Bill Stamets

Bill Stamets

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Bill Stamets's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 214
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 63% Casting About (2007) "This revelatory documentary lets us see what it's like to be an actress at an audition. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 10, 2007
3/4 83% Manufactured Landscapes (2007) "Burtynsky calls for "a whole new way of thinking" about the world's economy and ecology, though he never says what's wrong with the old way. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 27, 2007
2.5/4 69% L'Iceberg (2005) "Delightful in places, the surreal stunts are lovingly crafted. As a seaworthy film, though, Fiona's folly is more pratfall than plot. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 27, 2007
1.5/4 30% The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai (2003) "The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai is far less silly than it thinks it is. The upbeat vibe of super-female power misfires with a gratuitous rape scene. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 23, 2007
3/4 75% The Boss of it All (Direktøren for det hele) (2007) "Perverse humor pervades the films of Lars von Trier. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 23, 2007
2.5/4 63% Allegro (2006) "[Director] Boe's technique has more flash than passion. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 23, 2007
2/4 71% Lights in the Dusk (2007) "The director's existential sarcasm is muted here. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 23, 2007
3/4 90% Punk's Not Dead (2007) "Punk's Not Dead serves as a diehard's scrapbook of three decades of living punk, not a eulogy for an extinct underground retrofitted as a fashion trend. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 23, 2007
3/4 48% Macbeth (2006) "This Macbeth is true to the ugly-hearted original. No one is redeemed by gore, or absolved of madness. Nor do lines sound any less sublime when channeled through underlings and overlords. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 13, 2007
3.5/4 96% Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai) (2007) "If Machiavelli's The Prince and Sun Tzu's The Art of War translate to other centuries and cultures, so might Election and Triad Election. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 13, 2007
2.5/4 86% Election (Hak se wui) (2005) "Election feels routine at times, though less formulaic than other genre exercises from Hong Kong. The depiction of crime customs is sociologically detailed. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 13, 2007
2/4 53% Hula Girls (2007) "Slick cinematography makes this bland social comedy always watchable, but the movie has its insipid moments. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 13, 2007
3/4 78% Shi gan (Time) (2007) "An unnerving riff on South Korean women fixated on the idea of ul-jjang ('best face'). " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 13, 2007
3/4 83% Rock the Bells (2007) "Rock the Bells deals with the mechanics of how to pull off a concert, not with what brought Wu-Tang Clan together or split them up. The impressive teamwork of the promoters upstages the egos of hip-hop divos and their rampaging fans. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 29, 2007
3/4 63% Six Days (2007) "In the compelling documentary Six Days, Israeli director Ilan Ziv details the conflict that set Egypt, Syria and Jordan against Israe;. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 29, 2007
3/4 32% Klimt (2005) "An easy-viewing intro to a racy episode in art history. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 22, 2007
3/4 98% Ten Canoes (2007) "Australian director Rolf de Heer deftly mingles two styles of storytelling: cinema and aboriginal oral customs. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 22, 2007
3.5/4 88% Helvetica (2007) "A splendid documentary about one typeface, designed in 1957 in Switzerland. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 15, 2007
3/4 83% Steel City (2007) "Steel City is a moving look at fathers and sons. [Director] Jun neither romanticizes nor pathologizes blue-collar family life. In this earnest rust belt indie, doing the right thing means tipping the scale of justice. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 15, 2007
3/4 64% Day Watch (2007) "At 2 hours and 20 minutes, this zippy follow-up to Night Watch delivers a killer pace, blasts of heavy-metal, vexed characters, and gory allegory wherein occult terrorists suck blood, cast spells and escape to a spooky zone known as the Gloom. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 15, 2007
2.5/4 89% I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2007) "I Don't Want to Sleep Alone is a title to keep in mind while absorbing this allusive, humid mood piece. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 8, 2007
2.5/4 71% The Guatemalan Handshake (2006) "On the index of quirk, this winsome indie scores quite high. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 8, 2007
3.5/4 79% Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs) (2007) "Resnais shapes affecting performances from a polished cast. He creates a warm, comic melancholy. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 8, 2007
2.5/4 44% Hostel Part II (2007) "Roth ratchets up the retch factor. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 8, 2007
3/4 96% Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004) "Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer found a strange place -- in California, of all places -- and made a video postcard about its colorful denizens and ecological calamity. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 1, 2007
