling of memories of things past... But Palcy's film is neither nostalgic nor brooding. Even its tragedies have a feeling of release about them. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
4/4 98% Schindler's List (1993) In its themes of the making of good men and evil ones in times of storm and stress, and in its montage of images and sonorities, this will stand as Spielberg's masterwork. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
2.5/4 88% Girlfight (2000) Kusama's portrait of an angry voung woman hits home largely because of the power of its unknown star, Michelle Rodriguez. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
2.5/4 93% Daughters of the Dust (1991) Daughters of the Dust unreels like cinematic poetry, full of haunting, rhythmic sounds and halcyon images of the sands, skies and people of the sea islands off Georgia and South Carolina. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
2.5/4 81% Clueless (1995) With its silly but cute clothes, its vacant Valley vocabulary and flashes of satirical humor about family values in upscale Los Angeles, Amy Heckerling's Clueless comes across as smarter than you might think. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
88% Light Sleeper (1992) A telling, atmospheric portrayal of the life of New York in the hours when most people are sleeping soundly in their cozy beds, not cruising aimlessly through the darkness. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2021
2/4 62% Out of Africa (1985) Out of Africa abounds in class. But for all its beauties, this intimate epic is no classic. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
3/4 14% Howard the Duck (1986) When it's all over, Howard has earned his place along with Donald and Daffy among the greats of movie duckdom. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
95% Bob Roberts (1992) While he resists imitating or stealing from "Citizen Kane," Robbins proves himself a filmmaker whose first film shows something of the genius and daring of the young Orson Welles. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
2.5/4 85% The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996) In time... this tale of a terrible quandary becomes as witty and engaging as the confident yet oddly insecure Abby. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
21% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) Neither Estevez nor Jackson displays much sense of comic edge. So after 15 minutes or so, "Loaded Weapon" becomes a shaggy cop story, a pointless joke that runs on ad nauseam. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
65% Angus (1995) Though likable, it is a bit dull. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
2.5/4 57% Absolute Power (1997) An ingenious, taut thriller beset with narrative gaps and unconvincing moments. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
80% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) It isn't Kipling, but it is good old-fashioned Saturday-matinee fun. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
98% Paris Is Burning (1991) A fascinating, ironic, triumphant, tragic film. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
3/4 21% Mercury Rising (1998) Fortunately, as directed with muscle and heart by Harold Becker, this tale of an angry die-hard and an orphaned autistic boy caught in a deadly government plot ranks at least as high as John McTiernan's first collaboration with an embattled Willis. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3.5/4 71% Clockers (1995) This harrowing portrait of a young, ulcer- ridden, low-level drug dealer, or "clocker," adds up to the director's best film since "Do the Right Thing." - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
60% School Ties (1992) "School Ties" seems unlikely to capture the audience that made a hit of "Dead Poets Society." - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
40% Scream 3 (2000) Dimension Films is again asking reviewers not to reveal the plot twists in Scream 3... But the screenplay telegraphs the ending long before it arrives. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
57% The Cutting Edge (1992) When Doug and Kate are off the ice, The Cutting Edge tends to come to a screeching halt. The script resembles an Astaire-Rogers musical with the song-and-dance numbers cut out. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
34% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) The picture, after all, is about Macaulay Culkin, who plays the wise, sober, inquiring, luxury-loving Kevin with the same unmannered appeal he brought to the original, and his fiendish foes, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2.5/4 56% Immortal Beloved (1994) Despite Oldman's powers, this adds up to a less than immortal musical love story. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
0.5/4 13% Street Fighter (1994) With Van Damme giving one of his most wooden performances, and de Souza failing to capitalize on his graceful fight moves, Street Fighter adds up to the worst of a bad crop of Christmas movies, a picture only an arcade junkie could cheer. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/4 60% Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) Vengeance proves more technically impressive than truly gripping. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 46% Stepmom (1998) Though Stepmom has its ups and downs, it shows Columbus as a director who has graduated to adulthood after his two Home Alone hits without losing sight of the struggles of children. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
42% Reign of Fire (2002) For all of its design and special-effects artistry, "Reign of Fire" is seldom convincing -- only slightly more alive than the silly 2000 "Dungeons & Dragons." - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
2/4 42% Bad Boys (1995) Bay's picture sometimes looks spectacular, especially in the eye-filling skyline shots. But despite its style, this is the kind of movie that gives action pictures a bad name. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
.5/4 36% Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ultimately falls prey to the worst tendencies of horror and teen pictures. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
29% Hook (1991) Unhappily, however, the transformation of a Type A American lawyer into a boy wonder unfolds with an uncertainty and clumsiness atypical of Spielberg. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
44% Space Jam (1996) "Space Jam" soon demonstrates that this teaming of Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny adds up to an air ball, not a slam-dunking "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1.5/4 55% Cruel Intentions (1999) Yet after Cruel Intentions evolves into a boy-gets-girl, boy-loses-girl saga, it staggers towards a half-baked climax, and an absurd aftermath. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
96% Unforgiven (1992) With its unflinching depictions of brutalities, Eastwood's new western calls to mind the work of Sam Peckinpah. But Eastwood's cadences are slow, his antiheros rueful, his atmosphere murky and chilling. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/4 85% The English Patient (1996) ...a deliberate, lengthy but always fascinating film... - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
75% Sleepless in Seattle (1993) The rest of this romantic comedy about the strange power that pulls a man and woman together... only reinforces the notion that Ephron is a filmmaker whose time has come at last, after years as a novelist, screenwriter and feminist wit. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
50% The First Wives Club (1996) Those in seach of a classic adult comedy -- a latter-day version of "The Women" -- are urged to join the "Club." - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
13% Clifford (1994) Whether he is pretending to be angelic or flashing satanic looks, Short makes Clifford an often riotous comic creation. And Grodin, with his fussy airs, makes a perfect fall guy. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/4 54% The Cable Guy (1996) For those with an appetite for Carrey and an admiration for Stiller, their zany collaboration will prove both funny and provocative. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/4 55% Mars Attacks! (1996) Even Tim Burton's maddest fans will feel disappointment creeping in as the invasion careens along. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
57% The Craft (1996) [It] will perhaps inspire a few rebel kids to search out a black-magic emporium or to make the sort of fashion statements that make Balk so amusingly spooky. All others should balk at taking in this suspenseless, hollow, kitchily crafted Carrie. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018