For 424 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John DeFore's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Before Midnight
Lowest review score: 10 I Kissed a Vampire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 424
424 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Sadly believable and benefiting from an unshowy performance by first-timer Gina Piersanti, it will have many viewers eager to see what Hittman does next.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A chilly allegory whose antihero is both compelling and repulsive.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Revealing tour doc showcases a quick wit and a bruised soul.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The personalities and rhetoric are colorful and the film's presentation is lively, though some viewers will wish for a little more rigor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Etxeberria is a good match for the film's Cassavetes-inspired character study. She's no Gena Rowlands, but this woman is clearly under the influence of something that might destroy more lives than hers.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Action takes a backseat to local color in well-acted drama.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    If the three hours of filming Cameron did in the Trench yield little obvious drama, the story of how the Deepsea Challenger reached those depths makes up for it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    More warm-hearted than funny, Schwarz's feature debut benefits from an intelligent script and sympathetic lead performance by Griffin Dunne
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Newfoundland-set comedy is formulaic but pleasing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The new film adds slices to our understanding of life in this war but not so much so that it feels essential.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Just looking at men of this age adds new depth to questions about legalizing gay marriage and further normalizing the kind of institutionalized responsibilities straight people take for granted.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Blood-spattered crime comedy benefits from whip-smart pacing and quirky Scandinavian attitude.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Where some other recent observation-only docs (a format seemingly on the rise among festival entries) have suffered from sluggish pacing or needless obscurity, Light benefits from Yoonha Park's editing, which keeps things moving without suffering from ADHD.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    An account of one modern expedition that draws fruitfully upon the lore of another.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A fable-like horror mystery with strong comic and romantic tendencies, Alexandre Aja's Horns draws on source material by cult scribe (and son of Stephen King) Joe Hill to deliver something much more beguiling than the straighter genre fare (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes) that made his name.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Kline remains a pleasure to watch, surviving the character's deepening self-pity and making his suspiciously unwriterly carelessness with words (he refers to the trophy head of a wild boar as a "cow") almost charming.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Talking heads aside, the movie gets a big boost from the wealth of news footage and post-standoff reportage the filmmakers cull from archives.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Grashaw's convincing drama distills this underexposed world into the story of a single young man trying to survive a system designed to break him.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Kink is quite convincing in presenting this one workplace as a happy, sane environment where people respect each other and aren't manipulated into doing things they don't ultimately enjoy. But it leaves plenty of room to presume that Kink.com is an outlier in the industry.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Being haunted by a ghost here is less like a horror movie than like many of the other secrets teenagers share -- working out matters of life and death that no one around them has a clue about.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Catherine Gund's Born to Fly works very well as a portrait of a maverick artistic sensibility, even if it will leave some viewers wanting more in terms of performance footage.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The film will appeal to art lovers, but some viewers who can hardly tell their Cezannes from Chagalls will find the story fascinating as well.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Cutter Hodierne's Fishing Without Nets is a tense drama with well-drawn characters and only as much action as its story requires.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Though it doesn't answer every question it raises and may occasionally confuse the uninitiated, the polished film easily stirs indignation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The tale is surprising, and directors Carlos Aguilo and Mandy Jacobson blaze right through it -- recounting ins and outs across an entire continent in ways that will challenge most viewers in the West.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Comic subplots are less zany than flatly hopeless, occasionally acting as deflating metaphors for army life.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The filmmakers get astonishing access, eventually earning enough trust that they get to visit Guzman's family home and interview his mother, who proudly recalls how fascinated he was with stacks of play money as a child.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Paul Schneider shines in the role, stumbling through a dating world that has changed since his character got hitched, thanks mostly to social media.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The filmmakers prefer, smartly, to focus on the people in present-tense need, making them not statistics to be debated but human stories.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Subjects Bill Andrews and Aubrey de Grey are colorful in quite different but complementary ways.

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