Brian D. Johnson

Brian D. Johnson
Brian D. Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Maclean's Magazine
Publications: Maclean's Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
64% Love Actually (2003) This plum pudding of a romantic comedy is rich with delicious moments. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
56% Sidewalks of New York (2001) Another deft ensemble piece. Directed by Edward Burns, it's like a (good) Woody Allen picture, with Stanley Tucci as the cradle-robbing creep, and Heather Graham in the role of a prim wife. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
75% Deep Breath (Le Souffle) (2001) Damien Odoul shows a raging talent with his feature directing debut... - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
95% Aladdin (1992) Behind the mask of animation, Williams has discovered a limitless stage for stand-up comedy. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
87% Love and Death on Long Island (1998) Hurt is a droll delight as the Oxbridge man of letters naïvely discovering America. And Priestley, playing a naïf of a different sort, is deliciously typecast as a deadpan hunk. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
64% Promise at Dawn (La promesse de l'aube) (2019) Powered by rivetting performances and fluid, hand-held camera work, La Promesse is a coming-of-age film with an emotional appeal that is honest and unswerving. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
82% The Big Lebowski (1998) What made Fargo work, aside from the regional kitsch, was a solid story and believable characters worth caring about. The Big Lebowski has neither. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
12% Hush (1998) The brand names seem trustworthy: Jessica Lange plays the deranged matriarch, Gwyneth Paltrow the pregnant bride. Both are fine actors, but they are stuck in a campy thriller that plays like a Lamaze-class remake of Mommie Dearest. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
33% The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) As aging musketeers, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu and Gabriel Byrne-each sporting a different accent-all look faintly embarrassed, like serious actors stuck performing at a kids' birthday party. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
93% Die Hard (1988) The picture is extremely violent: bombs go off, bullets rip through flesh, heads are slammed against steel. But Die Hard is also smart, satirical-and, in an odd way, heartwarming. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
96% Midnight Run (1988) Midnight Run is a witty, low-key comedy with the accent on character. Individually, De Niro and Grodin are brilliant; together, they are hilarious. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
100% Paradise Lost: Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996) As a dispassionate portrait of an America where the Devil is still a credible force, and everyone seems corrupt, the film does not just expose horror. It delivers viewers into a garden of evil, and forces them to choose their own demons. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
96% Sling Blade (1996) Stretched over 141 minutes, and threaded with humor, it is remarkably spare and simple, a slow movie about a slow man-Forrest Gump Unplugged. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
5% Vibes (1988) As for Cyndi Lauper, it is still not clear whether she can act. Vibes is such a dreadful movie that she never has a chance to prove it. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
94% A Fish Called Wanda (1988) In the Monty Python tradition, the script is an assembly of skitlike situations cobbled into a flimsy story. The humor is cruel and at times wildly funny. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
75% Germinal (1994) As the 158-minute saga wears on, it is like spending too long in a reconstructed pioneer village. The film's didactic agenda undercuts the drama. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
43% The Trial (1993) The idea of Kafka's spirit conspiring with Pinter's language seems almost too diabolical for words. But in the playwright's new screen version of the novelist's 1925 classic, The Trial, their sensibilities dovetail beautifully. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
8% Eye for an Eye (1996) If Eye for an Eye were just another dumb thriller about killing a bad guy, it would not be so irritating. But by raising the moral issue, it is more like a dumb TV movie proposing a vigilantelite brand of violent retribution. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
95% Dead Man Walking (1995) Penn plays Matthew with a quiet, feral intensity... - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
69% Hard Core Logo (1998) Hard Core Logo borrows its conceit from Spinal Tap. It is, however, less cartoonish, and its affectionate parody is undercut by a raw nerve of realism. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
95% This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Documenting the licks and antics of a real band is one thing. Building a movie around a fake one is a challenge of a different order. The key, as Spinal Tap proved, is to fabricate a band that looks, acts and sounds at least as good as the real thing. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) Documentary realism keeps Good Night from collapsing into a morality tale. McCarthy plays himself, in hair-raising video footage from his witch-hunt hearings. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
