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Sheila Johnston

Sheila Johnston
Sheila Johnston's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): London Evening Standard, Independent (UK), Daily Telegraph (UK), Time Out, The Arts Desk

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Tale of the Fox (Le Roman de Renard) (1930) The passing years have robbed it of none of its capacity to enchant and amuse.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
34% In the Cut (2003) Ryan gives a career redefining performance.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
42% The Human Stain (2003) It is a decent, intelligent film that yet somehow fails to excite.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
13% Uptown Girls (2003) Saucereyed and hedgehog-haired, Brittany Murphy thinks, wrongly, that she is adorably kooky as the party girl.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
22% Torque (2004) Shot like a feature-length commercial, Torque is as bright and shiny and inconsequential as a chrome hubcap.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
71% Suzie Gold (2003) North London-Jewish stories can provide a rich mine of humour, but Suzie Gold is dross.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
63% Stage Beauty (2004) Stage Beauty... has a lot going for it. Richard Eyre's spritely direction helps hide the holes in the plot, creating a vivid, raucous, underworld London of transvestites, whores and pickpockets, some played by a terrific supporting cast.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
88% The Woodsman (2004) Often cast in high-energy, borderline manic roles, Bacon creates here a sad, lank-haired, introverted character who doesn't fish for sympathy and, for that very reason, and against all odds, ends up winning it.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
90% My Summer of Love (2004) With its fast editing and handheld camerawork, the film zips along lightly. Like a classic O Henry short story, it has a sting in the tail. But it's above all about conjuring a sense of atmosphere and place.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
95% Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1993) It's an excellent introduction to the neglected magic of the cameraman, bolstered by a revolving supporting feature chosen from the examples discussed in the film.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
No Score Yet Beyond Bedlam (1994) Jean doesn't altogether disappoint with this second offering -- not as a director. Beyond Bedlam is handsomely mounted, with a flair for framing, camera movement and expressionist lighting.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
100% And the Band Played On (1993) I enjoyed seeing A-list actors in the sort of small supporting role they would never otherwise accept. And they got the film made.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
95% Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) It's rare to see in a British film: a dramatic point that doesn't hinge on dialogue. Four Weddings and a Funeral is a lightweight affair, but this is one of several fine touches that make it, on the whole, a cause for celebration rather than for mourning.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
97% Shadowlands (1993) It's not hard to see what drew Richard Attenborough to the story. It is a character-driven piece with two potent leading roles, and he is a former actor known for teasing outstanding performances from his cast.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
86% Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media (1993) It's as manipulative as the corporate media it places under fire.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
75% Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) Jason Scott Lee does his namesake proud in the title role, but the film tries to court too many different audiences, with lethal results.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
87% Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey (1993) It has a dumb, trashy humour that I have to confess secretly to enjoying.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
100% The Cement Garden (1992) The four young actors, by whom it stands or falls, deliver impressively, in particular Robertson and Gainsbourg.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
31% Dangerous Game (1993) Abel Ferrara has never been exactly a mainstream film-maker, but with Dangerous Game he wanders too deep into the margins, even for die-hard Ferrara addicts.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
10% Intersection (1994) Mark Rydell directs, often with a leaden hand, but the film is intriguingly structured and has the kind of bittersweet, double-edged ending too rare in mainstream Hollywood these days.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
67% In Custody (1993) It feels like a slender short story spun out close to breaking point. An honourable debut, though.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
No Score Yet Gadael Lenin (Leaving Lenin) (1993) The director, Endaf Emlyn, previously made One Full Moon, and brings the same visual brio to this small-scale piece. It's benign, hard to dislike. But a little predictable.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
No Score Yet London (1994) The British Tourist Authority wouldn't like London much, but it's the most ambitious, provocative and engaging new British film to surface in a long while.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
94% Widows' Peak (1994) Widows' Peak is chiefly a comedy, and the main weakness is the choice of director -- John Irvin -- who is best known for action movies and, on this evidence, should stick with them.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
31% Tom & Viv (1994) An amount of telescoping is inevitable in a story which spans 32 years, but you are left with the feeling that the film has cunningly leapfrogged over key events you would have liked to see.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
68% Little Buddha (1994) It is refreshing to find a heavy-hitting European auteur telling his story with such directness, and delightful to see a serious, artistically exacting film for children, even if you suspect it will soar over that audience.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
No Score Yet Secret Friends (1992) This is a tough ride for a very small return: the cramped and narcissistic anguish of a middle-aged male as seen in Potter passim.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
15% Encino Man (1992) The film, school of Bob and Ted and Wayne and Garth, but inferior in all regards, illustrates the Theory of Reverse Evolution.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
No Score Yet My Father Is Coming (1991) Alas, this is a scrappy little film, ill-scripted, photographed and, in particular, directed, and the weird, but very likeable cast is the only reason to see it.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
40% Just Like A Woman (1993) The film courts your sympathy for a practice more common than you'd expect, but by the same token it's very bland, skirting round the reasons why Pasdar likes putting on the glitz, and round the subject's darker fringes.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
70% Swoon (1991) An impressive debut feature from the young, independent American film-maker Tom Kalin.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
83% The Last Days of Chez Nous (1991) It's a low-key affair, whose refusal to spell out its points too loudly is commendable but also a little unsatisfying -- too many details never quite come into focus.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
74% Bad Lieutenant (1992) This is bull of a very high order.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
No Score Yet The Pure One (Pakeezah) (1971) A byzantine story (of star-crossed lovers) that proceeds fitfully through the fabulous logic of dreams; luscious colour-scope photography, and a febrile camera craning and tracking restlessly through fairytale locations and sets.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
95% The Queen of Spades (1949) The Queen of Spades is a treasured relic of a time when the British cinema momentarily abandoned its good manners and revelled gloriously in visual and emotional excess.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
5/5 97% Casablanca (1942) There are some of the very finest character actors that Warner Brothers could muster and a rich, detailed screenplay studded with an indecent number of sparklingly quotable lines. It is a movie to play again, and again.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2014
93% About a Boy (2002) Grant, seeming to get better the further he's allowed to extend his range, delivers a terrific central performance, as acerbic but more complex than his sexy snake in Bridget Jones.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2014
2/4 37% Immortals (2011) With its clashing Titans, gorgeous costumes and toned bodies, Immortals has something for all, though its main appeal may be to those who enjoy slo-mo exploding heads in 3D.‐ Boston Phoenix
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2011
4/4 80% The Skin I Live In (2011) It's a pleasure to see the director back with his male muse, the star of his radical early films, for the first time in more than 20 years.‐ Boston Phoenix
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2011
88% The Simpsons Movie (2007) The overall momentum flags at times and, even though the film runs for a crisp 87 minutes, it feels over-extended.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2007
4% The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) In his early forties, the star seems to be struggling for scripts to fit his mercurial bad-boy talent, and this very expensive space comedy won't do his seesaw career any favours.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2004