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 Daughter from Danang
Lowest review score: 12 Urban Legends: Final Cut
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 121
  2. Negative: 20 out of 121
121 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    It's hard to focus on the travails when the music is so lively and good.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    A powerful indictment of a religious mind set and is sure to spark plenty of post-screening discussion.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Solid acting anchors "Laughter," but it's Margret Vilhjalmsdottir and Ugla Egilsdottir as Freya and Agga who carry the load.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    The overriding sense one gets from this short but powerful film is awe.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    The key to the film, however, is the joyous performance of Mike Myers, who plays both the Beatle-mopped Austin Powers and the bald-headed Dr. Evil.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Breillat has long been fascinated with the idea that women are not allowed to go through puberty in private but instead seem to be on display for all to watch, a situation that has no parallel with boys. A Real Young Girl seems acutely aware of this paradox.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Takes a couple of curious turns that you will either applaud or hiss at, depending on the type of film you are looking for.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Valentin is cut from the Woody Allen school of movie kids. With oversized black glasses and small-size suits, he is the total know-it-all package, right down to his insightful voice-over.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Plenty of fun, less for its many plot twists than for its large and varied assortment of vibrant characters. [12 Mar 1999]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Clueless is no "Fast Times" when it comes to character development or the merging of comedy and drama, and it might have worked better if it had been more story-oriented and plot-centered. But thanks to Heckerling's spirited direction and cutting-edge script, it is, "like . . . majorly and furiously golden." [19 July 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    At this point, "The Corruptor" looks as if it's going to be just a rehash of an early Dirty Harry movie, but it surprises by taking us inside Chinatown, where we discover just how sinister and elaborate the relationships between the police and the businessmen can be. [12 Mar 1999]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    This new version is quite faithful to Conrad's novel, not only in content but also in tone. [13 Dec 1996]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    A welcome respite from the high-volume ugliness of rock extravaganza.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    The acting is amateurish at times, but always convincing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    This film would be an excellent companion piece to Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire," which deals with angels looking down on this scarred city. Berlin Babylon isn't nearly as lush, but in its own curious way, it's every bit as spiritual.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    There's nothing more uplifting than a documentary that celebrates a man's capacity to dream, and nothing more depressing than one that mocks those dreams. Stephen Earnhart's Mule Skinner Blues walks the razor's edge between these approaches.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Less a pure documentary than it is a fact-finding mission, with the real story waiting to be presented somewhere down the line.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Some films, oddly enough, can be too ambitious for their own good, which is the case with Restaurant.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Any Chekhov is better than no Chekhov, but it would be a shame if this was your introduction to one of the greatest plays of the last 100 years.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    There is something inherently dishonest about Dark Days.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    So look for (Francis) at the 2000 games in Sydney, which may provide a more heated ending to this lukewarm story.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    A multilayered documentary that explores music and friendship, and in its own quiet way, the battle with fame.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    As much a curiosity piece as anything else.
    • 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