Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers
One thing I can't stand from film reviewers and filmmakers is this concept of "guilty pleasures." Film Comment tends to endorse this concept -- in their latest issue they ask Scorsese to name his; to my chagrin, he does so without a battle. If you like a film, you like it; you take in the information, you process it, and if sits pleasantly with who you are, then don't be afraid to admit it. Let's leave guilt out of it, the world's so crappy anyway.

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 96% Argo (2012) "Argo is a valentine to the cinema in the very convincing drag of a political thriller. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 14, 2012
1.5/4 65% Antiviral (2013) "It's pretty silly. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 14, 2012
1.5/4 66% The Iceman (2013) "The Iceman proves that a movie cannot get by on Michael Shannon's dark charisma alone " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 14, 2012
3.5/4 64% Curling "A slow burn that respects the audience's literacy. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3.5/4 91% Into The Abyss (2011) "Less a polemic than a sombre sifting-through of the collateral damage that collects in concentric circles around an execution. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3.5/4 64% Uncle Buck (1989) "It's not John Hughes's best film, but it could be his funniest, as well as his saddest. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
2.5/4 89% Lady and the Tramp (1955) "Handsomely, seductively drawn, Lady and the Tramp owns its place in the canon... " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
4/4 No Score Yet Duck Amuck (1953) "Daffy's existential crisis is oddly revealing of his identity and, for the viewer, a lesson in the possibilities of the medium. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3/4 No Score Yet The Scarlet Pumpernickel "In Daffy's increasingly harried responses to J.L.'s unquenchable thirst for more story, we get some sense of what it must've been like to work at Termite Terrace... " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
4/4 No Score Yet Rabbit of Seville "Invention, madness, and visual delight are in seemingly endless supply... " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3.5/4 No Score Yet What's Opera, Doc? (1957) "By the end it's difficult to say whether Jones is lampooning Fantasia or merely envious of it. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 20, 2012
3.5/4 78% Killer Joe (2012) "McConaughey's performance as the Mephistophelean title character is one for the ages. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 2, 2011
3/4 29% Twixt (2013) "This is perhaps not personal but private filmmaking. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 2, 2011
2.5/4 100% Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2012) "More a glorified DVD supplement than a documentary. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 2, 2011
3/4 78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) "Warm, funny, and wise. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 18, 2011
1/4 34% The Oranges (2012) "It's the Sundance version of Blame It on Rio, which is to say direly lacking in scenery and nudity. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 17, 2011
2.5/4 70% Dark Horse (2012) "Solondz has viewers so conditioned to his cruel ironies by now that most of this picture's [are] met by howls of approval. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 17, 2011
2/4 30% Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011) "Preaches to the converted. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 11, 2011
1/4 67% Pearl Jam Twenty (2011) "A deadly combination of fanboy, friend, and Richie Cunningham, Crowe has zero objectivity about the band " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 11, 2011
3/4 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) "We Need to Talk About Kevin affirms that Lynne Ramsay is the heir apparent to Terrence Malick... " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 11, 2011
3/4 77% A Dangerous Method (2011) "On some level, A Dangerous Method is Cronenberg's first out-and-out comedy... " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 11, 2011
1.5/4 36% Prom (2011) "[At least] it doesn't get mired in the '80s nostalgia that's come to infect today's teen comedies... " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Sep 6, 2011
0/4 0% The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006) "...Stupid and irreverent in a useless way, and a bunch of crappy songs don't help. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Aug 21, 2011
3/4 85% Viva Las Vegas (1964) "It's not magic, this movie, but it is alchemy of a kind... " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jul 11, 2011
1/4 4% The Roommate (2011) "It might be genius compared to Single White Female 2: The Psycho, but know that The Roommate is ultimately about as sensitive as that dtv sequel sounds. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Jun 26, 2011
2.5/4 No Score Yet Cosmonauta (2009) "Has its charms, including an enticing, Almodóvarian palette. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Mar 16, 2011
2/4 93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) "...All the pieces are in place--I just wish Cholodenko had been a little more precious about the execution. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Nov 24, 2010
2/4 25% House of Wax (2005) "A 2005 review of this picture would've registered more shock from me... " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Nov 24, 2010
2.5/4 No Score Yet Strumpet (2001) "Strumpet seems to think that small-scale ambitions excuse great contrivances. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 15, 2010
No Score Yet On Their Knees (2001) Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 15, 2010
No Score Yet La Coupure (Torn Apart) (2006) Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 15, 2010
No Score Yet All the Invisible Children (2005) Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 15, 2010
3/4 87% Control (2007) "The film overcomes the central miscasting of Samantha Morton. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
3/4 No Score Yet My Toxic Baby "Setting out to enlighten and inform her fellow parents, Lee instead captured the onset of OCD from the eye of the storm. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
2.5/4 88% White Material (2010) "Claire Denis's very own Gone with the Wind. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
2/4 No Score Yet A Gun to the Head "A bush-league Mikey and Nicky. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
0.5/4 44% A Shine of Rainbows (2010) "Gawd, this movie is so nauseatingly nice. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
2/4 53% I'm Still Here (2010) "Phoenix needs a hug. And a Bowflex. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
2/4 50% Stone (2010) "Stone, like director John Curran's previous work, never peaks in any way that could be conventionally described as satisfying. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
1/4 71% Never Let Me Go (2010) "At the risk of accusing the book of same, the whole thing reeks of fear of genre. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
2/4 68% Jack Goes Boating (2010) "Jack Goes Boating reminded one woman I spoke to of Rocky; I can see it if I squint. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
0.5/4 32% The Ward (2011) "A return to form it definitely isn't. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
3/4 88% Let Me In (2010) "A pleasant sort of déjà vu. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
3.5/4 35% Womb (2012) "Beneath its sensationalistic hook, Womb is solid pop anthropology. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
3.5/4 88% The Big Picture (2012) "I can't discount the sheer pleasure I got from its constant gear-shifting. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
2/4 80% I Saw the Devil (2011) "A potentially exasperating conceit [is] rendered all the more so by the execution. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
1/4 20% Repeaters (2010) "The '80s-horror-movie coda doesn't help... " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (2011) "You've got to admire Springsteen's chutzpah in documenting and cataloguing his creative process with a borderline-Kubrickian obsessiveness long before his reputation warranted it... " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
2/4 48% Super (2011) "[Whatever its shortcomings,] Ellen Page delivers another performance for the ages. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
2/4 44% White Irish Drinkers (2011) "I never could shake the feeling that this is exactly the sort of project Vinnie Chase would be hot for on "Entourage". " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Oct 5, 2010
3.5/4 91% Flaming Star (1960) "The filmmaking may be a little ramshackle, but it's sensitive, and the performances are soulful. " ‐ Film Freak Central
Posted Aug 5, 2010
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