For 424 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 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 Raze
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 424
424 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A small but scrappy road-tripper whose solid sense of place and sure-handed blend of poignancy and unsentimental humor should earn it fans on the arthouse circuit.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A cast of young actors is uniformly strong, as is Lance Gewer's photography.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A rare film dealing with Christian evangelism in a realistic way that neither mocks nor proselytizes, New Jerusalem quietly observes as a man tries to comfort his troubled best friend by bringing him to Jesus.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A quietly marvelous travelogue condensing months' worth of observation into a single sleepless night, Bill and Turner Ross's Tchoupitoulas follows their widely praised "45365."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A sustained balancing act between dry upper-crust cynicism and pent-up passions, Donald Rice's Cheerful Weather for the Wedding maintains its uneasy stasis long enough to frustrate some romance-hungry viewers while tantalizing those for whom withheld pleasure is the whole point.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Becker is now completely paralyzed, unable even to speak. But Vile keeps him almost entirely offscreen until the last thirty minutes, preferring to introduce him as he once was: Uncommonly positive and single-minded in his obsession with the electric guitar.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Self-contained enough for theatrical audiences new to the series, it will play best with those who've come to care for these Brits over time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Its account of the week beginning January 25 feels like a solid, layman-friendly addition to the West's understanding of this chunk of history.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A history lesson that holds some pleasures even for those who know its material by heart.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A lovable underachiever unwittingly spawns his own village in Starbuck, Ken Scott's crowd-pleasing comedy exploring various meanings of fatherhood in the modern age.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Viewers will suspect from early on that things aren't as straightforward as they appear, and Clark's screenplay addresses those suspicions only to the extent it must to justify its characters' behavior.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The ironies of Plimpton's life are handled delicately, made just obvious enough for viewers to mull themselves.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The picture survives its excesses thanks to winning chemistry between stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, who animate banter-heavy dialogue and click so well one wonders why they haven't shared the screen before.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The film delivers almost exactly what fans of the first installment are hoping for.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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