For 404 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 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 No One Lives
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 404
404 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Daniel Schechter's Life of Crime starts promisingly and ends with a smile but underwhelms in between.
    • 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
    • 70 John DeFore
    Revealing tour doc showcases a quick wit and a bruised soul.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Hitting all the rom-com notes with wit and some charm, it'll be a crowd-pleaser.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    If the three hours of filming Cameron did in the Trench yield little obvious drama, the story of how the Deepsea Challenger reached those depths makes up for it.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    If the premise isn't as attention-grabbing as Rubber's was, the execution should help build the filmmaker's following.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Viewers will surely have their curiosity piqued, but may not walk out convinced of Jobriath's place in the pop Pantheon.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The film offers a privileged perspective on crucial moments in Johnny Cash's career, and serious fans will likely warm to it on the small screen.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Charming at times but surprisingly cheap-feeling given the cast Heckerling has assembled.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Newfoundland-set comedy is formulaic but pleasing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A solid primer that augments exposition with a powerful sensual streak, Mark Hall's Sushi: The Global Catch aims to be a comprehensive look at the raw-fish phenomenon.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Choosing it for his debut as director, Bateman demonstrates the same knack for timing and fine shadings of attitude as he does onscreen.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Money for Nothing feels less prophetic than generally handwringing -- it's just enough to produce vague worry in the unschooled without moving policymakers to do anything they're not already doing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A gore-for-broke affair that strips the flesh off Sam Raimi's cult-beloved comic-horror franchise and exposes the demons at its core.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    The Story of Luke suffers all the flaws associated with disability films and more. Familiar faces in the cast may attract notice in niche bookings, but no one involved will benefit from the exposure.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Modest but revealing documentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A character-driven take on true-crime fare, Alex Karpovsky's Rubberneck marks a solid dramatic turn for a filmmaker best known for playing comedic parts in indie films like "Tiny Furniture."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Nelson's amiable comedy occasionally gets fixated on things that don't serve its overall purpose and is too self-conscious to really shine. But it's a more competent, accessible film than its stealthy theatrical release suggests.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Art doc's stylistic quirks detract slightly from a sometimes fascinating portrait.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Despite a premise with broad appeal and a script boasting plenty of laughs among its misfires, the high school fable falters.