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John DeFore

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67% Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents (2016) "Stuffed with examples of the nose-thumbing spirit that has sustained their popularity despite the bandmates' refusal to reveal their individual identities, the film is a fine primer for the curious. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 18, 2016
79% Maggie's Plan (2016) "The picture is one part vintage Woody Allen, a few parts screwball-era comedy of remarriage and a vigorous shake of Gerwig herself, without whose particular spirit this scenario might have trouble getting off the ground. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 17, 2016
53% The Trust (2016) "Though far from a Rififi-grade nailbiter, it builds to an involving moment of truth. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 13, 2016
80% Observance "Joseph Sims-Dennett's Observance bundles voyeurism, blind obedience and grief up in a package that is already plenty disturbing before the biological horrors slink in. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 11, 2016
100% Cash Only (2016) "One of the more convincingly gritty indies to hit fests in several seasons. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 10, 2016
No Score Yet Nakom "A cast of non-actors acquits itself very nicely here, and the nature of the shoot -- in which locals played key roles in the low-budget production -- make the film's polish all the more impressive. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 9, 2016
No Score Yet The Fixer "Rains... brings such a sense of purpose to the part that the movie never goes slack. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 5, 2016
63% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) "In their awkward attempt to shoehorn these kids into the first pic's formula, Stoller and his writing collaborators care far less about creating believable characters than getting to the next laugh. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 4, 2016
92% Always Shine "Strong performances propel a movie that wears its influences (De Palma, Lynch) on its sleeve without feeling like a copycat. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 2, 2016
68% Holy Hell (2016) "Though the material is juicy and the interviews heartfelt, the doc doesn't completely succeed in efforts to explain the spell this and similar groups cast on their acolytes; " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 29, 2016
No Score Yet Los Sures (2016) "The ironies of gentrification will be a chief attraction for this lovely new 4K restoration of the 16mm original. But that theme is just a bonus in a picture whose in-the-trenches look at poverty is humane and, sadly, perpetually timely. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 28, 2016
100% Folk Hero & Funny Guy "The kind of road movie that relies less on incident than on the chemistry between the guys in the car. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 27, 2016
93% Weiner (2016) "Plenty of political docs let us see a campaign confronting bad news, but this is a doozy, and the level of access here makes the film hard to turn away from. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 25, 2016
57% Dean "If grief dramedies are as much a rite of passage as romantic rebounds, it's exciting to imagine what Martin's next step as a filmmaker will look like. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 20, 2016
46% One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again) (2016) "Likeable but underwhelming. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 6, 2016
19% The Adderall Diaries (2016) "Writing a first-person memoir about your own contradictory and troubled but fascinating personality, is starting to seem a lot easier than making a big-screen adaptation of someone else's. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 5, 2016
91% Requiem For The American Dream (2016) "As one expects, Chomsky again proves to know more about his targets than they seem to know about themselves, calling on bits of history that damn not only the business-boosting right wing, but those on the supposed left side of American politics. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 31, 2016
93% Our Last Tango (Un Tango Más) (2016) "Viewers may well find their curiosity stoked by Our Last Tango, which leaves huge gaps in its narrative in order to make its appeal to our senses. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 23, 2016
No Score Yet The Master Cleanse "Master Cleanse isn't the easiest film to open up to. But Miller knows exactly how the third act should play, and he manages (thanks in part to the increasingly intriguing creature work) to reach an emotionally satisfying conclusion. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 22, 2016
0% Backgammon (2016) "An uncertain drama full of attitude it can't back up with action. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 18, 2016
100% Sausage Party (2016) "The laughs barely let up after that first scene, in fact, in a film that proves to be not just more than a boundary-stretching exercise but one of the funniest arguments for the non-existence of God in some time. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 17, 2016
78% Don't Breathe (2016) "A trapped-in-a-house thriller pitting thieves against an unexpectedly resourceful victim, the lean and mean pic offers scares aplenty and at least a couple of game-changing twists. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 15, 2016
90% In a Valley of Violence (2016) "Ti West's In a Valley of Violence plays like a grim, Eastwood-style genre revival before some conspicuous Tarantino-influenced humor infects its climactic showdown. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 15, 2016
92% A Space Program (2016) "Neistat stays true to his subject's oddball sensibility, right down to the hand-lettered credits that crank slowly across the screen after the mission's end. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 14, 2016
