John Petrakis

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For 133 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points lower 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 Darkness Falls
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 133
  2. Negative: 22 out of 133
133 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 25 John Petrakis
    It's just a matter of holding your nose until the whole thing is over.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 John Petrakis
    Brilliant documentary.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    So filled with illogical twists and ridiculous turns, that eventually it evokes unintentional laughs.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    Contains too little of the original's campy spirit and too many whistles, bells, explosions and screams.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 John Petrakis
    Most of the humor is aimed at 14-year-olds.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 John Petrakis
    Custom-designed for 13 year-olds, laden with broad sight gags, gross sound effects and a bowlful of potty jokes.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    The shadow of Gena Rowlands looms over this picture like a cinematic eclipse. [25 January 1999, Tempo, p.5]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Absorbing in places, but considering the large and diverse pool the filmmakers had to draw from, it's a surprisingly repetitive and predictable collection of big-city sagas.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    One of those frustrating movies that takes forever to get where it's going, and once arriving, the frustration is increased because one realizes how much better it should have been.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 John Petrakis
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    Could be the most overblown and confusing example of anime yet, as it piles one pretentious story element on top of another.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Like many horror films, it loses steam as it gets more graphic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Gives you your money's worth and then some.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    Once you get used to the broad gestures, visual stylings and reach-for-the-sky emotions, you may find yourself luxuriating in this movie's undeniable grandeur.
    • 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
    • 88 John Petrakis
    One of those small films that will, one hopes, find a larger audience through word of mouth.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Any serious message has been sacrificed on the altar of excess, making us realize why the stylish story probably worked better as a graphic comic book than as a film.

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