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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
81% My Blind Brother (2016) Enjoyable, if not a laugh riot. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 21, 2016
50% 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
76% 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
20% Yoga Hosers (2016) Even fans who've stuck with Smith for two decades may draw the line at this outing. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 30, 2016
92% Demon (2016) Things head eventually in an abstract direction that may have played better onstage than it does here ("we must forget what we didn't see here," guests are eventually instructed), but a compelling atmosphere lingers. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 29, 2016
47% Complete Unknown (2016) More provocative than satisfying, which is as it should be.; ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 22, 2016
95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) It will make a fine entry point for younger auds who grew up with the songs but never had Beatlemania shoved down their throats. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 16, 2016
86% How Heavy This Hammer (2015) The pic burrows into a style as oppressively confining as its subject's view of marriage. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 11, 2016
87% Other People (2016) A sensitive look at a man's long goodbye to his dying mother, Chris Kelly's Other People understands that even primal grief and fear can't always squeeze out mundane self-obsession. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 9, 2016
75% Lace Crater (2016) What at first looks like a mumblecore comedy with a supernatural twist turns into something darker, and many viewers will not feel like going along for the detour into psychological horror. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 8, 2016
86% Citizen Soldier (2016) Where other good war docs have done more of the storytelling retrospectively, the directors here bounce around in-the-moment POV angles to keep us in the action. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 5, 2016
11% Nine Lives (2016) Even 'Cat Fancy' subscribers will hate it. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 5, 2016
59% The Mind's Eye (2016) The Mind's Eye, which lovingly apes period details... works so hard at its ultra-grave air of menace that it eventually turns (intentionally, one hopes) comic, building to third-act violence that will leave the right kind of audience howling with delight. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 1, 2016
93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) It is a joy-filled reminder of the high points of a career we hope is just hitting its stride. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 1, 2016
60% Zoom (2016) There's no way for all this to resolve that isn't fairly absurd. But Morelli's light touch generally keeps the goofiness from becoming tiresome. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 26, 2016
96% Gleason (2016) Having followed [Gleason] from the start, we can't help but see the active mind inside that body, one full of love for his family and determination to stay with them as long as he can. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 19, 2016
86% Contemporary Color (2016) If something is lost in the transition from live spectacle to film - in person, there was pleasure in figuring out which performer's thoughts we were hearing at any given moment; here, the camera tells us - an intimacy is gained in compensation. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 11, 2016
68% Men Go To Battle (2016) Minimalist in terms of action and scope but attentive to the texture of what is onscreen. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 24, 2016
75% Yarn (2016) Setting out to show the range of expression found in a field of craft it feels is too often dismissed as a trivial women's pastime, Una Lorenzen's Yarn showcases four artists doing things with crochet your spinster great-aunt probably never imagined. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 20, 2016
No Score Yet The Night Stalker (2016) Neither the movie nor its heroine ever confuse understanding his past with excusing what he became. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 20, 2016
86% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) A first-rate music film capturing a restless desire to communicate beyond the boundaries of any single idiom. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 9, 2016
65% Therapy for a Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch) (2016) Ruhm's lively pace keeps the plot's essential silliness from growing tiresome, even if it never kicks into the high-octane farce the picture seems to seek. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 6, 2016
67% Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents (2015) 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
85% 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
60% The Trust (2016) Though far from a Rififi-grade nailbiter, it builds to an involving moment of truth. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 13, 2016
82% Observance (2015) 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 (2016) 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
60% Burn Country (2016) Rains... brings such a sense of purpose to the part that the movie never goes slack. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 5, 2016
62% 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
91% Always Shine (2016) 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
71% 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
100% 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 (2016) 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
97% 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 (2017) 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
50% One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again) (2016) Likeable but underwhelming. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 6, 2016
18% 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
92% 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
89% 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
78% The Master Cleanse (2015) 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
83% 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
87% 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
77% 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