For 732 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% 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 732
732 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Fans will love its intimate mood and class-act portrayal of its subject; Dion Beebe's cinematography boasts the expected polish, but the film will likely be most popular on small screens.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    An account of captivity and torture unlike most that have emerged from recent conflicts in the Middle East, David Schisgall's Theo Who Lived finds, in freed journalist Theo Padnos, a man with surprising empathy for those who beat and nearly killed him.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Seeing these likable oldsters talk at length is just about the entire point of this picture, which isn't nearly as good at guiding us through history or explaining technical minutiae as it is at relating to their well-earned sense of pride.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    It's laugh-packed, self-aware in a manner that lets everyone in on the joke, and goofily satisfying in the action department.
    • 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
    • 70 John DeFore
    Malik Bader's Cash Only is one of the more convincingly gritty indies to hit fests in several seasons.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    While the doc uses reenactment and plentiful period news footage to chart how Sands withered away, and to capture the mixture of respect and grief his determination to die produced in supporters, the film is always about more than Sands.
    • 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
    • 80 John DeFore
    A trapped-in-a-house thriller pitting thieves against an unexpectedly resourceful victim, the lean and mean pic offers scares aplenty and at least a couple of game-changing twists.
    • 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
    • 80 John DeFore
    A first-rate music film capturing a restless desire to communicate beyond the boundaries of any single idiom.
    • 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
    • 80 John DeFore
    German Kral's Our Last Tango balances between a studious fascination with the dance form's history and an embrace of the passions it stokes. Far more engrossing than the usual doc of this sort.
    • 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
    Coon and Skousen supply just enough information about the boys' post-Raiders lives to satisfy our curiosity.
    • 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
    A comedy in both the current and the original senses of the word, Little Hours earns its laughs before ensuring a happy end.
    • 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
    Though the script's handling of the decision itself is uncomfortably abrupt, everything leading up to it benefits from a convincing, lived-in vibe.
    • 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
    • 60 John DeFore
    The cast's likability keeps us on board, watching the sometimes baffling behavior onscreen just like those on the streets of Seoul, who gape up at a monster in horror but can't make themselves flee to the suburbs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The artwork is achingly delicate, but there's nothing subtle about Belladonna of Sadness, a blast of psychedelic madness full of rape, tyranny and Satanism.
    • 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.

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