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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A Prince

By |05/20/2024|2024, 3-Stars, Film Review, News|

Using a cast almost entirely comprised of non-professional actors, aside from the well-regarded French legends who provide the narration, the director, Pierre Creton, has created a work that is unlikely to find a large audience but which is worth sitting down to see.


By |05/16/2024|2 Stars, 2024, Film Review|

The concept of the childhood imaginary friend hasn’t been deeply explored in film, but there are some examples. From the dark comedy Drop Dead Fred, to horror films like Pin, May, and this year’s Imaginary, to the wartime dramedy [...]


By |05/10/2024|2 Stars, 2024, Film Review|

Wildcat, director and co-writer Ethan Hawke’s new biopic about the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, lacks the unique qualities of its subject’s prose, while draining her life of any real interest. This is [...]


By |04/28/2024|2024, 3-Stars, Film Review, News|

The new spider-attack creature feature Infested (Fr. Vermines) is a step away from the nastiest and most depraved of the New French Extremity of the early-to-mid 2000s. However, it effectively clarifies how foreign horror differs [...]


By |04/27/2024|2-1/2 Stars, 2024, Film Review|

Humane could have been another Purge, and seems somewhat inspired, if only a bit, by that franchise. That it is not, is a good thing. The film works toward different aims, and achieves them in ways that [...]

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