For 383 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 42% 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 Before Midnight
Lowest review score: 10 I Kissed a Vampire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 383
383 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Unfocused, overly long documentary raises provocative questions.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    While the supernatural side of the film suffers a flaw or two — continued references to The Doors are superfluous and sometimes chuckle-inducing — its central conflict works.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Good-looking but not very effective adaptation of the seedy classic by "Grifters" author Jim Thompson.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Less an introduction to the green-burial movement than a portrait of one man who embraced it after being diagnosed with a terminal illness, A Will for the Woods is more sentimental than journalistic.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Sporadically funny though less effective at selling its melancholy undercurrents.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Director David Mackenzie's film about two rival band members handcuffed to each other takes too long to find its footing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    A damning account of institutional dysfunction whose ability to stoke indignation is undercut by its filmmakers' misguided comic antics.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Its low-rent cast and unappealing key art won't help at the box office, but viewers who stumble across it on cable may be pleasantly, if mildly, surprised.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    A novel cultural focus, highlighting Guyanese citizens of Indian ancestry, isn't enough to sustain interest in the lifeless film, which will attract few outside the Indo-Guyanese community.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Sadly, this film's POV conceit -- in which all scenes are shot by the characters, whether they have a plausible reason to hold the camera up or not -- quickly becomes as grating as Kelly herself.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    An appealing cast and well-executed mood of foreboding would seem to hold some promise commercially, but the script grows silly in the third act, letting the picture down.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Pretty, occasionally witty and not believable for a moment, Sophie Lellouche's Paris-Manhattan is suffused with fannish love for Woody Allen's films but hardly lives up to their legacy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    The disappointingly generic film, which strands a father and son on Earth a thousand years after a planet-wide evacuation, will leave genre audiences pining for the more Terra-centric conceits of "Oblivion," not to mention countless other future-set films that find novelty in making familiar surroundings threatening.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    An amusing premise yields few yuks.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Familiar faces in supporting roles don't do much for the commercial prospects of this modest film, which feels like a made-for-TV version of the prototypical Sundance-aspiring quest for identity.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    The film will attract the attention of a public that's increasingly educated about gourmet matters, but leave the most serious viewers unsatisfied. Fatally for a film of this sort, it doesn't leave the viewer wanting a drink.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Obvious parallels to "Thelma & Louise" do little to raise the dramatic stakes here.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Babbit's flat direction has none of the lurid appeal or humor that (along with a much more appealing cast) sustained John McNaughton's notionally similar "Wild Things" through crazy plot contrivances.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Though full of material that will move sports fans, some questions of emphasis and lack of polish make the film less galvanizing than it might've been.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Unfortunately, writer-director Scott Walker's film is a muddled and strangely inert one, generating little of the suspense or anguish its subject requires; despite its high-profile cast.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    A technically polished but mostly unmoving example of a genre (the watch-kids-do-something-hard doc) assumed to be inherently charming.
    • 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.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    The wholly amateurish doc offers much that has been explored more effectively elsewhere; though it makes a few fresh points as it gets into its second half.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    While Leather Bar will surely make some viewers itchy, its most compelling subject isn't whether straight guys can stand to watch one man pleasuring another. More interesting is the question of what would make this project art as opposed to porn.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    The film's generosity toward Christina's decision-making is, however true to life, dramatically unsatisfying.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    More casual fans are advised to wait a movie or two and see if Begos can do anything new with the idiom he knows so well.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Respectably crafted but short on invention and serious scares.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Another deep disappointment for fans of the raw, exciting "Ong Bak."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    As allegory, the picture requires viewers to connect most of the dots without assistance, offering a preachy bit of dialogue once or twice but failing to use action or the camera to say much about non-sanguinary addictions.