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 The Long Day Closes
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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    The problem is that we never see Dex employing the Steve technique to bed a female.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Halfway through, it becomes clear that the filmmakers don't know how to end the film.
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Works better as a sociological study than as a gripping drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Has a melodramatic glow.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Ultimately a disappointment because it refuses to take any aspect of itself seriously.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Too-loud, poorly directed and seriously overedited.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Perfect late-summer drive-in fare.
    • 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
    • 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
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    When the final twist has been turned and the last corpse has hit the ground, it is a film that could have been twice as good if it had been half as complicated.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Has the potential to be much more than it is, especially with the collection of able actors on hand.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    It gussies up the tale with so many random subplots that by the time we cut through the morass, the film is over.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 13 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Ostensibly a story about first love in college, and I never believed a frame of it.
    • Chicago Tribune

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