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Malcolm Johnson

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% Igby Goes Down (2002) If this were a short story, it would belong in The New Yorker in the days of J.D. Salinger. It is both droll and grim, often handsome and tasteful with its cinematography and production values.‐ Hartford Courant
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69% Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) Visually stunning, and fitfully dramatic.‐ Hartford Courant
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73% The Game (1997) Douglas finally musters one of his best performances to carry Fincher's essay on self-reliance to its exciting, if absurd endgame.‐ Hartford Courant
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20% Duets (2000) Besides its dim and sometimes slipshod look, this little ensemble work slides from pretentious flights of philosophizing to touches of smart smut as it surveys the American dream as pursued by various warbling wanderers.‐ Hartford Courant
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64% The New Age (1994) The realities of their performances prove insufficient to pull Tolkin's bitter and deliberate tale from its doldrums, however, and this film lives u p to its title. Most of the time, it proves as repetitive and empty as an endless New Wave rhapsody.‐ Hartford Courant
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56% Mumford (1999) Lawrence Kasdan's clever, inventive and endearing ensemble portrait unfolds as a latter-day Frank Capra fable.‐ Hartford Courant
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56% Pocahontas (1995) Its comic characters are paltry; its villain is a bloated, harmless Captain Hook; and its story line is negligible as well as palpably silly.‐ Hartford Courant
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87% Chungking Express (1996) Chungking Express comes to town with a hip imprimatur and some admiring reviews. But this quirky, deadpan movie moves like a rickshaw with a geriatric hauler in harness.‐ Hartford Courant
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94% Pulp Fiction (1994) With its blistering, rough-edged acting, acrid, funny dialogue, vivid, accurate feeling for Los Angeles and brilliant fracturings of time, Pulp Fiction more than lives up to its advance reputation.‐ Hartford Courant
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No Score Yet Warlock: The Armageddon (1993) This time, no co-star of Grant's stature joins the WASPy, waspish Sands, and except for the occasional neat special effect, this sequel proves an exceedingly cheesy affair.‐ Hartford Courant
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No Score Yet Aspen (1991) With a relatively unknown cast, Hasburgh creates a watchable picture. It is not Hemingway. But the skiing and the mountains rising around Aspen give Hasburgh's story excitement and grandeur.‐ Hartford Courant
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57% The Cemetery Club (1993) Maybe another director could have exhumed The Cemetery Club. Duke just lowers it carefully into its tomb.‐ Hartford Courant
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40% Leaving Normal (1992) When Christine Lahti is in the driver's seat, this female road saga can abruptly take off like a car that stops choking and sputtering and leaps into a breathtaking overdrive.‐ Hartford Courant
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90% A Simple Plan (1998) Both heartbreaking and chilling, this film explores ancient themes in a contemporary, painfully familiar way.‐ Hartford Courant
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58% Faraway, So Close! (In weiter Ferne, so nah!) (1993) It is all fairly messy, and chaotic and confusing to boot at the action-packed finale. But Wenders and his photographer, Jurgen Jurges, also communicate a compelling sense of their city of angels, Berlin.‐ Hartford Courant
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87% A Midnight Clear (1992) He infuses A Midnight Clear with a slightly skewed, surreal quality. About the only defect in Gordon's second feature is its tendency to drag in the middle.‐ Hartford Courant
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27% Life with Mikey (1993) With Life With Mikey, there's a little bit of Christmas in June, and a potential holiday favorite for years to come.‐ Hartford Courant
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78% Swimming with Sharks (1995) Unfortunately, Spacey's no-holds-barred portrait is about the only reason to take in Huang's low-budget, writing-directing debut. The story line proceeds predictably, though often unpersuasively.‐ Hartford Courant
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20% Amos & Andrew (1993) Frye proves a remarkably inept director, with little sense of pacing farce, or creating absurd characters.‐ Hartford Courant
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35% Indecent Proposal (1993) In some ways, this portentous little morality tale about the dangerous powers of great wealth might be taken in as an amusing evening of unintentionally campy stuff, except that it unfolds glacially at times. The performances are universally embarrassing.‐ Hartford Courant
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57% Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) As it charges along to its disappointingly hollow payoff, Part Deux grows increasingly violent, with a graphic in one corner of the screen toting up kills like a video game‐ Hartford Courant
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38% Guilty as Sin (1993) It is an intriguing pictorial concept, but one that confers a bland, glassy look, rather than a dizzying effect, on Guilty as Sin.‐ Hartford Courant
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33% Radio Flyer (1992) Too dark and upsetting for the family trade, this tale of a sadistic stepfather takes too many wrong moves to satisfy adults.‐ Hartford Courant
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54% Being Human (1994) An ultra- whimsical reverie on love and family through the ages. Sometimes archly cute, finally deeply sentimental...‐ Hartford Courant
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19% Urban Legend (1998) There isn't much real wit, or suspense, in this parade of slayings.‐ Hartford Courant
