John Patterson
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For 133 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Patterson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Fallen Idol (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 3 Strikes
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 133
  2. Negative: 29 out of 133
133 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 John Patterson
    One of the great movies about childhood innocence accidentally violated by adults...Reed, an often inconsistent filmmaker, handles the brutal mechanics of the plot superbly, with the marbled interiors of the embassy contrasting sharply with his almost neo-realist outdoor shots of postwar London.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 John Patterson
    Lovely, lovely, lovely.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 John Patterson
    The inventive, often comically horrible fight set pieces will have you standing on your seat cheering like a Viking, and the result is a supremely kinetic and amusing guilty pleasure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 John Patterson
    Immensely rich, clipped and precise, with a sly, sardonic sense of humor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 John Patterson
    Culkin, a revelation here, mines every last nuance of the confusion and anger that results. Bursting with grenadelike one-liners and full-bodied performances, particularly from Sarandon (batty) and Goldblum (creepy) -- Igby Goes Down inaugurates a career that should be well worth following closely.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 John Patterson
    The result is an intelligent, moving and invigorating film, just the thing for adults bored with the shock-horror posturing to be found in the work of so many young European directors.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 John Patterson
    A scrupulously even-handed account, free of ideological or tribal partisanship, based on eyewitness accounts by survivors and the anonymous "Paras" themselves.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 John Patterson
    Very much a fully realized cinematic experience. John Turturro, even if you have to act less, be sure to direct more, and often.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 John Patterson
    It's a strangely stirring experience that finds warmth in the coldest environment and makes each crumb of emotional comfort feel like a 10-course banquet.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 John Patterson
    It goes straight to the top of the class. O can there be such a thing as too keen a guilty pleasure, particularly when the whole genre is knowingly pitched to audiences as a trashophile's delight? No, there cannot.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 John Patterson
    Breathtaking stuff that freezes the toes, harrows the soul and turns the viewer's seat into a foot-wide ledge over a yawning chasm.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 John Patterson
    Ramsay has made a movie in which a universe of hopelessness and decay is penetrated by shafts of light that remake these bleak surroundings in strange and beautiful ways.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Writer-director Alex de la Iglesia's bouncy, swaggering satire of ethics-deficient, survival-of-the-fittest free enterprise, peopled by broad grotesques and hysterical caricatures, adds Chabrolian callousness to a cartoonish worldview reminiscent of Frank Tashlin or Joe Dante at their most frenzied.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Full of clever reversals, brief triumphs and bitter setbacks, Wolf Creek is consummately well-crafted, unapologetically vicious and leavened with moments of humor that merely intensify the horror.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Aranoa's bleak yet warmly humanistic Princesas deftly and sympathetically ponders the interlocked destinies of two Madrid prostitutes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Profound and joyously silly at the same time.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    The result is the niftiest Bond movie in years -- fresh, funny, and jammed to the rafters with demented stunts, Boys'-Own gadgetry and brazen promiscuity.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    It's clever, vulgar and fully committed to making us howl with laughter. If only all sequels were this much fun.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    A refreshing antidote to those E! True Hollywood Story documentaries on adult-film figures like John Holmes, Savannah and Traci Lords.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Indulging his taste for Grand Guignol and the stylistically baroque, Schwentke never quite overplays his hand, though his occasional lapses into visual extravagance can be irritating, and the result is a nasty, intelligent and complex thriller.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Any movie offering a Muzak version of the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop"warrants an immediate and unqualified recommendation.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Immensely exciting and funny.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Equal parts big-house B-feature, hammer-down road movie, post-feminist consciousness-raiser and rock & roll pipe dream.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    An even richer, smarter, funnier sequel.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Remarkable energy and wit, and is probably the most purely enjoyable entry in Kaufman's suboeuvre of literary excursions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Babenco's kindly, concerned eye seeks out the humanity in even the worst of his characters, and by the time he re-creates the massacre, with shocking power and force, one has been equally captivated and appalled at the world he shows. The result is one of the richest prison movies in years.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    What's left is "Masterpiece Theatre," a very clean, straightforward adaptation of a beautifully constructed play, faithful to a dead man's classical virtues -- harmony, proportion, balance -- if not to the director's own, more iconoclastic ones.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Proves that it's possible for a movie to be reckless and adventurous merely by being sedate, unhurried and contemplative.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Despite its flaws, Arlington Road romps home as an absorbing, unpredictable thriller.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    A bracingly sarcastic political comedy -- it opens on a bound copy of Mexico's Constitution, stuffed with cash -- possessed of a baleful satiric eye for hypocrisy and greed, a delicious anti-clerical bent, and pitch-perfect comic timing.

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