For 1,060 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 48% 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 Before Midnight
Lowest review score: 0 Armed Response
Score distribution:
1060 movie reviews
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    • 90 John DeFore
    It uses historical artifacts to excellent, devastating effect.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    While its protagonist is believably eccentric, the people surrounding her look more like transparent plot devices the more of them we meet.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    A smart doc that's as earnest and scattered as the viewers likely to seek it out, Astra Taylor's What Is Democracy? looks around at the world and realizes that even those of us on the right sides of things aren't always sure what we're fighting for.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 20 John DeFore
    In a genre populated by an unusually high percentage of nearly unwatchable movies — the surprise-paternity comedy — John Asher's I Hate Kids comes as something of a surprise. Not because it's any good (no, no, no), but because of the number of talented people who, presumably having read the witless script, agreed to appear in it.
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    • 70 John DeFore
    Less relentlessly bleak than Winter's Bone, which along with Frozen River is an obvious inspiration here, the life-on-the-margins drama makes a fine, tense vehicle for Tessa Thompson, who in the last few years has stood out in a variety of genres.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    McGowan doesn't try to turn the modest material into a nail-biting thriller. While grim confrontations between men with guns don't always convince us, they at least don't upstage the survival tale at the movie's heart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The action is lively and quick-paced, and then suddenly over — at which point the film gets to hammer down some of its more wholesome messages.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 John DeFore
    Passion is spoken of and clumsily envisioned in The Aspern Papers, but not a drop of it is felt.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    While some thriller addicts may embrace the resulting misanthropic action, others may find their minds wandering — to the many real-life cases of fraternity hazing, gang-rape and run-of-the-mill antisocial behavior that inspire deeper feelings of dread than this unconvincing outing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    As a trilogy-closer, it's a mixed bag, tying earlier narrative strands together pleasingly while working too hard (and failing) to convince viewers Shyamalan has something uniquely brainy to offer in the overpopulated arena of comics-inspired stories.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A cutthroat little thriller that's surely more fun than most of the riddle-solving lock-ins currently springing up around the country.
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    • 50 John DeFore
    A chin-scratching B picture that fares best when it sticks with stars Donald Sutherland and Vincent Kartheiser, it gets less convincing the farther it strays from the two-hander at its core.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Danluck's unfocused direction makes Katherine less a grief-struck enigma than a dull somnambulist; and the film's copious flashbacks, instead of drawing us into the character's confused emotions, mostly suggest that the film can't decide how to tell its story.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Upsetting but too curious to wallow in misery (and blessed with a few grace notes), the film pays tribute to a girl who rarely indulges in the self-centeredness that comes with adolescence.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Though fans will enjoy the behind-the-scenes view, and anyone interested in creativity can appreciate watching a master attempt to expand his turf so late in life, the doc's narrow scope and aesthetic limitations make it a fans-only affair, certainly not a full-bodied account of this man's towering career.
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    • 70 John DeFore
    It offers some bits of fact and argument that may have gone underexposed, and it is more stylish than some earlier journalistic outings. But its potential to make change is hindered, as the film itself notes near its conclusion, by the fact that the already-stoked fear and rage of American citizens is neutered by those we've elected to make laws — many of whom have been taking checks from this deep-pocketed industry for years.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    In the end, the whole clean-up project is as shrug-worthy as most of the "Unrated Director's Cut!" edits that go the other direction on home video, promising more nudity and gore but changing little of consequence.
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    • 40 John DeFore
    While its quirky storytelling style draws viewers in, many will tire of the subplots long before it reaches the two-hour mark.
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    • 60 John DeFore
    The story's resolution is formulaic, but deeply enough felt that few will resent the film's manipulations.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Origin Story maintains an upbeat vibe as its heroes push forth into the larger world; here's hoping they show lots of people a good time before their world-domination strategy sucks the life out of them.
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    • 70 John DeFore
    A refreshing reminder of the usability-above-all principles that once held more sway — look at nearly any contemporary website to see how far we've fallen — it benefits from both the work and the personality of subject Dieter Rams.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Young and Whisenant hatch a finale that is corny and wonderful — a rare chance to watch someone's dream come true, and an exhortation for others to follow their own weird enthusiasms wherever they might lead.
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    • 60 John DeFore
    Some in the area have lost some hope, seeing so many of their neighbors fall for a candidate they knew to be a snake-oil salesman. But Hillbilly is forward-looking, believing there's something special about its region-specific variety of what elsewhere would be called rednecks or bumpkins.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Modest in aesthetic terms but more jounalistically serious than many low-budget advocacy docs, the film will be an eye-opener for some, and should add to pressure on executives to stop pretending they're innocent of the crimes contractors commit on their behalf.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Most importantly, the pic gets laughs out of the class system without being glib about its cruelties. The gulf between rich and poor clearly matters to Huang, who poignantly shows how poverty robs even the dead of dignity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Eighty-eight minutes is not nearly enough time to give full attention to every thread of critique here, but The Cleaners does a respectable job of fitting its unruly anecdotes into a coherent stream of thought.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    What the film does best is bear witness to what happened on the day of the arrest and place it in the context of Bland's political life.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Suffice to say there are twists, physical perils and moments of self-sacrifice.
    • 95 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.

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