Terence Johnson

Terence Johnson
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
63% Jungle Cruise (2021) Not offensive enough to be seen as a soulless cash grab but not good enough to make you feel that your time is being valued, Jungle Cruise is a misfire. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
88% Zola (2021) Director Janicza Bravo does some herculean work with this movie, handling the many elements with a deft hand. She has a really impressive eye for staging and understanding that sometimes the smallest details can make the biggest impact. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
81% Black Widow (2021) While I'm still not quite sure why the movie needed to exist in theory, I do think that Cate Shortland crafted a really fascinating and entertaining film. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) Look after look after look by Jenny Bevan helped this film feel like a breeze. This movie also breezes by on the delicious acting decisions made by Thompson who revels in the villain-y of the Baroness. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
68% Army Of The Dead (2021) The movie does not have enough interesting things going for it to uphold this run time. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
98% Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train (2021) Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train truly is a distillation of what makes the anime so great. The animation style is top tier, a dream to behold given that these characters move around so much when they fight. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon proved that it was more than just an adventure film by being able to bring weighty themes and fun action beats together in a fun way. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Yes, we enjoy getting to witness two people be awful, but if it doesn't come from a truly emotional place or have someone other than the main couple to bounce off, it just feels awful. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The main problems for this film start with the script and its lack of attention to detail. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Both of those actresses are quite gifted at digging into characters, but this movie does not give them much tangible to grab hold of. This gets to the movie's fatal flaw: an inability to tap into anything specific to elevate the story. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
77% Uncle Frank (2020) Paul Bettany is really phenomenal in Uncle Frank... So phenomenal in fact that he singlehandedly helps rescue the movie from some plot foolery. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
86% Nine Days (2021) I felt unmoored rather than inquisitive about the premise. The movie is at it's best when it relies on actors doing thing in a space to an amazing score, but the ideas didn't make me sit forward and ponder. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
99% Wolfwalkers (2020) Beautiful images and a wonderful score make this movie a breezy watch. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
82% The Boys in the Band (2020) The Boys in the Band might be a classic text, but even with this new production, it feels more like a museum exhibit than a vibrant account of the past. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
73% Mulan (2020) Stuck in a battle of wills between an American sensibility, the Chinese legend, and the spectre of a previous film. This battle extends to every arena of the film with the exception of the acting and gorgeous costume work. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
88% Sputnik (2020) Sputnik rises above expectations by investing in the science and the characters, trusting that the amazing work of the cast and crew can carry the audience through. And carry us through they did. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
95% Palm Springs (2020) Miliotti and Samberg are so brilliant in their roles, I was mesmerized. The depth of their performances in channeling varying degrees of weariness and struggle is worth the price of admission (or clicking play on Hulu). - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
80% The Old Guard (2020) Theron gives a great performance of the weariness of a cause and a lifetime of both great successes and failures. The movie also features wonderful diversity that's both integral and not for the story. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is the type of film that knows itself, and though it can't hold up entirely, I found the earnestness and quirkiness endearing. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) The Vast of Night has a lot going for it: it has a lot of mood, a lot of tone, a lot of fancy camera work, a lot of long takes where actors can chew into a lot of dialogue. However, even with all of this muchness, the movie never really seems to elevate. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
67% 15 Years (2020) Every single glance, pause, and tongue lashing in 15 Years is imbued with the 15-plus year history of these characters, and it is truly a sight to see. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
86% Selah and the Spades (2020) The writer-director has created a fascinating world that you'd want to live in... and then never really lets you live in it. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) This is a movie that's expressly built for children, but it had enough nostalgia, visual wonder, and a fun performance by Jim Carey that it manages to elevate past that. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
88% Superman: Red Son (2020) Not only is this a good film, it's also a superlative adaptation of the source material, being both more brutal and less foolish than the (very good) comic it is based on. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
76% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Filled with nothing but manufactured tension. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) Amazingly costumed, well acted, and chock full of entertainment. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The Rise of Skywalker really sidelines is the originality that would have made this a fitting conclusion in favor of servicing a particular type of fan. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
77% Richard Jewell (2019) Eastwood has crafted a movie that sits alongside our current moment of journalistic inquiry, though it doesn't have much to say. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) Little Women is a well composed story and I'm sure this eighth adaptation will prove a fine watch for both new to the tale and true to the tale alike. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
84% Waves (2019) Waves is sterling film made all the more prescient due to the issues it tackles and just how much care everyone from the director to the actors put into the film. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong Joon-ho has crafted one of the funniest comedies, most bristling class takedowns, creepiest thrillers, and contemplative films of the year. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) There's much to admire about the movie and the ensemble is enough to carry you where you need to go, I'm just not sure I understand where that is exactly. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) It: Chapter Two is a mixed bag that the actors manage to really sell and because of them, the movie is a stressful, fun experience for the most part. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark is a fun, at times incredibly intense horror film. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The script of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is truly terrible. Tarantino is fully on the loose with this picture and with nothing holding him back, he unleashes a torrent of bad ideas. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
52% The Lion King (2019) This new version of The Lion King is a nearly shot for shot remake... That sense of normalcy and nostalgia is a comforting blanket to be wrapped around, but I found myself longing to be free of it, because it so rarely hit the heights of the [original]. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary is a tale with some fascinating themes and ethics, but I don't feel like any of them are here in this remake. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) I thought the premise behind this film was smart and the pairing of Daisy Ridley and George MacKay breathed new life into Ophelia and Hamlet, but this movie devolves into nonsense so quickly. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
46% Little (2019) Little is a really charming and funny movie... So great at getting to everyone's humanity. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
81% Fast Color (2019) Fast Color really is a lovely, quiet movie... Lorraine Touissant steals the show as the matriarch of the family and Gugu Mbatha-Raw is as magnetic as ever as the lead. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home is one of the few films in the MCU that suffers from having too much connective tissue. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) This movie elevates itself above regular jukebox musicals because it understands its subject and the music, leading to just some brilliant sequences. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Guy Ritchie is a talented filmmaker, but he forgets that just because things look cool, doesn't mean it will feel cool. Or any emotion really. The comedic beats in the film play but much of the pathos of the narrative just didn't land and that's on him. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The film will have you laughing, jumping out of your seat, and an emotional wreck, often in the same beats. What a time to be alive to see a movie like this. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) A mixed bag, but its a good time at the theatre. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
100% Justice League vs the Fatal Five (2019) What I truly enjoyed about this movie was the animation and the movie's deeper themes. This animation style is a throwback to Batman the Animated Series and Superman of the 90s, and it is nice to be back in that world and interpretation of characters. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
93% Us (2019) Peele's sense of balance as a filmmaker is on display for much of this movie, blending incredible shots and truly laugh out loud moments with ease. That is, until he needs to find a way to end the film and tie together his cavalcade of ideas. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
79% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel isn't just a feat of directing and good writing, the acting is some of the liveliest in a Marvel movie. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) It will make you feel like a young child discovering something new and wonderful and at 93 minutes, simply breezes by... - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
61% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) The movie cannot decide whether it wants to go all the way or be more restrained... Everything is played so safe, without any joy in the visual language of the film or in the script. - Le Noir Auteur EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019