For 371 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 43% 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
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Before Midnight
Lowest review score: 10 I Kissed a Vampire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 371
371 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Centurion delivers some large-scale action but plays almost like a Roman-era Western in its depiction of a few soldiers trying to get home alive after the slaughter of their comrades.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Anne Émond's quietly raw Nuit #1 begins as a highbrow sex film but quickly becomes something much more interesting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Meyer and Luke Matheny's script is full of the kind of nit-picky detail one hears when birders converse, and milks some life lessons out of philosophical differences between "listers" and "watchers."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The story's conclusion benefits from a closure that is satisfying despite — and even because of — its predictability.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    An engrossing two-hander combining the smart-talk microcosm of "My Dinner With Andre" and the sexual dynamics of a Philip Roth novel, David Trueba's Madrid, 1987 is more universal than its title suggests and holds a strong art house appeal.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Few would fail to be touched by these stories, or by the sight of these men having generations of kids and grandkids gather to celebrate their accomplishment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Hitting all the rom-com notes with wit and some charm, it'll be a crowd-pleaser.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Lucy plays more like a big dumb superhero flick than sci-fi.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Though convincing in its argument that pimps and clients are treated much better than they should be in our legal system as compared to prostitutes, the film presents a picture of America's sex-trade landscape that will feel incomplete to many viewers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The documentary offers little to further the national discussion on this divisive topic, but its evenhandedness and unstrident tone will go down well with viewers accustomed to more heated treatments of it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A cast of young actors is uniformly strong, as is Lance Gewer's photography.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A compelling tale even for viewers with no interest in the sweet science.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Pure joy for Beatles fans and, one guesses, charming enough to seduce some viewers who wouldn't mind never hearing "She Loves You" ever again.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Inevitable or not, it's fun watching two middle-aged lunkheads reverting to adolescent competitiveness, and the fun is compounded by secrecy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Viewers will suspect from early on that things aren't as straightforward as they appear, and Clark's screenplay addresses those suspicions only to the extent it must to justify its characters' behavior.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Liz Marshall's Ghosts in Our Machine trades didacticism for first-person atmospherics.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    A great many of these individual scenes are funny... But the film fails to do what those rare, immortal rom-coms get right: take all its individually pleasing ingredients and make a satisfying movie out of them.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    RED
    Even the more cartoonish performances, like John Malkovich's acid-damaged paranoiac, fit the movie's vision of the vanished, wild-and-woolly heyday of spycraft.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    A dispiriting horror cheapie whose monsters-in-the-projects premise plays out like an anti-welfare parable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A risky bet that pays off solidly, Jodie Foster's much-delayed The Beaver survives its life/art parallels -- thanks to its star, Mel Gibson -- to deliver a hopeful portrait of mental illness that is quirky, serious and sensitive.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Well-lensed observational doc exposes an obscure economic reality in Mongolia.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Jones is great in the part, even if this movie doesn't quite prove she should be carrying films on her own, and the actress makes her character's clumsy heartache feel like more than a plot point.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Although it offers some insight into his distinctive technique, it could have gone much further. But viewers will appreciate spending time with this cheerful, unassuming man, and will enjoy seeing the artist acknowledged by celebrities who owe him so much
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A return to form for John Sayles.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Enjoyable but incomplete-feeling bio-doc both celebrates the Milius myth and tries to undo the damage it did to his reputation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Creadon's doc benefits substantially from these kids, resulting in a film with modest commercial appeal that should have a healthy video afterlife with activism-minded students in college and graduate programs.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Park's unsettling visuals and his handling of the cast make the occasional holes in Wentworth Miller's script practically irrelevant.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A likeable cast of relative newcomers buoys the film, which never quite finds the sweet spot.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Co-directors Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson balance humor and fun with a little fear in a thoroughly accessible way.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Finding smart ways to bring novelty to the franchise without forsaking what made the original so much fun (and in fact doubling down on some of those qualities), Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black 3 easily erases the second installment's vague but unpleasant memory and -- though we might hope producers will quit while they're ahead -- paves the way for future installments.