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. His reviews have also been featured and published in The Oakland Press as well, which is one of Michigan’s largest newspaper publications. 

He later went on 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. His short film “The Girl on the Mat” won Best Screenplay at the 2017 Queens World Film Festival. His most recent feature length movie, “Blood Immortal,” won Best Horror Feature Film at the 24th annual Indie Gathering International Film Festival and is now available to own on DVD and is available on Digital streaming platforms.

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.

Rating System–4 Stars

4 Stars Masterpiece/Top 10 Worthy

de facto film reviews 3.5 stars Exceptional

de facto film reviews 3 stars Quality

de facto film reviews 2 stars Mediocre

de facto film reviews 1 star Poor

Reviews published in

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By |09/28/2022|2022, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Undeniably sweet and amusing, though overly formulaic. The latest Apatow Company film, titled Bros, is a gay rom-com that offers a retake on all the rom-com tropes and the interplay between two lonely souls that [...]


By |09/26/2022|2022, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Chronicling the outstanding career and life of the late American actor, filmmaker, activist, and family man Sidney Poiter, who was the very first black actor to win the Best Actor Oscar, director Reginald Hudlin and [...]


By |09/24/2022|2022, 3-1/2 Stars, Film Review|

Adding another film to his deconstructionist portrait of American celebrity and lore, Andrew Dominik's fourth feature film, Blonde, explores the self-destructive traumas within Marilyn Monroe's character, to very divisive results that are already alienating mainstream [...]


By |09/09/2022|2022, 3-Stars, Film Review|

For moviegoers looking to kickstart the Halloween season, it's unlikely there is a better film to see in the cinema this weekend than Barbarian (Directed by Zach Cregger, Distributed by 20th Century Studios). In town [...]


By |09/04/2022|2 Stars, 2022, Film Review|

World War II is some of the most heavily trodden ground in cinema history. And it can still be fertile ground for storytelling, as the relatively recent Their Finest and Dunkirk (2017) and Hacksaw Ridge [...]


By |09/04/2022|2 Stars, 2022, Film Review|

Though anchored by good performances, especially by lead actor John Boyega, Breaking is a film which struggles to get its message across.  The film has social and societal parallels available, but chooses not to explore [...]


By |08/23/2022|2022, 3-Stars, Film Review|

There are very few movies that can be sold entirely on one image. While said image can be an honest reflection of the film itself, it can often be highly misleading— the underrated, The Grey, [...]