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John DeFore

John DeFore
John DeFore's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hollywood Reporter, Slate, Austin American-Statesman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet A Different American Dream (2017) More true to its title than viewers may expect, the doc cares more about underlying principles than the details of any one controversy. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 16, 2017
No Score Yet Saving Banksy (2017) Day's debut succeeds in part thanks to its modest scope, viewing the street-art phenomenon through an attempt to rescue one of its highly perishable creations for the public good ... ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 16, 2017
17% The Crash (Jekyll Island) (2017) Several respectable actors offer dicey performances here, but Rappaport's screenplay is the real villain, expecting thin references to real-world financial peril to paper over gaping holes in credibility and plain-old drama. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 16, 2017
62% Claire in Motion (2017) A quiet breakthrough for star Betsy Brandt, best known for playing Walter White's sister-in-law on Breaking Bad. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 10, 2017
No Score Yet Natural Selection (2016) This debut feature plays like a glum after-school special whose jealousies and painful secrets project little heat. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 22, 2016
52% The Ardennes (D'Ardennen) (2017) A promising if not quite audacious debut by Robin Pront, the film benefits from a solidly envisioned family dynamic but doesn't really generate much heat until its final act. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 21, 2016
No Score Yet American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016) Only a middling example of its genre ... ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 19, 2016
No Score Yet The Boatman (2016) Though seemingly sympathetic to those crossing into this country, it displays little understanding of them as human beings, and its moral point is as muddy as the Rio Grande-cum-River Styx its hero crosses daily. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 19, 2016
No Score Yet Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death by Audio (2016) Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death by Audio emphasizes the family-like bonds and sense of belonging generated by the best DIY venues. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 17, 2016
36% A Kind of Murder (2016) A handsome period piece that plays more like a scant-clues mystery than like the psychological thriller it intends to be. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 15, 2016
32% Abattoir (2016) While Bousman's climax is a not terribly original effects-laden haunted house, the house's builder, and his motives, have enough of their own flavor to please a hardened horror fan. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 8, 2016
No Score Yet Sins of Our Youth (2016) A very hard-to-believe premise sinks an overserious drama. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 6, 2016
No Score Yet Fools (2015) A sincere, half-cute love story weighted down by narrative contrivances. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 6, 2016
96% Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016) Bobby Sands: 66 Days offers something both for those who've never heard of Sands and those who have his youthful smile etched forever in memory. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 1, 2016
63% Videofilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) (Videofilia: y otros síndromes virales) (2016) Videophilia casts a singular spell. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 30, 2016
67% Buster's Mal Heart (2016) Fans of Mr. Robot won't be disappointed in the least by this vehicle for Emmy-winning series star Rami Malek, which both fits in with Mr. Robot's delusion-prone paranoia and lets the charismatic actor stretch out in his first feature lead. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 21, 2016
100% 100 Years (2016) With any luck, Hollywood will take note and someday present an Erin Brockovich-like adaptation of this tale, drawing more casual moviegoers into this ire-stoking story ... ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 21, 2016
93% Notes on Blindness (2016) A deeply sensitive interpretation of the subject's reflective testament on disability. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 21, 2016
No Score Yet Circle of Poison (2015) An eye-opening and ire-raising doc that follows pesticides around the world to see the damage they do. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 18, 2016
No Score Yet Operator (2016) Emotionally engrossing if not 100% persuasive in its last act, it balances techno-alienation and warmth in ways that will resonate with art-house audiences. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 16, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Likely to draw in just about everyone who followed the Potter series and to please most of them, the picture also has things to offer for fantasy-friendly moviegoers who only casually observed that phenomenon. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 12, 2016
63% Dreamland (2016) Production elements are as solid as the film's acting. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 7, 2016
80% Theo Who Lived (2016) Though no apologist for the Al Qaeda faction that kidnapped him in Syria in 2012, Padnos's rueful and sympathetic storytelling exhibits the kind of cultural understanding that drew him to the region in the first place. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 4, 2016
80% How to Cheat (2011) Sealey's direction and dialogue aim for the believable strangeness of real human relationships instead of the schematics of melodrama. With the exception of a brief moment or two, the film definitely hits the mark. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 2, 2016
