MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson

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  • "It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage." -- Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • "One should not believe in an ism." -- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • "It's not that I'm lazy; it's that I just don't care." -- Office Space
  • "There's not a lot of money in revenge." -- The Princess Bride "

    Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

    Biography:
    "One of online’s finest" film critics, or so says trade mag Variety, MaryAnn Johanson is a New York City-based freelance writer who loves movies but hates what Hollywood sometimes does to them. She is the webmaster and sole critic on FlickFilosopher.com, founded in 1997 and now one of the most popular movie-related sites on the Internet. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, and she is a founding member of Cinemarati: The Web Alliance for Film Commentary. She is also an award-winning screenwriter. She doesn’t feel it’s necessary to divulge how many cats she lives with, or the state of their mental health.
    Favorites:
    Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eight Dimension, The Princess Bride, This Is Spinal Tap, Ghostbusters
    Publications:
    Apollo Guide , AWFJ Women on Film , Film.com , Flick Filosopher
    Critics' Group:
    Online Film Critics Society
    Total Reviews:
    3465
    Total QuickRatings:
    17
    Location:
    New York City
  • Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

    Showing 101 - 150 of 3465
    Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
    78% The Machine (2014) " The bleak chic of this SF drama is intriguing, but the script that starts out smart and elegant soon slips into the shoddy and familiar." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 21, 2014
    25% A Long Way Down (2014) " A suicide-club meet-cute? It shouldn't work, but it does, as wonderfully sardonic British humor and as a reminder that you're not alone in being messed up in this insane world." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 21, 2014
    75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " A salacious yet also tedious portrayal of a woman who would appear to confirm all the nastiest stereotypes about women. Completely unfun, unpleasant, unerotic, and unenlightening." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 20, 2014
    60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " A salacious yet also tedious portrayal of a woman who would appear to confirm all the nastiest stereotypes about women. Completely unfun, unpleasant, unerotic, and unenlightening." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 20, 2014
    79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Kermit the Frog takes on his biggest challenge yet: dual roles. And truly puts the villain in vaudevillian." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 19, 2014
    96% The Muppets (2011) " What is a Muppet? Is it something one is born? Is it something one chooses? Is it a state of mind? Is it a lifestyle?" — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 19, 2014
    23% Need For Speed (2014) " Thinks it's poetical and epic, and the more dramatic it thinks it's being, the more hilariously histrionic it all is." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 13, 2014
    86% The Patience Stone (2013) " A beautiful and haunting Afghan film about love, devotion, and a woman's 'duty'; a remarkable feminist story from the unlikeliest place on the planet." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 11, 2014
    81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " Electric sexiness and very modern motifs overlie a wonderfully old-fashioned melodrama... a highly gratifying one, if you enjoy a good ol' weep." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 11, 2014
    52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " A pungent reek of testosterone stinks up this high-toned apologetic for vigilantism and revenge. Still: great performances!" — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 11, 2014
    73% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " A deeply moving melodrama about a subtly subversive black butler at the heart of the White House. You will need Kleenex." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 10, 2014
    99% Short Term 12 (2013) " A heartbreaking drama about the lingering affects of childhood abuse and neglect, even under the best of curative circumstances." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 10, 2014
    83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " A beautifully observed dramedy about modern friendship and romance; funny, poignant, unforgettable." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 10, 2014
    95% Particle Fever (2014) " A funny, exhilarating, suspenseful documentary about the Large Hadron Collider, and how physics is more akin to philosophy and art than you may have imagined." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 7, 2014
    33% Odd Thomas (2014) " It feels smaller and more rushed - and less plausible - than it should, but Anton Yelchin is charming, and the snappy comic tone sometimes works." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 7, 2014
    5% Paranoia (2013) " Offers nothing by way of suspense, intrigue, or characters who rise even a little bit above the yawningly bland." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 6, 2014
    44% The Art of the Steal (2014) " One of the most fun heist movies ever, bursting with snappy humor and a twisty cleverness that knows that you know that you are getting conned as much as the mark onscreen." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 5, 2014
    41% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Eva Green stalks this movie with pride and honor, and is almost the only thing worth watching amidst frenetic CGI cartoon battle action and endless ancient carnage." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 4, 2014
    99% The Missing Picture (2014) " A blend of documentary and memoir that's like a dream and a nightmare, though it's more commendable than actually engaging." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 2, 2014
    60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " An unfunny 'comedy' full of cheap crudity and punches down at targets who don't deserve it. For some movies there should be hazard pay." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 2, 2014
    91% The Great Beauty (2013) " As a parody of Italian cinema, it's tedious. Except we're supposed to be taking this seriously. As if." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 2, 2014
    91% Omar (2014) " Palestine's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar is terse, tense suspense drama, and less overtly political than you might expect." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Mar 2, 2014
