For 563 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 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: 46 out of 563
563 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Despite its successful attempts to show how oil has affected everyday citizens in nearby Nigeria, the film remains fairly dry.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Very much a work of its time, the documentary offers unique perspectives for fans of both the saxophonist and the pioneering filmmaker, but is unlikely to attract a broad audience beyond those camps.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    The Queen of Versailles will prompt loathing not only among the so-called 99 Percent, but among those in the top 1 percent who would like someone more sane to represent them on camera.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Heartfelt but clumsy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Less an investigation into or comprehensive summary of the Penn State sex-abuse scandal than a look at the feelings it elicited, Amir Bar-Lev's Happy Valley is more concerned with the phenomenon of team spirit than any single question of fact or moral judgment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Benefitting from likeable, good-natured subjects and the peculiar pastimes with which they fill their cooped-up hours, the doc certainly gets us interested in and rooting for the Angulo boys.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The doc's structure is a countdown to opening night, but planning goes smoothly enough that little drama accompanies that ticking clock.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Crude production values are a stumbling block for bare-bones tale.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The plot reversals of the third act happen rather abruptly, perhaps unbelievably, in comparison to what precedes them. But those who've been in Margaret's shoes may find this appropriate — an honest acknowledgement of the false starts that can result when a newly hatched idealist tries to apply abstract principles to messy human emotions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Though not novel enough to attract non-devotees of America's Pastime, the film should please fans on the small screen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Twisty enough to please many arthouse patrons, though some will be rolling their eyes by the end.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Young actor Sitthiphon Disamoe helps keep the tale of a can-do kid from becoming too cute.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Meditative, glossy doc provides some glimpses behind the curtain but isn't terribly enlightening.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Unfocused, overly long documentary raises provocative questions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Kids with healthy attention spans may warm to its (literally) colorful characters and outside-the-frame action, but most will find it as lifeless as their parents do.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    While a composited scene, in which has-been Lenny lectures his younger self about work ethic and wisdom, has an undeniable poignancy, actual tragedy remains far beyond the film's grasp -- as does any illumination beyond the unsurprising suggestion that Cooke just didn't want success as much as peers like LeBron James.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The movie doesn't really focus on many individuals long enough to make them compelling screen characters.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The easygoing comedy keeps a familiar story going despite minor plot hiccups.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    More impressionistic than enlightening, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's Detropia introduces us to some interesting citizens of Detroit and gives them a welcome opportunity to speak for themselves, but reveals little we don't already know.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Neither as frightening as a good horror flick nor as enlightening as a straight documentary, Rodney Ascher's The Nightmare borrows from both worlds in its depiction of the phenomenon known as sleep paralysis.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A sharp-looking and enjoyable doc that celebrates the writer's legacy but, in its willfully obscure structure, seems a bit too bent on echoing his famous nonconformity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A likeable if not especially vibrant doc.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    An ordinary look at four extraordinary kids, Scott Hamilton Kennedy's Fame High sticks firmly to convention but will please viewers who can't help but want the doc's sympathetic teens to escape the heartbreak most would-be artists face.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A film that (whatever massive efforts were required to work around [Paul Walker's] absence) is as stupendously stupid and stupidly diverting as it could have hoped to be had everything gone as planned.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Despite an appealing cast, though, neither comedy nor suspense really takes flight until very near the end, largely due to a script that isn't equal to the filmmakers' enthusiasm.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Clearly intent on inspiring viewers, the informational film makes a fine sum-up for those who've found the last decade's geopolitics too much to keep track of, but isn't promising in commercial terms.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Sadly, this film's POV conceit -- in which all scenes are shot by the characters, whether they have a plausible reason to hold the camera up or not -- quickly becomes as grating as Kelly herself.

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