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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
13% 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
19% 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
51% 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
17% 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
40% 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
37% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over (2019) A bracing reminder that sexual self-defense can take many forms.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
No Score Yet In Bright Axiom (2019) It... feels insufficiently honest - like a magician who will hint strongly at how a trick is done, but still wants you to believe he has supernatural powers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
88% Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) Buoyed by enjoyable performances by character actors like Paul Ben-Victor, the pic is slight but likeable, especially for fans of its younger leads.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) A look at the infamous paper that emphasizes color over critique, it's a blazingly paced film that entertains and informs, even if many viewers who value journalism will groan as they watch.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
53% Noelle (2019) Marc Lawrence's story about Santa's daughter, despite its solid cast, aims squarely at not-too-picky kids and mostly ignores parents' desire to be entertained as well.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
78% The All-Americans (2019) As things stand here, we're certainly curious to see where each student winds up (and, to a lesser extent, who wins the game). But we've hardly had an experience we can't get from a reasonably deep newspaper profile.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
No Score Yet Love Is Blind (2019) Much too precious to be believed.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
39% Primal (2019) It's a time-killer at best, but one that can be enjoyed with only occasional moments of guilt.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
43% Midway (2019) Even a moviegoer who (like this one) is theoretically willing to see yesteryear's war-film genre reanimated with 21st-century production values will find little to love in Midway, which, despite a big budget and talented cast, is oddly unmoving.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
46% Last Christmas (2019) It's a misfire by just about any measure, but it earns some warm feelings for its determination not to be like anything else currently in circulation.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
93% Klaus (2019) You see where this is going, but Pablos and company relish the journey - and, without pandering, they move just deliberately enough to let viewers delight in seeing how the pieces will fit together.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
65% Lady and the Tramp (2019) Probably the dullest to date of the live-action (or quasi-live) remakes of beloved Disney animated films... further explores the limitations of having real (or digitally realistic) critters stand in for the talking animals of yesteryear.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
88% Bloody Marie (2019) Wolff, who impressed critics last year in Wolfgang Fischer's Styx, makes another strong turn here, grounding what could have become a merely lurid tale of dissipation, danger and sex work.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
79% Downtown 81 (2001) For anyone steeped in or curious about the often uncategorizable music made during this period, Downtown 81 is a joyous artifact.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
27% Countdown (2019) A pedestrian thriller whose personal-tech gimmick is even more thinly imagined than one might guess, it's a jumble of cheap jump scares made watchable by likable leads Elizabeth Lail and Jordan Calloway.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) By the time the movie's ready to kill its latest-greatest villain, fans have gotten a fine lesson in the perils of sequel-making one-upmanship.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
No Score Yet Unlikely (2019) Its stories of individual students and public/private partnerships may inspire viewers, assuming it can cut through a crowded doc marketplace to reach them.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
90% #Female Pleasure (2019) A useful perspective on fairly well-known stories.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
20% Kinetta (2019) A standoffish debut holds some pleasures for patient viewers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Rounding up all the original's stars and throwing several more surviving human characters into the mix, the pic is plenty entertaining for those of us who, paradoxically, find zombies comforting in dark times.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
11% Jexi (2019) Nearly everything misfires here - bizarrely so, since we can see where the laughs should come, how they would work, and how a more competent movie would get from A to Z.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
43% The Addams Family (2019) Matt Lieberman's nearly laugh-free script prefers to rehash Charles Addams' old one-liners or offer terrible updates.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
No Score Yet Doubting Thomas (2019) Imperfect but admirable for a serious approach that doesn't stumble over into off-putting earnestness, it's a debut with more on its mind than giving its writer-director a plum job as an actor as well.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
100% Fantastic Fungi (2019) Eye-opening eye candy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
60% High Strung Free Dance (2019) Bland even by this genre's low standards.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
84% Villains (2019) Villains has enough of its own offbeat energy not to come off as just another collection of young filmmakers' influences.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
96% Harpoon (2019) A nasty look at pride, betrayal and misnamed nautical gear on the open sea.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
69% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) While it hardly sells Wrinkles as a culture-shaking phenomenon, this modest doc will play best to those who enjoy being creeped out by him enough to suspend their disbelief.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
78% Collisions (2019) Collisions all but screams "Issue Movie," and is extremely unlikely to reach anyone but the already convinced.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
No Score Yet Série Noire (1982) Among the best big-screen interpretations of Thompson's bitter tales.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
88% The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959) A colorful... break from the stark B&W dramas for which Lang is revered.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
88% The Indian Tomb (Das indische Grabmal) (1959) Introducing more characters and developing the first picture's political intrigues, it's a more conventionally engaging tale with a dash of censor-baiting sexuality as its centerpiece.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019