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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.

The Hunt

By |03/13/2020|2020, 3-1/2 Stars, Rating|

Back in August, Blumhouse pulled the plug on its newest film The Hunt, a thriller about a human hunting expedition loosely based on the famous 1924 short story “The Most Dangerous Game.” When a couple [...]

Onward

By |03/06/2020|2020, 4-Stars, Film Review|

Pixar’s latest film symbolically ushers in a new era for the iconic studio. Their first 11 films from the first Toy Story to the third are sort of the Classic Era, where every film was [...]

Greed

By |03/06/2020|2-1/2 Stars, 2020, Film Review|

Michael Winterbottom's latest film, "Greed" is his most overtly political comedy, a outraged satire on inequality that wears its political agenda on its sleeves but doesn't engage well on a comedic or artistic level. There [...]

Bacurau

By |03/05/2020|2020, 3-Stars, Film Review|

If the term genre-blurring didn't exist, it would have to be destined to define Kleber Mendonca Filho's and Juliano Dornelles's Brazilian film "Bacurau," a delirious but distinctive post-modern Western political satire that occasionally uses its [...]

Swallow

By |03/04/2020|2020, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Actress Haley Bennett gets a perfect opportunity to showcase her acting talents in Carlo Mirabella-Davis's feature directorial debut, "Swallow". Bennett plays a layered dramatic role that should elevate her into more leading and essential performances: [...]