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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 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
75% 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 (Nink├┤ 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
18% The House (2017) The film arguably gets to its midpoint before eliciting a single laugh.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
93% 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
15% 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
89% 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
97% The Survivalist (2017) A post-apocalyptic drama as stripped-down as its title suggests, The Survivalist envisions end times in which each encounter with a new human entails a hard calculus of risk versus advantage.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
No Score Yet November (2017) A deeply peculiar folklore-informed picture in which unrequited love is more troubling than the plague, the Devil and a forest full of ghosts.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
78% The Reagan Show (2017) An irony-laced view of the Reagan years and the birth of made-for-TV governing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
86% Sacred (2017) Rarely lingers on any subject for long and even more rarely inquires about the beliefs behind the ceremonies it observes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
No Score Yet Frank Serpico (2017) Viewers who'd prefer a bit more psychological probing may be left unsatisfied, but most will appreciate this chance to hang out with the legendary whistle-blower.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
No Score Yet Dare to be Different (2017) An enjoyable look at a tremendously influential broadcasting underdog.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
50% Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait (2017) A rich and enjoyable look at an easily caricatured artist.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
68% Take Me (2017) Healy knows exactly the mix of comical bumbling and psychological tension he wants here, executing the premise in a way sure to please fans of his distinctive body of work ... and impress a few new ones along the way.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
100% Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia (2017) A no-frills primer on the history and prospects of a troubled nation.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
86% The Lovers (2017) An unpredictably funny showcase for two very deserving actors.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 6, 2017
83% Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (2017) A fawning but informative primer for music lovers with, er, very broad tastes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
71% Another Evil (2017) Another Evil relies almost entirely on the subtle comic gifts of its two leads, finding little in the way of plot to kick its characters into laugh-generating action.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
83% Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back (2017) Newcomers who can avoid feeling burned by occasional dishonesty should join longtime admirers in enjoying this account of a career Cattelan claims ended with his splashy Guggenheim retrospective in 2011.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
13% Black Rose (2017) Nevsky is also the pic's director and came up with the plot, evidently hoping to follow in the footsteps of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, et al. Judging from this effort, he hasn't got a chance.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
15% The Circle (2017) Certain plot points might seem far-fetched, but only until you think of similar things that have already happened, similar liberties that have been happily surrendered by users of popular networks.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
83% The Boy Downstairs (2016) An assured, laid-back debut and a good next move for Zosia Mamet.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
No Score Yet Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) A thoroughly engaging, eye-opening showbiz doc.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
89% The Trip to Spain (2017) Diminishing returns, but funny and lovely to look at.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017