For 818 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points lower 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: 0 The Trouble with Terkel
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 818
818 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Energetic, laugh-stuffed and very colorful (it would be a feat to make a dull film about these people).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Batmanglij balances emotional tension with practical danger nicely, a must in a story whose activist protagonists can make no distinction between the personal and the political.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A moving and effective film whose subject may lack the hot-button boxoffice appeal of the director's "An Inconvenient Truth" but is at least a crisis practically everyone agrees actually exists.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    German Kral's Our Last Tango balances between a studious fascination with the dance form's history and an embrace of the passions it stokes. Far more engrossing than the usual doc of this sort.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Foodstuffs, metaphysics and a heap of raunchy action add up to something surprisingly hilarious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Technically puckish where appropriate but grounded by strong performances from Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder, the film is not awards bait but makes some Big Thinker biographies that are look staid.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Visually ravishing, thought-provoking and benefitting from just enough playfulness to set it apart from the nature-doc herd, the film is eco-relevant without being at all dominated by climate change, which is only one of many subjects discussed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The artwork is achingly delicate, but there's nothing subtle about Belladonna of Sadness, a blast of psychedelic madness full of rape, tyranny and Satanism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A thoughtful, emotionally tricky debut benefitting from two strong lead performances.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A first-rate music film capturing a restless desire to communicate beyond the boundaries of any single idiom.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Few who see the picture will fail to be charmed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The feel-good documentary is engaging enough to draw a respectable audience at arthouses, but distribs should work for exposure within communities like the ones this school serves.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A textbook case in which personal eccentricities and addictions collide with musical brilliance, the story of New Orleans pianist James Booker is so colorful it's hard to believe nobody has made a biopic yet
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The result is uniquely powerful, putting faces and human consequences to a political dispute that seemingly will never end.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Throughout the film, a talent-rich gang of cinematographers (many doc-makers in their own right, like Approaching the Elephant's Amanda Rose Wilder and Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo's Jessica Oreck) favor that intimacy over the big picture.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The film will have a hard time attracting attention outside the community of veterans. But that doesn't diminish its ability to put us in the shoes of ordinary men balancing boredom with life-or-death action on a daily basis.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    In a brisk hour and a half Vreeland gives a good sense of her impact, while telling stories of so many love affairs and ego clashes Art Addict never feels a bit like a history lesson.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Well-lensed observational doc exposes an obscure economic reality in Mongolia.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A return to form for John Sayles.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Entertaining and comprehensive in its account of the man's career.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Though Carell and Rudd are both saddled with characters that just aren't as interesting as many they've played in the past, the movie benefits from having drawn many gifted comedians to supporting roles.
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    • 70 John DeFore
    Involving and poignant if sometimes less informative than it might be.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Moves at an absurd pace and dares anyone above 25 to keep up, yet the stream of genre-hopping jokes and sight gags makes the movie an entertaining ride.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Burning Man takes its time getting us to feel for a troubled character but gets the hook in solidly once it decides to.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Meyer and Luke Matheny's script is full of the kind of nit-picky detail one hears when birders converse, and milks some life lessons out of philosophical differences between "listers" and "watchers."
    • 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."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    An engrossing two-hander combining the smart-talk microcosm of "My Dinner With Andre" and the sexual dynamics of a Philip Roth novel, David Trueba's Madrid, 1987 is more universal than its title suggests and holds a strong art house appeal.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    This film complements rather than duplicating the recent fest title "Butterfly Girl," which also refused to settle for generic notions of bravery and endurance to hone in on an individual teen's specific experience of illness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Newfoundland-set comedy is formulaic but pleasing.

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