Trevor Johnston

Trevor Johnston
Trevor Johnston's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound Times (UK) Film4 Time Out Little White Lies Radio Times
Biography:
Time Out film critic.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
81% The Report (2019) Burns's film adeptly leads us to the tricky realisation that the fate of Driver's diligent investigation is ultimately less significant than upholding the value of oversight on the executive and security agencies. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
85% Sorry We Missed You (2019) Surely among Loach and Laverty's most sinewy efforts. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 96% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) A solid, if not quite exceptional, time-passer. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/5 85% Sorry We Missed You (2019) It's a chastening portrait of the modern workplace, given added emotional impact by its affecting domestic asides, which surely stands comparison with the best of Loach's storied filmography. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
65% The Good Liar (2019) Moderately diverting, but ultimately a bit hard to swallow. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 51% Black and Blue (2019) Tension holds up pretty well, though in the end the solutions seem rather more simplistic than the raft of social contradictions that the material is examining. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Knightley though, brings genuine fire to her character's principled stand, and her inspiring commitment persuades us this historical footnote is definitely worth remembering. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) While there are certainly elements here that disappoint, there's also a sense of Burns and Soderbergh applying themselves to a potentially impossible challenge. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) Another ruminative contemplation of talent, fame and fortune providing no inoculation against heartbreak and self-destruction. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) A high chuckle quotient and warm-hearted feel-good factor. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) Still, with much clanking of armour and suitably candle-lit interiors, there's a rough-hewn intensity which impresses - unlike Robert Pattinson's disastrous flouncing as the scheming French Dauphin. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 54% Farming (2019) A ragged, raw, yet somehow vital first feature. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 88% American Woman (2019) It's an awards-calibre performance which already looks like a career milestone. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) It's certainly different, rather pleased with itself and awash with cameos, but its serious intent may well be undone by too many flabby gags - and Oldman's ill-advised comedy German accent. Still, you won't be bored. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) Reid... delivers a strong showing as the teen in peril, but performances alone cannot bring a coherent time-line to a head-scratcher which ultimately doesn't make a lot of sense. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
1/5 29% Tomorrow (2018) Quite an achievement for the team to have Martin Scorsese on board as one of 10 (!) executive producers, but, sadly, the movie is so poor across the board, it has scant claims on our attention. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 76% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Very much foreign-language art-movie fare, but with excellent performances across the generational divide. Those with similar life experiences will find much to ruminate on here. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 94% The Mustang (2019) Despite a slight lack of substance, The Mustang makes for absorbing viewing throughout - especially for those of a horsey bent. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Princess Emmy (Prinzessin Emmy) (2019) Animation and vocal performances are serviceable at best, and given the subject matter - princesses and horses - one imagines this is skewed towards a little girl demographic, who deserve better than this. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
5/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) While we're never quite sure how much is direct autobiography, the result is revealing, hugely emotive and arguably his most mature work to date. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
5/5 94% Transit (2019) With so many layers to unpack, this one stays with you. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2/5 42% Opus Zero (2017) Opus Zero is about big ideas, but it lacks the wherewithal to clearly communicate its intentions. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 79% Photograph (2019) It's certainly engrossing, but perhaps too gentle to deliver much dramatic punch, until we reach an ending that asks us to consider how movies themselves can ingrain possibly unfulfillable longings in our daily lives. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 80% Holiday (2018) A chastening, ultimately rather chilly affair from a promising, uncompromising female director. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 31% The Current War (2019) The Current War scores with its charismatic leads and exquisite period production design, but there remains an abiding sense that the screenplay doesn't quite get the most out of this fascinating period in America's industrial history. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) Yet, ultimately, it remains just too cut-and-dried to engage our hearts to the fullest degree, however much we can admire the craftsmanship involved. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 100% Okko's Inn (2019) It's possibly one of those children's films best appreciated by grown-ups, yet its faith in younger viewers to cope with its essentially serious themes make for an unusual offering that's both culturally fascinating and emotionally affecting. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) An enterprising effort, then, which sadly doesn't quite come off. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/5 47% Robert the Bruce (2019) Sadly, the draggy pace simply underlines the sense of a worthwhile idea poorly executed. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Ultimately, it's perhaps a deft, intelligent appendix to the previous priceless trio, but the story's cross-generation appeal remains strong, and the whole production has far more integrity than the cash-in job the cynics were expecting. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 20% Wild Honey Pie! (2017) A flimsy diversion, overall. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 71% The Etruscan Smile (Rory's Way) (2019) To be fair, the story heads exactly where you expect it to, but meaty performances sustain it, with American co-star JJ Feild putting up surprisingly strong resistance to veteran scene-stealer Cox. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Overall, the new Aladdin is glittery, energetic and positively determined to wow us - and ultimately gets the job done. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 94% My Days of Mercy (2017) Ellen Page, a decade on from her star-making turn in Juno, thrives in a demanding dramatic role as the middle one of three working-class siblings who travel to executions across the US in order to protest against judicial killing. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) An invigorating original. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
14% The Hustle (2019) The result: genuine laughter is in short supply. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Final Ascent (2019) A worthwhile undertaking. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) The subject matter is perhaps a tad grown-up for the smallest children, but there's enough heart and canine soul here for genuine cross-generational appeal. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 79% Pasolini (2019) If the blend of English and Italian dialogue seems slightly awkward, it doesn't disrupt the film's ease: a matter-of-factness which resists idolizing Pasolini in favor of an open-minded rendering of everyday humanity. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 94% Styx (2019) A truly gripping journey into fear, whose questions about personal responsibility linger long after the closing credits. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Head Full of Honey (2018) There's no doubting the laudable intentions to confront the realities of Alzheimer's in an audience-friendly way, but the execution, frankly, verges on the catastrophic. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Fascinating in its balance between microcosm and aerial view, but the performances definitely raise more emotional heat. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 47% Little (2019) As the plot grinds predictably through the motions, however, genuine laughs are thin on the ground, and what should have been a fizzing entertainment turns disappointingly flat. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
4/5 96% Yuli (2018) To be fair, it's a slightly fragmented journey, but the onus on telling the story through movement is distinctive and effective. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
2/5 33% Wonder Park (2019) Trouble is, it's so busy trying to be clever that the intended emotional pay-off never comes through. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 30% Holy Lands (Les terres saintes) (2018) The whole thing idles too long in neutral, which is a shame since Caan and the ever-likeable Hollander play off one another effectively. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Winterlong (2019) It's hard to get anywhere with a family drama when you simply don't believe in the central relationship. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
5/5 86% Under the Wire (2018) Yes, the horrors and injustices of the Syrian conflict have been well documented, but not with the gripping intensity and sheer emotional impact on display here. Highly recommended. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) Perhaps a little slacker than some of his previous outings, but Panahi's commitment and courage shine through. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
40% Cherry 2000 (1988) A walk on the mild side. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019