Anton Bitel

Anton Bitel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Anton Bitel's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
50% Parents (2000) "The Oedipal conflict that Parents plays out is timeless, but also very much rooted in its times, with a darkly comic nostalgia that looks both backwards to a Paradise lost and forwards to one perhaps never regained. " ‐ FilmLand Empire
Posted Jul 4, 2015
No Score Yet Crumbs "Crumbs is an odd Afrofuturist odyssey that rebuilds the family of tomorrow from the discarded crumbs of today. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 3, 2015
No Score Yet Disaster Playground "Armed with a copy of Jean Baudrillard's America, a disarmingly playful spirit and an arsenal of toys for use as props in absurd reenactments, Hayoun['s documentary] takes a postmodern approach to this very American apocalypse. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 3, 2015
80% The Visit "a dreamy documentary, concerned as much with where humanity ends as where otherness begins. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 3, 2015
No Score Yet Above And Below "Nicolas Steiner's Swiss documentary follows self-marginalised Americans living on the edge and looking out for the end. It is a beautifully poetic portrait of survival in extremis... " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 3, 2015
No Score Yet Noah's Ark "a tale of banal wish fulfilment in a Spain racked by unemployment crisis, where fantasy and the longing for change yield a parallel universe not so very different from the original. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 3, 2015
No Score Yet Ivy "this devilishly tense, increasingly hallucinatory thriller uses a vessel stalled at sea as a vivid allegory for a world on credit and in economic meltdown, with nobody truly responsible at the helm. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 3, 2015
100% Welcome To Leith "Nichols and Walker's documentary... demonstrates not only the insidious manner in which Cobb and co. operate on the very edge of legality, but also their toxic effect on a community which ends up crudely mirroring the methods of the enemy within. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 3, 2015
No Score Yet Astraea "a coming-of-age film... that bucks convention by daring to suggest that the connections between us will remain strong amidst global disaster, and that every winter - even a post-apocalyptic one - is followed by a new spring. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 3, 2015
91% Slow West (2015) "a reverie on what westward expansion meant - and what it cost - in the building of the American Dream.... It is a strange, singular journey into desire and desperation, pitched somewhere between anthropology and existentialism. " ‐ Grolsch Film Works
Posted Jun 24, 2015
33% Poltergeist (2015) "a ghost train hardly inferior to the first Poltergeist (which has come to be somewhat overrated in the memories of Generation X), but more up to date. " ‐ TheHorrorShow
Posted Jun 23, 2015
6% Hate Crime (2005) "even if [it] finds an audience receptive to all the shock and torment, this repetitive series of fascistic taunts and visceral outrages becomes, in the absence of decent characterisation and an interesting story, surprisingly unengaging. " ‐ TheHorrorShow
Posted Jun 23, 2015
59% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "while [it] does not try to fix a formula that isn't broken... it alludes to its narrative future in a far less inventive way than Insidious 2 wrapped itself into its past, and ties up too many threads that were never loose in the first place. " ‐ TheHorrorShow
Posted Jun 23, 2015
No Score Yet Charlie's Farm "Legends never die - but despite some inventive grand guignol in the eleventh hour, the swathe that Charlie cuts through moribund slasher tropes is not nearly original enough to warrant a sequel. " ‐ TheHorrorShow
Posted Jun 23, 2015
83% Darkman (1990) "...comicbook slapstick and off-the-hook mania in a combination only previously seen in Evil Dead II. " ‐ FilmLand Empire
Posted Jun 22, 2015
No Score Yet Lucifer "While a difficult film to love, Lucifer is certainly paradoxical and perplexing, its fable and fantasy fitting into its social realist frame (or is it the other way around?) as uneasily as a square peg in a round hole. " ‐ Vérité
Posted Jun 15, 2015
67% The Toxic Avenger (1984) "here, beneath all the smiles and sun and buff bodies, is a vision of the US as a place of corruption, pollution, and violent criminality, with the ordinary law-abiding "little people" constantly at the mercy of a toxic American Dream. " ‐ FilmLand Empire
Posted Jun 15, 2015
