For 482 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 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John DeFore's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Lowest review score: 10 I Kissed a Vampire
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 482
482 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Talking heads aside, the movie gets a big boost from the wealth of news footage and post-standoff reportage the filmmakers cull from archives.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Grashaw's convincing drama distills this underexposed world into the story of a single young man trying to survive a system designed to break him.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    An account of one modern expedition that draws fruitfully upon the lore of another.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Kink is quite convincing in presenting this one workplace as a happy, sane environment where people respect each other and aren't manipulated into doing things they don't ultimately enjoy. But it leaves plenty of room to presume that Kink.com is an outlier in the industry.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Being haunted by a ghost here is less like a horror movie than like many of the other secrets teenagers share -- working out matters of life and death that no one around them has a clue about.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The city isn't the star of the film, nor is Lehane's excellent dialogue, and neither is Roskam, here making a sure-footed jump to America after his Belgian debut Bullhead. The picture belongs to Tom Hardy, whose astonishingly sensitive performance even the great James Gandolfini steps gently around.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Kline remains a pleasure to watch, surviving the character's deepening self-pity and making his suspiciously unwriterly carelessness with words (he refers to the trophy head of a wild boar as a "cow") almost charming.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Catherine Gund's Born to Fly works very well as a portrait of a maverick artistic sensibility, even if it will leave some viewers wanting more in terms of performance footage.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The picture is deeply weird, with an entrancement factor almost entirely dependent on the performance of Michael Parks.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The film will appeal to art lovers, but some viewers who can hardly tell their Cezannes from Chagalls will find the story fascinating as well.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Cutter Hodierne's Fishing Without Nets is a tense drama with well-drawn characters and only as much action as its story requires.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Though it doesn't answer every question it raises and may occasionally confuse the uninitiated, the polished film easily stirs indignation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    An affecting drama made more poignant by honest-feeling autobiographical elements.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The tale is surprising, and directors Carlos Aguilo and Mandy Jacobson blaze right through it -- recounting ins and outs across an entire continent in ways that will challenge most viewers in the West.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Comic subplots are less zany than flatly hopeless, occasionally acting as deflating metaphors for army life.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Subjects Bill Andrews and Aubrey de Grey are colorful in quite different but complementary ways.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The filmmakers prefer, smartly, to focus on the people in present-tense need, making them not statistics to be debated but human stories.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A sober drama that makes class central to the story without ever sounding like it has an agenda.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The filmmakers get astonishing access, eventually earning enough trust that they get to visit Guzman's family home and interview his mother, who proudly recalls how fascinated he was with stacks of play money as a child.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Paul Schneider shines in the role, stumbling through a dating world that has changed since his character got hitched, thanks mostly to social media.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Having downplayed its love story at the start, the picture swells romantically in an unexpectedly pleasing way. It may not be enough to convince audiences that Starr should be Hollywood's next romantic lead, but for these two characters, the chemistry is just right.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A perfectly chosen cast sells this unhurried comedy, which flows unconventionally but is still, by a long stretch, the most mainstream-friendly picture Bujalski has made.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    More lightweight than its ample talk of weighty subjects suggests, the film is nevertheless enjoyable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Sumptuous and romantic in an attractively old-fashioned way despite a hitch designed to give some contemporary American idealists pause -- the writer's lover is married, with no interest in divorce -- the film satisfies in a wholly commercial way.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Rossier strikes a delicate but credible balance between the former leader's unambiguous statements that he didn't know anything about assassinations and critics' insistence that, even if he didn't specifically give orders, he was "politically and morally responsible."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Bert Marcus offers more sociology than boxing fans may expect, using mean-streets origin stories not just for biographical intrigue but to comment on hardships his subjects faced later in life.
    • 62 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Metalhead is uninterested in caricature or easy laughs, and its embodiment of guitar-hero obsession is one much more closely resembling someone you knew in high school, albeit someone who's had an exceptionally hard time dealing with childhood trauma.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Dior and I is a fashion doc with both a sense of history and a feel for the energy of a work in progress.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Coon and Skousen supply just enough information about the boys' post-Raiders lives to satisfy our curiosity.

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