For 121 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Petrakis' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Long Day Closes
Lowest review score: 12 Darkness Falls
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 121
  2. Negative: 20 out of 121
121 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 John Petrakis
    Brilliant documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 John Petrakis
    Moskowitz may soon find himself in the same boat as many of the artists he is analyzing, because Stone Reader is going to be one tough act to follow.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 John Petrakis
    Davies has said that he loves the "poetry of the ordinary." In that sense, he doesn't just wax nostalgic about the good old days, but rather, he makes us question and reevaluate those things we may not remember so readily-not the general, but the specific.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    May not have the size and grandeur of some of the biographical and political epics being released this fall, but I defy you to find a better written, more honest -- or yes, more satisfying and delicious -- movie this year. [27 September 1996, Friday, p.C]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    By the time the film is over, you may not feel differently about the key issues than you first did, but you will have many more facts (sound) and opinions (fury) to consider.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    Beautiful little film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    The beauty of The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack lies in its ability to transform itself into a sad tale of loss, regret and missed opportunities while it also remains a solid documentary about a once-influential artist seeking his place in the sun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    One of those rare movies that manages to maintain the hushed intensity and claustrophobic anxiety that is normally associated with theater or prose.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    Most of the performers have limited acting experience, but they are perfect for their parts, exhibiting the courage, stamina and wariness essential to live in such a harsh environment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    It's rare to find an American movie that works so well structurally from beginning to end, including a second act that withstands the plethora of fast-moving action, and a climax that is satisfying and well earned.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    One of those welcome visitors, a movie that turns out to be much more than we expected.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    May be a bit sentimental for some, but I found its patient examination of how the forces of optimism can be overwhelmed by a wave of cruelty to be both moving and wise.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    Once you get used to the broad gestures, visual stylings and reach-for-the-sky emotions, you may find yourself luxuriating in this movie's undeniable grandeur.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    The concerts are hypnotic, the music is swell, and the entire package moves along at just the right pace.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    One of those small films that will, one hopes, find a larger audience through word of mouth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    A story of faith and redemption, as viewed through the blurry and bloodshot eyes of a young man.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    Unstrung Heroes is an extremely moving and surprisingly funny love sonnet to family, tolerance and the joys of individuality.... One of the best films of the year. [15 Sep 1995]
    • 40 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    Bennett also co-wrote the script, based loosely on her own experiences, and is the best thing about the film. A physical cross between Holly Hunter and Christine Lahti, she's quite convincing as she tries to figure out what has gone wrong in her personal life - and how she can fix it before it is too late.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    This wise, clever Israeli film reintroduces the once-popular concept of film as allegory, as it follows a Christian pilgrim on his bumpy road to salvation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    If the mark of a successful documentary is its ability to make us examine a tired subject in a fresh way, then Eyes is a rip-roaring success.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Spins a fairy tale web that is hard to escape.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    A salute to those who were blessed not only with savvy and courage, but something between an uncanny sense of foresight and an unforeseen stroke of good fortune.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Reminiscent of classic old Westerns.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    When Aimee and Jaguar gets on one of its frequent rolls, it can evoke memories of Bertolucci or even De Sica.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Has an assured air, rich with scenes of affection, anger and reconciliation, along with moments of unfeigned humor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    This cynical film paints a hugely unflattering portrait of life in Hollywood's fast lane. I have no way of knowing exactly how much is exaggeration, but I've got a creepy feeling that the film is closer to the mark than I want to believe.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    In true Chris Smith fashion, he seems far less interested in the homes themselves than in the touching relationship between homeowner and abode.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Gives you your money's worth and then some.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Those not well versed in the rap music world may be a little lost at times, but you don't need to know your Ice-T's from your Cool-J's to realize that as far as these shootings are concerned, something is rotten in the state of California.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    If Shackleton's adventure was to be the swan song for those 19th century explorers whose exploits stirred the imagination of young men around the globe, it was a magnificent way to say farewell.