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.

He later went on to 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.

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.


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

He’s been deemed the next go-to Hollywood filmmaker, the next Tony Scott, and also cinema’s antichrist. Now, in the landscape of major blockbusters being helmed by the likes of Shawn Levy and Jon Watts, filmmaker [...]


By |04/01/2022|1-1/2 Stars, 2022, Film Review|

Created in 1971 by Roy Thomas, the Spider-Man villain, Morbius, the Living Vampire has now received similar treatment to fellow villain/anti-hero, Venom, in getting his own standalone feature. Existing within the same muddled Sony universe [...]


By |03/30/2022|2 Stars, 2022, Film Review|

Horror films come in all shapes and sizes, either featuring creatures of dark descent or even the horrors of modern discrimination, but there are times when both elements clash together to create an out-of-the-ordinary film. [...]


By |03/20/2022|2022, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Filmmaker Ti West came bursting out of the gate in the 2000s as a critical player in the “Mumblecore” movement among the likes of Greta Gerwig and Joe Swanberg. The film that gained West the [...]


By |03/08/2022|2022, 3-Stars, Film Review|

There is much to say about Mimi Caves’ Fresh, though not to be confused with the 1994 film Fresh directed by Boaz Yakin, starring Samuel L. Jackson. This dark comedy turned thriller features Marvel Cinematic [...]


By |02/28/2022|2-1/2 Stars, 2022, Film Review|

The films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet have always been quite delectable, spewing splashes of colorful feasts throughout his films or art-house aesthetics with almost noir themes. Jeunet is, without a doubt, one of the more unique [...]