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
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
10% Holmes and Watson (2018) The comic intentions are obvious but barely warrant a smile. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
32% 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 87% 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 72% 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
72% 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
82% 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
63% 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
3/5 63% Ideal Home (2018) Funnier would have been better, but the warm inclusiveness makes its point. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
63% Code of Silence (1985) A better than usual entry in the glum Norris filmography. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
92% Arcadia (2017) Where it really scores is in Wright's instinctive, somewhat Lynchian feel for the unexpectedly disturbing quality that seemingly benign images of soil or folk costumes take on when they are slowed down or magnified. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/5 70% The Happy Prince (2018) A flawed, yet worthwhile and deeply felt rendering of an artist at the very end of his tether. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3/5 88% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) Still working the Miyazaki playbook, if not quite with the maestro's level of expertise. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
3/5 81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) The handsome period design and likeable performers ensure it remains modestly engrossing, with Penelope Wilton offering by far the sharpest contribution as a grieving widow. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/5 76% A Gentle Creature (2017) Leading man Neumann is a find in his screen debut, with the looks of 'Liberty Valance'-era Lee Van Cleef. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
4/5 91% Love, Simon (2018) Accessible and inclusive, this is a major pop-culture breakthrough, offering authentic validation for LGBT teens, worthwhile insights for hetero viewers, and crowd-pleasing entertainment for everyone. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
2/5 44% The Hurricane Heist (2018) Frankly, it's rubbish, but the film's shameless enthusiasm does at least raise a few smiles. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 100% Plot 35 (Carré 35) (2017) The film's tone is one of deep compassion, building to an affirmation that every single human life is to be celebrated. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
4/5 49% Downsizing (2017) It's a state-of-the-nation address by stealth, wry and wide-reaching. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
2/5 57% The Commuter (2018) Like most workday journeys home, it's functional at best, a total snooze at worst. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
3/5 84% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman is sheer joy in a role which transcends an otherwise uneven affair. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
60% With a Song in My Heart (1952) Hideously schmaltzy and Hayward's not exactly anyone's idea of musical sparkle. But what songs! - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
3/5 67% Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017) Those who are sceptical shoes can be an art form may not quite be won over, yet to see the septuagenerian Blahnik at his drawing board is to witness inspiration at work. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) It's a film perhaps lacking a central focus, but dimple-cheeked Will Tilston's touching contribution as young master Christopher helps make the true story behind a beloved classic both startling and affecting. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 93% The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2018) It does reach a point of madcap overload where the underlying tongue-tied boy-girl relationship gets somewhat lost, but for those willing to go with its woozy, instinctive and unpredictable trajectory, there's a memorable night out in store. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/5 22% 6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain (2017) hat sounds like a stirring story of resilience turns out to be a rather plodding movie, which falls back on clichéd flashbacks to augment Hartnett's solo privations. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 68% Breathe (2017) Serkis adds a bit too much syrup in the closing stages, but for the most part this is an affecting, purposeful, deftly scripted and beautifully performed drama of the kind that British cinema continues to do so well. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 98% Trophy (2017) If 'Blue Planet II' is a bit too touchy-feely for you, this hard-hitting doc should do the trick. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
4/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) You end up slightly awestruck at the imaginative confidence behind this film. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
No Score Yet Gudia (1997) This quietly subversive Indian drama in Bollywood garb, adapted from a novel by the Bengali writer Mahashweta Devi, does well by its central metaphor. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
No Score Yet Abhijan (1962) Not major Ray, but effective and accessible enough to register his greatest success at the Bengali box office. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/5 73% The Ritual (2017) If it lacks the originality and sheer muscle of the best horror fare, this does offer an astute take on fragile thirtysomething machismo. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
2/5 40% Brimstone (2017) A classy cast give this the air of a prestige production, but it's a disreputable exploitation flick at heart. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/5 63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) The facts are an awkward fit on screen, but we're definitely the richer for knowing them. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4/5 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) There's both pointed mischief and genuine emotion in abundance as this fascinating true story emerges from the shadows of history. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
5/5 97% God's Own Country (2017) You'll find yourself getting teary a week later - a potent, haunting meditation on the soul-stirring significance of being open to love. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 74% The Limehouse Golem (2017) This classier-than-average shocker leaves you with renewed appreciation of east London as a historical melting-pot. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017