John Petrakis

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For 152 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Petrakis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Stone Reader
Lowest review score: 12 Urban Legends: Final Cut
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 152
  2. Negative: 30 out of 152
152 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Stumbles a bit towards the end when it focuses too much on a convoluted robbery attempt, but overall, it is a slick and intelligent look at life in the passing lane.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Has an assured air, rich with scenes of affection, anger and reconciliation, along with moments of unfeigned humor.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Too-loud, poorly directed and seriously overedited.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    This cynical film paints a hugely unflattering portrait of life in Hollywood's fast lane. I have no way of knowing exactly how much is exaggeration, but I've got a creepy feeling that the film is closer to the mark than I want to believe.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    This was a mission that should have been aborted long ago.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    The Dinner Game works thanks to some exceptionally strong acting, impeccable timing and rapid-fire delivery of many funny lines.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    The key to the film, however, is the joyous performance of Mike Myers, who plays both the Beatle-mopped Austin Powers and the bald-headed Dr. Evil.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Though this film shows flashes of the electric writer Mamet was to become, Lakeboat is mostly distant thunder over choppy waters.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    Not without its humorous moments, but they are too few and far between.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Reminiscent of classic old Westerns.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 10 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    A decent idea that never goes deep enough for genuine satisfaction.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    It's hard to focus on the travails when the music is so lively and good.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Rife with wrong people in major jobs, which leads to a movie that lacks the requisite verve to make to it sparkle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    The problem is that we never see Dex employing the Steve technique to bed a female.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    This is the debut feature for Columbia College graduate Gilio, and it shows great promise.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    If the mark of a successful documentary is its ability to make us examine a tired subject in a fresh way, then Eyes is a rip-roaring success.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    There is something inherently dishonest about Dark Days.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Surprisingly lacking in revelatory moments.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    (Kids) are likely to reject Grizzly Falls as though it were a piece of chewed-over bear fat.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Works better as a sociological study than as a gripping drama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Some films, oddly enough, can be too ambitious for their own good, which is the case with Restaurant.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Much to enjoy in this potpourri of silly fun and forbidden games, but a bit less ambition and a tad more focus might have helped.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Though the final journey drags at times, the early expository scenes in the shadows of Saint Sophia and assorted mosques are impressive and quite moving.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    This is a big-hearted film with admirable ambitions, and the ending is appropriately bittersweet, with victory and comeuppance occupying the same time and frame.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    All the obligatory plot elements are there. Love and loss, anger and forgiveness, illness and death. But they never flow together to make a coherent story. Instead, they just pop up whenever the script is in trouble. Which is all the time.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 16 Metascore
    • 12 John Petrakis
    It's hard not to feel angry that you've spent almost two hours watching this moronic exercise.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Has a melodramatic glow.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    I can only hope that this film was a lot of fun to make. That way, someone will have enjoyed the experience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    One of those rare movies that manages to maintain the hushed intensity and claustrophobic anxiety that is normally associated with theater or prose.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    A story of faith and redemption, as viewed through the blurry and bloodshot eyes of a young man.

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