For 1,417 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John DeFore's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Lowest review score: 0 Black Rose
Score distribution:
1417 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A mature crime picture whose decades-hopping action makes the effects of generational poverty obvious without having to spell it out, it lacks some of the flash expected in commercial genre pictures, but makes up for that in seriousness.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    While the team-up still fails to become more than the sum of its parts, at least we can appreciate Hayek’s enthusiasm for the over-the-top role.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    F9
    In F9’s would-be showstoppers, the thrills are mostly AWOL or the feats are simply too idiotic to embrace, even guiltily.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Oyelowo is sure-footed in his feature directing debut, delivering a smart and wholesome picture with about as little sentimentality as such a tale can have.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    While offering some of the expected musical material and concert footage, the film is much more interested in the singer’s emotional health, especially as it pertains to political unrest in his native Colombia. Though these themes might open the film up to interest outside Balvin’s fan base, neither is explored with enough depth to really accomplish that; in practice, Boy is for pretty devoted fans only.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    One unfortunate effect of the jumbling is that it cools off Statham’s slow-boil performance, and prompts us to question the logic behind H’s plan.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    A B-movie that would benefit immensely from some wit in the script and charisma in the cast, it’s not as aggressively hacky as P.W.S.A.’s oeuvre, but it runs into problems he didn’t face in 1995: Namely, the bar has been raised quite a bit for movies in which teams of superpowered young people have fights to save the universe.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    The doc pads out its assertions of malfeasance with personal scenes that fall flat, never giving much insight into its subject's personality or deepening the sympathy we may have started off with for the children she left behind.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    A likably low-rent, low-ambition entry into a genre whose standard-bearer, Meatballs, doesn't set the bar very high, Mike Stasko's Boys Vs. Girls goes to summer camp for its promised battle of the sexes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 John DeFore
    Barkan proves a highly engaging man, impassioned but funnier than a terminally ill man should be. Intimate scenes with his young family are essential to the appeal of a film whose big issues remain as pressing now as they were during filming in 2018.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Taking itself much less seriously than the Taken series and its predecessors, it's a wish-fulfillment romp just as ludicrous as any of them but more fun than most.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Listening to one of Smith's speaking engagements would be a much more entertaining way for a fan to spend 115 minutes, and non-fans or fence-sitters will likely find this piece too puffy to be very useful. But few will deny that Smith is good company — an always-likable guide happy to make jokes at his own expense while he works to be the "Kevin Smith-iest" Kevin Smith he can be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    A great deal of human drama underlies all this, but not all of it makes it to the screen.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    This is a compelling drama with real-world concerns that shouldn't be ignored, and it deserves better than to be the victim of an actor's offscreen sins.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 John DeFore
    The movie's soul, such as it is, remains unimproved, and at 242 minutes, very few of them offering much pleasure, it's nearly unendurable as a single-sitting experience. If it were watched in parts — title cards identify six chapters and an epilogue, and some rumors suggested it would be released as a series — those segments would fail to deliver the shapely balance of energies and pacing that one expects these days from even a merely competent TV show.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 John DeFore
    It's parental wish-fulfillment that isn't at all interested in what being a kid actually feels like.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    This is all passably satisfying, but would be vastly better if the screenwriters weren't lazily explaining every single detail in voiceover. Grillo generally excels as a man of few words, but here his disembodied voice is a wall-to-wall shag carpet, dampening the fun we'd be having if we could just focus on the mayhem Carnahan delivers.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 John DeFore
    Tim Story's Tom & Jerry is five to ten minutes of action that might have worked in one of the cartoon duo's shorts, surrounded by an inordinate amount of unimaginative, unfunny human-based conflict.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Ultimately, none of the storylines offers a surprise or tells us anything we don't already know, this many years into America's opioid ordeal. And arriving at a moment when Crisis could refer to so many other calamities, its failure to illuminate anything makes it feel like a distraction.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Sin
    A captivating lead performance and a truly massive central metaphor make it a memorable arthouse film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Kyle Allen and Kathryn Newton balance energies well as the boy who thinks he's found his groundhog girlfriend and the girl whose secrets keep romance at bay. Viewers who haven't soured on the format yet could do much worse than this sweet entry.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 John DeFore
    It makes a global crisis intensely personal, even romantic.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    While the two young thesps acquit themselves nicely, much around them conspires to prevent their debut from being a memorable one.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    It alternates between too simplistic and incomprehensible, spending much of its time in between those poles in the "I understand, but I don't care" zone.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    It's not wholly satisfying as a dramatic work, which is probably a sign of its honest identification with its two troubled protagonists.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    It's more breezy than bittersweet, more about acceptance and forgiveness than a movie made in 2020 has any right to be.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Though it leaves some avenues underexplored and gives a bit too much attention to the sci-fi landmark name-checked in its title, the film makes for engrossing, sometimes unsettling viewing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A capable cast helps the pic rise above its formulaic nature (take out a drunken hookup and some language, and this is a thoroughly mainstream family film, at least for families of non-homophobes), but doesn’t make it a must-watch by any means.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    As much a confessional one-man play as a showcase for tricks, it's a magic show in the way a Hannah Gadsby monologue is stand-up comedy: a work capable of winning over those who normally don't pay much attention to the genre, and certain to leave some in the audience much more moved than they're prepared for.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    The picture rarely makes that business much to look at, providing some kind of energy to offset the actor's appropriate reserve. It feels rather plodding as a result, failing to turn the boxer's conflicting loyalties into the stuff of crime-flick high drama.

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