For 725 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John DeFore's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Before Midnight
Lowest review score: 0 The Trouble with Terkel
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 725
725 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Damning documentary pairs an individual sex-abuse case with analysis of institutional dysfunction at the Vatican.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Its account of the week beginning January 25 feels like a solid, layman-friendly addition to the West's understanding of this chunk of history.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    If the movie pushes most of the ugliest behavior off onto side players (like the notorious Suge Knight, played by R. Marcus Taylor), it does for the most part fulfill its mission, breathing life into the origin story of a group whose influence is still being felt.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Twisty enough to please many arthouse patrons, though some will be rolling their eyes by the end.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Strong performances propel a movie that wears its influences (De Palma, Lynch) on its sleeve without feeling like a copycat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Gibney is convincing on every front. And while Apple (big surprise) refused to cooperate — meaning that key players like Jony Ive and Tim Cook are all but invisible in this story — he gets enough of Jobs' collaborators on camera to lend emotional color to the portrait.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Though the film stretches out long enough to impress us with the difficulty of their journey, the four actors ensure that the two hours or so we spend in their company aren't dull.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Young actor Sitthiphon Disamoe helps keep the tale of a can-do kid from becoming too cute.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 John DeFore
    All but a must-see for anyone who knows enough to care about the way laws govern information transfer in the digital age, Brian Knappenberger's The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is an inspiring account of the life of, and an infuriating chronology of the persecution of, one of the Internet's most impressive prodigies.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    In tracing the origins of this restaurant staple, Ian Cheney's The Search for General Tso is as much an immigration history as a culinary one, observing how a people who were demonized as low-wage laborers found entrepreneurial success in small and large towns across the country.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Less a rock-doc than a surprisingly affecting look at sibling dynamics in a creative family where one brother is vastly more successful than the other.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Aubrey Plaza proves she can carry a film with this multiplex-friendly comedy about time travel.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A powerful documentary that reminds those of us who've moved on to other worries that this one is far from finished -- and that a government that proclaimed outrage during the summer of 2010 has seemingly done little to prevent or prepare for another such catastrophe.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Though never managing to surprise us much, this brisk encounter with the living past has moments of charm and the occasional fresh perspective.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Frank about economic realities but far from a downer, this curious and humanistic doc is sure to alter the way city-dwellers look at those who linger around trash cans
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Some viewers will find the film's mannered performances and direction silly; but while Wang Tianlin's lensing doesn't match the luxuriant sheen that Christopher Doyle and Philippe Le Sourd have delivered for Wong, the production elements do add up to a coherent style.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Maclean's screenplay is unshowy but keen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Predictably full of great performing footage and incorporating new interviews with the too-few surviving witnesses, the doc may hold few revelations for baby boomers and their kids, who've had ample opportunities to revisit the material. But it will make a fine entry point for younger auds who grew up with the songs but never had Beatlemania shoved down their throats.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Following up "Humpday" with another low-rent charmer, Lynn Shelton moves from two- to three-character dynamics.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    While He Never Died is hardly a comedy — it's bloody and reflective, with a gloomy side that sometimes threatens to sink it — these wry moments are central to its appeal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A thoughtful, emotionally tricky debut benefitting from two strong lead performances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Minimalist in terms of action and scope but attentive to the texture of what is onscreen.
    • 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
    • 70 John DeFore
    A resourceful dreamer needn't be alienated from fields of endeavor usually requiring years of training or unthinkable wealth. Imagination, seriousness and a small set of shop tools are sufficient.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The earnest doc offers enough spirit-lifting moments to prove its thesis and leave viewers inspired.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Meditative, glossy doc provides some glimpses behind the curtain but isn't terribly enlightening.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Mullins knows just how much plot this enterprise requires (answer: not a lot), avoiding boredom by giving the quartet reasons to leave houses behind and, eventually, to fracture.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    At some point, we realize we've stopped counting the '80s dance hits we recognize (or trying to figure out when that Frankie Goes to Hollywood remix will end) and have become invested in the social lives of the men and women on camera.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    There's nothing moribund about the action in King Georges, the lively first film directed by doc producer Erika Frankel, which observes the perfectionist workhorse in his kitchen.

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