John Petrakis
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For 122 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Petrakis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Stone Reader
Lowest review score: 12 Urban Legends: Final Cut
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 122
  2. Negative: 20 out of 122
122 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Absorbing in places, but considering the large and diverse pool the filmmakers had to draw from, it's a surprisingly repetitive and predictable collection of big-city sagas.
    • 10 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    A decent idea that never goes deep enough for genuine satisfaction.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    When the final twist has been turned and the last corpse has hit the ground, it is a film that could have been twice as good if it had been half as complicated.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    It's more of a pastiche, a montage of brutality, a slow descent into Dante's Inferno until we reach the subbasement of a boy's soul. [21 Apr 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    This is a big-hearted film with admirable ambitions, and the ending is appropriately bittersweet, with victory and comeuppance occupying the same time and frame.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Perfect late-summer drive-in fare.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    The ultimate shallowness of this film is reflected in the fact that their key bonding moment occurs when they bungee-jump off a bridge together.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Though this film shows flashes of the electric writer Mamet was to become, Lakeboat is mostly distant thunder over choppy waters.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Has the potential to be much more than it is, especially with the collection of able actors on hand.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Ostensibly a story about first love in college, and I never believed a frame of it.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    The plot thickens and thickens and thickens until it chokes on a tangled mess of double-crosses.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    The shadow of Gena Rowlands looms over this picture like a cinematic eclipse. [25 January 1999, Tempo, p.5]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Any serious message has been sacrificed on the altar of excess, making us realize why the stylish story probably worked better as a graphic comic book than as a film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    It gussies up the tale with so many random subplots that by the time we cut through the morass, the film is over.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Surprisingly lacking in revelatory moments.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Like many horror films, it loses steam as it gets more graphic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    The very strong performances in this low-budget film deserve a better narrative structure to strut their stuff.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Works so well for the first 40 minutes or so, that when the bottom falls out of it, I felt more than disappointed. I felt betrayed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    What it gains in fun, the film loses in credibility, as the production number itself more closely resembles a high-priced Las Vegas extravaganza than a quickly organized charity event.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Rife with wrong people in major jobs, which leads to a movie that lacks the requisite verve to make to it sparkle.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Too-loud, poorly directed and seriously overedited.
    • Chicago Tribune

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