Allyson Johnson

Allyson Johnson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 94% Honey Boy (2019) "Honey Boy" is a triumph for all involved, starting with a screenplay that might've been overly indulgent, but in which [Shia] LaBeouf instead offers restraint. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/4 86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) It's a beautiful, commanding character study by a director who keeps getting better with each new, challenging film. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/4 86% Ms. Purple (2019) "Ms. Purple" doesn't land every line, but the moments that do are tremendous in their ability to marry such a human subject with such larger-than-life theatrics. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/4 96% Love, Antosha (2019) The documentary manages to invigorate because it's difficult not to be swept up in the enthusiasm [Anton] Yelchin had for life, but the note we're left on is almost unbearably bittersweet. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 76% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) [Ryusuke] Hamaguchi possesses an eye for engrossing human interaction built on minute details in friendships. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/4 93% Wild Rose (2019) Rough around the edges it might be, like its heroine, but "Wild Rose" is a song worth listening to. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 89% Rocketman (2019) Regardless of its shortcomings, the film's love of its subject matter is apparent, managing to help raise the predictable into something more daring and visually exciting than it has any right to be. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/4 57% Aladdin (2019) The greatest failure of this Aladdin is that, like our blue-dipped Genie, it possesses incredible power but fumbles it, playing too safe when every beat, specifically every musical one, should have dazzled. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
8/10 76% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) It's that ability to intertwine the themes of hope and longing, romance and loss, happiness and regret that makes Asako I & II such crucial viewing. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
B+ 100% Blow the Man Down (2020) Secrets, history, baggage, people that keep their cards close to the chest, all of these inscrutable dynamics cleverly come into play with murder, grief, and crime in the inventive and original film. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
B+ No Score Yet The Place of No Words (2019) Webber's film is clearly built from a bursting-at-the-seams love for his kids and the self-realization that pain will come to your children's life at some point, no matter how hard you hold on to protect them. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
8/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Purposeful chaos with a sleek finesse. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/4 72% Teen Spirit (2019) Teen Spirit is enjoyable, but Minghella's chaotic directorial style and a thin script don't offer much to talk about once the last note has been sung. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) It's a welcome reprieve from the dreariness superhero films can bring, and what it lacks in consistency it more than makes up for in the final, emotional wallops. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
D 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) 'Five Feet Apart' is a ridiculous melodrama that demands you leave your brain at home. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
B 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A touching goodbye to a series that has really grown and matured through the years, aided by stunning visuals and a sweeping, dreamlike-sense-of-adventuring score by composer John Powell. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/4 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) For all Alita gains in technical achievements, it loses in dialogue that is near embarrassing, with wooden simplicity coupled with often rote delivery. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/4 89% Arctic (2019) Even with his dancer's physicality and emotive face [Mads Mikkelsen] struggles to make 90 minutes of stomping through snow in Arctic thrilling - or even watchable. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2/4 95% What Is Democracy? (2019) The impact may have been greater had Taylor and editor Robert Kennedy trimmed some rough edges and leaned further into the more effective asides. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The entire cast is phenomenal, with a lived-in chemistry. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
1/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody is too engaged with the spectacle to take heed of the very human, inherently mystifying and intriguing man at its core. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3.5/4 94% Wildlife (2018) Mulligan is graceful and subtle, vulnerable and scornful, domineering when covering up her many insecurities. It's a towering, commanding performance. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B 75% Anchor and Hope (2018) At its base and its best, the Anchor and Hope moments where the characters gently live and grow with one another are worth living with. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
B 90% The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2018) At the very least it's presented with vigor and confidence in a manner which keeps our eyes peeled for more from the talented filmmaker. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/4 87% First Man (2018) It's a shame the story in "First Man," which on paper should be effective, is overshadowed by the film's colder aspects. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) While the film possesses a great deal of compassion, humor and warmth, it's response to injustice that makes for one of the most startlingly visceral films of the year. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 87% Colette (2018) Knightley's searing performance, makes the stumbling script and filmmaking all the more confounding. How could such naked and rich material get such a woefully mediocre touch? - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
