John DeFore

John DeFore

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Austin American-Statesman , Hollywood Reporter , Slate
Total Reviews:
519

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— I Am A Knife With Legs " This tale of a pop star in hiding is at moments quite funny and offers just enough surrealism to appeal to substance-enhanced viewers." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 18, 2014
2.5/4 77% Land Ho! (2014) " Like most stars of road movies, they're an odd couple; unlike most, both the friction between them and their underlying loyalty feel real, not contrived to supply a movie's dramatic arc." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 14, 2014
50% Coldwater (2014) " Grashaw has an affinity for the misdirected energies of these troubled teens and their despair in the face of their jailers' capricious punishments." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 13, 2014
78% A Will For The Woods (2014) " Less an introduction to the green-burial movement than a portrait of one man who embraced it after being diagnosed with a terminal illness, A Will for the Woods is more sentimental than journalistic." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 13, 2014
31% The Giver (2014) " An agreeable YA riff on Orwell - via Logan's Run - topped with the kind of magic-transformative baloney that passes for an ending in too many otherwise-fine Hollywood adventures ..." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 12, 2014
100% Time Is Illmatic " The doc avoids the prefab feel of many similarly targeted music films, instead offering a strong sense of the neighborhood that served as both a rallying cry for musicians who grew up there and a constant threat to their lives." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 4, 2014
46% About Alex (2014) " Unambitious but amiable, it benefits from the presence of familiar talents." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 4, 2014
25% 4 Minute Mile (2014) " A sympathetic performance by Richard Jenkins does little to dispel the stale atmosphere here" — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 29, 2014
1.5/4 62% Hercules (2014) " It simply fails to exploit its assets: an amusing, revisionist take on the mythological strongman, and the charisma of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 25, 2014
64% Lucy (2014) " Besson's script offers neither the well-drawn character dynamics nor the clear motivations of a decent comic book origin story; and as it is quickly clear that no baddie has much chance of stopping Lucy, action sequences carry little weight." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 23, 2014
88% The Kill Team (2014) " A blood-boiling documentary whose constrained viewpoint on its subject -- U.S. soldiers' sport-killing of Afghan civilians in 2010, and the prosecutions that followed -- doesn't prevent it from moving viewers to the point of despair." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 21, 2014
D+ 6% The Last Airbender (2010) " There isn't a single convincing performance in the picture, and the badness of the acting is, bizarrely, pretty much in direct proportion to a character's importance." — Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 18, 2014
95% The Dog (2014) " Vintage material and first-hand accounts add to engaging expansion on the true-crime tale." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 14, 2014
—— Sunset Strip (2014) " The result is a dense, often delicious tour through one of pop culture's epicenters that will please on the non-fiction circuit and be a go-to resource for years to come." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 14, 2014
56% Made in America (2014) " Less music-stuffed but more conceptually ambitious than the average music doc." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 7, 2014
29% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " While the supernatural side of the film suffers a flaw or two ... its central conflict works." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 2, 2014
41% Premature (2014) " A modest but likeable spin on Groundhog Day." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 1, 2014
69% They Came Together (2014) " The film fails to do what those rare, immortal rom-coms get right: take all of its individually pleasing ingredients and make a satisfying movie out of them." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 23, 2014
91% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " Excellent newbie-friendly account of a story that rocked the Web's cognoscenti." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 23, 2014
63% Jackpot (2014) " Blood-spattered crime comedy benefits from whip-smart pacing and quirky Scandinavian attitude." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 23, 2014
2/4 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " Viewers coming to this film without having seen the others would have no problem following the action; whether they'd care about it is another question." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 19, 2014
54% The Signal (2014) " Beautifully executed, not-quite-satisfying sci-fi head-scratcher." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 9, 2014
56% The Big Ask (2014) " A strong ensemble is essential to a tale of a friendship in crisis." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 3, 2014
84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " For once, cranking out a play-it-safe sequel yields something satisfying." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 3, 2014
52% Trust Me (2014) " The showbiz yarn is highly entertaining until it all but derails." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 2, 2014
79% Before You Know It (2014) " The sober doc tacitly raises new arguments for gay marriage." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 28, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Though the film is hardly laugh-free, its uneven jokes appear to have breezed through a very forgiving editing process." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 28, 2014
64% The Grand Seduction (2014) " Newfoundland-set comedy is formulaic but pleasing." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 27, 2014
3.5/4 86% The Immigrant (2014) " Gray directs this handsome and evocative film with emotional restraint, making its archetypal title character a living individual whose moral journey is never simple." — Washington Post
Posted May 22, 2014
100% The American Nurse (2014) " A compassionate and psychologically revealing doc." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2014
57% American Jesus (2014) " The film becomes a hodgepodge that will enlighten few viewers." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2014
41% A Night In Old Mexico (2014) " Formulaic and often hard to swallow, the picture offers little beyond the familiar pleasures of Duvall's old-coot mode." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2014
86% The Discoverers (2014) " More warm-hearted than funny, Schwarz's feature debut benefits from an intelligent script and sympathetic lead performance by Griffin Dunne." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 12, 2014
81% The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014) " Formulaic but effective comedy survives a performance that first threatens to overwhelm it." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 1, 2014
83% Belle (2014) " The picture's sour notes are balanced by fine performances and clear historical appeal." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 28, 2014
—— Champs (2014) " Very polished doc has more on its mind than action in the ring." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 28, 2014
44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) " Motivated by an earnest need to inspire, Schmidt's debut suffers from stiffness but improves as it goes, the tension of its plot overcoming many dramatic failings." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 24, 2014
31% The Girl and Death (2014) " Atmosphere and nostalgia trump all in Pushkin-loving romance." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 24, 2014
88% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " Action takes a backseat to local color in well-acted drama." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 23, 2014
88% Chef (2014) " The easygoing comedy keeps a familiar story going despite minor plot hiccups." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 9, 2014
74% Oculus (2014) " Enjoyable ghost story makes good use of clashing perspectives." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 8, 2014
0% 10 Rules For Sleeping Around (2014) " A numbingly unfunny sex farce" — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 4, 2014
80% Whitewash (2014) " Thomas Haden Church bridges the credibility gap in snowed-in fugitive tale." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 2, 2014
67% Go Down Death (2014) " Affectations trump substance in self-conscious art film." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 24, 2014
91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " Funny and self-effacing doc says more about its maker's insecurities than the rock tour it chronicles." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 24, 2014
100% Animals " Grimy and sad but not sensationalistic, the debut feature is like Drugstore Cowboy drained of its hipness and sex appeal -- not a bad thing, certainly, but also not something that ensures strong commercial prospects beyond a limited arthouse run." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 21, 2014
86% Creep " Funny quasi-horror pic keeps viewers guessing." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 20, 2014
73% Neighbors (2014) " An uproarious and hugely commercial vision of intergenerational warfare." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 18, 2014
100% Buzzard " A chilly allegory whose antihero is both compelling and repulsive." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 17, 2014
88% It Felt Like Love (2014) " A convincing tale of a too-early coming of age gets strong performances from a cast of newcomers." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 17, 2014
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