Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson
Malcolm Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hartford Courant
Publications: Hartford Courant

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
60% School Ties (1992) "School Ties" seems unlikely to capture the audience that made a hit of "Dead Poets Society." - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
39% Scream 3 (2000) Dimension Films is again asking reviewers not to reveal the plot twists in Scream 3... But the screenplay telegraphs the ending long before it arrives. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
56% The Cutting Edge (1992) When Doug and Kate are off the ice, The Cutting Edge tends to come to a screeching halt. The script resembles an Astaire-Rogers musical with the song-and-dance numbers cut out. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
33% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) The picture, after all, is about Macaulay Culkin, who plays the wise, sober, inquiring, luxury-loving Kevin with the same unmannered appeal he brought to the original, and his fiendish foes, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2.5/4 55% Immortal Beloved (1994) Despite Oldman's powers, this adds up to a less than immortal musical love story. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
0.5/4 11% Street Fighter (1994) With Van Damme giving one of his most wooden performances, and de Souza failing to capitalize on his graceful fight moves, Street Fighter adds up to the worst of a bad crop of Christmas movies, a picture only an arcade junkie could cheer. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/4 52% Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) Vengeance proves more technically impressive than truly gripping. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 45% Stepmom (1998) Though Stepmom has its ups and downs, it shows Columbus as a director who has graduated to adulthood after his two Home Alone hits without losing sight of the struggles of children. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
42% Reign of Fire (2002) For all of its design and special-effects artistry, "Reign of Fire" is seldom convincing -- only slightly more alive than the silly 2000 "Dungeons & Dragons." - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
2/4 42% Bad Boys (1995) Bay's picture sometimes looks spectacular, especially in the eye-filling skyline shots. But despite its style, this is the kind of movie that gives action pictures a bad name. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
.5/4 35% Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ultimately falls prey to the worst tendencies of horror and teen pictures. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
26% Hook (1991) Unhappily, however, the transformation of a Type A American lawyer into a boy wonder unfolds with an uncertainty and clumsiness atypical of Spielberg. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
43% Space Jam (1996) "Space Jam" soon demonstrates that this teaming of Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny adds up to an air ball, not a slam-dunking "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1.5/4 54% Cruel Intentions (1999) Yet after Cruel Intentions evolves into a boy-gets-girl, boy-loses-girl saga, it staggers towards a half-baked climax, and an absurd aftermath. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
96% Unforgiven (1992) With its unflinching depictions of brutalities, Eastwood's new western calls to mind the work of Sam Peckinpah. But Eastwood's cadences are slow, his antiheros rueful, his atmosphere murky and chilling. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/4 85% The English Patient (1996) ...a deliberate, lengthy but always fascinating film... - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
74% Sleepless in Seattle (1993) The rest of this romantic comedy about the strange power that pulls a man and woman together... only reinforces the notion that Ephron is a filmmaker whose time has come at last, after years as a novelist, screenwriter and feminist wit. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
49% The First Wives Club (1996) Those in seach of a classic adult comedy -- a latter-day version of "The Women" -- are urged to join the "Club." - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
10% Clifford (1994) Whether he is pretending to be angelic or flashing satanic looks, Short makes Clifford an often riotous comic creation. And Grodin, with his fussy airs, makes a perfect fall guy. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/4 53% The Cable Guy (1996) For those with an appetite for Carrey and an admiration for Stiller, their zany collaboration will prove both funny and provocative. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/4 53% Mars Attacks! (1996) Even Tim Burton's maddest fans will feel disappointment creeping in as the invasion careens along. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
55% The Craft (1996) [It] will perhaps inspire a few rebel kids to search out a black-magic emporium or to make the sort of fashion statements that make Balk so amusingly spooky. All others should balk at taking in this suspenseless, hollow, kitchily crafted Carrie. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
17% Dr. Giggles (1992) Friday the 23rd, the day of its opening, will live in trivia infamy as one of the low points in the history of the lowly splatter genre. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
43% Species (1995) Species begins stunningly. Soon, however, as a murderous outsider disguised as a supermodel madly tries to breed, Feldman's screenplay betrays its ingenious concept. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
76% Igby Goes Down (2002) If this were a short story, it would belong in The New Yorker in the days of J.D. Salinger. It is both droll and grim, often handsome and tasteful with its cinematography and production values. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
70% Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) Visually stunning, and fitfully dramatic. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
73% The Game (1997) Douglas finally musters one of his best performances to carry Fincher's essay on self-reliance to its exciting, if absurd endgame. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
21% Duets (2000) Besides its dim and sometimes slipshod look, this little ensemble work slides from pretentious flights of philosophizing to touches of smart smut as it surveys the American dream as pursued by various warbling wanderers. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
64% The New Age (1994) The realities of their performances prove insufficient to pull Tolkin's bitter and deliberate tale from its doldrums, however, and this film lives u p to its title. Most of the time, it proves as repetitive and empty as an endless New Wave rhapsody. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
57% Mumford (1999) Lawrence Kasdan's clever, inventive and endearing ensemble portrait unfolds as a latter-day Frank Capra fable. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
55% Pocahontas (1995) Its comic characters are paltry; its villain is a bloated, harmless Captain Hook; and its story line is negligible as well as palpably silly. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
87% Chungking Express (1996) Chungking Express comes to town with a hip imprimatur and some admiring reviews. But this quirky, deadpan movie moves like a rickshaw with a geriatric hauler in harness. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
4/4 92% Pulp Fiction (1994) With its blistering, rough-edged acting, acrid, funny dialogue, vivid, accurate feeling for Los Angeles and brilliant fracturings of time, Pulp Fiction more than lives up to its advance reputation. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
No Score Yet Warlock: The Armageddon (1993) This time, no co-star of Grant's stature joins the WASPy, waspish Sands, and except for the occasional neat special effect, this sequel proves an exceedingly cheesy affair. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
No Score Yet Aspen (1991) With a relatively unknown cast, Hasburgh creates a watchable picture. It is not Hemingway. But the skiing and the mountains rising around Aspen give Hasburgh's story excitement and grandeur. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
57% The Cemetery Club (1993) Maybe another director could have exhumed The Cemetery Club. Duke just lowers it carefully into its tomb. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
40% Leaving Normal (1992) When Christine Lahti is in the driver's seat, this female road saga can abruptly take off like a car that stops choking and sputtering and leaps into a breathtaking overdrive. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
90% A Simple Plan (1998) Both heartbreaking and chilling, this film explores ancient themes in a contemporary, painfully familiar way. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
58% Faraway, So Close! (In weiter Ferne, so nah!) (1993) It is all fairly messy, and chaotic and confusing to boot at the action-packed finale. But Wenders and his photographer, Jurgen Jurges, also communicate a compelling sense of their city of angels, Berlin. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
88% A Midnight Clear (1992) He infuses A Midnight Clear with a slightly skewed, surreal quality. About the only defect in Gordon's second feature is its tendency to drag in the middle. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
27% Life with Mikey (1993) With Life With Mikey, there's a little bit of Christmas in June, and a potential holiday favorite for years to come. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
78% Swimming with Sharks (1995) Unfortunately, Spacey's no-holds-barred portrait is about the only reason to take in Huang's low-budget, writing-directing debut. The story line proceeds predictably, though often unpersuasively. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
20% Amos & Andrew (1993) Frye proves a remarkably inept director, with little sense of pacing farce, or creating absurd characters. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
34% Indecent Proposal (1993) In some ways, this portentous little morality tale about the dangerous powers of great wealth might be taken in as an amusing evening of unintentionally campy stuff, except that it unfolds glacially at times. The performances are universally embarrassing. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
57% Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) As it charges along to its disappointingly hollow payoff, Part Deux grows increasingly violent, with a graphic in one corner of the screen toting up kills like a video game - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
38% Guilty as Sin (1993) It is an intriguing pictorial concept, but one that confers a bland, glassy look, rather than a dizzying effect, on Guilty as Sin. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
33% Radio Flyer (1992) Too dark and upsetting for the family trade, this tale of a sadistic stepfather takes too many wrong moves to satisfy adults. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
54% Being Human (1994) An ultra- whimsical reverie on love and family through the ages. Sometimes archly cute, finally deeply sentimental... - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
19% Urban Legend (1998) There isn't much real wit, or suspense, in this parade of slayings. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
19% Blame It on the Bellboy (1992) As it bounces unmerrily along, Blame It on the Bellboy is half-intriguing, but rarely humorous. - Hartford Courant EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018