Bill Clark

Bill Clark

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Biography:
I have been involved with DVD and film review for eight years, since the age of sixteen. I was the founder and operator of The DVD Line, one of the very first online DVD review sites. When it closed down in the summer of 2000, I did DVD reviews part time for DVD Angle. In 2003 I founded FromTheBalcony.com, which is an ever-growing site of reviews and editorials. I am a member of the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA), and the Internet Entertainment Writers Association (IEWA).
Publications:
DVD Angle , FromTheBalcony , rec.arts.movies.reviews
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
486
Total QuickRatings:
39
Location:
Columbus, OH

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B- 62% Draft Day (2014) " Draft Day is a passable sports drama for those interested in the behind-the-scenes hi-jinks of the title event. For everyone else, there's not much to see." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Apr 11, 2014
D 22% Sabotage (2014) " You know fun? Think the exact opposite of that and you'll be in the right mindset for Sabotage." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Mar 27, 2014
C- 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " It piles on the beheadings, throat slashings, and impalements to near-unprecedented levels. No sign of brains, however." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Mar 7, 2014
C+ 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Non-Stop features such a brilliant set-up that you spend most of the film wondering if it can pay it off. The answer is no." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Feb 28, 2014
B- 24% Pompeii (2014) " Pompeii may have razor-thin characters and the least-convincing romance of the past few years, but one thing it is not is boring." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Feb 21, 2014
C- 48% RoboCop (2014) " A generic, factory-sealed action film that is actually more interesting before Alex Murphy makes his transformation to RoboCop." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Feb 12, 2014
A 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " This is a high-energy, smart, and surprisingly touching family film that truly delivers something for everyone - and maybe even more so for adults." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Feb 7, 2014
C- 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " A dreary and largely uninteresting film about events that shouldn't be dreary and uninteresting." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Feb 7, 2014
45% Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1993) " You let one-man shows do their act, and Carrey's entrance to Hollywood is still a fun ride." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Feb 4, 2014
D+ 33% Labor Day (2014) " If you like bizarre, confusing tonal shifts wrapped around a sloppy, never-believable-for-a-minute story, look no further than Labor Day." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Jan 31, 2014
B+ 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " A lean, old-school espionage thriller that never tries to be more than it is, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a very pleasant surprise." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Jan 17, 2014
D 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " It's difficult to even discern what the appeal is, but if you like choppy action sequences, hammy acting, and are completely bored out of your skull...no, I can't even recommend it then." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Jan 10, 2014
A 94% Her (2014) " Her is a gorgeous creation, and one of 2013's finest films." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Jan 10, 2014
C+ 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " It's a pretty by-the-numbers war flick that does itself a disservice with its spoiler-ridden title." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Jan 10, 2014
F 65% Spring Breakers (2013) " ...a thoroughly detestable piece of gutter trash masquerading as some kind of abstract piece of pop art." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 31, 2013
A 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " It's a sweaty-palmed, relentless thriller - and a damned good one." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 30, 2013
A- 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " As a retelling of Belfort's rise to power and influence, The Wolf of Wall Street is as electric as any movie in years." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 24, 2013
B 30% Grudge Match (2013) " Thanks to a stellar cast and some great one-liners, Grudge Match is a funny, albeit completely disposable, time at the movies." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 23, 2013
B+ 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " As a biographical drama Fruitvale Station works, though you're not going to pick up anything about the actual shooting that you don't already know." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 17, 2013
B+ 92% Nebraska (2013) " Nebraska is gentle, heartfelt, and strikes an emotional chord that falls right in line with director Alexander Payne's other recent works." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 16, 2013
B+ 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Saving Mr. Banks makes you want to go back and revisit Mary Poppins, and that in itself is the highest compliment one can pay the film." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 13, 2013
B 93% American Hustle (2013) " With a tighter plot and more consistent tone, American Hustle could have had a shot at greatness." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 13, 2013
