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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
80% Funny Story (2019) A warmhearted seriocomedy that, even when not thoroughly convincing, projects a disarming sincerity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Less exciting than it sounds on paper. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet The Professor (2019) Though Roberts' screenplay draws attention to its structure with frequent chapter headings, it plays like a work that has been victimized by too many editors, each trying to achieve something different. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
100% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Making Waves will likely inspire viewers to seek out their favorite films and experience them with fresh ears. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) An epic of choreographed mayhem that expands the Wickiverse in mostly pleasing ways, it is destined to satisfy fans of this surprise-hit franchise: If its ludicrous aspects bug you, what the hell are you doing here? - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet David Cross: Oh Come On (2019) It's as stylistically straightforward as concert films get, but should play well to fans... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
100% The Serengeti Rules (2019) Being more conventional than it thinks doesn't keep the often beautifully shot doc from showing how what we were taught in high school might be faulty, and pointing toward ways of fixing seemingly permanent scenes of destruction. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
100% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) A fine primer for curious younger viewers and wistful oldsters alike, focusing less on the event's main attraction... than on how an event that seemed headed toward disaster instead left attendees feeling very groovy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
100% Burning Cane (2019) Would be a noteworthy debut even from a director twice Youmans' age. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
No Score Yet Other Music (2019) An exciting reminder of what culture-retailers can be, if customers don't retreat to the cloud. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
100% The Gasoline Thieves (Huachicolero) (2019) A tense blend of social realism and crime drama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
64% Yesterday (2019) Crowd-pleasing and sometimes enjoyable, but pretty damned dumb when you stop to think about it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
86% Hesburgh (2019) Serving as a profile in courage whose hero was widely loved, it doesn't necessarily convince those of us who don't know the man that we needed to see a doc about him. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% Decade of Fire (2019) Though many popular explanations for the Bronx's 1970s suffering were long ago understood to be racist nonsense, the heartfelt film represents a self-portrait of those lies' impact. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
45% Georgetown (2019) It's the kind of serious but broadly appealing, modestly scaled picture that people love to say doesn't exist any more. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
30% The Intruder (2019) Quaid occasionally resembles Malcolm McDowell as a Z-grade horror villain, but the film isn't ready to launch him into over-the-top trashy glory. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
No Score Yet Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) A must-see theatrical experience, but the first cut remains the one worth preserving. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
No Score Yet Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2019) A poignant testament to two friends' shared curiosity about the world. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
No Score Yet It's the kind of serious but broadly appealing, modestly scaled picture that people love to say doesn't exist any more. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
80% Lost Transmissions (2019) A sympathetic and appropriately downtempo look at a musician's mental illness. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
100% Good Posture (2019) A forgiving, gently funny look at post-college cluelessness. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
100% Martha: A Picture Story (2019) A joyous look at a career devoted to witnessing everyday life. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
80% Hyènes (Hyenas) (1992) A wicked skewering of both the rich and those who seek their handouts. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
No Score Yet Know Your Enemy (2019) Three capable actors bring enough life to a script that could easily be staged as a black-box play, discouraging viewers from writing the material off as a none-too-deep bit of culture-clash moralizing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
No Score Yet Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise (2019) If nothing else, it's a reminder that this movie remains very much worth talking about. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
77% Guava Island (2019) Manages to wrap salty-air good vibes around a parable of capitalism's fatal impact on artistry; it's the opposite of an origin story, but it smiles through its fatalism. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
41% Thriller (2018) Is the title supposed to be ironic? - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
100% Mine 9 (2019) A claustrophobic look at dangers some workers face every day. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
85% Mia and the White Lion (2019) Cuddly vibes quickly give way to something more questionable here, and while many kids will find the fantasy appealing, any parent buying a ticket should be legally required to show his child Grizzly Man immediately after... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
16% Hellboy (2019) Who, exactly, was clamoring for a Hellboy reboot? - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Fate of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo) (2019) Though its historic specifics may be unfamiliar to most American viewers, the template of a secret resistance to empire is easily grasped, and here it's more fun than usual... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
No Score Yet Berserk (2019) [A] grating, sometimes insufferable pic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
100% The Burial of Kojo (2019) Viewers may worry that Bazawule's starkly gorgeous pictures aren't going to add up to anything, but Burial satisfies in prosaic as well as poetic terms, supplying an end that makes sense of its beginning. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
40% White Chamber (2019) The actors do what they can with this slim material, but there's much less tension between the characters than the premise demands, and what twists the script does possess arrive too late to matter much. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
100% American Relapse (2019) Lacking in some respects but an eye-opener for those who've never dealt with this world, the doc is more involving thanks to its narrow scope, even if that tight focus leaves us with unanswered questions. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
No Score Yet In Reality (2018) A cohesive picture that, though certainly not for everyone, feels like an honest personal statement. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
100% Slut in a Good Way (Charlotte a du fun) (2019) A charismatic ensemble enacts a breezy, not-too-deep take on sexual liberation. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
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
57% Pet Sematary (2019) A solid if not earthshaking horror pic built around notably good performances. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
30% 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
95% 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
67% 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