For 460 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 1.7 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 Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 460
460 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    It's easy to imagine exhibitors running scared from the documentary, but audiences who find it will be rewarded with a serious and provocative film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    An eye-opener about what it's like to live with a variety of mental illnesses, including obsessive-compulsive disorder -- and, however tenuously, to recover from them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Engaging characters and the persistent appeal of dinosaurs benefit the doc, whose Byzantine legal content might otherwise be off-putting.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The good-looking, easygoing doc settles in with its two subjects, offering not just an intimate perspective on the playwright's biography but some touching reflections on the comforts and perils of long-term friendship.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A compact, effective thriller set in way-rural Ireland, Jeremy Lovering's In Fear makes the most of three actors, a car and a network of narrow roads winding through the woods.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A quick pace and always-enjoyable lead Joseph Gordon-Levitt will please moviegoers, even if the picture's ticking-clock approach isn't as invigoratingly pulpy here as in the Koepp-penned "Snake Eyes" and "Panic Room."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Strong, entertaining portrait of a hard-to-pin-down online phenomenon.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    In the absence of sympathetic characters, a little humor would have gone a long way here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Jaw-dropping and surprisingly kind-hearted considering the circumstances.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A history lesson that holds some pleasures even for those who know its material by heart.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Dior and I is a fashion doc with both a sense of history and a feel for the energy of a work in progress.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A feel-good picture that is a little less affecting than it might have been, but is entertaining enough.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The democratic nature of the project and its exploration here jibes with the story of the Vogels, who (to put it mildly) don't conform to the stereotype of the filthy-rich art patron.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Well conceived and unmanipulative, it will play well with auds attuned to its social-justice themes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    One of the things making Goon so enjoyable is its fairy-tale suggestion that all humanity's violent impulses can be exorcized in a Zamboni-groomed ice rink.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Katz has a clear investment in Healy's character and convincingly depicts his choices as inevitable even when they become anything but.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Though the inventions of Misan Sagay's script emphasize concerns over dowries and social rank that will be grating for many contemporary viewers, extracting little of the humor that Austen regularly found in such hang-ups, the picture's sour notes are balanced by fine performances and clear historical appeal.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Page's no-regrets spirit and the enraptured testimonials from those who knew her in her prime (including some swooning ex-lovers) overpowers clumsy filmmaking.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Mitt humanizes a man who was never nearly as good with his target audience as he was with his family.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    As entertaining as any showbiz documentary in recent memory.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The picture would go nowhere without the friendly chemistry between Lewis and costar Jonny Weston, as the wheelchair-bound high schooler who charms her. If young mothers had any time to go to movies, this one might draw them in droves.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Following the template of documentaries bent on scaring viewers silly, Oasis winds up with a segment pointing to glimmers of hope, one of which addresses the marketing challenge of convincing citizens that recycled waste water is safe for drinking.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Entertaining and comprehensive in its account of the man's career.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Thomas Haden Church hits the exact balance of desperation and resignation demanded by the peculiar story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    However off-putting this fragmentary approach might be for those who'd prefer a clean chronology of important works and their assimilation into academic histories of art, it's clear by the end that the aesthetic fits the subject like a glove.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    More structure and polish doesn't keep Lynn Shelton's latest from being recognizably hers.

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