For 739 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John DeFore's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Before Midnight
Lowest review score: 0 The Trouble with Terkel
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 739
739 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Though the inventions of Misan Sagay's script emphasize concerns over dowries and social rank that will be grating for many contemporary viewers, extracting little of the humor that Austen regularly found in such hang-ups, the picture's sour notes are balanced by fine performances and clear historical appeal.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Though the film addresses some questions that remain a sticking point in helping abused women, it sheds little new light on them for viewers who've spent any time thinking about this upsettingly widespread phenomenon.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The picture hits many of the expected schoolyard beats with just enough specificity (the vegetarian boy's first encounter with fried chicken, for example) to keep it from feeling generic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    This film feels more of a piece with the fashion shows and musical efforts it chronicles: an art-therapy product valuable mostly to those who made it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Throughout, connoisseurs of Cage's career should appreciate a performance that rides the edge of his crazy tendencies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Matthew Akers' film is a personally revealing look at an artist most famous for maintaining stone-faced silence for three months.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A feel-good flick about a serial killer who just wants what's best for her daughter. Broad and not too spicy, the London-set Indian rom-com is a crowd-pleaser.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Enjoyable but incomplete-feeling bio-doc both celebrates the Milius myth and tries to undo the damage it did to his reputation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Jack Black...finds a role that invites a great deal of Jack Black-ness, full of peppy showmanship and thickly accented dialogue. But even moviegoers with a strong tolerance for that shtick may be less than involved with this half-charming feature, which inspires some sympathy for its protagonist but not enough to carry the film.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Too dark for a very broad audience, it will flummox some viewers drawn by its cast but will strike others with its more-than-prickly approach and standoffish humor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    An enjoyable entry into the swelling ranks of corrupt-the-youth comedies.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Feel-good documentary gathers great interviews but isn't sure what they add up to.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    In a showy adaptation by first-time helmer Charlie Stratton, the story is more glum than seductive -- offering surprising sexual encounters, yes, but too little of the slow burn and psychological depth that might have made the Les Mis-meets-Jim Thompson concept get under one's skin.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Page's no-regrets spirit and the enraptured testimonials from those who knew her in her prime (including some swooning ex-lovers) overpowers clumsy filmmaking.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    While the film suffers from its own occasional sluggishness, it picks up as the lawmen watching our hero grow as strained as he is.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The movie becomes a survival tale and is more successful in its grueling, slightly crazed second half. The Goetzes do a better job capturing the terrain's physical extremes and the challenge of endurance than they do depicting a relationship.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Some of these gags are hilarious.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Goold's work never feels stagey; a smart and varied visual sense opens up even settings as basic as a jail's visiting room. But what happens in that room isn't as convincing as might be expected from these actors.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    As structurally simple as a high school book report, the doc is frequently dry but comes packed with performance footage, scores of interviews, and enough biographical detail to let us form our own ideas about the trickier scenes it elides in its attempt to fit an entire complicated life into under two hours.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Yelling to the Sky drips with a strange but sometimes moving nostalgia for environs its characters clearly want to escape.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    One of the aspects that keeps Time from projecting an advertorial vibe, its indifference to outside voices, may also leave casual fans wanting a bit more.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Nelson's amiable comedy occasionally gets fixated on things that don't serve its overall purpose and is too self-conscious to really shine. But it's a more competent, accessible film than its stealthy theatrical release suggests.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Intelligently assembled by Lemelson, a UCLA anthropologist, it addresses a Westerner's concerns without condescending to its subjects; though a three-family focus is hardly enough to make an authoritative-feeling portrait.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A promising if not quite audacious debut by Robin Pront, the film benefits from a solidly envisioned family dynamic but doesn't really generate much heat until its final act.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Ruffalo gives voice to the film's unironic point of view.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Captivating for a long stretch.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Although it offers some insight into his distinctive technique, it could have gone much further. But viewers will appreciate spending time with this cheerful, unassuming man, and will enjoy seeing the artist acknowledged by celebrities who owe him so much
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Pretty in a decaying-opulence sort of way and well cast, the film is more superficial than its nods to highbrow culture would suggest.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Writer/director Nick Sandow finds a tailor-made lead in Vincent Piazza, who both looks the part and makes sense of his character's ridiculous aspirations; with Patricia Arquette playing the girlfriend who stood by his side, the picture of debased ambition is almost too convincing to enjoy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The movie's structure is peculiar, laying out a mystery and solving it early on, then spending half the film making us wonder how satisfying that solution was.

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