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.


By |07/23/2021|2-1/2 Stars, 2021, Film Review|

Old marks the 14th feature in M. Night Shyamalan oeuvre as a writer-director. Back in the horror/sci-fi realm that he's most comfortable in, though not as effective as his masterworks like the 1999 breakthrough classic [...]


By |07/15/2021|2021, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Newcomer Michael Sarnoski's modern "revenge" saga, Pig, plays with the notion of a protagonist who's a reclusive outsider who goes back to the outside world once his truffle pig is stolen from him. Distributed by [...]


By |06/21/2021|2021, 3-Stars, Film Review|

The latest from Pixar, and unfortunately the second in a row to forgo a theatrical release as a Disney+ exclusive, Luca, is a slight, but heart-warming tale set in the sun-drenched summer of an Italian [...]