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 3.1 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 Urban Legends: Final Cut
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 122
  2. Negative: 20 out of 122
122 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Never regains its raw power once the sultry Unger retreats from the front seat of her Chevy to the privacy of her suburban bedroom.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    The film is surprisingly easy to sit through, digest and even enjoy. Why? A lot has to do with Hogan's well-documented charisma as a performer.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    The film doesn't always take advantage of its dramatic potential (except for its strong soundtrack), as it relies too heavily on scenes of crazed warriors in makeup and costume, running and screaming and jumping up and down.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Feels more like a music video than a serious look back at a time, a place and a very smart, funny and unconventional man.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    The landscapes and backgrounds of the Min Valley and the Nanking Road, not to mention the cuddly pandas themselves, are the big-ticket items here.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Falls prey to the all-too-contemporary problem of complicating the tale until the ending is not only obvious, but prayed for between yawns. [9 February 1999, Tempo, p.2]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    If you are willing to overlook the occasional missed block, clumsy tackle or dropped pass, there is more than enough in Varsity Blues to keep you engrossed.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    A hit and miss proposition, with an abundance of laughs and emotional highlights to help brighten the dimly lit corners of cliche-mongering.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Ultimately a disappointment because it refuses to take any aspect of itself seriously.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    The animation itself is just OK. And the reworked script, despite some funny one-liners, is pretty much there just to pull the story along to its inevitable conclusion. [19 March 1999, Friday, p. A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    As much a curiosity piece as anything else.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 24 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    So laden with forced plot twists that it will never be able to recover.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. [20 December 1996, Friday, p.J]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    It has terrific moments, but whenever it starts to cruise along nicely, it hits a comedic pothole that forces it to sputter on down the road.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    A shy and depressed college graduate falls in love with a Bohemian artist, as in Woody Allen's "Manhattan."
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Too-loud, poorly directed and seriously overedited.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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
    • 10 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    A decent idea that never goes deep enough for genuine satisfaction.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Surprisingly lacking in revelatory moments.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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

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