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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
13% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
44% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
100% Fantastic Fungi (2019) Eye-opening eye candy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
No Score Yet High Strung Free Dance (2019) Bland even by this genre's low standards. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
97% Harpoon (2019) A nasty look at pride, betrayal and misnamed nautical gear on the open sea. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
60% Collisions (2019) Collisions all but screams "Issue Movie," and is extremely unlikely to reach anyone but the already convinced. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles) (2019) As they build to the main event, the filmmakers offer enough small surprises to engage us. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Capote Tapes (2019) Those looking for an introduction to the loved/hated figure should find this one useful and engaging, despite some structural issues that keep it from feeling truly comprehensive. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% The Lost Okoroshi (2019) A colorful rejection of soullessness in modern Nigerian culture. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
22% Running with the Devil (2019) Plays like a flowchart in search of a pulse, a drama whose Traffic-like ambitions aren't matched by narrative inspiration. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
No Score Yet Tattoo Uprising (2019) Hodgepodgey in its storytelling, the film introduces enough appealing characters to hold the interest of a casual viewer; presumably, tattoo-diehards know much of this stuff already. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
87% Depraved (2019) [A] film that is serious but not pretentious, working best when it stays in the laboratory. It will be welcomed by the director's fans, and may expand that number somewhat in its limited theatrical release. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
86% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Though parts of it will certainly resonate within the deaf community (assuming it is made available with closed captioning), the film has little of the philosophical appeal of other docs on this topic, and sometimes seems willfully solipsistic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
68% Guns Akimbo (2019) It's somehow exhausting but not exhilarating, a non-stop chase scene that would be a good deal more fun if not getting caught seemed even like a one-in-a-million prospect. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
89% Riot Girls (2019) Appealing cinematography and engaging use of split-frame comic-book transitions are the closest the film comes to the excitement of 1990s DIY scene-making; the rest is just derivative genre filler. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
84% Synchronic (2019) Despite its uncanny start, Synchronic is just more normal than it might've been, and less deep. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
90% Sound of Metal (2019) But even when the cultural politics are explicit, Ahmed's performance and a sure-footed script by Marder and his brother Abraham ensure that this remains one man's story - and one that should be warmly welcomed at arthouses. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
54% Greed (2019) It's a wobbly but amusing film that only really raises eyebrows at the end, when it briefly behaves like a cry for global economic justice. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
98% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite Is My Name is often quite fun, and it celebrates a spirit in which will-do perseveres even in an absence of can-do. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
82% Just Mercy (2019) A sturdy example of this genre, in which persistence and faith lead to the righting of terrible wrongs, it will likely move younger viewers who haven't seen many like it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
64% Human Capital (2019) A beautifully acted narrative braid whose strands support each other imperfectly. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) A fast-moving yarn, sometimes hilarious and always entertaining. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
91% Say Amen, Somebody (1982) The film offers less than it could have in terms of straightforward who-did-what-and-when history. But it is unexpectedly generous when it comes to the music. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
50% American Son (2019) An intimate, affecting dramatization of a nationwide crisis. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) Literally doubling the number of actors that played key roles in its predecessor, 2017's Chapter One, the film puts excellent thesps in the parts but winds up feeling much less satisfying. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
50% Bennett's War (2019) Performances are generally competent, but nobody in the cast has the kind of presence needed to overcome Ranarivelo's by-the-numbers dialogue. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
18% The Fanatic (2019) An actor who should retire meets a director who never should've started. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) It may puzzle horror fans who hope it represents the arrival of a new genre star. That hasn't stopped auteurs like del Toro, Neil Gaiman and Stephen King from pointing fans in the film's direction - nor should it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
58% Burn (2019) An unconvincing nail-biter about fantasies of escape. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
18% Hot Air (2019) Neither funny, insightful nor moving, it's mostly objectionable for its failure to exploit the facets of Coogan's screen persona that line up so neatly with the smug blatherers who dominate the AM dial. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
5% Jacob's Ladder (2019) A psych-out that's more muddled than beguiling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
100% ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas (2019) A good-natured ride at first, its limited scope grows more apparent as it goes; still, a feel-good approach is unlikely to hurt... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
100% Olivia (The Pit of Loneliness) (2019) Feuillere holds the screen in all kinds of ways, conveying the psychology of a woman who understands the effect she has on impressionable girls and wants to wield it for their betterment. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
No Score Yet Already Gone (2019) Sensitive and protective of its protagonist... the picture is not always convincing, but always respects his inchoate ambition, a sense that just about any ending will be preferable to where the boy is now. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
38% The Divine Fury (2019) A leaden good-vs-evil tale that takes issues of faith very, very seriously but fails to make K.O.-ing the Devil look the least bit fun. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) Ready has a fine time with its setting... and Weaving is sharp enough to play things straight as the ensemble around her goes for the occasional laugh. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Set disbelief aside, and primal phobias may well suffice to get you happily to the other side of this adventure. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
10% ECCO (2019) A surfeit of bad-ass mystery-man posturing and dearth of either convincing emotion or visceral kicks makes this pastiche unmoving, an assemblage of tropes few will enjoy wading through. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
93% Kingdom (2019) More than colorful enough to excite genre fans who like a dash of history with their swordplay. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
No Score Yet The Circus: Down the Road (2019) Personal perspective brings something to this rudimentary documentary, but not nearly enough to help it compete with more polished portraits of big-top razzle-dazzle. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
86% 7 Days in Hell (2015) Funny in its broader-than-the-net way and packed with attention-getting "interviewees," it should play quite well when it premieres. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
No Score Yet States (2019) An unlovable pileup of quirky contrivances. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
No Score Yet Is That You? (Eres tú, Papá?) (2019) [Sanchez] is deeply committed to the seriousness of his tale, but seems to feel a leaden pace is the only way to do it justice. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
No Score Yet MOOP (2019) At some point, these ingredients were supposed to be food; now, you'll be brave to make it to the end of the meal. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019