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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
32% Fist Fight (2017) Represents a missed opportunity, given the talents of this charismatic and game cast.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
100% Burden (2017) Even for viewers who know much more about Burden than that thing with the rifle, it's almost certain to trigger a hunger for more.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
67% The Age of Consequences (2017) None of these topics have escaped the notice of journalists covering the climate-change beat in recent years. But Scott packages these concerns and others in a smart way, and includes the occasional bit of eye-opening history.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation (2017) A likeable enough group, in which the expected contenders (why hello there, Pixar) sit alongside unknowns whose styles are just varied enough to avoid monotony.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (2017) A varied and satisfying lineup with an emphasis on culture clashes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) A concluding installment is already en route; expect diminishing returns every Valentine's Day.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
40% The Trouble with Terkel (2017) Amateurish on many levels and at some point seeming to have been made up on the spot (which would be quite a feat for animation) ... a strong contender for the year's worst film, and not in a fun way.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
20% 1 Night (One Night) (2017) The writing/directing debut of Minhal Baig enlists experienced actors but has little idea what to do with them, making a hash of its intended meditation on the compromises required by long-term relationships.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
56% Wheeler (2017) In piecing these elements into a narrative, Dorff and co-screenwriter Ross forgot that satisfying stories tend to place some disappointment and conflict between their heroes and success.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
83% Walking Out (2017) Josh Wiggins makes an excellent and restrained stand-in for moviegoers who, more than likely, will have no idea what they'd do in his shoes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
75% Growing Up Smith (Good Ol' Boy) (2017) A crowd-friendly immigrant's tale painted with a thick coat of '70s nostalgia.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
7% Rings (2017) Unlikely to fire up the faithful and almost sure not to attract new fans to this J-horror-derived property.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
50% Kung-Fu Yoga (2017) Kung-Fu Yoga scratches fans' itch for no-nonsense, no-pretense Chan fare - in which he isn't second-banana to a Western star, or married to a director who thinks VFX are required to make Chan's stunts more impressive.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
64% Bitch (2017) Unsatisfying in the pulpy sense suggested by its Midnight-section booking at Sundance, the pic's presumed political agenda never crystallizes sufficiently ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
0% Eloise (2017) A deeply unpromising debut horror flick by visual-effects veteran Robert Legato.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
80% The Grace of Jake (2017) [An] easygoing, slice-of-life film ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
94% Brigsby Bear (2017) A charming, surprisingly underplayed paean to pop-culture obsession.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
60% Newness (2017) As a sympathetic look at two likeable lovers who don't know what's good for them, it's enough to give us a rooting interest - even if we're rooting for the two protagonists to accept the consequences of their mistakes and move on.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
31% The Promise (2017) This will not enjoy the critical support given to George's Hotel Rwanda; compared to that flawed but affecting picture, this one looks like it was stamped by a cookie cutter.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
20% Rememory (2017) A good-looking mystery whose sci-fi elements take a back seat to meditations on guilt and deception.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
100% Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press (2017) Even those with no interest in the wrestling star's sex life will find it eye-opening.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
33% Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time (2017) Does nothing to fill the need for thoughtful, probing docs about the threats facing our democracy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
25% Rebel in the Rye (2016) Strong ... draws connections between life and art in ways many others have, but finds it hard to conjure his subject's passion for writing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
58% Crown Heights (2017) Ruskin continually requires wounded earnestness from his lead, and shows little of whatever spark of inner life must have been required for Warner to survive these years without losing his mind.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
100% Get Out (2017) One of the most satisfying thrillers in several years, Get Out proves that its first-time director, Key and Peele costar Jordan Peele, has plenty of career options if he should grow tired of doing comedy in front of the camera.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
No Score Yet Unrest (2017) Using her own experience with the syndrome as a springboard, Brea offers an affecting film that, when made available on video, will be embraced by the millions suffering CFS worldwide.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
64% The Polka King (2017) Inspires some sympathy for its protagonist but not enough to carry the film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
100% Gook (2017) Gook rises above message-movie mediocrity, enjoying its characters too much to use them as political mouthpieces.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
100% Trophy (2017) There's too much moral ambiguity here for one doc to make sense of it all, but Trophy certainly offers much to think about.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
86% The Little Hours (2017) A winning ensemble brings present-day attitude to Boccaccio's irreverent sex comedy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
96% The Big Sick (2017) A funny and tender drawn-from-life love story.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
46% Person to Person (2017) An enjoyable throwback to a vintage mode of urban ensemble comedy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
72% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) The movie... can hardly hope to create the sensation of its Oscar-winning predecessor. But it finds plenty to add, both in cementing the urgency of Gore's message and in finding cause for hope.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
60% Fraud (2016) One suspects most viewers will respond with a shrug, if they sit through it at all.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
76% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) Viewers expecting a garden-variety horror flick will likely recoil, but those seeking new voices in Mexican cinema may well hail Minter's effort.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
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
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
100% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
57% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
No Score Yet American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016) Only a middling example of its genre ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
60% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016
38% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
No Score Yet Sins of Our Youth (2016) A very hard-to-believe premise sinks an overserious drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
No Score Yet Fools (2015) A sincere, half-cute love story weighted down by narrative contrivances.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
63% Videofilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) (Videofilia: y otros síndromes virales) (2016) Videophilia casts a singular spell.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016