For 9 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John DeFore's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 90 Elvis Presley: The Searcher
Lowest review score: 30 The Comedians: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
9 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Instead of Purple Rain, the film plays more like the 1978 reggae film Rockers, preferring the loosest possible narrative to a myth-building melodrama.
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    • 70 John DeFore
    It's a welcome primer for those who are new to Pryor's career, but old fans might be better off sitting down with some of the comedy records.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Beto may not sway viewers who think the rising star has a long way to go before deserving a position higher than the Senate, but it's sure to leave lefties eager for the next chapter in his career.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Planted mostly in a tasteful middle ground between Shawshank sentimentality and the terrors of Oz, Madeleine Sackler's prison film O.G. revolves around a deeply sympathetic performance by Jeffrey Wright as a longtime prisoner about to re-enter the outside world.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Viewers will walk away from this film without knowing the answer to Lipton's question--are the mechanics of Williams' intense and unpredictable riffs even knowable?--but they will likely be refreshed by a cleansing exposure to his talent, a film that doesn't shy from the well-known darkness in the star's life but prefers to remind us how funny he could be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 John DeFore
    Probing and thoughtful. ... This two-part, three and a half-hour film feels like a landmark, something that should be welcomed as warmly as the two Elvis books published in the 1990s by Peter Guralnick, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love.
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    • 80 John DeFore
    The film doesn't aim to make us complicit in Kit's conflicted desires, or to make them its main subject; it just wants to show how this killer changed the lives of countless women he never met. The Night Stalker does that job ably while simultaneously exploring the man's biography, in interview/flashback sequences informed by Philip Carlo's biography.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 John DeFore
    One wonders how close satire is to truth here, as this unlikely pair slogs through backstage conflict with little apparent help from director and exec-producer Larry Charles.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Enjoyable but hardly revealing for longtime fans, the doc provides a reasonable introduction for younger audiences.

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