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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
50% American Trial: The Eric Garner Story (2020) Though there's no doubt where his sympathies lie, first-time feature director Messinger is dispassionate in the courtroom, allowing both sides to present reasoned arguments.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
91% The Trip to Greece (2020) This is a lazy feature with few laughs and fewer vicarious travel thrills, despite some nice photography of craggy coastlines and ancient villages.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
42% Blood and Money (2020) A welcome vehicle for its star, who has been underused by filmmakers for decades.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
No Score Yet Blunt Force Trauma (2015) Game-of-death road movie takes itself much more seriously than viewers will.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
37% The Wrong Missy (2020) Even with locked-down consumers scraping the bottom of the Netflix content trough, this new addition to the lineup is pretty dreary.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
100% Rewind (2020) Though difficult to watch, it's a film that helps outsiders confront the horrifying ways such events can cause damage for decades after the fact.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
48% Arkansas (2020) Underwhelming, despite a surprising abundance of talent.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
100% James VS His Future Self (2020) Amusing but off-key in some unhelpful ways, it's a dorky time-killer that doesn't suffer too much for its familiar vibe.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) A slick and engaging film that speeds through the history of modern capitalism with very few pauses for reflection.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
86% The State of Texas vs. Melissa (2020) Though any effort to draw attention to a wrongful death sentence deserves some kind of support, this one seems unlikely to have any effect on its subject's case one way or the other.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
100% Fully Realized Humans (2020) Humans cares sincerely about its protagonists' navel-gazing earnestness, accepting the validity of their quest despite the nuttiness of the results.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
80% Eating Up Easter (2020) Ultimately, the doc doesn't offer a comprehensive look at the problems Rapa Nui faces today, and it certainly doesn't dig into the complaints Rapu has with some historians' account of how the island became a treeless plain.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
No Score Yet The Legend of Swee' Pea (2015) May, a radiologist making his directing debut, spends ample time with his now middle-aged subject, offering a sympathetic but clear-eyed view whose intimacy compensates to some degree for less-than-compelling storytelling.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
39% The Quarry (2020) Sensitive performances only go so far toward generating sparks in the slow-moving film, which never becomes the crime-and-punishment nailbiter it might've been.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
83% One of These Days (2020) A peculiar but largely successful riff on the real story.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
100% I Will Make You Mine (2020) A beautifully shot, settled-down finale.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
20% Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: Contact has Begun (2020) The pic's claims grow wilder by the minute, and its power to persuade is undercut by narration scripted like a YouTube conspiracy film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
82% She's Allergic to Cats (2016) This is a strange and off-putting movie, but it's a movie - and one that some lucky weirdos are likely to watch many times.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
100% Lapsis (2020) A smart, class-conscious sci-fi parable.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
86% An Elephant in the Room (2020) The film exudes empathy, as you'd expect, but struggles to find a compelling point of view.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
No Score Yet Butter (2020) While it may resonate for some young viewers, anyone whose reality really resembles that of the film's protagonist should probably look elsewhere.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
20% Coffee & Kareem (2020) Making a film that feels two days long is not the same thing as making 48 Hrs.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
No Score Yet Before the Fire (2020) A timely setting adds some appeal to this quiet survival drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
70% Butt Boy (2020) Less outrageous or provocative than puzzling, it will appeal to a very specific sort of irony-hungry moviegoer and leave most others shrugging.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
100% Once Upon a Time in Uganda (2020) A sloppy but exciting look at a no-budget African auteur's career.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
No Score Yet For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close (2020) A funny and poignant look at a man to whom comedy nerds owe an incalculable debt.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
93% Uncorked (2020) Vance and Athie create characters worth our attention, and the script's realistic handling of their conflict pulls Uncorked through its lulls.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
56% Resistance (2020) An involving if imperfect look at humanism amidst atrocity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
100% Shithouse (2020) Well pitched and briefly suggesting a less intellectually ambitious kid brother to Before Sunrise, the film's only serious misstep is its name...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
79% Phoenix, Oregon (2020) A warm and hopeful coming-of-middle-age tale.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
84% Inside the Rain (2020) While some who share his struggles may be happy to see Fisher telling his own story here, very little in the self-portrait rings true.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
100% Slay the Dragon (2020) As much doom as we get here, Goodman and Durrance find widespread cause for optimism as well...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
75% The Misogynists (2020) It's a tour-de-force for an actor who's more than willing to be loathsome, and will be welcomed by both Baker's fans and those of writer/director/provocateur Onur Tukel.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
96% Human Nature (2020) Maybe the best-yet guide for those mystified by CRISPR.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
61% Ride Like a Girl (2019) Griffiths gives the pic a workmanlike, generic feel that would play well on family-centric cable channels.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
88% Spaceship Earth (2020) Sci-fi and the counterculture blend in an involving look at the people behind Biosphere 2.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
69% Escape from Pretoria (2020) A solid, if familiar, genre film with a true-history backdrop.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
49% Run This Town (2020) An involving but stretched-thin journo procedural.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
90% Tread (2020) Tread's strongest suit is its complicated view of its subject's persecution complex - a self-righteous resentment that will be familiar to many viewers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
100% After We Leave (2020) Hossain's feature debut is more direct than some of its peers on the scrappy sci-fi scene, eschewing trippy concepts and focusing on easily digested relationship issues.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
No Score Yet Cabaret Maxime (2020) A screenplay written by the director with John Frey indulges actors without feeling much need to generate dramatic tension, but for the most part de Almeida makes this world credible on its own terms.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
38% Impractical Jokers: The Movie (2020) Fans of these four likeable doofuses... should enjoy the ride, though why somebody would get off the couch and spend money to see it is anyone's guess.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
8% 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
83% 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
98% 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
64% 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
89% 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
100% 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
78% 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
72% Horse Girl (2020) A fine-tuned performance sells an unusual look at mental illness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020