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.

A Hero

By |01/15/2022|2021, 3-Stars, Film Review|

In his first film since his 2016 Oscar winning The Salesman, Iranian filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi, once again merges social commentary with realism as he explores the lives of ordinary characters living day-to-day in the city of Shiraz, Iran. [...]


By |01/09/2022|2021, 3-1/2 Stars, Film Review|

A deeply moving subject on the impacts of war atrocities and seeking refuge, Jonhas Poher Rasmussen's animated documentary titled Flee is one of the most essential and powerful films of 2021. Very much echoing the [...]

The 355

By |01/09/2022|1-1/2 Stars, 2022, Film Review|

There’s the time old cliché that January is the unofficial dumping ground for major studios. Where all the unwanted, least desirable of studio releases go to die. The first major release of 2022, surprisingly, isn’t [...]


By |12/28/2021|2021, 4-Stars, Film Review|

A Scottish woman who travels to Columbia and is suddenly awoken by a loud sonic boom as she sleeps provides the starting point in the astonishing opening scene of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's hallucinatory mediation Memoria, which [...]


By |12/11/2021|2-1/2 Stars, 2021, Film Review|

Brimming with confident craftsmanship, cynicism, satire, and dramatic weight, Bruno Dumont's ferocious France views France's political climate and mass media through its anti-hero, a French reporter named France (Lea Seydoux), who manipulates the truth and [...]