For 563 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 Before Midnight
Lowest review score: 10 Gut
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 563
563 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Leacock proves to be charming company, sprinkling sometimes hilarious personal anecdotes among the high points of his career.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Steph Green's first feature has more going for it than a solid dramatic turn by Will Forte.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Grimy and sad but not sensationalistic, the debut feature is like Drugstore Cowboy drained of its hipness and sex appeal.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Unfocused, overly long documentary raises provocative questions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The filmmakers prefer, smartly, to focus on the people in present-tense need, making them not statistics to be debated but human stories.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Capturing the spirit of an artist and the quickly-fading moment in media history when his work could have real nationwide impact, Michael Stevens' Herblock: The Black & The White pays homage to the great editorial cartoonist with testimonials from a who's-who of D.C. journalists and opinion-makers.
    • 70 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Becker is now completely paralyzed, unable even to speak. But Vile keeps him almost entirely offscreen until the last thirty minutes, preferring to introduce him as he once was: Uncommonly positive and single-minded in his obsession with the electric guitar.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Portrait of Wally may be too narrowly focused for some viewers, but offers an engaging narrative and high-profile subject that should attract audiences at fests and in specialized theatrical bookings.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Convincingly argued and extremely polished, it has theatrical potential for auds whose reservoir of worry about humanity's future hasn't already run dry.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A film whose fascination with bees and their mammoth impact on the global food chain extends far beyond the subject of colony collapse disorder. Arthouse audiences will eat it up.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Jaume BalabuerĂ³'s effective thriller Sleep Tight puts more value on slow-building bad vibes than on pulled-curtain shock, but its treatment of mental illness and voyeurism, lightly salted with pitch-black humor, will feel pleasingly familiar to fans of the older film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    It's a thrill, and one that seriously rewards big-screen viewing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 John DeFore
    The force of Darby's personality -- a rich stew of righteousness, arrogance and self-delusion -- gives the doc a psychological appeal independent of politics.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    An enjoyably naughty trip through Divine's career that happily makes time to introduce us to Glenn Milstead, the sweet kid and fledgling hairdresser who transformed himself so daringly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Kids with healthy attention spans may warm to its (literally) colorful characters and outside-the-frame action, but most will find it as lifeless as their parents do.
    • 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
    • 70 John DeFore
    What starts out as a familiar kind of portrait...eventually grows a layer or two more complex.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    If Berardini isn't very generous to the company's execs, shortchanging what is likely a genuine belief that they're doing good while making a ton of money, he does spend time with officers who, for a time, embraced the Taser eagerly.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    This picture satisfies fully on entertainment terms without cheapening its real-world concerns.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    More lightweight than its ample talk of weighty subjects suggests, the film is nevertheless enjoyable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    What begins as a friendly trip grows increasingly tense as the men visit sites of mass murder.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The movie doesn't really focus on many individuals long enough to make them compelling screen characters.
    • 69 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
    Though the film addresses some questions that remain a sticking point in helping abused women, it sheds little new light on them for viewers who've spent any time thinking about this upsettingly widespread phenomenon.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Comic subplots are less zany than flatly hopeless, occasionally acting as deflating metaphors for army life.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Funny, dark, and riding a very fine line in its depiction of mental illness, it may be the best thing we could hope would emerge from the side of Wiig that gave us Gilly.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Both actors stay sharp through some pretty degrading moments, and if Palmer and screenwriter Tess Morris are bent on serious button-pushing in the closing scenes, at least they garnish it with playfulness and wit.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    In a brisk hour and a half Vreeland gives a good sense of her impact, while telling stories of so many love affairs and ego clashes Art Addict never feels a bit like a history lesson.

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