For 44 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Powers' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Japan
Lowest review score: 30 A Decade Under the Influence
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
44 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 John Powers
    The bleakness and poignancy are inescapable in About Schmidt, a character study that has the emotional richness of the great Italian and Eastern European films of the 1960s, in which humor and pathos rode up and down on the seesaw together.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 John Powers
    Japón, isn’t just the wildest eruption of the current Mexican film boom, it's the most fascinating new picture I've seen this year.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 John Powers
    I haven't admired a De Palma film since "Carrie," or even enjoyed one since "Scarface," so it must mean something that Femme Fatale gave me one of the best times at the movies I've had this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 John Powers
    Maddin's genius is so inescapably idiosyncratic that his work seems destined to remain a cult taste. Although Dracula won't change that, I hasten to add that this is the most inventive vampire picture of the last 80 years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 John Powers
    Ten
    One of the year's finest movies, it's not quite the masterpiece that some of Kiarostami's cultists want it to be.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 John Powers
    Vol. 2 is the most sheerly enjoyable movie I've seen in ages, allowing for all the intimacy that was missing from its predecessor -- this time, the violence feels PERSONAL. Yet this film, too, would be richer if it didn't stand alone, but rather were part of one grand grind-house epic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 John Powers
    At once a romantic melodrama, a sharp social comedy and a fierce political commentary on Korean society's cruelty to social outcasts. It's also a triumph of artistic indirection: Not a single scene plays out the way you expect. This is a film that gives humanism back its good name.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 John Powers
    The weirdest, freest-wheeling, most obsessively inventive motion picture you'll see this year. Parts are confusing, parts are berserk, parts are exasperatingly slow. But in a world of cookie-cutter movies, Maddin's movies are like nobody else's -- funny, Romantic, as deliriously overwrought as a drug lord's wedding.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 John Powers
    Eminem plays Rabbit with riveting, flamboyantly expressive intensity.