For 1,015 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 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 Black Rose
Score distribution:
1015 movie reviews
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    • 50 John DeFore
    Anderson, who previously made several Beach Boys/Brian Wilson video docs, is attentive to chronology and to Butterfield's legacy, but isn't making the kind of film that might win the artist new fans or magically transport older ones back to the moment when he was at the top of his field.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    More conversational than journalistic in spirit, it avoids hard statistics (and the reasons those stats can be hard to come by) in favor of well-informed impressions and anecdotes. Though not the first doc to note the insanity surrounding this subject, it is easily accessible to non-insiders and holds interest even for those who follow art closely.
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    • 60 John DeFore
    B&B
    Though some twists and changes of heart here add intrigue, the script's third-act negotiations feel a bit stretched; even at 86 minutes, the film could be leaner.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Relying on interviews with Schrager and other insiders instead of cramming in every celeb who graced the dancefloor, Tyrnauer delivers a meaty and transporting portrait.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    One wonders if a more seasoned filmmaker might have tightened it up a bit. But the cast goes a long way here.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    The Grand Guignol factor climbs throughout the final third, but while climactic battles are violent, they never really thrill.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Driven by Cummings' transfixingly vulnerable performance, the movie not only justifies returning to the source: Shockingly, it does so without even using the device that seemed key to the short's success.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Despite ample access to its subject and testimonials from both Jett's contemporaries and the younger stars she inspired, the film is a disappointment, and has limited value for viewers hoping to experience (or relive) the years in which Jett proved a woman could rock as hard as the boys.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Laurent walks between pulpy suspense and a more serious grimness as she presents the action.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Sebastian Silva's latest is no retread of Jordan Peele's more-than-a-thriller breakthrough. Instead of envisioning how smiling white faces might hide evil intent, Tyrel observes how wounds can fester, doing damage long after unaffected parties would have assumed everything was fine.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Clearly coming from the left but happy to make characters of all political stripes look bad, the film is often hard to take, offering laughs that are rarely cathartic enough to compensate.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Night School has a lot to learn about how to live up to its potential, but it squeaks out a passing grade in the end.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Pairing some of the spirit of schlocky Nazisploitation fare with a top-flight young cast and better-than-solid filmmaking, the movie is more mainstream that the midnight fare it sounds like on paper, if only by a bit. Horror fans should cheer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 John DeFore
    Alert not just to shifts in the critical zeitgeist but to accompanying changes in social mores, the fascinating film speaks to the most sophisticated students of fine-art photography without alienating casual buffs.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    An engaging performance by veteran Argentine actor Miguel Angel Sola is the main selling point here, helping put across some, but not all, of the story's more dubious developments.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Honoring the journalist's sense of mission but never shying away from the hard living and psychological damage that went with it, A Private War relies on the believability of star Rosamund Pike, who commits to this take on the character even when Heineman risks pushing off-the-battlefield drama too far.
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    • 60 John DeFore
    A lively but meandering doc that is more seduced by the scene than some viewers might like.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Stuffed with drama, both climbing-related and not.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The film is aware of the weight of its subject but loath to behave like an "important" film — focusing instead on the specificity of one sick young man and the family that loves and fears him in almost equal measure.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 John DeFore
    A gender-flipped sibling to Crystal Moselle's Skate Kitchen (set in Los Angeles versus that film's NYC), its narrative of sudden belonging and onrushing perils mirrors that Sundance entry. But in emotional punch and shoulda-seen-this-coming skill, it is more like Hill's Lady Bird, a gem that feels simultaneously informed by its author's adolescence and the product of a serious artist's observational distance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Viewers who've actually been in the protest trenches may long for a grittier take. But in sanitizing some aspects of this experience, The Hate U Give brings the world of protest and agitation a little closer to those whose privilege has made it relatively easy to ignore.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Fall is Pretty Woman for socialists, a Capital-conscious fairy tale in which a nice guy not only attempts a perfect crime but wins the heart of a prostitute hitherto moved only by American dollars.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    The picture has a good shock or two up its sleeve before getting to Laurie's armored, booby-trapped home, and once it's there, it surprises us again.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Pine is fully committed to Robert's mission, but the film has a hard time making him a compelling character, even with a wife and daughter on hand to make him relatable. And it takes forever for his military campaign to get rolling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Kusama: Infinity presents a creative life that is worth exploring, even by those who've been scared away by the crowds.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Writer-director Boaz Yakin, who has directed everything from veteran movie stars to canine thesps in his career, has a harder time with child actors, eliciting performances that are uneven enough to attract attention to the script's weaker aspects.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    Colin Minihan's What Keeps You Alive sets itself up promisingly enough before succumbing to a progression of implausibilities and excesses that test even this genre's lenient standards.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    For the most part, footage of rehearsals and competition is lackluster.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Though those glimpses don't add up to what most people would call a portrait, they do evoke a life of old-fashioned female pampering, and contain just enough of Sellam's quirky personality to make those habits charming.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Isaac and Kingsley bring quite a bit to Orton's dialogue, sometimes seeming to mean it at face value and sometimes inviting skepticism.

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