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
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 33% The Current War (2019) 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 53% 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 40% 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 47% 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 73% Rory's Way (The Etruscan Smile) (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 94% 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
14% The Hustle (2019) The result: genuine laughter is in short supply. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Final Ascent (2019) A worthwhile undertaking. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) The subject matter is perhaps a tad grown-up for the smallest children, but there's enough heart and canine soul here for genuine cross-generational appeal. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 78% Pasolini (2019) If the blend of English and Italian dialogue seems slightly awkward, it doesn't disrupt the film's ease: a matter-of-factness which resists idolizing Pasolini in favor of an open-minded rendering of everyday humanity. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 94% Styx (2019) A truly gripping journey into fear, whose questions about personal responsibility linger long after the closing credits. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Head Full of Honey (2018) There's no doubting the laudable intentions to confront the realities of Alzheimer's in an audience-friendly way, but the execution, frankly, verges on the catastrophic. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Fascinating in its balance between microcosm and aerial view, but the performances definitely raise more emotional heat. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 46% Little (2019) As the plot grinds predictably through the motions, however, genuine laughs are thin on the ground, and what should have been a fizzing entertainment turns disappointingly flat. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
4/5 95% Yuli (2018) To be fair, it's a slightly fragmented journey, but the onus on telling the story through movement is distinctive and effective. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
2/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) Trouble is, it's so busy trying to be clever that the intended emotional pay-off never comes through. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 30% Holy Lands (Les terres saintes) (2018) The whole thing idles too long in neutral, which is a shame since Caan and the ever-likeable Hollander play off one another effectively. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Winterlong (2019) It's hard to get anywhere with a family drama when you simply don't believe in the central relationship. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
5/5 86% Under the Wire (2018) Yes, the horrors and injustices of the Syrian conflict have been well documented, but not with the gripping intensity and sheer emotional impact on display here. Highly recommended. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) Perhaps a little slacker than some of his previous outings, but Panahi's commitment and courage shine through. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
40% Cherry 2000 (1988) A walk on the mild side. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Ultimately, the most disappointing thing about Alita: Battle Angel is how so much technical expertise (seen at its fullest in the 3D and 3D IMAX versions) is put in service of a confused, overstuffed narrative lacking a genuine human heartbeat. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
5/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) So much ambiguous detail to ponder, while the visual design insidiously marks your memory. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
88% A Northern Soul (2018) Trenchant and unsentimental but suffused with genuine feeling, this modest yet tellingly insightful encounter with everyday struggle is one of the truly essential recent British films. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
11% Holmes and Watson (2018) The comic intentions are obvious but barely warrant a smile. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Even if it falls just short of providing both joshing fun and thoughtful rumination, it's still heartening to see Zemeckis finding a new gear we perhaps never thought he had. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) What really makes this special is the sheer depth of compassion and knowing humanity behind every frame. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
2/5 88% The Workshop (L'atelier) (2018) Workshop is right: it feels like the makers are rummaging around trying to find a movie. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) An accessible, slick, unashamedly commercial offering which delivers unexpected food for thought without neglecting genre-savvy twists, reveals and mounting suspense. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/5 73% Christopher Robin (2018) A film that knows exactly where it wants to go, but plays out disappointingly forced and superficial in the execution. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
74% Kelly + Victor (2012) Sensual, provocative and (yes!) dangerously romantic. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
94% The Gatekeepers (2013) With such incendiary opinion on offer, it might have been a temptation for Moreh to lay out these testimonies end to end... What makes the film so satisfying, though, is the appreciable craft with which the material is organized and presented. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
83% Side Effects (2013) Just when the film seems to have settled into that particular rubric, it sidesteps into a different bad-dream scenario... Which is where Side Effects starts getting slippery to a fault, and seriously problematic with it. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
89% Les géants (The Giants) (2011) This is a film that stays with you, resonating deeper than many a more cut-and-dried rites-of-passage tale. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) The routines and rituals of prison life and the boxers' training regime create an almost hypnotic spectacle, defined by the give and take of sparring body shots and repeatedly massaged limbs. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Perhaps it falls a smidgen short of incredible second time around, but it's well nigh irresistible entertainment all the same. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
62% Harry Brown (2010) Harry Brown might just about have got by as a tongue-in-cheek popcorn romp, but by setting itself up as a virtual state-of-the-nation address it only draws attention to its own petty, embittered vacuity. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
100% Poetry (2011) It's fair to say that the subject-matter... is likely to be a hard sell, but the quality of the film is such that it simply demands an airing. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
80% Nowhere Boy (2010) This is a very decent effort for a first-time director, but given the auteurist expectations created by Taylor-Wood's track record in the art world, it's hard to discern a distinctively personal take on the material, or indeed the medium. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
100% Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008) Even in subtitled form, this is a dialogue masterclass. Sly comments and pointed asides take precedence over upfront speechifying, while revelations are subtly layered in without narrative strategies becoming unduly obvious. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
84% Treacle Jr. (2010) Sure, Treacle Jr. has its glitches, but it's a lovely film, tender and funny, with a splendidly judged performance from Aidan Gillen, and so much more craft than the usual low-fi, handheld murkfest. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018