100% Off the Rails (2016) While we fret over a situation offering no easy solutions, Irving alternates between colorful anecdotes from McCollum's illicit career and examples of the way the courts have failed him. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 1, 2016
67% Rats (2016) If the pic's creepy-crawly photography and colorful subjects weren't enough -- and they are -- a sharp score by Pierre Takal keeps us slightly agitated without ever becoming intrusive. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 31, 2016
62% Rainbow Time (2016) Lynskey gives a winning performance here as a New Agey peacemaker straining to be tolerant of Shonzi's quirks and perhaps too optimistic about the prospects of making him more sensitive. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 27, 2016
87% Amanda Knox (2016) For a viewer who chose to avoid the salacious, never-ending TV and tabloid coverage of its namesake, Amanda Knox makes for succinct, involving viewing. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 13, 2016
76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) The comedian's delivery, high-energy throughout, helps him put over material that is funny but hardly justifies the record-setting receipts of Hart's 2016 tour. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 12, 2016
27% Milton's Secret (2016) The script's anodyne lessons feel no fresher than the last dozen times enlightened moviemakers have shared them with us. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 30, 2016
No Score Yet The Hurt Business (2016) For the sport's fans only, though few will learn much from it. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 30, 2016
29% Passage to Mars (2016) Danger doesn't quite translate into sustained drama here, in part because the reliance on voiceover distances us from the action. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 30, 2016
40% Flock Of Dudes (2016) Too much talent for this few laughs. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 30, 2016
60% Generation Startup (2016) Startup will speak to many young viewers who're struggling to figure out not just where to make their talents useful in the world, but what those talents are in the first place. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 30, 2016
82% Split (2017) The director ties themes together at the end with more finesse than usual, letting a couple of meaningful visuals speak for themselves where he might have thrown in a line or two of explanatory dialogue. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 28, 2016
100% Tower (2016) Maitland's storytelling eases us into the horror, echoing the experience of witnesses who at first found it hard to digest what was going on. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 27, 2016
89% Do Not Resist (2016) Craig Atkinson's Do Not Resist avoids the handwringing format of other (very welcome) examinations of 21st-century American policing, offering instead something like a despairing tone poem. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 27, 2016
0% The Headhunter's Calling (2016) A loathsome redemption tale that rings false on every front. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 27, 2016
62% Danny Says (2016) While some of the stories are far from new, it's a treat to hear them in Fields's wry voice. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 27, 2016
90% SEED: The Untold Story (2016) An eco-doc centered on the glories of diversity in the world's population of edible plants, Seed: The Untold Story contains just enough gourmet touches to draw foodies into the audience alongside the usual environmentalist crowd. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 23, 2016
No Score Yet The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith (2016) An exceptionally vivid picture of bohemian life during one of New York City's most exciting eras. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 23, 2016
70% Before the Flood (2016) Flood's filmmakers are intelligent in their use of the biggest asset they have: Not only do they keep their movie star onscreen, they work hard to tie viewers' concern for the environment up with his biography. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 22, 2016
81% My Blind Brother (2016) Enjoyable, if not a laugh riot. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 21, 2016
53% Trespass Against Us (2017) The movie doesn't play on the tension between these two moods so much as tread water between them, unsure what it wants to do to the audience. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2016
75% Colossal (2017) The cast's likeability keeps us on board, watching the sometimes baffling behavior onscreen just like those on the streets of Seoul, who gape up at a monster in horror but can't make themselves flee to the suburbs. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2016
87% A Monster Calls (2017) A sensitive and beautifully made lesson in the limits and power of storytelling. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2016
100% Transpecos (2016) Artfully made but wholly accessible for a mainstream audience, it features strong performances but no names in the cast who'll draw attention on their own. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2016
93% Starving The Beast (2016) It contains big insights for those who wade in - and helps lay the groundwork for debates. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2016
100% Cameraperson (2016) Personal footage interacts intriguingly with reportage here, sometimes making it more than the greatest-hits montage it initially seems. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 6, 2016
94% Among the Believers (2016) An eye-opening exploration of secular/religious conflict in Pakistan. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 2, 2016