John Petrakis

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For 127 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Petrakis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Daughter from Danang
Lowest review score: 12 Darkness Falls
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 127
  2. Negative: 21 out of 127
127 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Thinner has its meaty moments, but overall, it's Stephen King lite. Less taste, less filling, less fun.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Perhaps it is time for the folks at Jim Henson Productions to start thinking up original stories again, or at least find material that lends itself to the Muppets' overall strengths, instead of playing into their weaknesses. [16 Feb 1996, p.F]
    • 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
    • 55 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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