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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): Hollywood Reporter, Slate, Washington Post, Austin American-Statesman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
9% Fantasy Island (2020) If this were the feature-length pilot episode for some cheap reboot on a streaming service - which is what it feels like - a generous viewer might half-heartedly agree to tune in next week and see if things get more interesting.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
85% After Midnight (Something Else) (2020) While it's ostensibly about a man fending off a horrific beast, the movie's much more concerned with long flashbacks to the couple's happy days together and with asking why this fella never made an honest woman of his girl.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
96% Come As You Are (2020) Its script's approach to disability steers clear of some common cinematic pitfalls, and, whatever its flaws, it has a fine time making points that will be obvious to most in the audience.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) The production may have riled the internet months ago, with furor over the look of its first trailer sending FX crews back to work on a character redesign; but what's made it to the screen is light-hearted fun unlikely to offend anyone.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
88% No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010) Lacking any substantial new discoveries about the case -- most participants, including Iverson, refused to give interviews -- James is forced to paint it from the margins...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
No Score Yet A Thousand Cuts (2020) An essential character-driven document of a moment in the history of a country facing some challenges that are disturbingly familiar and others, thank goodness, that Americans will find very foreign.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) But those hoping for a Deadpool-like fusion of mayhem and wit should lower their expectations: Harley may be known for her unpredictability, but Birds plays by action-movie rules.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
70% Horse Girl (2020) A fine-tuned performance sells an unusual look at mental illness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
91% Save Yourselves! (2020) A slapstick apocalypse with two sharp comic leads.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
No Score Yet The Cost of Silence (2020) A searing history of inaction, denial and death, conveying an urgent warning for the immediate future.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
70% Scare Me (2020) The film's dramatic high point... is the arrival of pizza.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
40% Coda (2020) No single event is fatally implausible, perhaps, but taken together it doesn't ring true.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
95% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2020) Even the most conventional-looking entries here have charms.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
87% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2020) A diverse bunch of films, spanning the globe, offering a wide range of emotional experience and just enough topical relevance to feel nutritious.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
63% Us Kids (2020) Understanding that both surviving a shooting and sudden fame take a psychological toll, the film is a compassionate portrait eager to let its subjects speak for themselves.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
No Score Yet Sergio (2020) An engrossing picture even for those who know next to nothing about its subject or settings.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
9% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) A gifted director misfires.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
89% The Evening Hour (2020) An unsensationalized look at moral compromise in opioid-era Appalachia.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
89% The Mole Agent (2020) Funny, poignant and finely crafted.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
100% Palm Springs (2020) Pointlessness, isolation and the guarantee that no one will ever understand your plight may not sound like the makings of a laugh-filled heartwarmer, but in the hands of Barbakow and screenwriter Andy Siara, it is.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Spaceship Earth (2016) Should appeal to old hippies and young futurists, eco-activists, and anyone who enjoys watching small groups of people threaten to implode.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
No Score Yet Siempre, Luis (2020) A father-son balancing act that never finds a satisfactory equilibrium...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
92% Possessor (2020) This sleekly executed work is of its time, exhibiting the chilly aesthetic and psychotropic overlay seen in some of the best indie sci-fi/horror films of recent years.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
92% Kajillionaire (2020) A prickly little gem by a singular artist.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
70% Spree (2020) [I]t's a fine example of a mini-genre we've seen before and will surely see more of soon. ('Gramsploitation? Twitsploitation?) To the extent that it works, much credit goes to Keery, for finding the real human need inside this twentysomething cipher.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
86% Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) A charming, very funny film...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
82% Ironbark (2020) A solid spy drama about ordinary people caught up in Cold War espionage, Dominic Cooke's Ironbark is as meat-and-potatoes as its real-life hero.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
94% Boys State (2020) In their need to squeeze this strange experience into a familiar doc template, McBaine and Moss mostly leave those guys stranded. Here's hoping that, while nobody paid attention, a few of them sat in a quiet corner somewhere and reinvented democracy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
67% Come Away (2020) A wealth of familiar storybook material and a cast including Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo will draw attention, but a handsome production and beautiful cast aren't enough to get this fantasy off the ground.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
53% Falling (2020) As intelligent and sensitive a directing debut as you'd expect, and a highlight of Henriksen's career.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
71% Summertime (2020) While this hodgepodge contains the occasional lovely or eloquent moment... those are overshadowed by material that grates on all but the most forgiving ear, in a semi-narrative setting that clearly just cares about getting from one aria to the next.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
0% John Henry (2020) Crews is an actor with enough charisma and range to carry either gritty genre adventures or more cartoony showdowns; but Forbes' tonal uncertainty and a stiff script leave him stranded here...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
17% Disturbing the Peace (2020) The only thing disturbing is how dull it is.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
79% VHYes (2020) Though hardly groundbreaking in either its content or its aesthetics, the film is more serious than it initially lets on, and can only benefit from the VHS nostalgia that has, often irrationally, taken root in some quarters.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
20% Like a Boss (2020) Quite funny for much of its running time, the film feels like it simply runs out of steam in its third act, settling for a lazy, pandering resolution and seeming happy to have made it to the 83-minute finish line.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
47% Underwater (2020) An effective sci-fi thriller that acknowledges its inspirations.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
83% Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace (2019) Informative and pleasing, if not quite as definitive as it intends to be.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
20% The Grudge (2020) Nearly devoid of scares for the casual horror consumer, it will likely elicit a respectful dismissal from genre connoisseurs: "We get what you're trying to do," they might gently say to the filmmakers. "It didn't work."‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
No Score Yet The 21st Annual Animation Show of Shows (2019) A stylistically varied collection with nary a cutesy-pandering 'toon in the bunch.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
80% Code 8 (2019) Humorless but unpretentious, the film will play well with those seeking new takes on superhero tropes... while others will resent having a still-viable non-comics genre infected by angsty mutants.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
39% Black Christmas (2019) Unfortunately, Takal's Black Christmas is far more ordinary, a blunt object in a fight demanding either sharp knives or explosives.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
36% 6 Underground (2019) Reynolds should have stopped going underground after 'Buried.'‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) [T]his installment is a clear case of diminishing returns, but enjoyable action set pieces and a surprise or two near the end should keep parental grousing to a minimum.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
100% Empty Metal (2019) An experiment well suited to our crazy-making times.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
89% After Class (Safe Spaces) (2019) As in Schechter's previous movies, an unusually strong cast is key to making this touchy material work, with supporting players Lynn Cohen and Richard Schiff especially crucial.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
100% Cavale (2019) If some of its perils are contrived, Micha Wald's screenplay takes a more natural approach to the story's resolution, pulling back from the fate on-the-lam films often have in store.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
98% 63 Up (2019) Now back to look at its diverse group of Brits at age 63, the project is settling into a grandfatherly comfort.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet Lifeline: Clyfford Still (2019) Though useful to art lovers in the absence of a better film, it will disappoint many who've known the artist's work and want to learn more about the man.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
100% Retablo (2017) A poignant, strongly acted debut with a solid sense of place.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
No Score Yet Age Out (2019) An artful lament for unparented youth.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019