G. Allen Johnson

G. Allen Johnson
G. Allen Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat Houston Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Examiner Hearst Newspapers

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 63% American Dharma (2019) Bannon has trafficked in racism, far-right conspiracy theories and other controversies during his career. Morris brings up some of it... but rarely nails Bannon with a tough follow-up question. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/4 85% Waves (2019) Whatever your reaction to this ambitious, boldly original and hard-hitting family drama, you could never accuse writer-director Trey Edward Shults of holding anything back. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3/4 94% Honey Boy (2019) "Honey Boy" is more than LaBeouf's bounce-back film. It's an explanation. It's part of his 12-step process. It's a cathartic release of anger. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
1.5/4 21% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Earnestness and reverence is the death knell of many an "inspiring" movie, and "The Warrior Queen of Jhansi" falls into that trap. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/4 96% Marriage Story (2019) Noah Baumbach is the writer-director, and to watch such an incisive, deep-feeling script be given life by actors... at the top of their game is to rediscover movies as a powerful medium of personal expression. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Nearly 40 years later, this adaptation of King's 2013 book "Doctor Sleep" doesn't so much tarnish Kubrick as embarrass itself. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/4 98% The Cave (2019) Fayyad is a humanitarian, and his approach in "The Cave" demonstrates that. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/4 58% Frankie (2019) "Frankie" never takes a risk, never explores the characters' problems in any meaningful way; it feels all surface. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 80% Fire in Paradise (2019) Directors Zackary Canepari and Oakland resident Drea Cooper utilize news, social media footage and animated maps to set the stage, then delve deeper into the first-person experience with their subjects. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/4 51% Black and Blue (2019) This is the director's third suspense film released in the last 18 months - after "Traffik" and "The Intruder," and he's getting pretty good at it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
1/4 43% The Addams Family (2019) What's surprising is how low-energy this version is. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/4 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) A remarkable documentary... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 100% The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2020) I wish the film was a bit stronger, but after a lifetime of being denied her place in history thanks largely to misogyny in the academia world... I'm glad we have this documentary. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
1.5/4 64% The Sound of Silence (2019) It is stunted and meandering, barely filling out its 85 minutes. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) Director James Gray reaches, and his visually striking movie is mostly a success despite a dud of an ending. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/4 88% Hustlers (2019) Although the film is filled with strong female characters, this isn't a triumph of female empowerment, nor is it really a feminist film. It is a film of anger and sadness at the stacked decks of our social and economic structures. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/4 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Call it Buñuel meets Blumhouse, a film that is flawed but so full of ideas that it doesn't matter. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) What makes it brilliant is that it demonstrates how universal this distinctly Jewish musical has become, how it has been embraced by many cultures and how it is still influential today. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Calaizzo's script is sharp, funny and honest, and nicely avoids movie cliches about obesity. Bell's performance is very good, both physically - the actress herself lost 40 pounds for the role - and emotionally. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
No Score Yet Rezo (2019) Rezo's hand-drawn sketches are brought to life through computer animation, with an effectively dark palette, and Rezo's narration is wise and soothing. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/4 97% American Factory (2019) Given the global context of the story, The title "American Factory" carries with it more than a hint of irony. But the documentary tells an increasingly American story. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/4 88% Aquarela (2019) Even at 89 minutes, the film seems too long. Kossakovsky just seems to want us to admire his footage, and that's about it. It becomes monotonous. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
69% The Other Story (2019) In lesser hands "The Other Story" might have felt overloaded and uneven. But Nesher moves through the material with a clear and quiet confidence, aided by a uniformly excellent cast. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
1/4 89% Ready or Not (2019) The problem with "Ready or Not" is that directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett don't know what kind of movie they want to make, or what to do with their heroine. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/4 96% Love, Antosha (2019) Price has given us Yelchin's most complete performance: himself. It is a cinematic gift to contemporary film fans everywhere. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The film finally gets into gear around the midpoint and zooms to a satisfying finish. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/4 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Who can resist cute dog stories, even if it is the centerpiece of a sappy film and the dog has Kevin Costner's voice? - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) In the end, "Mike Wallace Is Here" isn't just about one journalist, but a different cultural landscape, before a mass of cable network screamers and talking heads, checkbook journalism, social media and viral videos. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/4 99% For Sama (2019) What a talent Waad is. "For Sama" is a film made with the instincts of a journalist, the passion of a revolutionary and the beating heart of a mother. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
0/4 20% She's Just a Shadow (2019) This utterly tasteless crime film about Tokyo's top madam, a drug dealer, a serial killer is one of the worst films of the year. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/4 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Although there are many witnesses who sit down with Broomfield who help drive the story... it is Ihlen's melodic voice who lends a ghostly conscience to the film. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
1/4 87% Diamantino (2019) "Diamantino" is one of those movies that looks super fun to make but is mind-numbing to actually watch. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
1/4 76% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) Asako's only appeal seems to be that she's very pretty. Her depth of character she apparently keeps to herself. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
1/4 60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) Politics and social commentary aside, we are left with a crime film. One that isn't very suspenseful or particularly clever. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/4 90% The Third Wife (2019) What we have here is a small, delicate mini-masterpiece, and bright new talent behind the camera. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 43% The Tomorrow Man (2019) John Lithgow and Blythe Danner make an offbeat and winning combination, with total belief that they're in a really good movie. Unfortunately, they're not. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/4 90% The Souvenir (2019) Another small, quietly devastating drama by Hogg, and perhaps the most ambitious and personal of her four films. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/4 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) In its modest way, "The Biggest Little Farm" offers hope, and even suggests a way forward. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2/4 71% ANIARA (2019) "Aniara" has an intriguing premise, and it's even fascinating at times, but despite an excellent production design, it never gets off the ground even as it speeds through the cosmos. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2/4 34% Poms (2019) I can't necessarily recommend the movie, and yet I'm rooting for it this weekend. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1/4 28% UglyDolls (2019) "UglyDolls" is a mind-numbing, low-rent version of "Toy Story," with saccharine songs and a plot with echoes of, no kidding, the Holocaust. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) If you're the adventurous type and like boundaries to be pushed, "Long Day's Journey Into Night" might be worth a shot. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 93% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) The value in the documentary lies in Westheimer's personal story, which is pretty amazing. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 100% Penguin Highway (2019) The joy of discovery is at the heart of "Penguin Highway," a delightful new anime that is about the mysteries of life, both scientific and personal. Oh, and it's about penguins, too. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/4 45% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) "Girls of the Sun" has an air of authenticity and grit that's convincing, and Farahani, an Iranian-born actress, makes us care. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/4 61% Breakthrough (2019) "Breakthrough" might be the first faith-based Hollywood film with genuine crossover appeal. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/4 89% Missing Link (2019) It is blessedly devoid of the manic, ADD pace of many animated movies, with a winning trio of characters. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
1.5/4 66% Peterloo (2019) Does every landowner and politician have to be either comically inept as if out of a Monty Python piece or so villainous that all that's missing is a Snidely Whiplash mustache? Does every working-class person have to have this pained, oppressed look? - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/4 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The new "Pet Sematary," directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, isn't bad, but seems unnecessary. It's even a little bland. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/4 81% The Wind (2019) This is indie horror at its best. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019