Mister Johnson
Mister Johnson (1991)

Director Bruce Beresford followed up his Academy Award-winning Driving Miss Daisy with another meditation on race, Mister Johnson. Set in West Africa in 1923, Johnson (Maynard Eziashi), the clerk of British administrator Harry Rudbeck… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 29, 1992
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Beresford, adapting Joyce Cary's 1939 novel, looks at the psychological relationships inherent in colonialism with some subtlety.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I have seen "Mister Johnson" two times, and both times I admired its sense of time and place, and the thoughtful performances of Eziashi, Brosnan and Woodward.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Eziashi delivers an exquisite performance.

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Variety Staff

Beresford and writer William Boyd have delivered a film strangely devoid of emotion and lacking a clear point of view.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

No great friend of colonialism, Beresford makes his point without losing sight of either history or its mostly unsung heroes.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

To both the humane Rudbeck, intelligently played by Pierce Brosnan, and the abusive drunkard Gollup, Johnson is a cipher.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film works well as far as it goes, but some of the story's emotional power is denatured or lost.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Although this colonial satire has intelligent aims, it's always a degree or two off the mark.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This just doesn't really work, but then, neither did the novel.

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