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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
No Score Yet The Monster Project (2017) Unimaginative and sensorily monotonous.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
40% Once Upon a Time (2017) The TV series version surely makes a lot more sense.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
No Score Yet Bedeviled (2017) A routine teen thriller with some deeply dumb plot points.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The picture feels far more generic than its A-list cast would suggest.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
63% The Ice Cream Truck (2017) This truck never gets into gear, and will have a very hard time tempting moviegoers on either large or small screens.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
No Score Yet Lycan (2017) Intends to introduce novelty to its overfamiliar setup, but uneven casting and a very thin script get in the way.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
92% Some Freaks (2017) Ian MacAllister McDonald's Some Freaks captures high school/college agony without transmuting it into thank-God-we-survived-it nostalgia.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
100% Lowlife (2017) A captivating feature debut despite some missteps, it flashes back to a time when every other filmmaking newcomer wanted to be Quentin Tarantino; surprisingly, it does not provoke the weary eye-rolling that greeted so many of those films.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
0% Armed Response (2017) People start dying, friends turn against each other and the dialogue is almost bad enough to make you keep watching.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) Heaven knows, the books offer more invention than could fit in one feature film, but in their effort to introduce newcomers to this world, the filmmakers make the saga's contents look not archetypal but generic and cobbled together.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
No Score Yet Mohawk (2017) Mourns a centuries-old genocide through the torment of three young protagonists.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
93% Escapes (2017) [An] enjoyable doc, which touches on everything from flamenco to Blade Runner and leaves us wanting more.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
50% It Stains the Sands Red (2017) Begins as unpersuasive horror, then segues into annoyance-based comedy before veering in stranger directions.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
87% Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk (2017) Has value to all connoisseurs of punk culture, who will recognize the trials faced by a community attempting to put high-minded values into action.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
8% The Emoji Movie (2017) If only this smartphone-centric dud, so happy to hawk real-world apps to its audience, could have done the same in its release strategy - coming out via Snapchat, where it would vanish shortly after arrival. But even that wouldn't be fast enough.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
41% Kuso (2017) Even those with a strong tolerance for monster-movie gore are far from guaranteed to accept its warm, clumpy bath of repugnant ickiness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
0% The Pulitzer at 100 (2017) Far too broad to be deep in any respect, the lightweight documentary benefits from access to plenty of top-shelf interviewees but plays like a back-patting muddle.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
No Score Yet Who The F**k Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago (2017) This friendly doc is one more small chapter in the ongoing oral history of Downtown Manhattan around the turn of the Eighties, and will be appreciated by those who just can't hear enough.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
No Score Yet Romeo Is Bleeding (2017) Jason Zeldes, an editor on Twenty Feet from Stardom, makes an accomplished debut as director here, delivering a film whose polished aesthetic matches its social import and potent emotions.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
80% The Wrong Light (2017) Despite occasionally shaky storytelling, the doc sticks to its mission even as the most fundamental obstacles arise, producing a dramatic account that will make all do-gooders think twice about how they spend their charitable dollars.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
100% Birthright: A War Story (2017) Illuminating and enraging but marred by heavy-handed aesthetics.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
No Score Yet American Valhalla (2017) Rather than speak to the camera about working with his hero, Homme reads from a journal of the experience, leaching much of the impact out of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
100% I Am the Blues (2015) It will be warmly welcomed by lovers of music that hasn't had its rough edges sanded away.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
33% The Red Pill (2016) It demonstrates enough sincerity and openness to challenging ideas - letting representatives of this problematic movement make their case clearly and convincingly - that one wishes it were able to look at multiple sides of this debate at the same time.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
No Score Yet No Maps on My Taps (1979) Where many performance films suffer from being too attached to their present-tense anchoring event, Nierenberg's is expansive, letting its subjects range freely in interviews conducted in rehearsal rooms and on the street.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
No Score Yet Suffering of Ninko (Ninkô no junan) (2016) Though it does latch onto some engaging complications midway through, the feature still feels like it would play better as a half-hour short ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
No Score Yet Kakehashi: A Portrait of Chef Nobuo Fukuda (2017) Gooi's lush cinematography enlivens the chef's calm narration, making an umami-loving viewer consider braving an Arizona summer - if only for one evening - to taste all this.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
No Score Yet The Fabulous Allan Carr (2017) Lightweight but enjoyable doc targeting fans of stage and screen musicals.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
17% The House (2017) The film arguably gets to its midpoint before eliciting a single laugh.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Hang in there, True Believers: Maybe it'll get better the second time around.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
No Score Yet Hired Gun (2017) Scattershot, introducing instrumentalists who've played everything from heavy metal to Disney kid-pop, and rarely doing much to capture its subjects' individual quirks.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
53% The Skyjacker's Tale (2017) The movie keeps bouncing around in time and space for reasons that aren't apparent, doing little to get us invested in the backstory to the event we've come to see discussed.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
100% Food Evolution (2017) A polished and provocative call for activists to be as scientifically minded as they believe they are.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
100% 11:55 (2017) Despite multiple onscreen timestamps, the film doesn't generate ticking-clock tension so much as it paints a picture of dead ends and foreordained poverty.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
100% From Hollywood To Rose (2017) Has a hard time getting beyond its ostentatious quirks and getting to the point; for some viewers who catch what will likely be a very short run, though, that aimlessness will be its main virtue‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
No Score Yet Trouble (2017) An enjoyable, if slow-moving, tale of decades-long sibling conflict.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
No Score Yet The Farm (La Granja) (2017) A slow-starting but effective lament.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
60% Aaron's Blood (2017) Uneven but quietly true to its odd premise.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
No Score Yet As Good As You (2017) Very obviously the product of personal experience, the picture shares some of its protagonist's awkwardness and unsure footing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
100% Funeral Parade of Roses (1970) A cheeky and provocative experimental look at a largely unknown subculture.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) It's hard to muster anything like desire for another Dark Universe flick after seeing this limp, thrill-free debut.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
No Score Yet Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter (2016) An option of last resort for sci-fi-hounds who simply will watch anything with a spaceship or talking robot in it.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
No Score Yet Tatara Samurai (2017) Genre fans should respect the picture if not embrace it wholeheartedly, but history buffs will find something to appreciate as well in this 16th-century tale.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
88% God of War (2017) Competent on all fronts but never dazzling, it should please genre devotees but won't cross over to a broader audience.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
44% Vincent N Roxxy (2017) Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz, as strangers thrown together by a violent incident, enjoy an easy chemistry here, encouraging viewers to forget the menace that starts the story and, with startling violence, will end it.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
62% Buena Vista Social Club: Adios (2017) After Adios, many longtime fans will want to chase the taste away with a stiff shot of the old stuff.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Depp remains wholeheartedly the focus of this fifth Pirates film, and saying the character's loopy novelty has faded is like complaining that there are maggots in the below-decks gruel: You knew what you were getting when you came aboard.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
90% Icaros: A Vision (2017) A rich and satisfying sensory experience, even without the sad real-world backstory.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
17% Dead Awake (2017) Most likely to frighten viewers who begin nodding off and fear they'll be unable to rouse themselves to leave the theater.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
33% The Last Shaman (2017) Often suffers from hazy storytelling, but its real difficulty for many viewers will be its protagonist, who isn't the most sympathetic proxy for Americans curious about the plant extract's suitability to treat depression.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017