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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. 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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Prey

By |08/10/2022|2022, 3-Stars, Film Review|

The last time we saw the iconic creature from John McTiernan's 1987 action classic, Predator, was just four years ago. 2018's The Predator, written and directed by Shane Black, who had close ties to the [...]

Il Buco

By |08/04/2022|2022, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Exploring one of the world's deepest caves through ravishing imagery, Michelangelo Frammartino’s latest film titled Il Buco (The Hole), is another observational and elegiac docu-narrative that merges history and scenery. Granted exclusive access to the [...]

Nope

By |07/21/2022|2022, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Five years later, after his breakthrough success with Get Out, Jordan Peele continues his genre movie streak with Nope, a chilling, intense, and awe-inspiring sci-fi thriller about alien visitors wreaking havoc on humans. An original [...]

Futura

By |07/14/2022|2-1/2 Stars, 2022, Film Review|

The road of adolescence and the journey of maturity has customarily been seen as those aging from ages 15-20, with not only their physical maturity but most importantly, their intellectual maturity. And for as long [...]