John Patterson

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For 133 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Patterson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 The Fallen Idol (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Screwed
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 133
  2. Negative: 29 out of 133
133 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 John Patterson
    We spend too much time with the kidnappers - a veritable Geek Squad of undifferentiated techies - as each successive escape attempt is foiled and our eyes are warped by abundant shots of computer screens and grainy surveillance-camera footage.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 John Patterson
    Koppelman and Lieven's toneless, generic direction style is slack, not slick, and they handle actors like livestock. Only John Malkovich, as Matty's psychotic uncle, retains his dignity.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 John Patterson
    Even the relatively successful pairing of neckless maestro of anxiety Stiller with the indomitably effervescent Black gets bogged down by Steve Adams' aimless screenplay. Would the Barry Levinson who once made "Diner" please wake up and pull himself together?
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 John Patterson
    Yet another unfunny buppie sex comedy in the manner of "The Brothers," "Two Can Play That Game" and "Deliver Us From Eva."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Indulging his taste for Grand Guignol and the stylistically baroque, Schwentke never quite overplays his hand, though his occasional lapses into visual extravagance can be irritating, and the result is a nasty, intelligent and complex thriller.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 John Patterson
    It's outclassed by the memory of just about every prizefighting flick you've ever seen.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 John Patterson
    The narrative chronology is so heavily hacked about, its tenses so addled and the material so thinly spread across so many characters, one can scarcely keep it straight in one's head without going cross-eyed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Aranoa's bleak yet warmly humanistic Princesas deftly and sympathetically ponders the interlocked destinies of two Madrid prostitutes.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 John Patterson
    Extraordinary is the very last adjective that comes to mind.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 John Patterson
    If as much thought had been expended on character and consequences as was lavished on bell-bottom diameters, collar widths and soundtrack selection, Blow might have been a richer, more intelligent experience, and much more Demme's movie than a carbon copy of other people's.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 John Patterson
    Ramsay has made a movie in which a universe of hopelessness and decay is penetrated by shafts of light that remake these bleak surroundings in strange and beautiful ways.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 John Patterson
    No matter how “real” things appear, scenarios and story arcs are relentlessly imposed upon the partay-cipants so as to finesse a narrative as crudely overdetermined and howlingly predictable as any studio-manufactured fiction.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 John Patterson
    By the time it hits you, you're worn out by all the dead ends and false trails the movie has put you through.
    • 1 Metascore
    • 0 John Patterson
    Writer-director David DeFalco's ugly, pointless and dishonest remake of Craven's remake.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    One of the sweetest comedies in a long time, which doesn't mean it's sugary or fey.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 John Patterson
    A cut above the usual teenage-wasteland movie.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 John Patterson
    Fleming's more than passable, often extremely funny remake.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Remarkable energy and wit, and is probably the most purely enjoyable entry in Kaufman's suboeuvre of literary excursions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 John Patterson
    The movie lover in you will recoil; your inner sophomore will rejoice.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 John Patterson
    Culkin, a revelation here, mines every last nuance of the confusion and anger that results. Bursting with grenadelike one-liners and full-bodied performances, particularly from Sarandon (batty) and Goldblum (creepy) -- Igby Goes Down inaugurates a career that should be well worth following closely.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 John Patterson
    If the contrast between Marine life and blue-blood luxury sometimes pulls the film in awkward directions, Anselmo's perceptive fondness for all his characters -- parents, children, grunts, even drill sergeants -- more than compensates.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 John Patterson
    Even more problematic is the script's clumsy, sprawling architecture, Sheridan's clubfooted sense of pacing and his grubby, indistinct visuals. The only upside? The Chieftains aren't on the soundtrack.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    A bracingly sarcastic political comedy -- it opens on a bound copy of Mexico's Constitution, stuffed with cash -- possessed of a baleful satiric eye for hypocrisy and greed, a delicious anti-clerical bent, and pitch-perfect comic timing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    A refreshing antidote to those E! True Hollywood Story documentaries on adult-film figures like John Holmes, Savannah and Traci Lords.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 John Patterson
    Nauseating, tasteless and offensive -- but in all the best ways.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    The result is the niftiest Bond movie in years -- fresh, funny, and jammed to the rafters with demented stunts, Boys'-Own gadgetry and brazen promiscuity.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 10 John Patterson
    Lurches from one set-piece stomach-lurcher to the next with nary a nod to narrative coherence.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 0 John Patterson
    Miraculously seems a great deal longer (this is not a good thing) as it careens from shit joke to corpse joke to ass joke to dog-turd joke and back.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Proves that it's possible for a movie to be reckless and adventurous merely by being sedate, unhurried and contemplative.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 John Patterson
    Immensely exciting and funny.

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