For 564 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 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Lowest review score: 10 Gut
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 564
564 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Formulaic and often hard to swallow, the picture offers little beyond the familiar pleasures of Duvall's old-coot mode.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Another deep disappointment for fans of the raw, exciting "Ong Bak."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Too dark for a very broad audience, it will flummox some viewers drawn by its cast but will strike others with its more-than-prickly approach and standoffish humor.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    There's nothing new under the sun, but About Alex is very, very not new. Luckily, most of its capable cast muster the warmth we require, and Zwick's script offers more humor (however mild the laughs are) than sentimentality.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Though it lacks the specific argumentative point of view that might have carried it into the mainstream, its sympathetic approach to subjects offers a compelling human perspective on questions that get too little attention in debates about health care.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Pretty in a decaying-opulence sort of way and well cast, the film is more superficial than its nods to highbrow culture would suggest.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Unfortunately, [Robert Duvall's] attempt to create a multigenerational Lone Star-like mystery doesn't gel as John Sayles's film did, leaving so many dramatic moments unresolved that one wonders how many scenes must have been left on the cutting-room floor.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Stocking the supporting cast with top-drawer talent, he gives most of his costars little to do besides attract our attention on movie posters.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    An amusing premise yields few yuks.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Ruffalo gives voice to the film's unironic point of view.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Motivated by an earnest need to inspire, Schmidt's debut suffers from stiffness but improves as it goes, the tension of its plot overcoming many dramatic failings.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    The film will attract the attention of a public that's increasingly educated about gourmet matters, but leave the most serious viewers unsatisfied. Fatally for a film of this sort, it doesn't leave the viewer wanting a drink.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Though full of material that will move sports fans, some questions of emphasis and lack of polish make the film less galvanizing than it might've been.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Full of legitimate, even urgent concerns but so garish in tone it encourages viewers to view it as propaganda, Peter Navarro's Death By China does a disservice to its message.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Falling somewhere between the X Games and Jackass on the Knievel Scale of Senseless Self-Endangerment, the crew known as Nitro Circus offers more physical and technical prowess than Johnny Knoxville's crew without stooping to anything so disciplined it might accidentally be called a sport.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A timely look at an important issue that's getting more hotly contested every month, Electoral Dysfunction takes a mildly jocular tone to get viewers concerned about what it calls a "war on voting" in America.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Babbit's flat direction has none of the lurid appeal or humor that (along with a much more appealing cast) sustained John McNaughton's notionally similar "Wild Things" through crazy plot contrivances.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Director David Mackenzie's film about two rival band members handcuffed to each other takes too long to find its footing.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Though their resolution is a little too neat to be believed, the filmmakers' way with their cast makes this debut a promising one.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Amusing but scattered and unconvincing comedy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    The film's generosity toward Christina's decision-making is, however true to life, dramatically unsatisfying.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    A campaign movie for viewers who, if they care about politics at all, certainly don't require the full Sorkin treatment.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Amusing but not as funny or suspenseful as it could be.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Sporadically funny though less effective at selling its melancholy undercurrents.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Renzi's uneven script makes this a less sturdy vehicle than 2012's Arbitrage, and a less marketable one given the absence of thriller elements that sustained that film's character study. Still, there's plenty here for Gere's admirers to appreciate.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    While the supernatural side of the film suffers a flaw or two — continued references to The Doors are superfluous and sometimes chuckle-inducing — its central conflict works.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    More casual fans are advised to wait a movie or two and see if Begos can do anything new with the idiom he knows so well.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A feel-good flick about a serial killer who just wants what's best for her daughter. Broad and not too spicy, the London-set Indian rom-com is a crowd-pleaser.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Obvious parallels to "Thelma & Louise" do little to raise the dramatic stakes here.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Aiming for Hitchcockian suspense but coming closer to daytime drama, the film offers only occasional tension.

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