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: June 1, 1991
DVD 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

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.

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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