John DeFore

John DeFore

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Austin American-Statesman , Hollywood Reporter , Slate
Total Reviews:
511

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 511
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
58% 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
69% 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
88% Cheap Thrills (2014) " One of the most involving works of cinematic misanthropy in years." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
91% 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 (2014) " A sincere, psychologically savvy take on YA supernatural fare." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 20, 2014
63% 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 (2014) " Involving story of scientific discovery and petty politics." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 17, 2014
86% 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
45% 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
29% Grudge Match (2013) " "Raging Bull" it ain't -- it's not even "Rocky IV."" — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 24, 2013
74% 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
88% The Punk Singer (2013) " Doc offers revelations alongside an invigorating recap of Hanna's influential career." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 26, 2013
82% G.B.F. (2014) " Occasional laughs don't outweigh an incoherent tone in gay-forward teen comedy." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 22, 2013
91% 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 93% 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
20% Expecting (2013) " Laughs outweigh pathos in likable movie about a woman's need to have a baby." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 20, 2013
63% Unmade In China (2013) " Home-movie-like document of a disastrous film production offers a few laughs." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 15, 2013
—— Adventures in the Sin Bin (2013) " Heavily dependent on Wes Anderson's aesthetic but charming nonetheless." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 6, 2013
96% These Birds Walk (2013) " Observational doc offers an intimate view of a huge Pakistan charity." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 5, 2013
81% Lenny Cooke (2013) " Basketball fans who already know Cooke failed to make the cut will learn little here; viewers hoping for broader insights will find even less." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 5, 2013
41% A Case Of You (2013) " Wood makes Birdie approachable enough that Sam's continuing treatment of her as a fantasy-girl, who could only like a fictionalized version of him, grows tiresome as the film progresses." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 4, 2013
79% Aftermath (2013) " The affecting, well-conceived story explores collectively repressed Holocaust guilt." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2.5/4 45% Big Sur (2013) " Sometimes feels like a beautiful illustration, rather than an adaptation, of Kerouac's prose." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 31, 2013
86% In Fear (2014) " A compact, effective thriller set in way-rural Ireland, Jeremy Lovering's In Fear makes the most of three actors, a car and a network of narrow roads winding through the woods. " — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 25, 2013
96% I Am Divine (2013) " Entertaining doc is sweeter than expected and will be an eye-opener for young fans." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 25, 2013
60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " [The plot] focuses the general air of collegial numbskullery into a buddy-pic bond between Knoxville and the very well-cast Jackson Nicoll." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 23, 2013
71% The Institute (2013) " Mystery is part of the appeal." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 21, 2013
79% Big Ass Spider! (2013) " Greg Grunberg helps keep things light in a Corman-esque monster movie." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 18, 2013
96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " Even casual music fans will enjoy behind-the-hits doc." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 18, 2013
50% The Ghosts In Our Machine (2013) " Atmospheric doc is a tone poem for the already-convinced." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 17, 2013
53% Haunter (2013) " Clever haunted-house pic will please more than hardcore fright fans." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 14, 2013
8% CBGB (2013) " Alan Rickman's lead performance highlights a sincere but insubstantial rock pic." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 11, 2013
67% Symphony Of The Soil (2013) " A variety of well-photographed vistas enhance surprisingly enlightening science doc." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 11, 2013
71% Zero Charisma (2013) " It stops short of leaving its would-be hero in despair, but never finds a reason for those who don't share his fixations to identify with him." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 8, 2013
45% All Is Bright (2013) " The film is happy to observe wryly as boredom and failure threaten to overwhelm the men." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 7, 2013
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