For 856 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John DeFore's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Lowest review score: 0 The Trouble with Terkel
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 856
856 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Aubrey Plaza proves she can carry a film with this multiplex-friendly comedy about time travel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    This picture satisfies fully on entertainment terms without cheapening its real-world concerns.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    In Transit is a pure dose of the humanism that helped establish Albert Maysles as one of nonfiction film's key voices.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A thrill-stuffed sports doc whose daredevil subject will quickly endear himself even to viewers who've never heard his name.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The sequel will impress any fan of the original. It's fresher than most of the low-budget thrillers gracing theaters lately.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Hersonski enriches this evidence by bringing in survivors of the ghetto, who tell stories of life there while watching the film themselves.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A quiet stunner of a drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Inherently unpreachy but making its point more effectively than many participants in the debate can, the film should find vocal advocates in a niche theatrical run.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The ritualized presentation of these disasters... adds up to a kind of unsettling spiritual experience, a communion with the dead that demands the quiet participation of a group
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The picture is one part vintage Woody Allen, a few parts Screwball-era comedy of remarriage, and a vigorous shake of Gerwig herself, without whose particular spirit — "so pure," as an admirer puts it here, and "a little stupid" — this scenario might have trouble getting off the ground.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    It's an invigorating chance to experience from afar an ordeal that, unless your name is Eliot Spitzer, you and I will never have to endure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Straight history is not the whole point here, as Nelson enthusiastically conjures a sense of what it felt like to be a Panther and to be a young black person inspired by them.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A loving biography of a guitarist whose work was "not folk, not blues, not gospel," but drew from and colored those genres and more.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    RED
    Even the more cartoonish performances, like John Malkovich's acid-damaged paranoiac, fit the movie's vision of the vanished, wild-and-woolly heyday of spycraft.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Frederic Jardin's gripping Sleepless Night maintains a consistently high pitch without growing monotonous.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Buzzing attentively but not exclusively around cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, director Leah Wolchok strikes a pleasing balance between office minutiae and comic greatest hits; she gets enough face time with individual artists to please comedy nerds while keeping things wholly accessible to casual fans.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    At some point, we realize we've stopped counting the '80s dance hits we recognize (or trying to figure out when that Frankie Goes to Hollywood remix will end) and have become invested in the social lives of the men and women on camera.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Following up on his lauded debut, Welcome to Pine Hill, Miller again blends fiction and reality to fine effect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A pure-bliss celebration of Paul Simon's landmark album Graceland coupled with an interesting if not unbiased look at the controversy surrounding its release.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A comedy in both the current and the original senses of the word, Little Hours earns its laughs before ensuring a happy end.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A deeply satisfying pop biopic whose subject's bifurcated creative life lends itself to an unconventional structure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Maclean's screenplay is unshowy but keen.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The ironies of gentrification will be a chief attraction for this lovely new 4K restoration of the 16mm original. But that theme is just a bonus in a picture whose in-the-trenches look at poverty is humane and, sadly, perpetually timely.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A mournful testament to a vibrant piece of global film history almost entirely wiped out of existence.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    An excellent blend of musical behind-the-scenes, open-hearted interviews, and performance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Gook rises above message-movie mediocrity, enjoying its characters too much to use them as political mouthpieces.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Pure joy for Beatles fans and, one guesses, charming enough to seduce some viewers who wouldn't mind never hearing "She Loves You" ever again.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Exciting and enlightening, the still-timely film ranks with docs like The Weather Underground in its evocation of a more politically engaged era.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Steph Green's first feature has more going for it than a solid dramatic turn by Will Forte.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Sharp dramatization and direct performances suffice to put the story's themes across more urgently than expected.

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