John DeFore

John DeFore

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Austin American-Statesman , Hollywood Reporter , Slate
Total Reviews:
481

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
100% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " Action takes a backseat to local color in well-acted drama." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 23, 2014
90% Chef (2014) " The easygoing comedy keeps a familiar story going despite minor plot hiccups." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 9, 2014
71% 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
—— Go Down Death (2014) " Affectations trump substance in self-conscious art film." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 24, 2014
93% 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
—— Creep " Funny quasi-horror pic keeps viewers guessing." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 20, 2014
100% 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
90% 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
90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " Each actor fills his role nicely, and they have enough chemistry to animate the routine pitfalls this road trip has in store for them." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 11, 2014
44% The Face of Love (2014) " Grown-up romance and disturbing psychology make a satisfying match." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 3, 2014
80% The Standbys (2014) " Enjoyable doc celebrates theater pros who rarely see the spotlight." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 3, 2014
100% 7 Boxes (2014) " High-energy chase pic makes the most of a novel setting." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 28, 2014
34% Odd Thomas (2014) " Cast and crew generate an enjoyable sense of community in Odd's hometown. Odd Thomas just doesn't leave us with much desire to return there." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 25, 2014
47% The Art of the Steal (2014) " The end result satisfies both our vicarious greed and the desire some viewers will have to see a priceless work of art wind up in the hands of someone who couldn't care less about its price." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 21, 2014
55% Lucky Bastard (2014) " Less exploitative and a bit smarter than its seedy adult-film setting would suggest." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 21, 2014
77% Infinitely Polar Bear " Funny and sympathetic memoir goes easy on the tale's dark side." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 6, 2014
55% Laggies (2014) " From production values to performances to the script, everything here is more polished than we've come to expect from Shelton's lovably loose films. Yet the finished product still feels of a piece with that body of work." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 5, 2014
—— The New Public (2014) " Emotionally involving doc captures the highs and lows of an idealistic schooling experiment." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 31, 2014
60% Jobriath A.D. (2014) " Eye-opener introduces a glam rocker who should be a better known part of pop history." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 31, 2014
18% The Wait (2014) " Icily beautiful story of loss-fueled floundering is long on mood and sense of place." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 27, 2014
68% Visitors (2014) " Entrancing images will awe some viewers and leave others scratching their heads." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
25% 24 Exposures (2014) " This outing will please Swanberg's followers but lacks the polish required to attract a broader genre audience." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
64% Old Goats (2014) " Intriguing non-pro actors are badly served by a half-baked film." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
—— Fishing Without Nets " A tense drama with well drawn characters and only as much action as its story requires." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
84% Cheap Thrills (2014) " One of the most involving works of cinematic misanthropy in years." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
83% What We Do In The Shadows " However tired one may be of the mockumentary format, the shtick is well suited for this material; in fact, it's easy to imagine a straighter storytelling approach falling flat or playing like an Addams Family rip-off." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
43% Cooties " Funny ensemble pic stands a severed head or two above the zombie comedy pack." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 20, 2014
—— Jamie Marks Is Dead " A sincere, psychologically savvy take on YA supernatural fare." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 20, 2014
50% Life After Beth (2014) " Sometimes tender, sometimes frantic, and always funny, the film's surprising coherence is exemplified in a climactic scene that pairs credible heartbreak with pure slapstick." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 20, 2014
81% Mitt " Achieves in an hour and a half something Republicans wanted desperately to do throughout 2012: It makes Mitt Romney human. Lovable, even." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 19, 2014
26% Jamesy Boy (2014) " True second-chance story doesn't come to life onscreen." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 17, 2014
—— Dinosaur 13 " Involving story of scientific discovery and petty politics." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 17, 2014
84% Run & Jump (2014) " Keogan and Green's resolution, which underplays melodrama and avoids sentimentality, is unusually (and, given the characters' natures, appropriately) restrained." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 14, 2014
36% Summer in February (2014) " Blah Britpic offers scenery but little else." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 14, 2014
98% The Rocket (2014) " Formulaic but likeable." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 6, 2014
47% Raze (2014) " A women-in-prison flick hawking its exploitation wares more to sadists than sex fiends." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 6, 2014
55% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) " The hourlong experiment is mainly for queer-theory students and Francomaniacs." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 2, 2014
100% More Than Honey (2013) " Eye-popping photography should draw viewers to this thoughtful, revealing doc." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 1, 2014
30% Grudge Match (2013) " "Raging Bull" it ain't -- it's not even "Rocky IV."" — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 24, 2013
76% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " The film's reason for being, though, is the sound of Page's voice -- a worldly, aged Southern drawl -- as she recounts her life story from childhood through retirement." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 5, 2013
50% Adventures of the Penguin King 3D (2013) " This mainstream theatrical release is inferior to its shorter educational-film cousin." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 2, 2013
42% Oldboy (2013) " Dark, violent thriller stands on its own despite its revered predecessor." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 26, 2013
83% The Punk Singer (2013) " Doc offers revelations alongside an invigorating recap of Hanna's influential career." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 26, 2013
81% G.B.F. (2014) " Occasional laughs don't outweigh an incoherent tone in gay-forward teen comedy." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 22, 2013
90% Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013) " An almost entirely hand-drawn, animated film that was clearly a labor of love for the director and has enough charm to reach a wider audience than his other recent docs." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3/4 92% A Touch of Sin (2013) " Jia offers a stark presentation (no music, few edits) that discourages vicarious thrills; the violence is startling, not cool." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013
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