John Petrakis

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For 165 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Petrakis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Shane
Lowest review score: 12 Hellraiser: Bloodline
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 165
165 movie reviews
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 John Petrakis
    Contains too little of the original's campy spirit and too many whistles, bells, explosions and screams.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    The overriding sense one gets from this short but powerful film is awe.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 John Petrakis
    More a triumph of tone and texture than of storytelling....But what makes Don't Look Now one of the creepiest movies of all time is the artful way director Roeg leads us around blind corners and down dark alleys (both literally and figuratively), straddling the line between reality and mysticism. [4 May 2001, p.4]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Feels more like a music video than a serious look back at a time, a place and a very smart, funny and unconventional man.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 12 John Petrakis
    A disjointed and ugly film that has all the dramatic depth of a tractor pull. [06 June 1997, p.J]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Absorbing in places, but considering the large and diverse pool the filmmakers had to draw from, it's a surprisingly repetitive and predictable collection of big-city sagas.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    Unstrung Heroes is an extremely moving and surprisingly funny love sonnet to family, tolerance and the joys of individuality.... One of the best films of the year. [15 Sep 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    Breillat has long been fascinated with the idea that women are not allowed to go through puberty in private but instead seem to be on display for all to watch, a situation that has no parallel with boys. A Real Young Girl seems acutely aware of this paradox.
    • 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
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. [20 December 1996, Friday, p.J]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    The beauty of The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack lies in its ability to transform itself into a sad tale of loss, regret and missed opportunities while it also remains a solid documentary about a once-influential artist seeking his place in the sun.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    One of those welcome visitors, a movie that turns out to be much more than we expected.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    This new version is quite faithful to Conrad's novel, not only in content but also in tone. [13 Dec 1996]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    If you are offended by jokes about sex, sex organs, sex, bodily functions, sex, the L.A. riots or sex, you should probably stay far away. But if you're up to the challenge, you should find Fear of a Black Hat to be a clever piece of work-a nasty satire with savvy and sass. [17 Jun 1994, p.J]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    It's not classic horror, but it'll do. [13 Jan 1995, p.18]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 29 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    The animation itself is just OK. And the reworked script, despite some funny one-liners, is pretty much there just to pull the story along to its inevitable conclusion. [19 March 1999, Friday, p. A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 John Petrakis
    Junk food laced with testosterone.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    This is the debut feature for Columbia College graduate Gilio, and it shows great promise.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    There is much that is hilarious about this bleak house of horrors, based on the real-life traumas of writer-director George Huang. Most of the humor surfaces early--including a clever opening restaurant scene--as Buddy (Kevin Spacey, in a terrific performance) gives his new assistant, Guy (Frank Whaley), a harsh lesson in subjugation. [12 May 1995, p.H]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 27 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    Falls prey to the all-too-contemporary problem of complicating the tale until the ending is not only obvious, but prayed for between yawns. [9 February 1999, Tempo, p.2]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    Thinner has its meaty moments, but overall, it's Stephen King lite. Less taste, less filling, less fun.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 John Petrakis
    A fascinating study of sexual heat fueled by guns and ammo. [19 Oct 2001, p.C8]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    There aren't many surprises in Fire Down Below, except for the presence of a few very good actors (Harry Dean Stanton, Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm) and a slew of country stars in cameo appearances (including Loretta Lynn's twin daughters and singer Randy Travis, who looks to have a future as a movie heavy). [8 Sept 1997, p.C2]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 10 Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    A decent idea that never goes deep enough for genuine satisfaction.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    What is most impressive about Kurosawa's direction is how he uses the entire frame, complete with expository background action, to fill in the story blanks. His eagerness to suggest, rather than declare, marks him as a director with confidence to spare.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 John Petrakis
    A cinematic treat, thanks to the well-defined supporting characters, the flawless attention to detail and a performance by the great Roshan Seth - one of the most underrated actors of his generation - which is just about perfect.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 24 Metascore
    • 63 John Petrakis
    So laden with forced plot twists that it will never be able to recover.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 John Petrakis
    When the final twist has been turned and the last corpse has hit the ground, it is a film that could have been twice as good if it had been half as complicated.
    • Chicago Tribune

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