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

John Petrakis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Stone Reader
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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    The acting is amateurish at times, but always convincing.
    • 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
    A welcome respite from the high-volume ugliness of rock extravaganza.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    If the mark of a successful documentary is its ability to make us examine a tired subject in a fresh way, then Eyes is a rip-roaring success.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    This cynical film paints a hugely unflattering portrait of life in Hollywood's fast lane. I have no way of knowing exactly how much is exaggeration, but I've got a creepy feeling that the film is closer to the mark than I want to believe.
    • 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
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Spins a fairy tale web that is hard to escape.
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    A powerful indictment of a religious mind set and is sure to spark plenty of post-screening discussion.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Reminiscent of classic old Westerns.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Gives you your money's worth and then some.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. [20 December 1996, Friday, p.J]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    This is the debut feature for Columbia College graduate Gilio, and it shows great promise.
    • 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
    • 24 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    So laden with forced plot twists that it will never be able to recover.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Halfway through, it becomes clear that the filmmakers don't know how to end the film.
    • Chicago Tribune

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