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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Sean Patrick Stevens's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    Saw this projected at MOMa at a Joseph Cotton retrospective and this shows you a glimpse of Welles' affinity for the actor. The uncompleted film of actor William Gillette's play (who himself created a Xanadu of sorts in Connecticut) plays like a contemporary video art piece since we are pretty much watching the dailies. With these set pieces intact you wonder how amazing it would be had Welles made only comedies!

  2. Marco Bevilacqua's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    It is the first movie Orson Welles made but I would expected a better conceived one. It is full of action and frenetic sequences, with also a noisy soundtrack, nothing more. The screenplay is as many of that time and turns out less original. Seems to be a technical experiment made by a young director. During his career, Welles developed a more creative and individual style.

  3. Louise_Dietrich's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    Fun first half with a Harold Lloyd-esque Joseph Cotten and a stereotypical bad guy with a twirly mustache and exaggerated eyebrows chasing after him. Loses a lot of the fun in the last half. Still an enjoyable unfinished curio from the past.

  4. Eric Rucker's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    Men without hats and portable palm trees. And too many reviews that miss the point: this is not a film, just a collection of takes, unedited, maybe not even all of the raw material. And it would not have been a film anyhow, but part of what we would call a multimedia thingymabob. I would not have rated this except we can't post comments without first choosing stars, which misses a diferentt point.

  5. jeromey's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    Inchoate images in rough sequence, trapped in the Moviola, waiting for rescue and assembly into a coherent cinematic object. Waiting...

  6. Matt Reddick's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    I couldn't imagine sitting through this, then sitting through a play...! Every scene is dragged out (30 minute chase scene to open it!) Was that Laird Cregar as a cop about 35 minutes in?

  7. John Crawford's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    You know Welles was, probably, a huge pain in the ass on this project; just a bunch of smart alecky scenes edited with a certain verve.

  8. Superfrog's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    More a set of rushes than a film, probably not satisfying as the former but pretty damn amazing as the latter. Advised for anyone with a ladder fetish.

  9. bcdcdude's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    It feels unfair to give a low grade to a film taken out of context, but it could've easily been half an hour long. The comedy - interesting though it was - was too long and repetitive. Interesting to watch as a curio, but nothing more.

  10. Ark V's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    Only Welles second film and in terms of story it really shows, there is really nothing much going on but in part it's rather enjoyable. Nice to see his playful side and a nod to cinema of that era.

  11. El Biffo's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    Not what Welles fans are looking for. Welles himself said that this wasn't really a movie. It's an historical artifact, and I'm being generous with 3 stars, because I love Orson Welles.

  12. Ben Loory's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    the one good thing about this is that it really makes you appreciate gregg toland's work on citizen kane. in case you didn't already

  13. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    Virtually unwatchable. I'm not so sure I'd want the world to see my student films. Part of being an artist is understanding that when you start out, you're going to make crap. Once you've been designated a genius, though, people will want to see your crayon drawings at 5 to see if they could see hints of what was to come.

  14. Diego Carrera's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    It's a badly edited unfinished film in which you can see Welles learning how to make a movie and Joseph Cotten learning how to act for the camera, playing Harold Lloyd with a lot of grace - and this is actually interesting. 2 stars for its historical value.

  15. raggiodisole's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    you sense the roots of the Nouvelle vague lie here, toying with the art, but this feels more like an in-joke.

  16. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    Vamos...las cosas como son. Y que no se diga que es un filme experimental, porque no lo es. Más parece un trabajo sin editar que incluye detrás de cámaras. Ahora, tampoco esto puede adjudicarse como una película de Welles ya que de hecho son fragmentos de un proyecto inconcluso destinados para ser parte de un intermedio de una obra teatral. La edición no es de autoría del director.

  17. ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    A skeleton of a movie that should only be viewed by Welles fan and, even then, only as a piece of curiosity. Much like Kane, a lot of amusement comes from the playful use of cinematic techniques. However, unlike Kane or the radical French New Wave films it inspired, this one was almost impossible to follow. It is, in every single sense of phrase, an amateur's film which isn't bad. A child must walk before he may run.

  18. Marco Pierrard's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    The film and his "workprint" version can be seen on the National Film Preservation Foundation site !

  19. Moses Lumpkin's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    Fun for Orson Wells completists. Boring for everyone else.

  20. Ana Sousa's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    A projection of this accompanied by live piano ♥♥♥

  21. João Eça's rating of the film Too Much Johnson

    Incredible! Godard twenty years before Godard. Yet it is not a film, but more of an editing experiment. Welles was and is the most modern of filmmakers.