Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Tribune
Publications: Chicago Tribune

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
57% The Rat Pack (1998) This depiction of the Rat Pack, in their misogynistic, racist, mob-friendly fullness, feels rounded and human in a way that some of the most dewy-eyed remembrances of Sinatra, at the time of his death, were not. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
100% Path to War (2002) It is painful and profound to watch a man choosing his own destruction in the belief that he can do nothing else, and these 2 3/4 hours capture that -- the heaviness of the head that wears the crown -- as eloquently as any film in recent memory. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
85% 61* (2001) The triumph here is one of tone and texture, where the baseball and the emotions are almost always depicted just right. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
50% Salem's Lot (2004) It develops psychological complexity and a fullness of character that is usually in King's books but rarely makes the transition to screen. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
50% Stephen King's 'The Langoliers' (1995) It offers decent special effects, and the suspense of King's story contains enough takeoffs and landings to make Flight 29 an unpredictable, and moderately enjoyable, ride. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
89% Jane Austen's Emma (1996) Perhaps it is a function of a television budget, but [Andrew] Davies and [Sue] Birtwistle, with director Diarmuid Lawrence, opt not for postcard lavishness but for simple clarity of presentation. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
100% Nightjohn (1996) [Charles] Burnett has made a remarkable movie about the power of literacy and about what human ownership does to owned and owner. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
No Score Yet Ready to Run (2000) You think you know exactly where this movie is heading, in other words. And then the horses start talking, and it turns from merely predictable into exasperating. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
No Score Yet Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly (2000) Quick, somebody give this guy a TV series. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
No Score Yet Return to 'Giant' (2012) The result is a polished and poignant work, sophisticated in its nostalgic tone, vibrant in its crisp editing, and thoughtful in the way it manages to illuminate both the era of "Giant" and its impact. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
68% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) Any viewer who likes Murray's act - extreme self-effacement punctuated by deadpan brilliance; disaffection duking it out with a desire for sincerity - will be very happy with this program indeed. - Tampa Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
1.5/4 10% Father Hood (1993) It does suggest, ultimately, that if more wards of the state would run off to join their fathers on cross-country crime sprees, we could lick these corrupt foster-care and inattentive-dad problems. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2014
90% Scott Turow's Innocent (2011) The story is satisfying, an intellectual cut above many TV mysteries. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013