For 511 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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John DeFore's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Lowest review score: 10 Gut
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 511
511 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    The Story of Luke suffers all the flaws associated with disability films and more. Familiar faces in the cast may attract notice in niche bookings, but no one involved will benefit from the exposure.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Modest but revealing documentary.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Art doc's stylistic quirks detract slightly from a sometimes fascinating portrait.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Despite a premise with broad appeal and a script boasting plenty of laughs among its misfires, the high school fable falters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    There's a good deal of pleasure to draw from some of these bonding moments, especially among vets who haven't seen each other for years, but not enough to justify overshadowing the movie's other elements.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Although Weigert is convincing as Abby, Passon's attitude toward the character is hazy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    A niche theatrical run might draw fans of Goldthwait's previous work, this effort isn't likely to get as much help from critics as those sometimes did.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    The audience it manages to reach will find it as vicerally satisfying as a doc on this subject can be.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    More a tone poem or gallery installation piece than a verite outing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    As she flails through a few dubious choices, the character may be on the kind of self-discovery path we've seen in countless other films; but Winstead makes the outcome seem far from preordained.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Though its even-tempered account may be more thorough than print and TV coverage at the time, the doc doesn't offer anything dramatic enough to draw many eyeballs at this late date.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    While Freeland's plotting is graceful, there are occasional moments of stiffness in the dialogue itself, brief rough patches her largely neophyte cast can't fix in the delivery.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Despite the story's elements of suspense, loss and determination, though, the picture has a mundane, low-stakes vibe that fails to make the most of its inspirational content.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The film will frustrate viewers who insist on knowing which interviewees are recounting real experiences and which are perpetuating fictions hatched by the game's creator, Jeff Hull. But mystery is part of the appeal.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A commendably restrained loser-turns-winner tale offering an unexpected second showcase for Terri star Jacob Wysocki, Matthew Lillard's Fat Kid Rules the World is less colorful than its grandeur-deluded title suggests.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    In his 4:44 Last Day on Earth, the auteur imagines the apocalypse from an aging NYC hipster's perspective, hitting melancholy notes that may ring true for a small segment of the art-house audience but, without the compelling presence of Willem Dafoe, would have little hope at the box office.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Less an introduction to the green-burial movement than a portrait of one man who embraced it after being diagnosed with a terminal illness, A Will for the Woods is more sentimental than journalistic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Some of these gags are hilarious.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    While Big Boys addresses the extent to which journalists (particularly in the U.S., Gertten believes) too readily accept the claims of powerful entities, the film misses the opportunity to explore this issue in a more universal way.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Captivating for a long stretch.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    A melodrama benefitting from excellent performances but suffering from a too-obvious script.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Cartoonish hyperbole aside, the investigation does have its high points.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Feel-good documentary gathers great interviews but isn't sure what they add up to.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    It has little to offer a well-informed viewer.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Good-looking but not very effective adaptation of the seedy classic by "Grifters" author Jim Thompson.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Diverting but not enough to expand Kevin Hart's fan base much.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    A supernatural action comedy that can never live up to its exciting opening scenes, Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End mixes horror-tinged mayhem with smart-alec laughs but loses momentum early and gets bogged down in exposition.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    While Hobson's smarts are evident here, the picture's uniformly dim visuals and sometimes overplayed sound design are static enough to do a disservice to his work with the cast.

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