7/10 80% Boy Erased (2018) A wholly empathetic film that tries to bolster its audience and characters, granting the audience permission to latch on and find humility and hope as Jared, Nancy and co., do. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
10/10 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning succeeds because it understands that the answers it asks and the questions it refuses to grant closure to are only part of what makes an experience such as this so ultimately thrilling. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
9/10 91% Widows (2018) Widows has a commendable duality where it's able to be fun but not forgettable and exciting without being mindless fluff. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
7/10 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Just like the young man at its center, the film is evocative, at times dazzling and too frequently unreliable as a source of consistent storytelling, but it will manage to wrangle your wandering and aching heart by the end. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
8/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A film that dares to go big, bold and sincere, classical, modern and haphazard in equal measures. It may not go down as one of the greats but like many a song over the decades, when the right note in the film swings big, it soars. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/4 91% Support the Girls (2018) Bujalski has created something beautiful with bare-bones humility, humor and humanism. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Where Burnham surprises is in his directing. He possesses a keen eye for how young teens see the world, everything bigger and broader or smaller and suffocating, and nothing in between. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2.5/4 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) It's imperfect but delightful, troubling yet winsome, and an absolute blast to watch in a theater no matter the implications of an industry so incapable of creating original content or opportunities for its female talent. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
8/10 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Beyond the Earth's atmosphere, in places both old and new, we get to witness some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring images the directors (and the entire MCU) have delivered to date. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
.5/4 10% Krystal (2018) Beneath the hideously feigned southern charm of "Krystal" is a picture so averse to any sense of sincerity or meaningful character development that the end product is nothing more than a naval-gazing attempt at madcap humor and aw-shucks romance. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
B 79% Sadie (2018) As a showcase for Sophia Mitri Schloss and disenchanted youth, "Sadie" works wonders. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
2.5/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Luckily, DuVernay is in charge and able to add a spark to the proceedings, enlivening every frame with a refreshing gusto. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
B- 83% Mohawk (2018) With its politically charged themes of oppression and the genocide of Native Americans and the play on how history has been presented in the past, "Mohawk" is a fascinating and engaging tale of bloody revenge. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
9/10 88% Annihilation (2018) Astonishing work is at play here, and it is refreshing to see five women spearheading the story. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
C 89% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) It's thrilling to have any semblance of Studio Ghibli back in our theaters and "Mary and the Witch's Flower" will momentarily satisfy that hunger, but will leave you wanting more. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
2/4 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) It's far too long, too haphazardly scotch-taped together and full of gaping plot holes, but it's also exciting, emotional at times and mindless fun that's worth seeing on the big screen. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
3.5/4 93% A Woman, A Part (2017) It's the dynamics between these characters and their feelings of discontent that elevates "A Woman, a Part" from an intelligent character study to a film that unveils emotional introspection at every given turn, making for something evocative and timely. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
1.5/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Despite the fleeting moments of joy granted us by the 11 wonderful music videos found in this film, The Greatest Showman remains a mess. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It's a striking reminder of the power of memory and the idea that love lost isn't love wasted, a message that rings beautifully clear and universal no matter how singular and lasting the story of Elio and Oliver is. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
B 94% Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas, los niños olvidados) (2017) 'Birdboy' may not be as favored as other 2017 titles such as "Coco" or "The Breadwinner" but the pictures will stay with you, wanted or not, for much longer. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
B+ 96% For Ahkeem (2017) A stark look at institutionalized racism and a system actively working against you, For Ahkeem, uses the personal - a young woman's success and coming into her own- to complete a bigger, often somber picture. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
2/4 53% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Roman J. Israel, Esq. has positively no idea what type of film it wants to be. - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
4/4 97% Coco (2017) The work on screen is tireless, spinning a loving and immersive tale of memories, familial love and gratitude and the importance of holding onto where you've come from while forging your own path." - Cambridge Day EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017