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

John Petrakis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Stone Reader
Lowest review score: 12 Urban Legends: Final Cut
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 121
  2. Negative: 20 out of 121
121 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Has the potential to be much more than it is, especially with the collection of able actors on hand.
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    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 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.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Perfect late-summer drive-in fare.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Ostensibly a story about first love in college, and I never believed a frame of it.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    What it gains in fun, the film loses in credibility, as the production number itself more closely resembles a high-priced Las Vegas extravaganza than a quickly organized charity event.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    It's more of a pastiche, a montage of brutality, a slow descent into Dante's Inferno until we reach the subbasement of a boy's soul. [21 Apr 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    This was a mission that should have been aborted long ago.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    Not without its humorous moments, but they are too few and far between.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    (Kids) are likely to reject Grizzly Falls as though it were a piece of chewed-over bear fat.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    All the obligatory plot elements are there. Love and loss, anger and forgiveness, illness and death. But they never flow together to make a coherent story. Instead, they just pop up whenever the script is in trouble. Which is all the time.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    I can only hope that this film was a lot of fun to make. That way, someone will have enjoyed the experience.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    Falls prey to a boatload of screenwriting cliches that sink it faster than a leaky freighter.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    The sequel is about nothing more profound than an awkward teenager's desire for a really cute boyfriend. [12 March 1999, Friday, p.N]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 13 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    The direction is on auto-drive, the dialogue lacks wit and the story logic is non-existent. [03 Nov 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 John Petrakis
    All the principals in this cinematic mess have had moments of glory on stage and screen, and one can only hope they got paid well for participating in this comedic embarrassment.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 7 Metascore
    • 25 John Petrakis
    It's just a matter of holding your nose until the whole thing is over.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 John Petrakis
    Most of the humor is aimed at 14-year-olds.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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
    • 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
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 John Petrakis
    The sad truth is, I can say nothing to recommend this film.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 John Petrakis
    Just Married is what industry people refer to as "January Junk," cinematic flotsam that gets tossed ashore once they have cleared the shelves of Oscar contenders.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 12 John Petrakis
    It's hard not to feel angry that you've spent almost two hours watching this moronic exercise.