John DeFore

John DeFore

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Austin American-Statesman , Hollywood Reporter , Slate
Total Reviews:
512

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— 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 61% 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
58% 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
87% 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
86% 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
30% 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
68% 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
55% The Signal (2014) " Beautifully executed, not-quite-satisfying sci-fi head-scratcher." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 9, 2014
63% The Big Ask (2014) " A strong ensemble is essential to a tale of a friendship in crisis." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 3, 2014
85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " For once, cranking out a play-it-safe sequel yields something satisfying." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 3, 2014
50% 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
63% 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
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
80% 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
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
42% 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
33% 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
44% 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
52% Lucky Bastard (2014) " Less exploitative and a bit smarter than its seedy adult-film setting would suggest." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 21, 2014
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