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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
3.5/4 89% Buck (2011) You don't have to be a horse nut to fall for "Buck," one of those rare documentaries whose subject is so inherently fascinating that a fictional character could hardly compete.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2011
3.5/4 90% Attack the Block (2011) "Attack the Block" demands to be seen simply because it is a thrill - a pulse-raiser whose perfect construction and pointed wit make it one of the year's most exciting films.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2011
3.5/4 85% Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2011) We see a script and some underexposed actors who were lucky to find each other.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2011
3.5/4 86% The Immigrant (2014) Gray directs this handsome and evocative film with emotional restraint, making its archetypal title character a living individual whose moral journey is never simple.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 81% Chicago 10 (2008) Filmmaker Brett Morgen returns with another livelier-than-usual entry in the nonfiction field, a portrait of '60s activism that mixes vintage footage with cartoon-animated re-enactments.‐ Austin American-Statesman
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2008
66% Unleashed (2005) The most interesting English-language film [Li] has made yet -- an action picture with the emotional simplicity of a bedtime story, painted in the grimy colors of the London underworld.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 17, 2005
40% The Wendell Baker Story (2005) If its aspirations are modest, The Wendell Baker Story does embody the dry wit and easy charm that has (along with Luke's looks) won the Wilsons so many fans.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 23, 2005
77% Occupation: Dreamland (2005) Filmmakers Garrett Scott and Ian Olds spent many weeks with their subjects. As a result, soldiers opened up more for their cameras about reasons for enlisting and concerns about the job they were sent to do.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 28, 2005
69% Reel Paradise (2005) It's an engrossing and often very funny tale.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 30, 2005
75% Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) Favreau again delivers that rare beast -- a family film that even childless adults can enjoy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 10, 2005
73% V for Vendetta (2006) Entertaining and solidly crafted.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 21, 2005
No Score Yet Danny Roane: First Time Director (2006) Andy Dick plays a very familiar role in his funny if thin feature-directing debut.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 22, 2006
74% Conversations With Other Women (2006) That the movie holds viewers' attention despite its contrivances is a testament to the script and acting.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 30, 2006
No Score Yet Heavens Fall (2006) Heavens Fall tells its story with some interesting stylistic flourishes (a brisk montage of lawyers' closing arguments, for example) and without emotional manipulation.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 19, 2006
73% Clean (2005) In Clean, Assayas returns to his comfort zone -- the world of appealing young people with interestingly chaotic lives -- and views it through the eyes of a woman who doesn't belong there anymore.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2006
86% Shadow Company (2007) For a subject that plays such a large part in America's foreign policy and is so little understood, Shadow Company is an excellent and engaging primer.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 22, 2006
73% Stranger Than Fiction (2006) The picture pleases while remaining unchallenging to a broad audience.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2006
80% Little Children (2006) An across-the-board stunner.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2006
75% Catch a Fire (2006) Impending history and potent music energize this Apartheid-era suspense film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2006
80% The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006) Not every admirer of the first film will enjoy it, but it values its subjects too much to mold their rhythms to an outsider's attention span.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2006
86% This Filthy World (2006) Icon of bad taste John Waters plays kindly uncle to tomorrow's delinquents in funny one-man show.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2006
57% PU-239 (2006) Solidly made, timely and spotlighting a fine performance by Paddy Considine.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2006
76% The Last Winter (2007) Idiosyncratic horror film mixes science and the supernatural.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2006
76% Shi gan (Time) (2007) Kim brings more warmth and humor into Time than he has in some of his best-known work.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2006
89% Syndromes and a Century (2007) An artful experiment that's imposingly cryptic but comes from a respected filmmaker, it should appeal to its art house niche.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2006
91% Brand Upon the Brain! (2006) The inimitable Guy Maddin outdoes himself with psyche-probing silent film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2006
94% Away From Her (2007) Sarah Polley's directing debut is an assured, moving look at coping with Alzheimer's.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2006
94% Lake of Fire (2007) Smart, visually appealing, and consistently engaging.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2006
84% Manufactured Landscapes (2007) A highly unusual viewing experience that stimulates the senses and the conscience simultaneously.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 18, 2006
22% Catch and Release (2007) ...A likable romantic comedy that delivers enough laughs and star appeal to fare reasonably well in the date-movie department, even if it doesn't entirely live up to its ambitions.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 23, 2006
53% Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006) [It] isn't as fresh or weird as the short films that made Tenacious D cult heroes but does capture enough of their spirit to please fans.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 30, 2006
67% Chronicle of an Escape (2008) If American moviegoers have plenty of reasons to feel icky about government-sponsored kidnappings and hidden prisons, Chronicle of an Escape gives them another good one.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 31, 2006
44% Fired! (2006) Documentarians Chris Bradley and Kyle Labrache keep things moving at a nice pace while indulging Gurwitch's possibly too frequent attempts to tie the expanding film in to the event that inspired it.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 30, 2007
69% Disturbia (2007) Rear Window meets the iTunes era in fun, slick suspense pic.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 13, 2007
87% The Lookout (2007) Out of Sight scribes slides nicely into director's chair with darker crime tale.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 14, 2007
64% Reign Over Me (2007) [A] deeply heartfelt film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 16, 2007
54% Manufacturing Dissent (2007) Smart, fair primer on Michael Moore's divisive career offers a couple of eye-opening moments.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 17, 2007
83% The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (2007) The prisoner's journalistic tendencies served him well in jail: He chronicled details of his captivity, including names and serial numbers of fellow prisoners, in places guards wouldn't notice (like the inside of his boxer shorts).‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 21, 2007
35% The Ten (2007) The product of restless comic imaginations that would rather bounce to the next idea than milk the previous one for every drop. Some viewers may be exhausted by the barrage, but few will complain of not getting their money's worth.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 3, 2007
67% Everything's Gone Green (2007) If the picture secretly hopes to supply viewers with the kind of epiphany its characters seek, it falls short, staying instead on turf tread in many other good-hearted festival films before it. Within that arena though, it holds its own.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 19, 2007
83% Twisted: A Balloonamentary (2007) A thoroughly winning feature that, despite appearing to be made with the small screen in mind, could hold its own theatrically in the feel-good docu niche.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 2, 2007
81% Great World of Sound (2007) A movie about conscience that flatly refuses the catharsis and redemption a mainstream feature would demand, Great World of Sound is a dirty gem, shining despite the modesty of its production.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 2, 2007
90% Knocked Up (2007) Apatow's gleefully raunchy movies are, in an odd and charming way, extremely family-friendly.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 31, 2007
47% Run Fatboy Run (2007) ...despite lacking marquee stars could do well with the date-night mainstream.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2007
80% Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (2007) An enjoyable enough primer that it may nurture fans to support the rockers in their old age.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 17, 2007
92% Caramel (2008) Warm-hearted and accessible.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 17, 2007
No Score Yet Joy Division - Under Review (2006) A solid, well presented history of the band's brief career, Joy Division has appeal for music buffs but could get mileage in theaters from a smart coordination with the feature film's release.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 18, 2007
81% Lars and the Real Girl (2007) Lars might at first sound like a movie you wouldn't want your kids to see, but it has a heart of gold.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 18, 2007
87% The Orphanage (2007) Director [Juan Antonio] Bayona employs the visual language of horror films...with restraint and good taste.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 19, 2007
85% The Take (2007) Short on sensational elements but involving, it won't set multiplexes on fire but should make a decent showing thanks to cast and plot.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 19, 2007