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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T-Meter Title | Year
71% In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter (2013) A cinematic hangout with a playfully prickly but very sympathetic subject, affording us a chance to sit at his feet while sampling a body of work that impresses on many levels. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
No Score Yet Museum Town (2019) Museum Town offers access to nothing a decent journalist couldn't have gathered, and it excludes things a good reporter would deem important. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
100% Snatchers (2019) Its level of laugh-scare-ick energy never approaches that of the genre pix that inspired it, but for something that was almost stuck being consumed in eight-minute chunks on cellphones, it's a credible debut. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
91% Pet Sematary (2019) A solid if not earthshaking horror pic built around notably good performances. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
50% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Curse is a ho-hum horror flick that seems highly unlikely to join producer James Wan's earlier projects into thriller-franchise Valhalla... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
100% Alice (2019) The writer-director's first feature has much going for it, above all a striking performance by Emilie Piponnier in the title role. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
80% Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall (2019) Fascinating character study also offers insights into how the best candid portraits of musicians happen. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
93% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) While the beats of its plot may be nothing very new, the tone, language and performances here make Self-Defense its own beast. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
100% Extra Ordinary (2019) A light but enjoyable horror/comedy/romance whose star deserves the exposure. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
No Score Yet J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius (2019) Not only a colorful piece of weird-Texas history but a surprising commentary on the current state of the world. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Boyz in the Wood (2019) A too-familiar vibe hangs over much of the film, whose comic violence is nothing new and whose banter underwhelms, but the pic gets more fun as it goes... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
60% Red 11 (2019) The biggest lesson Red 11 teaches is an inadvertent one: Even a scrappy, seat-of-the-pants production needs a good script. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Combat Obscura (2019) A warts-and-all look at in-the-trenches behavior and misbehavior. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
60% Stuber (2019) A riotous retro pairing of serious violence and serious laughs. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
86% I Am Richard Pryor (2019) It's a welcome primer for those who are new to Pryor's career, but old fans might be better off sitting down with some of the comedy records. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
76% Good Boys (2019) Good Boys has an endless fascination with hearing preteens curse. Is it funny the first and fourth and seventh time? Sure. Does the novelty wear off? A bit. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
100% Frances Ferguson (2019) Another chapter in an oeuvre that is so peculiar some of us will root for it to keep going. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
No Score Yet Building the American Dream (2019) An eye-opener about the abuse of workers whose immigration status makes them victims. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
75% The Day Shall Come (2019) Smart, bitterly funny, and probably too true for most Americans to bear. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
52% The Highwaymen (2019) Self-consciously righteous about its agenda, admitting the darker sides of its heroes while in the same breath justifying their brutality, it's a workmanlike period manhunt film made noteworthy only by the names of its villains. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
100% Booksmart (2019) A hilarious, blazingly paced teen comedy that also happens to mark the feature directing debut of Olivia Wilde. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
91% Long Shot (2019) Very funny whatever you think of its more old-fashioned notions, the picture will charm many viewers who can set implausibility aside for a while; it's certainly the most commercial film yet by The Wackness director Levine. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
100% The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash (2019) It does right by Cash, and furthers the impression that Zimny should be funded to make a dozen such movies, each at whatever length its subject demands. Quickly, please. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
No Score Yet Autonomy (2019) Though viewers who follow the subject in print won't learn a whole lot they don't already know here... the doc gathers news in a useful way, prompting discussions about what variety of a computer-guided world we'd like to live in. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
100% Running with Beto (2019) Beto may not sway viewers who think the rising star has a long way to go before deserving a position higher than the Senate; but it's sure to leave lefties eager for the next chapter in his career. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
88% Sword of Trust (2019) Its concerns are person-to-person rather than broadly political in the end, which is far from surprising in a Shelton film. On this modest scale, it finds reason for hope. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
94% Us (2019) As home invasion standoffs go, Us would be a thrill ride even if its villains weren't horrifying grotesques of the characters they seek to destroy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
No Score Yet Becoming Leslie (2019) Many fans came out of the woodwork when Leslie died, but Becoming Leslie assures us he didn't go without knowing he had real friends he could rely on. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
42% The Kid (2019) An enjoyable and finely acted take on an oft-told story. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
100% Black Mother (2019) Earthy and elevated, sober and stoned, Khalik Allah's Black Mother is a tone poem whose sonic elements augment a lush and varied collection of images of Jamaica, the birthplace of Allah's mother. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
46% I'm Not Here (2019) A strong central performance isn't helped by many of the elements surrounding it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
100% Babylon (2019) An English cousin to the earlier Jamaica-set films The Harder They Come and Rockers that is vastly superior in cinematic terms and just as valuable as a cultural document. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
No Score Yet Survival of the Film Freaks (2019) Too broad to focus on what makes these cine-oddities captivating. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
71% Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People (2019) Summarizing the great strides he made for journalism without ignoring his colorful flaws, Oren Rudavsky's Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People is an excellent primer, not just on the man but on the birth of the modern newspaper. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
No Score Yet And with Him Came the West (2019) A modest but entrancing meditation on American mythology. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
78% Level 16 (2019) Initial hints of a Mean Girls-meets-Lord of the Flies complication don't come to much in this straightforward pic... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
89% O.G. (2018) A strong character study with some behind-the-scenes baggage. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
86% Between the Lines (1977) For most of its talky running time, Between the Lines is a hangout film in which too few of the characters are good company. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
71% The Changeover (2019) Uniformly solid performances and artful camera/sound work make the film hard to dismiss out of hand, but the script doesn't sell its hokum as effectively as more mainstream supernatural soap operas. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
26% The Aftermath (2019) Where it might have been an old-fashioned melodrama with credible historical appeal, instead it suggests an old-school celluloid epic whose print has lost a reel or two. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
100% Wrestle (2019) Though hardly the first movie of its kind, it feels more vital than many of its fellow descendants of Hoop Dreams, and reminds us there are more than a couple of sports offering pathways to a college degree. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
No Score Yet The Maestro (2019) The earnest but very modest pic will play best with film-score buffs, though most in that community will wish for a bigger focus (or any, really) on their heroes. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) 2U throws enough wrinkles into the first film's action - if you don't remember it well, rewatch it before seeing this - to engage us. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
100% Midnight Family (2019) An intriguing perspective on health care in urban Mexico. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
89% The Last Tree (2019) An elliptical look at hard changes in a young man's life. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
90% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) The 2019 nominees for Best Animated Short display plenty of talent but (with one exception) tell very similar stories of familial love and time-passing melancholy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
79% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Grim dramas dominate in a generally strong program. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% Among Wolves (2019) A gentle look at recovery from violence. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
100% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2019) A program worth seeing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
No Score Yet Beneath the Leaves (2019) A dull policier whose seemingly sincere interest in PTSD and abuse doesn't make up for its lack of inspiration. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019