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
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 84% The English Patient (1996) ...a deliberate, lengthy but always fascinating film... - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
73% 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
48% 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
10% 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 53% 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 53% 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
54% 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
17% Dr. Giggles (1992) Friday the 23rd, the day of its opening, will live in trivia infamy as one of the low points in the history of the lowly splatter genre. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
44% Species (1995) Species begins stunningly. Soon, however, as a murderous outsider disguised as a supermodel madly tries to breed, Feldman's screenplay betrays its ingenious concept. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
70% Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) Visually stunning, and fitfully dramatic. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
56% Mumford (1999) Lawrence Kasdan's clever, inventive and endearing ensemble portrait unfolds as a latter-day Frank Capra fable. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
57% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
57% The Cemetery Club (1993) Maybe another director could have exhumed The Cemetery Club. Duke just lowers it carefully into its tomb. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
90% A Simple Plan (1998) Both heartbreaking and chilling, this film explores ancient themes in a contemporary, painfully familiar way. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
88% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
20% Amos & Andrew (1993) Frye proves a remarkably inept director, with little sense of pacing farce, or creating absurd characters. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
54% Being Human (1994) An ultra- whimsical reverie on love and family through the ages. Sometimes archly cute, finally deeply sentimental... - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
19% Urban Legend (1998) There isn't much real wit, or suspense, in this parade of slayings. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
55% CB4 (1993) A fast, wild and sometimes hilarious parody on the music Lee has used with such effective ferocity. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
20% Stephen King's 'Sleepwalkers' (1992) As it sleepwalks towards its ungrand finale, the new King invention falls back on familiar things. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
No Score Yet Endless Summer (2011) Endless Summer becomes as flat as a windless day on Long Island Sound. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018