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Mister Johnson Reviews

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Variety Staff
July 28, 2008
Beresford and writer William Boyd have delivered a film strangely devoid of emotion and lacking a clear point of view.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Although this colonial satire has intelligent aims, it's always a degree or two off the mark.

May 24, 2003
Issues of race and racism here are as vague as they were in Driving Miss Daisy, and you are left with the impression Beresford is happy to dodge the issues he dabbles with.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I have seen "Mister Johnson" two times, and both times I admired its sense of time and place, and the thoughtful performances of Eziashi, Brosnan and Woodward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
June 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Shane Burridge
January 1, 2000
A standout performance by Maynard Eziashi in the title role
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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2003
A richly nuanced and well-acted screen version of Joyce Cary's 1839 novel.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 19, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 24, 2003
This just doesn't really work, but then, neither did the novel.
| Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 3, 2015
Eziashi delivers an exquisite performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
No great friend of colonialism, Beresford makes his point without losing sight of either history or its mostly unsung heroes.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
We care about Mister Johnson even while he's annoying. And we hope for him to acknowledge his weaknesses, even while we anticipate his downfall.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The film works well as far as it goes, but some of the story's emotional power is denatured or lost.
Emanuel Levy
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Beresford, adapting Joyce Cary's 1939 novel, looks at the psychological relationships inherent in colonialism with some subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

TV Guide
August 12, 2014
To both the humane Rudbeck, intelligently played by Pierce Brosnan, and the abusive drunkard Gollup, Johnson is a cipher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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