John Petkovic

John Petkovic
John Petkovic's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Cleveland Plain Dealer
Publications: Cleveland Plain Dealer

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A 96% The Irishman (2019) As the credits scrolled across the screen, I couldn't help but think that The Irishman is it. The crew is old in the tooth. The world is a different place. And you might as well end it with The Irishman -- a triumph filled will splendor and sorrow. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
A 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Moore was hardly the Kung Fu master, but he managed to kick down a lot of doors on the road to becoming a somebody. Dolemite Is My Name is a valentine to that man, but also the dream and spirit he embodied. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
B+ 69% Joker (2019) Phoenix is brilliant at exploring the depths of his demise to his ascent to avenging angel gone horribly wrong. He punctuates every step with sneering laughter. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
A- 84% Ad Astra (2019) It's an intimate voyage into memory and existence -- one that Pitt is stellar in conveying. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B 63% Yesterday (2019) Imagine there's no Beatles. It's not so easy if you try. But Boyle is deft at pulling it off with this romantic comedy that ventures into The Twilight Zone and comes out of it with light-hearted laughs. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
83% Dogman (2019) Fonte is brilliant in his portrayal of a hapless weakling, trying to scrape and deal and survive amid a society of derelicts. Pesce skillfully transforms his character from thug to a sort of rabid attack dog that preys on the fear of townsfolk. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B 44% Captive State (2019) "Captive World" is effective at creating an environment and stocking it with characters; less so with weaving them together with a compelling narrative. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B- 70% Climax (2019) At times, "Climax" cuts a bloody slice of ultra-violent horror that resides somewhere between "Suspiria" and "Salo." Ah, but this is Noe's psychedelic rave -- one that will no doubt be heralded by some and hated by others. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
A 91% Mandy (2018) Makes you realize how much deep physical and psychological weight Cage has to offer when he's unleashed with a script that has his back. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
B 100% Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) (1902) But it's fun for a whimsical getaway that will take you away from reality for a 87 minutes. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
B No Score Yet Control (Het Tweede Gelaat) (2017) But the cinematography and pacing are solid and fans of the genre will find it this killing spree entertaining. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
A 100% If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd (2018) Like many of the Slynyrd's lyrics, such simple words convey powerful passion to rock 'n' rebel. "If I Leave Here Tomorrow" captures it all well. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
A- 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) While it might be loaded with technology, it has been tamed to serve the story -- even if the humans in it are a bunch of cretins. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
A- 96% The Survivalist (2017) Who knows how it will end, if it will at all. But we do know this: The Survivalist rolls out a uniquely personal vision and makes for a stellar debut by Irish writer-director Stephen Fingleton. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
B- 32% Salt and Fire (2017) Salt and Fire, you see, is well-made folly. And like cult camp classics of yore, it rolls out enough portent and absurdity to leave you snickering. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
A- 90% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) While David Lynch: The Art Life might seem all too normal at first, it remains true to itself while getting (surprise, surprise) more than a tad odd as it goes along. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
A- 91% Frantz (2017) This is no war movie. This is no romance. It's something in between... as always seems to be the case with one of cinema's most eclectic stylists and idiosyncratic voices. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
A- No Score Yet Nightlife (Nocno zivljenje) (2016) Pia Zemljic is stellar as the individual seeking answers but trapped in a web of people telling her, "I don't know." - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
B No Score Yet Murderous Tales (2016) At times, the show gets a bit clever. But Murderous Tales manages to save the day with its panache and, yes, its puppet prowess. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
B No Score Yet Domain (2018) Domain is most entertaining when it gets twisted, and headstrong survivors Phoenix and Denver succumb to online dating and decide it's time to break out of this false reality. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
B+ 95% The Love Witch (2016) Robinson, who delivers a performance that is alternately ironic and straight, is deft at bringing the whole shebang to life. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
A 94% Gimme Danger (2016) The art of creation is always a messy mix of pushes and pulls and contradictions. The Stooges were among the messiest. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
A- 59% High-Rise (2016) High-Rise is a bit of a mess. But that is part of the charm. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
B 80% The New Girlfriend (2015) While many "gay" and "identity" films wallow in weightiness, Ozon has always rejected categorizing cinema in the same way that he has embraced sexual fluidity. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
B 88% The Discoverers (2014) It's in the forest, where the family and the film both come together. Both become enchanting thanks to more than functional performances of Griffin Dunne as the dad; Madeleine Martin, as the daughter; and Cara Buono. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2014
A- 96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013) Yes, there are laughs, but Tom Bean and Luke Poling create a nuanced portrait of Plimpton, an upper-crust dabbler who was kicked out of boarding school only to make a life out of dabbling. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2013