Trevor Johnston

Trevor Johnston
Trevor Johnston's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound Times (UK) Film4 Time Out Little White Lies Radio Times
Biography:
Time Out film critic.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 93% Ordinary Love (2020) Certainly, the film's abiding respect and compassion will be much appreciated by viewers with personal experience of the sharp end of serious illness. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
3/5 71% Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) [I]n leading lady August (whose storied career runs from Ingmar Bergman to Star Wars to TV's The Investigation), the film has its real star performer, and her deftly measured approach pays strong emotional dividends. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/5 87% Bliss (2019) Wilson is amiably befuddled, and even if Bliss doesn't wholly deliver, its sheer creative energy is, in itself, invigorating. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
4/5 66% Falling (2020) Poetic yet accessible, Falling proves a deeply-felt directorial bow for Mortensen. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2021
3/5 40% Amundsen (2019) Handsomely mounted and facilitated by polished visual effects, Espen Sandberg's film is often as chilly as the frozen tundra it depicts, but is worth persevering with if you're unfamiliar with the fascinating biographical details. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
3/5 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Hillbilly Elegy is never less than watchable, but it does rather give off a distracting aura of Hollywood A-listers artfully slumming it. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
4/5 66% The Secret Garden (2020) The captivating imagery outlines an affecting tale of childhood resilience amid fractured family ties, centring on Egerickx's involving performance. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
4/5 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) A film that speaks of national pride, this is a timeless fable about the troubled path to understanding, and a genuine artistic accomplishment. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
4/5 49% The Witches (2020) [G]rown-ups should relish Stanley Tucci's witty turn as the hassled hotel manager and, while the ending stumbles slightly, this is overall a grandly entertaining affair. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/5 60% Project Power (2020) Lively enough to hold interest, but this is something of a ragbag overall. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
4/5 73% Mulan (2020) Perhaps a smidgen more humour wouldn't have gone amiss, but this is imaginative, eye-popping cinema, winningly open to the riches of Chinese culture and stirring in its feminist engagement. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 64% Hope Gap (2020) Although classy and occasionally insightful, Hope Gap tends to talk around difficult emotions rather than share them with the audience. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
2/5 66% Spree (2020) Certainly, the film makes a decent point about the dangerous self-absorption of a generation who live online, but we needed to care a bit more to give the film impact. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
3/5 82% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) Writer-director Johannes Nyholm is keener on unsettling suggestion than outright gore, as terrifying events rewind and repeat like a weird fusion of Groundhog Day and Funny Games. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
5/5 96% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) The mayhem unfolds in some remarkable unbroken takes, yet Pálmason and Sigurdsson never lose sight of the healing that's taking place behind the glowering looks and gun-toting aggression. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
82% The Report (2019) Burns's film adeptly leads us to the tricky realisation that the fate of Driver's diligent investigation is ultimately less significant than upholding the value of oversight on the executive and security agencies. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Surely among Loach and Laverty's most sinewy efforts. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 97% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) A solid, if not quite exceptional, time-passer. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/5 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) It's a chastening portrait of the modern workplace, given added emotional impact by its affecting domestic asides, which surely stands comparison with the best of Loach's storied filmography. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
63% The Good Liar (2019) Moderately diverting, but ultimately a bit hard to swallow. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 52% Black and Blue (2019) Tension holds up pretty well, though in the end the solutions seem rather more simplistic than the raft of social contradictions that the material is examining. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Knightley though, brings genuine fire to her character's principled stand, and her inspiring commitment persuades us this historical footnote is definitely worth remembering. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) While there are certainly elements here that disappoint, there's also a sense of Burns and Soderbergh applying themselves to a potentially impossible challenge. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2020) Another ruminative contemplation of talent, fame and fortune providing no inoculation against heartbreak and self-destruction. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 96% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) A high chuckle quotient and warm-hearted feel-good factor. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) Still, with much clanking of armour and suitably candle-lit interiors, there's a rough-hewn intensity which impresses - unlike Robert Pattinson's disastrous flouncing as the scheming French Dauphin. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 56% Farming (2019) A ragged, raw, yet somehow vital first feature. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 88% American Woman (2019) It's an awards-calibre performance which already looks like a career milestone. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) It's certainly different, rather pleased with itself and awash with cameos, but its serious intent may well be undone by too many flabby gags - and Oldman's ill-advised comedy German accent. Still, you won't be bored. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 42% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) Reid... delivers a strong showing as the teen in peril, but performances alone cannot bring a coherent time-line to a head-scratcher which ultimately doesn't make a lot of sense. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
1/5 29% Tomorrow (2018) Quite an achievement for the team to have Martin Scorsese on board as one of 10 (!) executive producers, but, sadly, the movie is so poor across the board, it has scant claims on our attention. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 76% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Very much foreign-language art-movie fare, but with excellent performances across the generational divide. Those with similar life experiences will find much to ruminate on here. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 95% The Mustang (2019) Despite a slight lack of substance, The Mustang makes for absorbing viewing throughout - especially for those of a horsey bent. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Princess Emmy (Prinzessin Emmy) (2019) Animation and vocal performances are serviceable at best, and given the subject matter - princesses and horses - one imagines this is skewed towards a little girl demographic, who deserve better than this. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
5/5 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) While we're never quite sure how much is direct autobiography, the result is revealing, hugely emotive and arguably his most mature work to date. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
5/5 94% Transit (2019) With so many layers to unpack, this one stays with you. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2/5 42% Opus Zero (2017) Opus Zero is about big ideas, but it lacks the wherewithal to clearly communicate its intentions. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 79% Photograph (2019) It's certainly engrossing, but perhaps too gentle to deliver much dramatic punch, until we reach an ending that asks us to consider how movies themselves can ingrain possibly unfulfillable longings in our daily lives. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 80% Holiday (2018) A chastening, ultimately rather chilly affair from a promising, uncompromising female director. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 31% The Current War (2017) The Current War scores with its charismatic leads and exquisite period production design, but there remains an abiding sense that the screenplay doesn't quite get the most out of this fascinating period in America's industrial history. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 52% The Lion King (2019) Yet, ultimately, it remains just too cut-and-dried to engage our hearts to the fullest degree, however much we can admire the craftsmanship involved. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 100% Okko's Inn (2019) It's possibly one of those children's films best appreciated by grown-ups, yet its faith in younger viewers to cope with its essentially serious themes make for an unusual offering that's both culturally fascinating and emotionally affecting. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 42% Vita & Virginia (2019) An enterprising effort, then, which sadly doesn't quite come off. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/5 44% Robert the Bruce (2019) Sadly, the draggy pace simply underlines the sense of a worthwhile idea poorly executed. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Ultimately, it's perhaps a deft, intelligent appendix to the previous priceless trio, but the story's cross-generation appeal remains strong, and the whole production has far more integrity than the cash-in job the cynics were expecting. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 20% Wild Honey Pie! (2017) A flimsy diversion, overall. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 70% The Etruscan Smile (Rory's Way) (2019) To be fair, the story heads exactly where you expect it to, but meaty performances sustain it, with American co-star JJ Feild putting up surprisingly strong resistance to veteran scene-stealer Cox. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Overall, the new Aladdin is glittery, energetic and positively determined to wow us - and ultimately gets the job done. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 89% My Days of Mercy (2017) Ellen Page, a decade on from her star-making turn in Juno, thrives in a demanding dramatic role as the middle one of three working-class siblings who travel to executions across the US in order to protest against judicial killing. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) An invigorating original. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019