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 Prom

By |12/12/2020|2 Stars, 2020, Film Review|

Firmly riding the line between annoyance and infectiousness is Producer-extraordinaire Ryan Murphy's film adaptation of the Broadway musical, The Prom. Murphy, directing his first feature since his 2014 HBO film The Normal Heart, enlists a [...]

The Nest

By |12/07/2020|2020, 4-Stars, Film Review|

The long-awaited follow-up to "Martha Marcy May Marlene," the 2011 feature debut of Canadian director Sean Durkin, his sophomore feature film "The Nest" is another impressive film about dislocation and being coerced into an undesired [...]


By |12/05/2020|2020, 4-Stars, Film Review|

Art and politics collide in David Fincher's ambitious and elegant effort that plays an extolling tribute to screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, superbly embodied by Oscar winner Gary Oldman in "Mank" that should be a darling [...]


By |11/23/2020|2020, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Aneesh Chaganty's feature directorial debut, 2018's Searching, a techno-thriller acquired by Sony/Screen Gems out of Sundance, won major acclaim from both critics and audiences. The film, budgeted for less than $1 million, ended up grossing [...]