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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
71% Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Beneath the gags is a pedestrian script. And the gremlins, like a troupe of nightmare Muppets, are too overproduced to be either funny or horrifying.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
75% Benny & Joon (1993) It is a funny, innocuous fable, a Sweet 'N Low romantic comedy that seems a little facile at first, but has irresistible charm.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
100% Henry V (1989) Reigniting Shakespeare's poetry on screen, the movie is not only accessible to a general audience -- it has enough excitement, wit and suspense to hold its own in the Hollywood fray.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
26% The Story of Us (1999) The Story of Us reduces marriage to a montage sequence -- an embarrassment to baby boomers everywhere.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
55% Men with Brooms (2002) The filmmakers have great fun mixing and matching the game's metaphors. With such gags as a sweat lodge of hot curling rocks, they send up and glorify its rituals all at once.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
77% Gladiator (2000) It wields its religiosity, and its democratic morality, with the subtlety of a broadsword. But this is a ferociously entertaining spectacle, with thrilling action sequences, eye-popping art direction and uniformly powerful performances.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
70% Forrest Gump (1994) The narrative is so programmed it is like watching software. Forrest Gump is a medley of sound bites-clever, cute, amusing, silly, sentimental-and irritatingly phony...‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
83% Dances With Wolves (1990) ...in Costner's case, it appears genuine. With Dances with Wolves, he has reduced Hollywood formula to an elegant equation of truth and beauty.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
81% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) In Driving Miss Daisy...silence speaks volumes.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
96% Unforgiven (1992) Eloquent and expansive, Unforgiven is arguably the best film of Eastwood's career-a movie that could well serve as the last word on the western.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
100% Bad Behavior (1993) Although Bad Behaviour flirts with clichés, it keeps veering away from them at the last minute, offering subtle surprises right down to a delightfully ragged ending.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
48% Geronimo - An American Legend (1993) Gerónimo attempts to combine the classical and the correct-with mixed results. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
97% Schindler's List (1993) By dramatizing the Holocaust with such vividness and scale, Spielberg has helped to pass its lessons on to future generations. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
20% Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) Roberts evokes sympathy, not just for playing the victim of an unforgivably bad husband, but for becoming the victim of an unforgivably bad movie.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
96% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Although The Silence of the Lambs is of dubious moral value -- a triumph of technique rather than ideas -- it is not offensive. And as a pure thriller, it ranks with the classics.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
64% Love Actually (2003) This plum pudding of a romantic comedy is rich with delicious moments.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
83% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
32% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
94% 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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
29% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
95% Dead Man Walking (1995) Penn plays Matthew with a quiet, feral intensity...‐ Maclean's Magazine
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
81% Jude (1996) Jude is masterfully rendered.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
68% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
82% The Doctor (1991) The Doctor is a shrewd and serious piece of work. ‐ Maclean's Magazine
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
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
No Score Yet Diplomatic Immunity (1991) The movie draws a scathing portrait of Canadian goodwill.‐ Maclean's Magazine
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
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
93% La demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid) (2004) A seamless work of breathtaking imagery.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
71% The Adjuster (1992) The Adjuster is disturbing on a more cerebral level.‐ Maclean's Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019