For 329 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 2 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 Raze
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 329
329 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A history lesson that holds some pleasures even for those who know its material by heart.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    When rehearsals finally give way to full, unconventional production numbers, it's hard to imagine any way Hunky Dory could get much better.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Despite the familiarity of this setup, Way Back is a charmer, putting refreshingly little emphasis on Duncan's romantic needs and allowing family melodrama to erupt and simmer down without pat resolution.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A broken-family melodrama with a minimum of histrionics, Scott McGehee's and David Siegel's What Maisie Knew begins from scenes that will be familiar to most viewers who've witnessed a custody battle. Things get pretty orchestrated from that familiar scenario onward, but never to the point of unbelievability.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    What might have been annoyingly solipsistic proves mostly charming and poignant instead, largely thanks to Nance's cinematic ingenuity, but also because of his ability to both probe his feelings and hold them at a distance.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Hess gets her romance just grounded enough to handle the comic extremes supplied by the supporting cast.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    [A] sweet, semi-romantic road trip.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The ironies of Plimpton's life are handled delicately, made just obvious enough for viewers to mull themselves.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Laughs come less frequently here than in Humpday and Your Sister's Sister, but the writer-director's empathy for floundering characters is intact.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Though it mostly summarizes available arguments instead of uncovering new facts, it's an accessible primer.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Co-directors Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson balance humor and fun with a little fear in a thoroughly accessible way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    If certain pieces of the last act are less convincing than what precedes it, the themes underlying the illicit emigration resonate with the viewer's knowledge that, in the real world, two of these Cubans actually did escape.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Less twisted than Natali's last film, Splice, it's sufficiently novel to uphold his reputation as a filmmaker not content telling conventional fanboy stories.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The democratic nature of the project and its exploration here jibes with the story of the Vogels, who (to put it mildly) don't conform to the stereotype of the filthy-rich art patron.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A compelling tale even for viewers with no interest in the sweet science.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Funny but less successful as comedy than as a cry of you-screwed-us-up solidarity.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Thoughtful and less sensationalistic than its premise might suggest, it's made for arthouses and offers a fine showcase for costar Rutger Hauer.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Although laughs do come... the film is happy to observe wryly as boredom and failure threaten to overwhelm the men.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Well-lensed observational doc exposes an obscure economic reality in Mongolia.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Far from being overkill, the well-conceived drama featuring A-listers Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in key roles, will bring this infuriating tale of injustice to many mainstream moviegoers for the first time.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Hitting all the rom-com notes with wit and some charm, it'll be a crowd-pleaser.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Mike Mendez's shamelessly Corman-esque Big Ass Spider! does almost everything just a tiny bit better than it needs to.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A self-aware laffer that indulges in rom-com contrivance up until the point it judo-flips them to its own ends.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The doc could benefit from more information about what led up to that day.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Honest and well made but lacking a strong hook.
    • 71 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Aftermath's avoidance of Holocaust-film tropes lets the picture address weighty historical and moral issues while fitting into the genre shoes of a small-town thriller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The earnest doc offers enough spirit-lifting moments to prove its thesis and leave viewers inspired.