Mister Johnson
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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 (Pierce Brosnan), attempts everything within his power to ingratiate himself into white society. Johnson hatches a plan to juggle the books so that Rudbeck will have the capital necessary to achieve his ultimate dream of a "great northern road," but when his scheme is uncovered, he is fired. After finding another job with a shopkeeper named Gollop… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Beresford, adapting Joyce Cary's 1939 novel, looks at the psychological relationships inherent in colonialism with some subtlety."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"To both the humane Rudbeck, intelligently played by Pierce Brosnan, and the abusive drunkard Gollup, Johnson is a cipher."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Issues of race and racism here are as vague as they were in Driving Miss Daisy, and you are left with the impression Beresford is happy to dodge the issues he dabbles with."
‑ , Film4
"Beresford and writer William Boyd have delivered a film strangely devoid of emotion and lacking a clear point of view."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"No great friend of colonialism, Beresford makes his point without losing sight of either history or its mostly unsung heroes."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"This just doesn't really work, but then, neither did the novel."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A standout performance by Maynard Eziashi in the title role"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The film works well as far as it goes, but some of the story's emotional power is denatured or lost."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Although this colonial satire has intelligent aims, it's always a degree or two off the mark."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A richly nuanced and well-acted screen version of Joyce Cary's 1839 novel."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"We care about Mister Johnson even while he's annoying. And we hope for him to acknowledge his weaknesses, even while we anticipate his downfall."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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