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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Petrakis' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Daughter from Danang
Lowest review score: 12 Darkness Falls
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 121
  2. Negative: 20 out of 121
121 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    A welcome respite from the high-volume ugliness of rock extravaganza.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    A powerful indictment of a religious mind set and is sure to spark plenty of post-screening discussion.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Spins a fairy tale web that is hard to escape.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    In true Chris Smith fashion, he seems far less interested in the homes themselves than in the touching relationship between homeowner and abode.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    A salute to those who were blessed not only with savvy and courage, but something between an uncanny sense of foresight and an unforeseen stroke of good fortune.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Gives you your money's worth and then some.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Those not well versed in the rap music world may be a little lost at times, but you don't need to know your Ice-T's from your Cool-J's to realize that as far as these shootings are concerned, something is rotten in the state of California.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    The overriding sense one gets from this short but powerful film is awe.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    The problem is that we never see Dex employing the Steve technique to bed a female.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    This is the debut feature for Columbia College graduate Gilio, and it shows great promise.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    There is something inherently dishonest about Dark Days.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Works better as a sociological study than as a gripping drama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Some films, oddly enough, can be too ambitious for their own good, which is the case with Restaurant.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Much to enjoy in this potpourri of silly fun and forbidden games, but a bit less ambition and a tad more focus might have helped.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Has a melodramatic glow.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Halfway through, it becomes clear that the filmmakers don't know how to end the film.
    • 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.