    95% The Lunchbox (2014) " A charming, bittersweet, utterly chaste love affair forged over food and cemented by kindred spirits." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 28, 2014
    79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Wonderfully, sweetly geeky, and full of charm, authentic humor, and the sort of goofy yet intriguing adventures that inspire kiddie curiosity in history and art and science." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 28, 2014
    59% Non-Stop (2014) " It's a locked-plane mystery! The text is coming from inside the plane! Well, actually... maybe it isn't? There's a delicious cleverness to this very silly but very entertaining flick." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 28, 2014
    99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " This must-see documentary for any fan of modern pop music introduces us to the extraordinary women you didn't know were behind some of the songs you know by heart." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 27, 2014
    96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " A sly, subversive portrait of an artist finally finding her voice... and the 'genius' husband in whose shadow she has long lingered." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 26, 2014
    97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) " Might be the most ridiculously cute movie I've ever seen, in a way that transforms adorableness into something honest and wise and deeply satisfying." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 26, 2014
    46% The Book Thief (2013) " Thoughtful tweens and teens interested in history and unusual adventurous stories of kids their own age should love this, but adults may find the lightness of the tone off-putting." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 25, 2014
    85% Dirty Wars (2013) " An infuriating and depressing look at how American foreign policy and warfare have been transformed in highly undemocratic ways, and a reminder of what real journalism looks like." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 24, 2014
    89% The Wind Rises (2014) " Visually ravishing, as you'd expect from Hayao Miyazaki, but there is, disappointingly, no drama and no conflict here." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 21, 2014
    94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " As an exercise in style, this minimalist noir erotic thriller is pretty cool. But it loses its way somewhere around the midpoint and never quite finds it again." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 21, 2014
    47% Stalingrad (2014) " Russia's first 3D IMAX spectacle is visually intense - it's set during 'bloodiest battle in human history,' after all - but I never warmed to a story meant to be about human resilience." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 20, 2014
    13% Winter's Tale (2014) " A leaden, charmless movie that is unable to commit to its own fantasy. So implausible that even Colin Farrell's own Irish accent sounds fake." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 20, 2014
    58% The Returned (2014) " Cuttingly sharp and incisive SF horror; a chillingly polite film about the fascism that rises quickly up in a moment of fearful crisis." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 19, 2014
    53% Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014) " [S]uffers by comparison [to the original]... How Kinnaman plays JW's devastation, as seething, mounting rage, is the best thing about [it]." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 19, 2014
    85% Easy Money (2012) " [A] smart, affecting, slow burn of a movie, a spectacular example of Nordic noir..." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 19, 2014
    32% The Monuments Men (2014) " As jaunty as Jean Dujardin's beret, but in a sincere, old-fashioned kind of way. It could almost have been rediscovered from the 1940s..." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 13, 2014
    52% Cuban Fury (2014) " The cast is game, and hit the right notes balancing cartoonishness and charm. As sitcom rom-coms go, it's far from the worst one ever offered to us." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 13, 2014
    96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " You've seen this all before - it's Toy Story meets The Matrix - just not done in Legos." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 12, 2014
    45% The Pretty One (2014) " Far too blithe and cheery, yet nowhere near madcap and comic enough, for its potentially powerful switched-twins conceit..." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 12, 2014
    15% Endless Love (2014) " Shockingly not terrible, and says some things that need to be said more often, like how dads do not own their teenaged daughters." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 11, 2014
    49% RoboCop (2014) " No black humor. No satire. No point. But hey, check out the 1987 catchphrases dropped in at random!" — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 10, 2014
    77% After the Dark (2014) " A thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas. Pity it derails itself." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 7, 2014
    78% The Patrol (2014) " A rough experience, bracingly free of the usual macho posturing that characterizes movies about the military, and a compassionate and humane portrait of modern soldiering." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 7, 2014
    76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " The story of Charles Dickens and his secret mistress is no romance, and no modest costume drama, either. It's a tale of women being practical because they had to be." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 6, 2014
    1/5 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " This is fun for no one." — Orlando Weekly
    Posted Feb 5, 2014
    100% Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films 2014 (2014) " There is a single thread running through these shorts, and it is deeply existential and irreducibly personal: How do we save ourselves?" — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Feb 4, 2014
    99% Gloria (2014) " A smart, incisive portrait of a woman who lives life on her own terms and doesn't let herself get pushed around." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jan 31, 2014
    4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " It's alive! In a technical sense: images flicker on the screen, etc. But it is a soulless, unholy monstrosity. Behold: the movie without a protagonist!" — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jan 31, 2014
    22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " This is like the Mirror Universe, evil-goatee-wearing flip side of Don Jon, a pile of obnoxious, grossout junk." — Flick Filosopher
    Posted Jan 30, 2014
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