90% Capote (2005) Capote is about the snake. Perfecting his scenes play like therapy sessions, with a homoerotic undercurrent, and they go to the core of journalism's dark art. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
81% Jude (1996) Jude is masterfully rendered. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
73% Sleepers (1996) Levinson knows how to make a movie. He keeps it compelling throughout, and although it runs 2 1/2 hours, Sleepers offers no room for catnaps. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
82% Bopha! (1993) As a fact-based drama that incarnates the horror of South African civil strife, its intensity seems utterly appropriate. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
86% The Joy Luck Club (1993) Hollywood has built its reputation on escapism. But with movies like The Joy Luck Club, stories drawn from the real world may yet prove to be more compelling. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
81% Maelstrom (2000) Directed with astonishing flair by Denis Villeneuve, and powered by a charismatic performance from Marie-Josée Croze, this is an art film that is more bracing than most, surfing themes of guilt and despair without getting dragged down by the undertow. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
67% Doc Hollywood (1991) Although Doc Hollywood caricatures Tinseltown as a symbol of greed and excess, it would be hard to find a more contrived product of Hollywood formula than the movie itself. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
82% The Doctor (1991) The Doctor is a shrewd and serious piece of work. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
100% Highway 61 (1992) Highway 61, whose characters head south, has higher production values, better acting-and a real story. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
No Score Yet Diplomatic Immunity (1991) The movie draws a scathing portrait of Canadian goodwill. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
100% The Quarrel (1991) Directed by Israeli-born Eli Cohen, it is a movie of words that unfolds like a stage play in the park, stately but stolid. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
93% La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid) (2004) A seamless work of breathtaking imagery. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
71% The Adjuster (1992) The Adjuster is disturbing on a more cerebral level. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
92% Black Robe (1991) Black Robe is a spectacle of haunting beauty... - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
49% Hearts in Atlantis (2001) Anthony Hopkins uses his casual intelligence to deflect a dung-storm of sentimental hocus-pocus. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
64% Zoolander (2001) Zoolander offers the breathless revelation that show business is a vain and hollow place. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
90% The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre) (2000) Each of the actors smoulders with quiet strength. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
73% The Hot Spot (1990) ...an audaciously dirty gem directed by Dennis Hopper. Torrid and tawdry, The Hot Spot stars a quietly smouldering Don Johnson... - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
94% Reversal of Fortune (1990) In a more contemporary vein, Reversal of Fortune, the von Bulow story, combines inspired casting with a lethal dose of wit. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
85% White Hunter Black Heart (1990) Shot on location in Nigeria, the movie hinges completely on Eastwood's performance, which is strained. The actordirector steps sharply out of character to attempt a baroque and unconvincing impersonation of the cantankerous Huston. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
44% Used People (1992) Used People takes forever to get off the ground, then follows a predictable course. But in the end, like the vintage accordion that Joe teaches Swee' Pea to play, it squeezes some rich sentiments out of thin air. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
88% Scent of a Woman (1992) Pacino, meanwhile, devours his role with such theatrical relish that Scent of a Woman remains tolerable, even at its most cloying moments... - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
52% Hoffa (1992) With Jack Nicholson as the star and playwright David Mamet writing the script, Hoffa sounds unbeatable. But the movie is a major disappointment. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
92% Lorenzo's Oil (1992) Miller finds humor and horror in medical politics. And, with surgical resolve, he cuts to the emotional quick: the drama is heartrending. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
93% El Mariachi (1993) With kinetic camera work and dynamic editing, Rodriguez constructs action sequences that leave a lot of big-budget movies in the dust. Besides, the movie's history has become part of its charm. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
91% Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate) (1992) Like Water for Chocolate is a lushly photographed family saga about the enchantments of food and unrequited love. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
62% Henry & June (1990) [Henry & June] is setting standards for eroticism in Hollywood... - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
67% Memphis Belle (1990) With a surging sound track reminiscent of Chariots of Fire, it is a simplistic tale of fun-loving lads who learn that war is hell. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019