For 732 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John DeFore's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Before Midnight
Lowest review score: 0 The Trouble with Terkel
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 732
732 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Frederic Jardin's gripping Sleepless Night maintains a consistently high pitch without growing monotonous.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Buzzing attentively but not exclusively around cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, director Leah Wolchok strikes a pleasing balance between office minutiae and comic greatest hits; she gets enough face time with individual artists to please comedy nerds while keeping things wholly accessible to casual fans.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    At some point, we realize we've stopped counting the '80s dance hits we recognize (or trying to figure out when that Frankie Goes to Hollywood remix will end) and have become invested in the social lives of the men and women on camera.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Following up on his lauded debut, Welcome to Pine Hill, Miller again blends fiction and reality to fine effect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A pure-bliss celebration of Paul Simon's landmark album Graceland coupled with an interesting if not unbiased look at the controversy surrounding its release.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A comedy in both the current and the original senses of the word, Little Hours earns its laughs before ensuring a happy end.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A deeply satisfying pop biopic whose subject's bifurcated creative life lends itself to an unconventional structure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Maclean's screenplay is unshowy but keen.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The ironies of gentrification will be a chief attraction for this lovely new 4K restoration of the 16mm original. But that theme is just a bonus in a picture whose in-the-trenches look at poverty is humane and, sadly, perpetually timely.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A mournful testament to a vibrant piece of global film history almost entirely wiped out of existence.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Exciting and enlightening, the still-timely film ranks with docs like The Weather Underground in its evocation of a more politically engaged era.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Steph Green's first feature has more going for it than a solid dramatic turn by Will Forte.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Funny, dark, and riding a very fine line in its depiction of mental illness, it may be the best thing we could hope would emerge from the side of Wiig that gave us Gilly.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A disability-centric documentary that moves viewers without resorting to trite devices, Seung-Jun Yi's Planet of Snail takes a condition most of us would find unbearable and demystifies it while finding room for poetry.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A vital, gripping film.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The picture is fresh and frightening, a strong arthouse contender certain to leave audiences talking.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Cutting through many of the easy signifiers found in bad-behavior comedies to get at what it actually feels like to be an intimacy-phobic mess, Trainwreck finds Judd Apatow putting his directing chops in service of Amy Schumer's deeply felt but cracklingly funny screenplay.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Suffice it to say that what satisfies on one level raises questions on others, and that certain plot points mightn't play as well without someone as charismatic as Johnson putting them across.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Very funny at the outset and escalating steadily for most of its brisk running time, the film represents a big win for neophyte screenwriters Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A crime-flick love story as Pop-conscious as Wright's earlier work but unironic about its romantic core, it will delight the director's fans but requires no film-geek certification.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Jaume BalabuerĂ³'s effective thriller Sleep Tight puts more value on slow-building bad vibes than on pulled-curtain shock, but its treatment of mental illness and voyeurism, lightly salted with pitch-black humor, will feel pleasingly familiar to fans of the older film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    An assured doc debut that knows how to stand out in a crowded field, Craig Atkinson's Do Not Resist avoids the handwringing format of other (very welcome) examinations of 21st-century American policing, offering instead something like a despairing tone poem.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    As entertaining as any showbiz documentary in recent memory.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Throughout, the film's subjects convince us they're doing nothing more than being themselves, so much so that a cynical advisor told Sutton he should market his film as a documentary. That label would prepare potential viewers for Pavilion's lack of story, but it would make a lie of the movie's patient, finely drawn loveliness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Carol Morley's sadly fascinating Dreams of a Life, which plays like a more artful cousin to TV's true-crime documentaries, slowly assembles a portrait of Vincent, unfolding in a way that should earn fans in its niche theatrical run.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Though some plot elements are pushily therapeutic, they're offset by others whose novelty distinguishes Rudderless from movies of its sort.

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