No Score Yet Uncanny "located in the uncanny valley where humanity ends and artificial intelligence begins... it is a dead-eyed, voyeuristic glare into a future where technological advance is driven by the very worst kind of masculine imperatives. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 3, 2015
50% Closer To God (2015) "This modern spin on Frankenstein... openly wears its influences (especially David Cronenberg's The Brood), but mutates them into something very much of the now while striking just the right tone of tragic gravitas. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 3, 2015
No Score Yet Liza, a rókatündér (Liza, the Fox-Fairy) "love and death become the strangest of bedfellows in this riotously kooky tale. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 3, 2015
No Score Yet Deep Dark "concerns the holes that artists must face - and fill - in their darkest hours of the soul... a hit-and-miss satire of that sweet spot where art pushes hard against commerce. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 3, 2015
No Score Yet Fantasticherie di un passeggiatore solitario "Tonally, the film is all over the place & overplays its own quirkiness to often irritating effect - but as a showcase for Gaudio's mastery of different cinematic forms, it's an impressive calling card. It also, appropriately, comes with a good ending " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 3, 2015
No Score Yet The Incident (El Incidente) (2014) "Channeling Escher, Philip K. Dick and Groundhog Day, these parallel stories, bound irrationally together in their own Möbius-strip-like interrelationship, entrap characters for decades in infernal loops... " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 3, 2015
No Score Yet Movement And Location "The drama that emerges from these broken, fugitive lives is as an allegory of exile, immigration and assimilation, while defamiliarising the things (food, water, space) that we take for granted in our own times. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 3, 2015
No Score Yet Man Vs. "Mixing 'found' and 'objective' footage as blithely as it blurs genres, Man Vs. starts small before revealing the place of humanity in an unforgiving universe. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 3, 2015
No Score Yet The Quiet Hour "the extraterrestrials themselves are never seen, leaving Joalland to focus instead on the humans below, caught in their own uncivil clash of hope and despair, enlightenment and bestiality. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 3, 2015
No Score Yet Morgenrøde (Dawn (aka. Morgenrøde)) "Archetypal and resonant precisely for the bare simplicity of its narrative architecture, the infrequency of its dialogue and the sparse beauty of its dark mise en scène, Dawn is a moody, minimalist alternative to Miller's mad maximalism. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 3, 2015
44% Society (1989) "Putting a fist up America's hidden dynastic structures & pulling them inside out so that the terrible things underneath are revealed for all to see, Society is a veritable orgy of influences assimilated into something singular & entirely sui generis. " ‐ FilmLand Empire
Posted Jun 1, 2015
25% Eaten Alive (1977) "Hooper's film, despite its apparent focus on zoology, is really an experiment in baroque Texpressionism, dominated by concerns of an anthropological, ethnographic nature. " ‐ FilmLand Empire
Posted May 21, 2015
4/5 87% The Tribe (2015) "This uncompromising rites-of-passage allegory is a sign of the times. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 15, 2015
98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Perhaps, in this mix of explosive action, manic mythopoeia and radical politics, there is hope for the future after all. " ‐ Eye for Film
Posted May 14, 2015
50% The Film Critic (2015) "gets away with all the filmic tropes & clichés that it deploys, parodies & wildly mixes precisely by maintaining a critical distance & repeatedly subjecting its own chosen form(s) to examination & appraisal. In other words, it does my job for me. " ‐ Grolsch Film Works
Posted May 11, 2015
95% Girlhood (2015) "these gendered rites of passage are a bittersweet triumph. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 8, 2015
98% The Man Without a Past (2002) "M's past... is almost an irrelevance, for Kaurismäki's film is really concerned with the possibility of wiping the slate clean and replacing globalised, corporate living with the values of a utopian community of barter and free association. " ‐ Daily Info
Posted May 4, 2015
90% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) "These stylised tableaux are populated by an ensemble of grotesques, deadpanning their way through postures of longing, melancholy and craven selfishness. " ‐ Film Divider
Posted Apr 27, 2015
79% The Falling (2015) "Eventually The Falling ditches its poetic abstractions for a more prosaically solid form, and resolves its own mystery... with the final-reel revelation of a home truth that is as melodramatic as it is bathetic and banal. " ‐ Grolsch Film Works
Posted Apr 21, 2015
No Score Yet They Look Like People "[the] climactic sequence, unbearably tense but also profoundly moving, takes friendship to its outer limits, while presenting the most alarming aspects of mental illness in the most sympathetic of lights. " ‐ Vérité
Posted Apr 20, 2015
60% Anguish (1988) "horror at its most sophisticated and self-reflexive, using cinema itself - its projections and imaginative impacts - as an arena for anxiety-riddled ideas about what it means to surrender ourselves to someone else's sinister, suggestive vision. " ‐ FilmLand Empire
Posted Mar 30, 2015
No Score Yet The Hoarder "look past the by-numbers murder (& worse) set-pieces, [&] The Hoarder is concerned with how we humans often keep the most private parts of our compartmentalised lives well beneath the surface - & how easily we can all be reduced to material objects. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 20, 2015
No Score Yet Radiator "a painful if understated study of frayed relations and crippling mortality, where often the beauty of the cinematography and the subtlety of the performances offer the only available refuge from the stifling dysfunction within. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 20, 2015
No Score Yet Nina Forever "smart, sexy filmmaking, full of surprises and a real emotional intelligence to match all the more otherworldly material. " ‐ Vérité
Posted Mar 16, 2015
92% Jauja (2015) "Beautiful, haunting and hypnotic, Jauja sees its own legend grow disproportionately, until we all, in our search for sense, get lost on the way. " ‐ FilmLand Empire
Posted Mar 9, 2015
No Score Yet The Woods Movie "Outside of specialist genre showcases like Glasgow FrightFest - where [it] enjoyed its own well-receivedworld première - perhaps the only proper home for this ancillary feature is on a DVD or Blu-ray as a making-of extra. Still, it is a good one. " ‐ Grolsch Film Works
Posted Mar 5, 2015
No Score Yet Life In A Fishbowl "As these three lost souls cross paths in different configurations, we see a subtly drawn portrait of Iceland burdened by a troubled history of incestuous sagas and financial crises. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 4, 2015
57% My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn (2015) "it is shot by Refn's wife, Liv Corfixen, as a sort of home (away from home) movie, focused far less on Refn's shoot than on her own at times difficult domestic life with a husband who is also a full-time filmmaker and a demanding neurotic depressive. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 4, 2015
100% Warsaw Uprising (2014) "It might perhaps have been better to leave this extraordinary assemblage of real found footage to speak for itself - but that cameraman's commentary on his own acts of image-making and eyewitness also helps viewers relate to [the] material " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 4, 2015
No Score Yet Four of the Apocalypse (1975) "Maybe not quite as 'out there' as El Topo or even Django Kill, but the mix here of good-natured jokiness & gravity (even depravity), along with strange excursions into the discourse of theology & gender, make 4 Of The Apocalypse a weird trip alright. " ‐ FilmLand Empire
Posted Mar 3, 2015
83% Blood and Black Lace (1960) "It is such a lysergic collision of high art and low that its very outmodedness has now become a paradoxical part of its timeless appeal - and from such heady heights, the only way could be down for the slasher genre that Bava's film helped model. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 2, 2015
No Score Yet The Woods Movie "Gomm intersperses new interviews with all the key personnel (apart from the original cast), who collectively offer real insight into what made the original film so ground-breaking in the ways it was conceived, shot and presented to the public. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 2, 2015
No Score Yet 88 "in the film's opening scene, a piece of text explain[s] authoritatively what a 'fugue state' is, and thus ensur[es] that what unfolds will forever remain Lynch for Dummies. " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 2, 2015
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