For 497 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John DeFore's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Lowest review score: 10 Raze
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 497
497 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Art doc's stylistic quirks detract slightly from a sometimes fascinating portrait.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Page's no-regrets spirit and the enraptured testimonials from those who knew her in her prime (including some swooning ex-lovers) overpowers clumsy filmmaking.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    While Lee leaves some of Park's more memorable outrages behind, he and screenwriter Mark Protosevich find one or two ways to up the taboo-testing ante, small surprises that retain the tale's edge without pushing into the realm of exploitation.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Young actor Sitthiphon Disamoe helps keep the tale of a can-do kid from becoming too cute.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    While the personalities engage the viewer, the film's story is a diffuse one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A feel-good picture that is a little less affecting than it might have been, but is entertaining enough.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A likeable cast of relative newcomers buoys the film, which never quite finds the sweet spot.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A likeable if familiar underdog tale.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    More a tone poem or gallery installation piece than a verite outing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Annette Bening captivates as the self-delusionist, with Ed Harris ruggedly irresistible as the object of her fantasy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The easygoing comedy keeps a familiar story going despite minor plot hiccups.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Captivating for a long stretch.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Though it doesn't quite hit the target, Plotnick's vision of the future of the past is peculiar enough to resist quick dismissal.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Pretty in a decaying-opulence sort of way and well cast, the film is more superficial than its nods to highbrow culture would suggest.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Motivated by an earnest need to inspire, Schmidt's debut suffers from stiffness but improves as it goes, the tension of its plot overcoming many dramatic failings.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Thomas Haden Church hits the exact balance of desperation and resignation demanded by the peculiar story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A sharp-looking and enjoyable doc that celebrates the writer's legacy but, in its willfully obscure structure, seems a bit too bent on echoing his famous nonconformity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Documentary will play best with very serious classical fans.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Meditative, glossy doc provides some glimpses behind the curtain but isn't terribly enlightening.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Hugely entertaining for much of its short running time before a third act that's problematic for various reasons, the film benefits from a top-notch cast and some sharp dialogue but will leave many viewers scratching their heads.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Though the inventions of Misan Sagay's script emphasize concerns over dowries and social rank that will be grating for many contemporary viewers, extracting little of the humor that Austen regularly found in such hang-ups, the picture's sour notes are balanced by fine performances and clear historical appeal.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The doc highlights undeniably important realities; but it doesn't find a narrative that sustains feature treatment.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    There's nothing new under the sun, but About Alex is very, very not new. Luckily, most of its capable cast muster the warmth we require, and Zwick's script offers more humor (however mild the laughs are) than sentimentality.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    The movie doesn't really focus on many individuals long enough to make them compelling screen characters.

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