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

The Oakland Press – Oakland County, MI News, Sports, Weather, Things to Do


By |07/20/2023|2023, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Barbie is a fantasy comedy based on Mattel's fashion dolls that I can't see all families and young children enjoying. The welding of satire on consumerism, materialism, and capitalism into a narrative about female empowerment [...]


By |07/14/2023|2023, 3-Stars, Film Review|

A quirky and oddly charming coming-of-age story about a young Italian woman in her early 20s struggling with loneliness and borderline personality disorder within her wealthy upbringing and the expectations of her disappointing mother as [...]


By |07/13/2023|2023, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Narrowing his focus info a more intimate and personal style of filmmaking, acclaimed filmmaker Christian Petzold has altered his Hitchcockian style and dystopian tone to a more meta-approach, but arguably has made a more accessible [...]


By |07/08/2023|2023, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Nimona, the swan song of the now-defunct Blue Sky Studios, the animation company behind the Ice Age franchise, Rio, Epic, and other films, recently snuck into the shuffle of Netflix's weekly content overload. Disney famously [...]

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