John DeFore Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Black Is King (2020) A sometimes thrilling showcase for African artists whose work fuses brilliantly with that of Americans who have roots on the continent.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
67% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2020) A low-key showcase for Fukada's returning collaborator Mariko Tsutsui.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
86% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Potent and pointed, whether it's psychodrama or anxiety-fueled allegory.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
61% Most Wanted (2020) Quick and pretty constant cutting between different threads of this story keep Most Wanted from feeling as long as it actually is, but it also keeps us from committing fully to any one story, all of which feel slightly underwritten.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
65% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) A refreshingly nuanced look at work that inspires snap judgments.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
85% Eden (2013) [T]he picture takes a non-exploitative approach to lurid material.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
100% Animation Outlaws (2020) The film does a fine job of showing how much these profitable tours meant to young filmmakers who otherwise had few outlets for their films.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
No Score Yet Above Suspicion (2018) Sex, drugs and J. Edgar-sized violations of FBI ethics rules.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
74% Archive (2020) A sleek and satisfying riff on familiar sci-fi themes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
75% I, Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story (2020) Its sauce could be meatier when it comes to how this goofy church began, but it's a welcome change from news reports that treat FSM worshippers like mere jokers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
80% Black Magic for White Boys (2020) Sprawls out in pleasant if not exactly compelling fashion, raising various real-world social concerns without having a great deal to say about them.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
20% Viena and the Fantomes (2016) Attractively grimy photography by Emilio Valdes and an overall gone-to-seed aesthetic make this particular tour feel like a mild hangover without the night before's good times, which is probably the point.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
100% No Small Matter (2020) No Small Matter finds many persuasive ways to suggest America should reexamine its priorities.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
47% My Spy (2020) Now hitting the Kindergarten Cop milestone in his young career as an actor, Dave Bautista pits his muscle mass and stoicism against dimples and lunch money in Peter Segal's My Spy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
41% You Should Have Left (2020) If our heroes "should have left" this too-big villa while they had the choice, Blumhouse should also know when to move on, and not book this enjoyable but unexceptional thriller for a second stay.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
75% The Pollinators (2019) Sober but accessible, it's a fine primer for those unaware of bees' crucial role in our food system.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
No Score Yet Seadrift (2019) While Tsai's storytelling could certainly be stronger, the mostly harmonious picture he paints will be welcome to viewers who want to believe racism, both personal and systemic, can be overcome.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
100% This Teacher (2020) A strangely provocative film balanced between social parable and psychological horror, Mark Jackson's This Teacher watches a woman having a breakdown in a world that insists on denying its own madness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
0% The Last Days of American Crime (2020) Instantly forgettable tough-guy fantasia.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
100% Feral (2020) A gritty but artful portrait.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2020
83% Stage: The Culinary Internship (2020) An engaging if unenlightening trip through a rarefied experience.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
75% The Man Standing Next (2020) Though touching on a le Carre-like web of loyalties, ambition and hidden agendas, the film is generally less engrossing than that might suggest...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
63% 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
87% 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
36% 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
34% 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
47% 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
86% 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
40% 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
17% 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
85% 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
89% 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
71% 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