3/4 65% Severance (2006) "Splatter comedy meets comic splatter in this brash crossover film that puts seven white-collar workers in the scary wilds of Hungary where psycho killer Russian ex-military lurk. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 1, 2007
3.5/4 88% Syndromes and a Century (2007) "The latest daydreamy film from this Thai auteur of languor is fragrant with tender love and sly humor. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 11, 2007
2/4 48% Exterminating Angels (2007) "Endless auditions get the annoying Francois nowhere closer to grasping what turns women on. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 11, 2007
3.5/4 58% Zoo (2007) "This experimental-style documentary invokes the waking dreams of David Lynch, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris. It's like a true-crime inquiry undertaken during a total eclipse. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 11, 2007
2/4 30% The Hawk Is Dying (2006) "Goldberger and Giamatti strain too hard for strangeness. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 4, 2007
2/4 No Score Yet To the Stars by Hard Ways "Badly dated, this sc-fi trip to the despoiled planet Dessa drags with social commentary. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 4, 2007
2/4 56% Civic Duty (2006) "Canadian director Jeff Renfroe builds only off-the-shelf suspense as Terry's suspicions increase. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 4, 2007
23% Bulletproof Monk (2003) "The fight scenes are routine, the humor juvenile, and the Toronto locales rendered drab through muddy cinematography. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 3, 2007
2/4 75% Ping Pong (2002) "An overlong exercise in sport as character-builder. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 27, 2007
2.5/4 70% The Valet (2007) "Briskly directed, The Valet hits the brakes for an abrupt ending, but this short ride delivers few apercus on fidelity, glamor or the nice boy next door. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 27, 2007
2/4 52% Disappearances (2007) "This scenic adventure is too fussy with metaphysical lore. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3/4 87% Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) (2006) "Sounds like a soap opera. But Danish director Susanne Bier builds a high-minded melodrama from this plot material. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 20, 2007
3/4 83% Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet (2005) "This incisive film -- which opens with rare footage of angry monks throwing stones at Chinese troops -- nicely resists and complicates simpler views of the storied land. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 20, 2007
3/4 41% Dreaming Lhasa (2007) "Manages to enchant with its simplicity and scenery. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 20, 2007
4/4 95% Offside (2006) "Most of this winning drama shows [girls] bantering with their male keepers, boyish soldiers who don't want to miss the game themselves. Over the crowd's roar, they argue about Islamic prohibitions and the statistics of star players. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 20, 2007
3/4 74% Avenue Montaigne (2006) "Avenue Montaigne is a bon-bon for culture tourists. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 1, 2007
3/4 83% The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (2007) "Abbas could tell his interrogators nothing they wanted to know, but everything we needed to know about their tactics. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 30, 2007
3/4 88% Maxed Out (2006) "To maximize your return on this useful report, sit through the end credits where Spurlock deposits some of his best material. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2/4 74% Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) "[Director] Glosserman can't match the wit of Scream, the fright of The Blair Witch Project or the satire of journalism seen in Series 7. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 16, 2007
8% Kangaroo Jack (2003) "Likable but negligible. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 5, 2007
3/4 81% Comedy of Power (2006) "A witty, timely drama. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 2, 2007
3/4 36% The Situation (2006) "A gripping briefing on the post-Saddam morass of Iraq. The tactical calculus used by sheiks, insurgents, CIA operatives, soldiers, and civilians is ugly, but it's not inscrutable. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 2, 2007
8% Gods and Generals (2003) "Maxwell continues his textbook emphasis on military maneuvers, but despite literally thousands of Civil War reenactors recruited for the film, the wide-screen canvas fails to map the tactics or evoke the terror of battle. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 27, 2007
9% Stealing Harvard (2002) "Among the squandered supporting cast are Dennis Farina, Chris Penn, Megan Mullally, and Seymour Cassel. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 26, 2007
3/4 95% Commune (2006) "Commune channels a bygone era of drop-outs living an American dream on the Free Love frontier. This is the happy alternative to the apocalyptic California sub-cultures of Charles Manson and the Rev. Jim Jones. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 23, 2007
2.5/4 100% Encounter Point (2007) "Face-to-face encounters are affecting, if brief. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 16, 2007
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