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About Defacto Film Reviews

Defacto Film Reviews is a unique site where the film critics are also filmmakers themselves. It will feature weekly reviews as well as lists and more.

Originally formed in 2002 under Defactoweb.com, our website’s chief film critic is Robert Joseph Butler. His top ten lists were featured under Movie City News.  His reviews have also been published at Michigan Movie Magazine and on Michigan’s longest running film school website, MPIFilm.com.

He later went on to to become an award-winning filmmaker of several independent short films including such festival hits as The Spirit of Isabel and Within, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Cinetopia International Film Festival.

Using grassroots support, the site is devoted to celebrating independent and art-house cinema, as well as to high-crafted films that tell engaging stories with vision, focus, and skill.

Defacto Film Reviews is a unique case where the film critics are also filmmakers themselves. We will give readers comprehensible, honest, and erudite analysis of each film.

Dolittle

By |01/17/2020|1/2 Star, 2020, Film Review|

    Picture this in your mind: an energetic, rowdy kid is running throughout the house without a care in the world. Because he’s not really paying attention to what he’s doing, he accidentally knocks [...]

1917

By |01/09/2020|2019, 3-1/2 Stars, Film Review|

While Sam Mendes' latest film, the harrowing, visceral, and technically mind-blowing war picture "1917", brings a lot of attention to itself with Mendes showcasing the entire picture in one continuous long take shot that unfolds [...]

Clemency

By |12/26/2019|2019, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Newcomer Chinonye Chukwu’s breakthrough film “Clemency” made a splash at the 2019 Sundance Festival and is a solid, well-intentioned drama, substantially elevated by the performances of Aldis Hodge and particularly Alfre Woodard. While blighted by [...]

Cats

By |12/24/2019|0 Stars, 2019, Film Review|

Where to begin with "Cats"? The film adaptation of one of the longest running Broadway shows is boasted by a stellar cast, an Oscar-winning director, and co-written by one of the voices behind "Rocketman" and [...]