100% Don't Think Twice (2016) "Expanding on the behind-the-curtain Sleepwalk With Me, which focused on the personal life of a stand-up comic, Birbiglia displays a feel for his troupe-minded brethren here. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 14, 2016
77% Keanu (2016) "It will delight the show's fans while winning over others unlucky enough never to have seen [Key & Peele]. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 14, 2016
No Score Yet Traders "The specifics of its conceit are so well suited to the winners-vs.-losers realities of our economic moment viewers may be disinclined to poke holes in its logic. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 14, 2016
88% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "It's as honest and clear-eyed about the past as its predecessor, another in a filmography of unpredictable gems. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 12, 2016
38% Me Him Her (2016) "The banter has its high points, and some supporting players more than carry their weight. But the second half groans under too many dumb contrivances " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 9, 2016
85% Boom Bust Boom (2016) "The point of Boom Bust Boom, a friendly little pic hosted by Monty Python's Terry Jones, is that the world is little closer to acknowledging the causes of that trauma, and until we digest its lessons, something similar is bound to happen again. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 8, 2016
90% Faults (2015) "By the time the film gets where it's going, viewers may identify more than they expect with those who've been controlled by others with hidden agendas. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 4, 2016
62% Ava's Possessions (2016) "Galland's film plays more like a cable-ready mystery than a cult film in the making, offering just enough chuckles to stay afloat... Still, it's a nice alternative to yet another self-serious Exorcist wannabe. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 29, 2016
80% Road Games (2016) "Stripped-down thriller benefits from its setting. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 29, 2016
24% Camino (2016) "A lackluster cat-and-mouse game. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 29, 2016
88% The Invitation (2016) "Those patches eventually get unsmoothable in a climactic sequence that more than pays off on the sometimes iffy buildup. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 22, 2016
38% Mr. Right (2016) "For viewers who can embrace this fizzy blend of mystic-assassin worship and cutesy at-first-sight romance, though, Paco Cabezas' action rom-com will be the best thing since Grosse Pointe Blank. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 19, 2016
74% Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016) "Suffice to say that Jensen strings along clues and revelations that nicely balance laughs with revulsion, and that he feels for these grotesque characters far more than one would expect from an American film with a similar concept. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 17, 2016
63% Creative Control (2016) "More stylishly compelling and seamlessly produced than it is imaginative. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 9, 2016
39% Synchronicity (2016) "Casts a compelling retro-futuristic spell and stays true to this atmosphere to the end. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 22, 2016
68% Touched With Fire (2016) "Old conventional wisdom about genius and madness resurfaces in Mania Days, a drama that identifies so closely with its two bipolar protagonists that many viewers will feel it promotes even their most flawed beliefs. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 21, 2015
68% Tumbledown (2016) "A young widow must decide if it's time to stop grieving in Tumbledown, a sweet and gently comic tale set in small-town Maine. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 4, 2015
82% Almost There (2015) "What starts out as a familiar kind of portrait eventually grows a layer or two more complex, offering narrative appeal even to those who don't know their Henry Dargers from their Howard Finsters. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 4, 2015
90% Killing Them Safely (Tom Swift And His Electric Rifle) (2015) "An important account of shifts in policing tactics and the problematic interaction between law enforcement and private companies. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 23, 2015
89% Stink! (2015) "Though Whelan's debut filmmaking effort wears some of its homemade characteristics proudly, it wrangles more than enough credible interviewees to make its points. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 23, 2015
No Score Yet Doglegs "[Doglegs] raises plenty of unanswered questions but refuses to force its subjects into tidy boxes. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 22, 2015
81% Man Up (2015) "Both actors stay sharp through some pretty degrading moments, and if Palmer and screenwriter Tess Morris are bent on serious button-pushing in the closing scenes, at least they garnish it with playfulness and wit. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 19, 2015
93% Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) "A doc by Lisa Immordino Vreeland so stuffed with connections and allusions to fabled eras it's hard to imagine any modern art lover being bored. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 18, 2015
100% Democrats (2015) "Both accessible to those with little background on the subject and privileged enough to be of value to students of the country's history. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 18, 2015
86% He Never Died (2015) "While He Never Died is hardly a comedy -- it's bloody and reflective, with a gloomy side that sometimes threatens to sink it -- these wry moments are central to its appeal. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 17, 2015
66% The Night Before (2015) "A scattered but often hilarious stocking-stuffer. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 17, 2015
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