For 1,033 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 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 Armed Response
Score distribution:
1033 movie reviews
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 John DeFore
    Scurfield's directing debut is marred by all manner of clunkiness, from the embarrassing performance of Kellan Lutz (playing Lansky's chip-on-shoulder nephew, who winds up Aronoff's nemesis) to the tissue-thin montages that try to sell us on Aronoff's second career as a racer and maker of speedboats.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Suffice to say there are twists, physical perils and moments of self-sacrifice.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Amazing Grace will not enter the pantheon of concert films — it's somewhat shapeless as a movie, and gives little sense of emotional insight into the performer. But it does contain moments of bliss: As astonishing as the sound of Franklin's singing in 1972 remains, watching her do it is even better.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Red
    Molina is captivating as Rothko pontificates, questions and explains, covering everything from Rembrandt and Nietzsche to Jackson Pollock and the convertible car that (as Rothko sees it) represented his descent into the tainted world of celebrity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Though some of its insights might sound like common sense from the outside, the doc sees many places where they go against the grain; it's likely to provoke some "aha" moments even for viewers who couldn't care less about Super Bowls and World Cups.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    It gives the feature doc treatment to a topic TV journalists (and news-comedy hero John Oliver) have looked at over the decades — showing the slimy ways that reforms prompted by public outrage have been neutered by politicians on both sides of the aisle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Certain niche audiences will find it fascinating and/or emotionally powerful, but — among those who are unfazed by the sight of a masked woman pulling things out of her vagina — most will shrug.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Though its tone is amiable and its performances are (mostly) professional, it's hard to care if these four people live happily ever after or never see each other again.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Though hardly a failure, the serious-minded work is less affecting than it might've been, relying sometimes on hints that are needlessly ambiguous and on symbols that don't quite click.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The Food Network crowd will go nuts for the doc, but beyond the shots of luscious dishes, there's a pretty interesting character study here as well.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Few mainstream romantic comedies are so brazen or as unconvincing in their third acts. As if the movie were embarrassed about the tidy way it wraps things up, it trots Haddish out for a silly coda that reminds us how little we saw of her during the film's final hour.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Has clear appeal for heartland Christians who are more concerned with uncomplicated edification than with storytelling. It would be more at home in the rec rooms of churches than in movie theaters.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Having invested a bit of time early on to the dawn of the internet, Trust Machine has shown us how beautiful inventions can be twisted by entrenched powers. The film's hope is that, if more people are paying attention this time around, blockchain might remain a tool for popular empowerment.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    At some point, all the analysis drains the Bill Murray-ness out of these delightful encounters, whose inexplicability is presumably key to their charm.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Moderately informative but almost as disappointing as his Hey Bartender, the doc may ride the coattails of its subject's surging popularity, but will leave most thirsts unquenched.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Deeply felt if not always convincing, the sophomore feature (the director's first, Las Lloronas, was in 2004) has the otherworldly flavor that sometimes accompanies very low-budget productions, and in this case rides that vibe further than its script might deserve.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Less a portrait of accidental activist Nadia Murad than a sensitive witnessing of the way she has endured life in the public eye, Alexandria Bombach's On Her Shoulders is passionately attentive to the plight of the Yazidis while making broader observations about the call to public service.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Following Matt through a public transition and capturing its unique set of complications, Del Monte offers a warm portrait of a thoroughly winning subject.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Anderson, who previously made several Beach Boys/Brian Wilson video docs, is attentive to chronology and to Butterfield's legacy, but isn't making the kind of film that might win the artist new fans or magically transport older ones back to the moment when he was at the top of his field.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    More conversational than journalistic in spirit, it avoids hard statistics (and the reasons those stats can be hard to come by) in favor of well-informed impressions and anecdotes. Though not the first doc to note the insanity surrounding this subject, it is easily accessible to non-insiders and holds interest even for those who follow art closely.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    B&B
    Though some twists and changes of heart here add intrigue, the script's third-act negotiations feel a bit stretched; even at 86 minutes, the film could be leaner.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Relying on interviews with Schrager and other insiders instead of cramming in every celeb who graced the dancefloor, Tyrnauer delivers a meaty and transporting portrait.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    One wonders if a more seasoned filmmaker might have tightened it up a bit. But the cast goes a long way here.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    The Grand Guignol factor climbs throughout the final third, but while climactic battles are violent, they never really thrill.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Driven by Cummings' transfixingly vulnerable performance, the movie not only justifies returning to the source: Shockingly, it does so without even using the device that seemed key to the short's success.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Despite ample access to its subject and testimonials from both Jett's contemporaries and the younger stars she inspired, the film is a disappointment, and has limited value for viewers hoping to experience (or relive) the years in which Jett proved a woman could rock as hard as the boys.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Laurent walks between pulpy suspense and a more serious grimness as she presents the action.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Sebastian Silva's latest is no retread of Jordan Peele's more-than-a-thriller breakthrough. Instead of envisioning how smiling white faces might hide evil intent, Tyrel observes how wounds can fester, doing damage long after unaffected parties would have assumed everything was fine.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Clearly coming from the left but happy to make characters of all political stripes look bad, the film is often hard to take, offering laughs that are rarely cathartic enough to compensate.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Night School has a lot to learn about how to live up to its potential, but it squeaks out a passing grade in the end.

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