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19% Blame It on the Bellboy (1992) As it bounces unmerrily along, Blame It on the Bellboy is half-intriguing, but rarely humorous.‐ Hartford Courant
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43% Stay Tuned (1992) Peter Hyams, who has flopped in virtually every genre, despite a strong visual sensibility fleetingly in evidence here, seems devoid of comic ideas at each heavyhanded turn. ‐ Hartford Courant
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94% A Brief History of Time (1992) A Brief History delivers a clear, often fascinating precis on the investigations and beliefs of one of the world's leading scientific theorists. Yet Morris is too shrewd a documentarian to miss the drama of Hawking's life.‐ Hartford Courant
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67% FernGully - The Last Rainforest (1992) With production, writing, acting and animation contributions from the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Korea and Thailand, this cautionary fable sets an admirable example for the governments of said nations.‐ Hartford Courant
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71% Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) This all-too-reverent homage to Lee, based on a book by his widow Linda, unreels like an authorized biography -- full of mystical mumbo-jumbo and trite, trashy romance.‐ Hartford Courant
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45% A Far Off Place (1993) Salomon has clearly learned much from working with directors such as James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard.‐ Hartford Courant
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26% The Good Son (1993) Unhappily, although Ian McEwan's screenplay has its strong points, and Ruben skillfully builds tension and suspense, this updated, gender-bent Bad Seed falters at key points.‐ Hartford Courant
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55% CB4 (1993) A fast, wild and sometimes hilarious parody on the music Lee has used with such effective ferocity.‐ Hartford Courant
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14% Stephen King's 'Sleepwalkers' (1992) As it sleepwalks towards its ungrand finale, the new King invention falls back on familiar things.‐ Hartford Courant
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58% Indian Summer (1993) Even if one can accept this dubious premise, there's another problem. Mike Binder's tale of thirtysomething yuppies in beautiful Ontario sometimes moves at the speed of a particularly phlegmatic moose.‐ Hartford Courant
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No Score Yet Endless Summer (2011) Endless Summer becomes as flat as a windless day on Long Island Sound.‐ Hartford Courant
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50% Swing Kids (1993) Like the films of the '30s and '40s it pays homage to, this portrait of jazz-crazy teenagers in Nazi Germany brims with the passion and anguish of free spirits caught in a crushing world they never made.‐ Hartford Courant
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96% What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) Bassett ignites into a major star, a dazzling supernova, with her bravura acting and dancing as Tina Turner, a submissive wife who finally fights.‐ Hartford Courant
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No Score Yet Crisscross (1992) Sommer's adaptation of his own novella slows to a crawl as it unwinds its slender thread of plot. Despite a touching performance by Hawn -- and an impressive acting bow by David Arnott as her son, not much happens after [the] involving exposition.‐ Hartford Courant
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No Score Yet Danzon (1991) Novaro's story feels stale. Only the innocence and vivacity of her leading actress, Maria Rojo, keeps this slow-moving, thinly plotted tale alive.‐ Hartford Courant
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18% Man's Best Friend (1991) This fast-paced but tiresomely predictable B picture sadly represents yet another career setback for Ally Sheedy.‐ Hartford Courant
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20% D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994) Where The Mighty Ducks' reworked a familiar plot with some feeling, its follow - up seems to have next to nothing on its mind other than cashing in on the success of the original.‐ Hartford Courant
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82% 29th Street (1991) Despite itself, 29th Street proves a surprising winner.‐ Hartford Courant
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No Score Yet Freedom on My Mind (1994) This documentary about the struggle to register black voters in Mississippi proves moving and stirring, as well as sobering in view of what has happened since that Freedom Summer of 1964.‐ Hartford Courant
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91% Reservoir Dogs (1992) There are good performances all around as Reservoir Dogs veers to its ironic, almost absurdist climax. In addition to his clever plotting, Tarantino has given his cast sharp, acrid, sometimes witty dialogue.‐ Hartford Courant
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22% Once Upon a Forest (1993) A pleasing, sweet primer in caring for our flora and fauna.‐ Hartford Courant
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90% The Cement Garden (1992) it works much less compellingly than the novel, which goes out into the world - though the young actors reasonably approximate the characters in the book.‐ Hartford Courant
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39% 101 Dalmatians (1996) Brilliant puppy wrangling, seamlessly blended with special effects, and a witty and sophisticated performance by Glenn Close as dazzlingly costumed Cruella DeVil more than compensate for spottier moments.‐ Hartford Courant
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56% Single White Female (1992) Except for Hedra Carlson, the painfully awkward young woman played by Leigh, the director finds himself with a far less fully developed gallery of characters.‐ Hartford Courant
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38% Sniper (1993) It's difficult to see waves of gung-ho action nuts racing to see this saga of an old hand and a young hotshot tramping though miles of tropical greenery.‐ Hartford Courant
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