John Petrakis
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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 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Petrakis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    One of those welcome visitors, a movie that turns out to be much more than we expected.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    The concerts are hypnotic, the music is swell, and the entire package moves along at just the right pace.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    A pleasure to watch and also serves as a reminder of a time when "right over might" was at the core of a powerful country's credo. [28 May 1999, Tempo, p.5]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    The acting is amateurish at times, but always convincing.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Has an assured air, rich with scenes of affection, anger and reconciliation, along with moments of unfeigned humor.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 John Petrakis
    Brilliant documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    A story of faith and redemption, as viewed through the blurry and bloodshot eyes of a young man.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Stumbles a bit towards the end when it focuses too much on a convoluted robbery attempt, but overall, it is a slick and intelligent look at life in the passing lane.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    There is something inherently dishonest about Dark Days.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    Beautiful little film.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    A cinematic treat, thanks to the well-defined supporting characters, the flawless attention to detail and a performance by the great Roshan Seth - one of the most underrated actors of his generation - which is just about perfect.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    As much a curiosity piece as anything else.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    The Dinner Game works thanks to some exceptionally strong acting, impeccable timing and rapid-fire delivery of many funny lines.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    One of those small films that will, one hopes, find a larger audience through word of mouth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Surprisingly lacking in revelatory moments.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    By the end we are left with a mildly amusing comedy and the lingering memory of a sterling cast that deserved better material.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Though the final journey drags at times, the early expository scenes in the shadows of Saint Sophia and assorted mosques are impressive and quite moving.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    The overriding sense one gets from this short but powerful film is awe.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    The problem is that we never see Dex employing the Steve technique to bed a female.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    What is most impressive about Kurosawa's direction is how he uses the entire frame, complete with expository background action, to fill in the story blanks. His eagerness to suggest, rather than declare, marks him as a director with confidence to spare.