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 |05/19/2023|2023, 3-Stars, Film Review|

It’s hard for any franchise whose previous film literally went to space to be brought back down to earth, especially the Fast and Furious franchise, whose characters have defied the laws of physics, science and [...]


By |05/14/2023|2023, 3-1/2 Stars, Film Review|

Italian filmmaker Andrea Pallaoro revisits the central themes of alienation, identity, and family that were found in his first two films, Medas (2013) and Hannah (2017), to even greater impact in Monica, an original screenplay [...]


By |05/14/2023|2-1/2 Stars, 2023, Film Review|

Director Robert Rodriguez is anything but unreliable, and he proves it again with his latest narrative feature, Hypnotic. Channeling the mind-bending properties of thrillers like Inception, Shutter Island, and Memento, Hypnotic similarly aims to trick [...]


By |05/10/2023|2023, 3-Stars, Film Review|

In the ever-present biopic genre, the rise of technology companies has meant the rise of film and television stories about the people behind these companies. Pirates of Silicon Valley, Jobs, Steve Jobs, The Dropout, WeCrashed, [...]


By |05/07/2023|2 Stars, 2023, Film Review|

Hulu's latest fertility horror-thriller, Clock, joins a growing pool of similar features more relevant than ever, relying on a surprisingly fresh premise to stand out, but not much else. Whereas many films in the pregnancy [...]