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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
64% What Keeps You Alive (2018) The fake-endings and flimsy manipulations pile up, until the very last frame of the film - in which Minihan adds a sound cue likely to inspire derisive snorts from viewers who've gone with him thus far.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
No Score Yet Sway (2014) Though not as aesthetically accomplished as its models, it does effectively depict a mindset afflicting many in this age of easy mobility.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
0% Breaking & Exiting (2018) It's as unconvincing as big-screen romances get, which is saying something.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
33% Luis and The Aliens (2018) Though peppy and bright enough that it might amuse some kids should it show up on a screen in front of them somewhere, it offers no reason for their adult guardians to actually take them someplace to watch it.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
67% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) The leads all take this as seriously as possible, and Lennon goes the extra mile by investing scenes with Edgar's parents with believable emotional baggage.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
75% Do You Trust this Computer? (2018) Though it shows some strain in containing the topic's inherent sprawl, the doc is more thoughtful than some of its predecessors...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
86% Alpha (2018) Alpha is always generous to its namesake, serious about being a buddy film and respectful of the impact this imagined encounter will have on the history of two species.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
40% He's Way More Famous Than You (2013) A confounding and deeply unfunny comedy that thoroughly embodies the very qualities it intends to satirize.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
10% Slender Man (2018) These competent actresses deserve actual characters to play, but Birke's screenplay is as devoid of personality as the faceless cipher stalking its heroes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
20% Pretty Bad Actress (2018) Working some pretty well-covered ground with neither marquee value nor wit to attract attention...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
100% Milla (2018) Something about Milla's ordinariness makes her worth getting to know.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
63% The Forest of the Lost Souls (A Floresta das Almas Perdidas) (2018) It becomes something of a slasher film, in which the stalker's sneakiness once or twice comes close to self-parody - but the tone is far from comic, and to some extent the life has drained from the movie.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
10% Billionaire Boys Club (2018) It's a derivative bore, all popped collars, douchey bros and hand-me-down psychology, that gets its characters up to their necks in borrowed money just long enough to have it really hurt when the accounts run dry.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
18% The Darkest Minds (2018) A by-the-numbers YA dystopia.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
47% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The easy chemistry of the stars only counts for so much in a picture that quickly becomes a hodgepodge of action-comedy gags, nonsensical even when compared to a Roger Moore-era Bond flick, and much less memorable.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) Making a pretty strong case for his idiosyncratic vision and tenacity, it's likely to have moviegoers rushing to figure out where they can see obscurities like God Told Me To and Q...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
68% Bloodsucking Bastards (2015) Hardly state-of-the-art but offers enough bro banter to amuse, especially in the hands of this unexceptional but likable cast.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
58% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Unplug this franchise before the virus spreads.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
100% Luz (2018) A refreshing take on demonic possession in which the usual fright-flick cliches are nowhere to be found.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
62% Summer of '84 (2018) Mystery-wise, the film teases viewers pretty effectively, with plenty of jolts that suggest the boys are on the right track balanced by other signs they're making something out of nothing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
91% Nightmare Cinema (2018) TV is the most likely resting ground for this outing, but those who catch it at fests or in theaters will certainly benefit from seeing it with a crowd.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
100% Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape (2018) The comedian's latest is as dense with laughs as fans would expect...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
81% Milford Graves Full Mantis (2018) A small treasure for avant-garde fans.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
48% Skyscraper (2018) Skyscraper is one of the most idiotic action movies to come down the pike in some time. It's also a lot of fun if you're willing to go with it...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
61% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Exactly the kind of energetic, middlebrow 'toon-timekiller fans will expect.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
90% The Great Buddha+ (2017) Most importantly, the pic gets laughs out of the class system without being glib about its cruelties. The gulf between rich and poor clearly matters to Huang, who poignantly shows how poverty robs even the dead of dignity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
100% Virunga (2014) Powerful doc pairs naturalism with political turmoil.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
53% The First Purge (2018) The First Purge really wants to get credit for being on the right side of the class war; like them, it feels like something conceived in a dorm room by kids whose professors have just given them their first taste of what's wrong with American democracy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
20% Tau (2017) TAU is winningly guileless as it dresses an old story up in new clothes: Sometimes it takes a Creature to understand the depths of Dr. Frankenstein's monstrosity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
50% Calling All Earthlings (2018) Berman's failure to fully explore his colorful cast would be forgivable if that main narrative were clearer. But Earthlings is rather scattered. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
100% Rock Rubber 45s (2018) Here's hoping that, having taken a couple of self-directed victory laps, Bobbito can now get back to pointing people toward good music and good times.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
76% Never Steady, Never Still (2018) Bleak but sometimes beautiful, the performance-driven feature debut is meatier than its slender plot might suggest, with a strong sense of place and an unsentimental frankness about conditions many filmmakers would milk for sympathy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
No Score Yet 6 Dynamic Laws for Success (In Life, Love & Money) (2018) Seemingly made on a shoestring but not suffering much for it, the pic deserves better than the nearly invisible theatrical release it is getting; whatever its box-office fate, it makes a fine calling card for Bayne.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
65% Uncle Drew (2018) Amusing, if not a slam-dunk.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
100% It Will Be Chaos (2018) An intimate look at the personal ordeals behind migration crisis statistics.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
92% A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse) (2018) Finds the vulnerable side of professional he-men.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
No Score Yet Middleground (2018) A take on marital malaise suggesting that, even in an infinity of parallel universes, a boring person will probably continue to be boring.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
52% Superfly (2018) A stale remake with nothing new to say.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
No Score Yet To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor (2018) A history lesson that doesn't overstay its welcome.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) A thrill ride that finally escapes the theme park.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
75% Discreet (2018) A stark portrait of trauma.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2018
73% Adrift (2018) If the part of the film devoted to endurance lacks the harrowing power of, say, 2013's All Is Lost, it at least gives Woodley the opportunity to convincingly sink her teeth into a plum dramatic lead role...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
No Score Yet How Long Will I Love U (2018) Even close to the end, one might have a hard time wanting a happily-whenever-after for this shallow woman and the sloppy but sensitive guy who probably deserves better.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
100% Les Parents Terribles (The Storm Within) (1948) A formally inventive showcase for old-school melodrama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
0% Black Water (2018) This derivative B movie is sure to disappoint fans of prior JCVD/Lundgren outings - which are an awfully low bar to hurdle.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
91% The Most Unknown (2018) With so many discussions to drop in on, each with its own stuff to show off...each sequence can only hint at what's fascinating about its field.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) With Reynolds' charismatic irreverence at its core, the pic moves from bloody mayhem to lewd comedy and back fluidly, occasionally even making room to go warm and mushy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
100% One October (2018) A time capsule with easy, humanistic charm.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
59% Always at the Carlyle (2018) A fawning doc for the rich and those who idolize them.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
45% Measure of a Man (2018) Sincere but underwhelming.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018