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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
88% Under the Wire (2018) As a big-screen experience Under the Wire feels lopsided, overshadowed by Colvin's larger-than-life persona.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
No Score Yet An Affair (2018) More psychologically penetrating than its peers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
10% Speed Kills (2018) "Kills" careers, that is.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
100% Amazing Grace (2018) Amazing Grace will not enter the pantheon of concert films - it's somewhat shapeless as a movie, and gives little sense of emotional insight into the performer. But it does contain moments of bliss...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
88% In Search of Greatness (2018) Stylistic missteps do little to mar the essential message, a bit of wisdom humanity has to remind itself of anew in every generation, minting new cliches like "it's the journey, not the destination."‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
80% Fail State (2018) Shebanow doesn't beat the point into the ground, but he does observe that stock prices for exploitative for-profit schools surged as soon as America elected the figurehead of Trump University to the White House.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
64% Weightless (2018) Though hardly a failure, the serious-minded film is less affecting than it might've been, relying sometimes on hints that are needlessly ambiguous and on symbols that don't quite click.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
64% In a Relationship (2018) Two couples try to decide if they should stay together in Sam Boyd's feature debut, In A Relationship, which is unlikely to inspire many viewers to root strongly for one outcome or the other.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
No Score Yet Red (2018) Filming a 2018 revival of director Michael Grandage's original production, Nick Morris gets close enough to Alfred Molina's powerhouse lead performance that even those who saw the show live may want to revisit it. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
80% Narcissister Organ Player (2018) Certain niche audiences will find it fascinating and/or emotionally powerful, but... most will shrug.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
77% Distant Constellation (2018) A quiet gem.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
20% Nobody's Fool (2018) Few mainstream romantic comedies are so brazen or as unconvincing in their third acts.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
No Score Yet The Outdoorsman (2017) A thin comedy that has as hard a time selling its love story as its hero does convincing publishers he's the next Jon Krakauer.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
86% Unlovable (2018) A lack of psychological depth probably isn't fatal for a lite get-your-act-together dramedy, but it might've made this hard-to-love protagonist easier to at least care about.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
72% Indivisible (2018) It would be more at home in the rec rooms of churches than in movie theaters.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
38% Silencio (2018) Has the otherworldly flavor that sometimes accompanies very low-budget productions, and in this case rides that vibe further than its script might deserve.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
100% Weed the People (2018) Though the film seems pretty thoroughly convinced on this topic, its main argument should ring true even for skeptics: We won't know the answers if, thanks to the drug's Schedule I status in the US, scientists remain unable to study its effects.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
86% Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain (2018) A digestible intro to a potentially world-changing concept.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
No Score Yet Brewmaster (2018) May ride the coattails of its subject's surging popularity, but will leave most thirsts unquenched.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
40% Brampton's Own (2018) While the film effectively captures Dustin's ambivalence and melancholy about giving up on baseball, the love story isn't nearly persuasive, and Dustin's core failure as a person...just feels like a device lifted from bigger sports dramas.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
100% Nigerian Prince (2018) A film that feels authentic but should be wholly accessible to auds who pay far more attention to American indies than Nollywood imports.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
88% Horn From the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story (2018) Anderson... is attentive to chronology and to Butterfield's legacy, but isn't making the kind of film that might win the artist new fans or magically transport older ones back to the moment when he was at the top of his field.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
80% Living in the Future's Past (2018) Unfortunately, it's pretty easy to react dismissively to this earnest film, which speaks to so many very smart, very thoughtful people it can hardly find room to let any of them talk for long.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
80% Chasing the Blues (2018) Even those who find the script's contrivances absurd may deem it diverting enough, for a third-hand story of obsessive competition.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
No Score Yet Boys Who Like Girls (2018) Tightly focused but sympathetic.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
80% Apostle (2018) Evans will likely disappoint many of the fans he has attracted here; while the film does build to some gory battles, it's hardly a thrill ride.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
88% A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot (2017) O'Shea doesn't really offer enough evidence to convince us the episode is emblematic of this conflict-haunted region.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
79% Bad Reputation (2018) The film is a disappointment, and has limited value for viewers hoping to experience (or relive) the years in which Jett proved a woman could rock as hard as the boys.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
No Score Yet A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream (2018) Containing enough ideas and episodes to fill a semester-long undergrad course, the debut doc is worthwhile but stumbles in imagining its audience...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
29% Night School (2018) Night School has a lot to learn about how to live up to its potential, but it squeaks out a passing grade in the end.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
61% The Oath (2018) The film is often hard to take, offering laughs that are rarely cathartic enough to compensate.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
80% Overlord (2018) Horror fans should cheer, as will admirers of the ensemble's up-and-coming cast.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
78% The Last Suit (El último traje) (2018) By its third act, it's clear that Last Suit fits into a familiar happy-goodbye format, whatever its darker notes, and that plausibility isn't high on its list of concerns. At least the company's mostly good.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
No Score Yet Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Though humble in terms of production, the straightforward doc contains enough dramatic anecdotes (and, we're required to add, sufficient relevance to current events) that it merits screening outside educational settings.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
91% Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (2018) A lively but meandering doc that is more seduced by the scene than some viewers might like.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
100% The Dawn Wall (2018) Stuffed with drama, both climbing-related and not.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
87% A Private War (2018) Pike's fierce performance invigorates a mixed-bag film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
60% American Woman (2018) Miller offers a beautiful, agile performance that would by itself justify the film's existence.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
76% Mid90s (2018) A gem that feels simultaneously informed by its author's adolescence and the product of a serious artist's observational distance.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
100% Screwball (2018) Silly in ways that reflect poorly of the filmmaker's taste but will endear it to many viewers, it's a true-crime tale that has much to do with Major League Baseball but requires no interest in the sport to enjoy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
84% Ben is Back (2018) The film is aware of the weight of its subject but loathe to behave like an "important" film - focusing instead on the specificity of one sick young man and the family that loves and fears him in almost equal measure.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Carpenter should be pleased, and so should genre buffs - for once, this is a pic their less geeky girl/boyfriends should enjoy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
96% The Hate U Give (2018) Solidly engineered to engage viewers across racial/economic/political spectrums.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
100% Carmine Street Guitars (2018) A little gem for both guitar heads and lovers of old New York.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
58% Outlaw King (2018) Pine is fully committed to Robert's mission, but the film has a hard time making him a compelling character, even with a wife and daughter on hand to make him relatable. And it takes forever for his military campaign to get rolling.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
57% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2018) Fall is Pretty Woman for socialists, a Capital-conscious fairy tale in which a nice guy not only attempts a perfect crime but wins the heart of a prostitute hitherto moved only by American dollars.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
91% Kusama: Infinity (2018) Part talent, part hustle, part pathological insistence on her own way of dealing with the world, it's an optimistic narrative with plenty of colorful guest stars, and should have a slightly broader appeal than the usual art-world portrait.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
100% Older Than Ireland (2016) Though never managing to surprise us much, this brisk encounter with the living past has moments of charm and the occasional fresh perspective. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
38% Boarding School (2018) Fresh premise flubbed in execution.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
100% Maison du Bonheur (2017) A slight but affectionate glimpse into one Parisian's life.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018