John DeFore

John DeFore
John DeFore's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hollywood Reporter Slate Washington Post Austin American-Statesman

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
35% Jiu Jitsu (2020) Jiu Jitsu has all the barely-motivated action and sci-fi trappings of a middling videogame and, well, at least a little of the dramatic value. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
No Score Yet In & Of Itself (2020) A singular, sometimes transfixing performance film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
67% 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez (2020) A fine primer on a rap star the world could probably do without. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
No Score Yet Neither Confirm Nor Deny (2020) An involving look at one of the CIA's least shameful secrets. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
100% Make Up (2020) A fresh, grounded take on teenage confusion. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
44% Fatman (2020) Less gonzo than it sounds, for better and worse. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
62% The Informer (2020) A solid crime flick whose heart rate never rises to a point commensurate with the many layers of danger its eponymous protagonist faces. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
79% Let Him Go (2020) An increasingly rare opportunity to see A-listers tell a grown-up, unsensationalized story fades as quickly as the red stripe on the horizon at dawn. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
No Score Yet Alone with Her Dreams (Picciridda - Con i piedi nella sabbia) (2020) If its rich scenery and on-the-nose score suggest a certain kind of middlebrow-arthouse product, the sensitively drawn relationships on the margins of its main plot evince something a bit deeper, and not at all unwelcome. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
100% Kong shan ling yu (Raining in the Mountain) (1979) A wry moral tale with dashes of action. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
93% Ham on Rye (2020) A puzzling but artful look at teenage alienation. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
22% Friendsgiving (2020) While some characters on the ever-escalating guest list provide... welcome comic distraction, this day-to-night hangout pic doesn't really take flight. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) This joke isn't funny anymore. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
81% The Kid Detective (2020) Peculiar, funny and surprisingly effective. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
94% Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You (2020) Digging through its presentation to the narration's content, fans will find some insight into a collection of songs that often deals straight-on with mortality and grief. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
100% Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (2020) One suspects that a couple of TV docs made years ago were just as informative. Still, fans looking for an inspirational portrait of idealism will probably respond warmly... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
91% Love and Monsters (2020) A happy-go-lucky adventure through an apocalyptic danger zone. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
11% The Doorman (2020) Yippee-ki-nay. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
93% Run (2020) Dueling excellent performances from a deranged Sarah Paulson and spunky newcomer Kiera Allen (in her feature debut) make it hard to look away from the screen, not that the pacing of Geganty and Sev Ohanian's script allows much opportunity for distraction. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Satisfying enough as a horror/slasher flick with a black-comedy aftertaste, it has some commercial appeal but doesn't represent a step forward artistically. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
51% Hubie Halloween (2020) Those choosing to stay at home instead of trick-or-treating during this year of unfunny horrors could do much worse than this. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
99% Totally Under Control (2020) A calm indictment of lethal presidential incompetence. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
57% Ms. White Light (2019) The actors (most of whom have substantial stage experience) are sufficiently invested in their parts to keep one hoping the picture will find a groove that never quite arrives. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
76% The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) Hits some notes well but never really generates an overall sense of dread. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
31% 2067 (2020) Has a couple of interesting ideas up its sleeve but doesn't know how to reveal them. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
43% LX 2048 (2020) While LX 2048 isn't equally satisfying on all fronts, it's more than successful enough to add to the where-are-we-going? syllabus. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
No Score Yet Myth of a Colorblind France (2020) Exasperatingly unfocused. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
No Score Yet Dear Mr. Brody (2020) A simple story transformed by a novel approach. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
93% Residue (2020) An artful and piercing debut. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
48% Lost Girls & Love Hotels (2020) A persuasive depiction of aimless hedonism. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
76% H Is For Happiness (2019) A candy coating with not much underneath. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
91% The Water Man (2020) An engaging family film with a light touch. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
74% Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Any pulp-loving genre fan who can accept completely absurd action in the name of a good time should probably just stop reading now and add Shadow to the must-see list. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
78% Akilla's Escape (2020) A mature crime picture whose decades-hopping action makes the effects of generational poverty obvious without having to spell it out, it lacks some of the flash expected in commercial genre pictures, but makes up for that in seriousness. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
73% The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (2020) A useful but not revelatory update. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
63% Penguin Bloom (2020) Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln bring dignity and seriousness to what might've been a painfully sappy tale of rebirth... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
73% The Boy from Medellín (2020) For fans only, but has more on its mind than the average music doc. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
64% The Devil All the Time (2020) Though its structure doesn't always work to maximum effect, the grim picture gets more involving as it goes and benefits from a hell of a cast. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) It successfully imagines a place for its heroine in Holmes' world, then convinces young viewers that Enola needn't be constrained by that world's borders. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
71% The Argument (2020) Viewers who get through a credulity-testing second act may laugh enough in the third to be glad they did. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
33% Measure for Measure (2020) Shakespeare scholars have often labeled Measure for Measure a "problem play," a term that has been given multiple meanings; Ireland's tonally ambivalent film fits one of those meanings pretty well. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
24% The Binge (2020) [A] raucous, happily irresponsible party that should help locked-in, bottled-up Americans release some steam. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Despite a dicey opening, the pic should please those looking forward to it, and, with the addition of a new generation (the duo's daughters), attract a new fan or two as well. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
74% All Together Now (2020) Earnestly optimistic drama misses the mark. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
100% Coronation (2020) A sometimes spellbinding series of encounters that don't add up to much enlightenment. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
89% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Nick Naveda's adaptation of Watson's book rations out worrisome developments with sensitivity, and the friendly chemistry between Plummer and Russell does the rest of the work. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
70% The Sleepover (2020) The kind of vanilla, disposable product one imagines might've played on the Disney Channel around the turn of the century. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
77% Emperor (2020) As the film progresses, several cast members look like they'd be more comfortable in a Drunk History short; others just look like they'd be more comfortable working for somebody with experience directing actors. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
89% Sputnik (2020) Duller than it sounds. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
19% Endless (2020) For only the most undiscriminating YA romantics. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020