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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T-Meter Title | Year
50% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
71% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
No Score Yet Love Is Blind (2019) Much too precious to be believed. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
29% Primal (2019) It's a time-killer at best, but one that can be enjoyed with only occasional moments of guilt. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
42% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
51% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
85% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
64% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
77% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
24% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
71% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
90% #Female Pleasure (2019) A useful perspective on fairly well-known stories. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
20% Kinetta (2019) A standoffish debut holds some pleasures for patient viewers. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 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
60% 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
96% 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
68% 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
78% 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
65% 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
85% 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
91% 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
63% 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
97% 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
81% 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
65% 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
17% 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