B- 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " As a biography about a man going through a very new, very scary disease and his will to help others, Dallas Buyers Club is a good, not great, effort." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 6, 2013
A- 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " 12 Years a Slave is an authentic, stunning, and moving work about the darkest reaches of American history." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 4, 2013
B+ 89% Frozen (2013) " It won't get any bonus points for breaking new ground, but it does for being very entertaining." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 3, 2013
C 93% All Is Lost (2013) " All Is Lost should have been a movie that has you thinking for days; instead it ends with a brief sigh of relief and a shrug." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 1, 2013
A 97% Gravity (2013) " With Hollywood recycling and "rebooting" the same stories and sights more than ever, Gravity stands out as a spectacle not to be missed." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 27, 2013
B+ 84% Good Ol' Freda (2013) " Kelly is what makes Good Ol' Freda such an involving film when it covers otherwise well-traveled Beatles lore." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 19, 2013
A 96% The Fugitive (1993) " In many ways The Fugitive represents the pinnacle of a genre not much in style any more: the suspense/action picture." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 19, 2013
A 98% Blackfish (2013) " Taken in sum, Blackfish is a punishing indictment of a multi-million dollar industry and one of the finest documentaries of the year." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 17, 2013
B+ —— Bollywood and Vine (2004) " Edward Jordon's script is loaded with witty dialogue and well-developed characters." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 13, 2013
B+ 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " The Incredible Burt Wonderstone won't blow you away with originality, but I'll be damned if it's not the most consistently funny comedy in recent memory." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Mar 15, 2013
F 19% Identity Thief (2013) " Identity Thief is a cinematic shart - a huge mess that's no fun to clean up." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Feb 8, 2013
B- 32% Gangster Squad (2013) " High entertainment this is not, but as a period-driven action picture loosely based on a tumultuous time in Los Angeles' history, it's a strangely entertaining and bonkers experience." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Jan 28, 2013
B 47% Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012) " As a showcase for Cirque's astonishing assortment of shows, it's a must-see for fans." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 27, 2012
A- 90% Lincoln (2012) " Lincoln is Spielberg's best film since 2005's Munich, and one of 2012's finest." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 27, 2012
A 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " Zero Dark Thirty has nary a wasted scene and very little in the way of respite from the intensity and power of its story and execution." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 19, 2012
B 62% Hitchcock (2012) " Hitchcock is most engaging when concentrating on the nitty gritty of Psycho's development, as opposed to the potboiler subplot involving his wife that leaves very little at stake." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 15, 2012
B+ 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " A well-made spectacle that makes up for overall lacking story and character development with one incredible action scene after the next." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 14, 2012
D 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " Hyde Park on Hudson is a disappointingly bland mix of drama and comedy that never comes close to gelling." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 8, 2012
B+ 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " Safety Not Guaranteed is an original worth seeking out." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Dec 8, 2012
A 98% The Invisible War (2012) " The Invisible War is a crushing indictment of a system that is way off the rails." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 20, 2012
B 92% Skyfall (2012) " It's a fine action film. I just wish I could say it was more fun." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 8, 2012
C- 78% Flight (2012) " Flight is amazing while it's airborne, but much less so on the ground." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 1, 2012
A 96% Argo (2012) " Affleck has crafted a truly old school suspense movie that is as involving as any film I've seen this year." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Nov 1, 2012
D- 12% Alex Cross (2012) " A warmed-over relic from the 90's incompetently directed by Rob Cohen, Alex Cross is a mess from top to bottom." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Oct 18, 2012
B+ 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " After a string of disappointments, it's nice to see Burton get back to his bread and butter: giving us a demented blend of laughs, drama, and scares." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Oct 6, 2012
B+ 93% Looper (2012) " Engaging, exciting, and successfully cross-breeding elements of Terminator and even Pet Sematary, Looper is a solid work of palatable science-fiction." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Oct 6, 2012
B+ 64% The Campaign (2012) " The first half alone warrants a watch and fans of Ferrell and Galifianakis will not be disappointed." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Aug 9, 2012
B 53% Safe House (2012) " For those starving for a gritty, competently-made action film that's not loaded down with corny CGI, this is the ticket." — FromTheBalcony
Posted Feb 12, 2012
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