For 397 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 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 Raze
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 397
397 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Carbone's script doesn't tell a story so much as watch the fluctuations in emotional energy here, quietly observing activities both directly and indirectly related to the loss. As a director he's patient but never sluggish, taking time to appreciate the still landscapes his characters move through.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The movie doesn't really focus on many individuals long enough to make them compelling screen characters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The city isn't the star of the film, nor is Lehane's excellent dialogue, and neither is Roskam, here making a sure-footed jump to America after his Belgian debut Bullhead. The picture belongs to Tom Hardy, whose astonishingly sensitive performance even the great James Gandolfini steps gently around.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Though it mostly summarizes available arguments instead of uncovering new facts, it's an accessible primer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    In the last 15 minutes of the film, he burns up some of the credibility he established by not pushing extreme situations too far earlier on.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Batmanglij balances emotional tension with practical danger nicely, a must in a story whose activist protagonists can make no distinction between the personal and the political.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    If certain pieces of the last act are less convincing than what precedes it, the themes underlying the illicit emigration resonate with the viewer's knowledge that, in the real world, two of these Cubans actually did escape.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Warm-hearted and entertaining, if more sad than its quirky premise suggests.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Despite the familiarity of this setup, Way Back is a charmer, putting refreshingly little emphasis on Duncan's romantic needs and allowing family melodrama to erupt and simmer down without pat resolution.
    • 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
    • 70 John DeFore
    The heavily stylized film further demonstrates the actor's ability to create self-contained worlds behind the camera.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Very funny at the outset and escalating steadily for most of its brisk running time, the film represents a big win for neophyte screenwriters Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 John DeFore
    This film neither really embraces the mechanics of primitive cinema nor creates a coherent syntax of its own.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    More structure and polish doesn't keep Lynn Shelton's latest from being recognizably hers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Robot & Frank reminds quirk-hardened veterans that an odd premise and big heart don't have to add up to too-precious awards bait.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The picture is deeply weird, with an entrancement factor almost entirely dependent on the performance of Michael Parks.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Adoptees themselves almost certainly will find Somewhere Between an empowering reminder that tens of thousands of kids have walked this path before.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A must-see for fans of the cult musician and a moving, if sometimes oblique, look at gender-identity issues, it will find many admirers in niche bookings.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The effective documentary makes her attitudes and techniques look unarguably commonsensical, for the most part; while many distributors will shy away from such graphic material, the film may thrive in niche bookings and will benefit from enthusiastic word-of-mouth on video.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Funny, fascinating, and packing a surprisingly poignant twist, the doc will get plenty of free publicity and, for unsqueamish moviegoers, will live up to the hype.
    • 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.