John DeFore

John DeFore

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Austin American-Statesman , Hollywood Reporter , Slate
Total Reviews:
529

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 67% Memphis (2014) " Even those who find it a bore will agree it's a pleasure to look at, and not only because Beal cleans up nicely as a suit-wearing slacker in a snappy chapeaux. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 18, 2014
67% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) " If the three hours of filming Cameron did in the Trench yield little obvious drama, the story of how the Deepsea Challenger reached those depths makes up for it. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2014
90% Art and Craft (2014) " Deeply eccentric subject makes for an engaging art-doc. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2014
100% Fight Church " Unlike the recent release American Jesus... this film is sincere about letting its protagonists explain themselves. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2014
61% Space Station 76 (2014) " An oddball pastiche whose intent is hard to decipher. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2014
No Score Yet La French " A procedural epic whose complicated narrative is propelled by visceral action sequences and an unusually thrilling soundtrack. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2014
89% The Drop (2014) " A sharp, character-rooted crime film. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2014
58% My Old Lady (2014) " Whatever qualms one might have about the tidy parallels in its characters' emotional breakthroughs, it should be warmly greeted by grown-up moviegoers seeking adult but not overly weighty material. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2014
86% See You Next Tuesday (2014) " A movie whose forced outrages aren't nearly as funny as intended and whose hysterics produce hives instead of the desired catharsis. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 27, 2014
36% The November Man (2014) " Though the film's cat-and-mouse scenes hardly compare to those in a Bourne movie, they're enjoyable and only occasionally ridiculous. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 26, 2014
100% 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 80% 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
58% 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
73% 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
35% 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% Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014) " 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
47% 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 60% 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
66% 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
90% 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
No Score Yet 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
27% 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
92% 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
55% 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
60% The Grand Seduction (2014) " Newfoundland-set comedy is formulaic but pleasing. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 27, 2014
3.5/4 87% 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
88% 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
No Score Yet 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
89% 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
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