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 |04/19/2024|2024, 3-Stars, Film Review, News|

Move over, M3gan; there's a new dancing horror princess in town, and her name is Abigail. The latest genre effort from the hit filmmaking collective Radio Silence (directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett) takes a [...]


By |04/15/2024|2024, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Arcadian, a post-apocalyptic horror film, featuring Nicolas Cage in a (mostly) subdued role and performance, owes a lot to other films of this ilk. There are elements of M. Night Shyamalan’s work, along with A [...]


By |04/14/2024|2-1/2 Stars, 2024, Film Review, News|

The killer animal subgenre of horror has been on a relatively steady decline recently, and creature features in general, except for some blockbusters, including The Meg, Beast, and Jurassic Park. So, amongst a slew of [...]

Civil War

By |04/12/2024|2024, 3-Stars, Film Review|

An often terrifying and harrowing experience of a not-so-distant future in which fascism and nationalism (I think) wrap themselves in patriotism and two different America's are at war, writer-director Alex Garland's (Ex-Machina, Annihilation) Civil War [...]


By |04/07/2024|2 Stars, 2024, Film Review|

Scoop, from director Philip Martin, seems to want to be She Said, but fails to spark anywhere near the level of excitement, interest, importance or gravity of that earlier film. While the cast is fine, here, [...]

Monkey Man

By |04/06/2024|2024, 3-Stars, Film Review, News|

There is no doubt that John Wick's dynamic, revenge-fueled action odyssey alongside international martial arts spectacles, including The Raid and Ong Bak, have together metamorphized a once-stagnant genre into something that continues to shock, awe, [...]

The Beast

By |04/03/2024|2024, 4-Stars, Film Review|

Both art-house and high-minded sci-fi aficionados will find common ground for watching the thought-provoking and ambitious The Beast. French actress Léa Seydoux continues to prove she's an actress of great emotional range and versatility (especially [...]


By |03/31/2024|2 Stars, 2024, Film Review|

The endlessly screwed-up immigration and economic exploitation that make the American immigration experience challenging are on full display in Problemista. Writer-director and co-star Julio Torres creates a messy, uneven piece of work, capturing the struggling [...]

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