Alex Billington

Alex Billington

Agrees with the Tomatometer 59% of the time.

Alex Billington's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Amour (2012)

"Amour has no substance, no style, no joy, no passion, no flavor at all. It's just quiet scenes one after another, presented in a way that will connect with some, but not all." ‐
Posted May 20, 2012

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"Rust & Bone has an interesting ebb and flow to its intensity and drama, its emotion and pacing, and while it does feel a bit overlong, that's not to say it's anything less than amazing." ‐
Posted May 17, 2012

HappyThankYouMorePlease (2011)

"It's such a sweet, charming, wonderful movie that's so uplifting and and so fun to watch." ‐
Posted Feb 1, 2011

The King's Speech (2010)

"One of the very best movies of the year." ‐
Posted Nov 24, 2010
7.5/10 58%

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

"I enjoyed it, maybe more than others, but that's because I found Keir Gilchrist to be a solid performer, and it's his story that is the most important." ‐
Posted Oct 6, 2010
8.5/10 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"Jason Reitman knocked this one out of the park, his best film yet." ‐
Posted Sep 8, 2009
7.5/10 53%

Agora (2010)

"Agora boasts some wonderful production design and presents a fascinating look at the religious feuds of the time, but otherwise struggles with some writing problems." ‐
Posted May 17, 2009
8/10 50%

Antichrist (2009)

"Antichrist is fucked up. In a good way? Or in a bad way? Even I don't know the answer to that question (or maybe that's something you'll decide for yourself), but I can tell you it's one hell of an exhilarating experience watching this." ‐
Posted May 17, 2009

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"I was captivated from start to finish, never at all restless. From Tahar Rahim's stand out performance to Alexandre Desplat's amazing score to Stéphane Fontaine's wonderful cinematography, everything about Un Prophete is exceptional." ‐
Posted May 16, 2009

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"Ang Lee's take on this story isn't all rock 'n roll, it's a lot more subtle, but it's still an intriguing story and I still enjoyed watching it play out." ‐
Posted May 16, 2009
7/10 81%

Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)

"I know that Chan-wook likes to take things to the extreme, to the point where the audience is either laughing or so shocked they don't know how to respond, but in Thirst he either never went far enough, or went so far it was way too wild for my tastes." ‐
Posted May 14, 2009
6.5/10 64%

What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

"First-time writer/director Brian Goodman pulls together quite a few great elements in the film, from the acting to the score, but it's in dire need of a script rewrite and editing overhaul before it can be called a true gem." ‐
Posted Sep 30, 2008
6.5/10 72%

Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

"The concept was great, but the film was not. Not only is director Christine Jeffs a bit rusty, but first-time writer Megan Holley's script was what really pulled this down even further." ‐
Posted Jan 19, 2008
9/10 69%

The Wackness (2008)

"It really reminds me of the days of Clerks and Reservoir Dogs at Sundance, where the movies are brave and energetic and yet still have that very independent feeling." ‐
Posted Jan 19, 2008
9/10 77%

Cloverfield (2008)

"J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves have created a new classic monster movie. It is everything you expect and it's also nothing you expect. This movie feels so real that it's not even a movie, it's an entire incredible experience." ‐
Posted Jan 16, 2008
9.5/10 94%

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

"If that question were posed to Ben Affleck on whether he should jump ship from acting to directing, the answer is a resounding 'yes!'" ‐
Posted Oct 9, 2007
9/10 76%

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

"This is just one part of what makes it such a brilliant film - you get to explore the story, the characters, and the locations in great depth." ‐
Posted Sep 29, 2007
8.5/10 94%

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

"It's hard to consider laughing at such a sad story, but pulling that off as well as it did shows Julian Schnabel's immense capability as a filmmaker." ‐
Posted Sep 12, 2007
6.5/10 82%

Into the Wild (2007)

"As much as I really wanted to love the free-spirited Into the Wild, Sean Penn is a terrible director and the story suffers from his inexperience in great direction." ‐
Posted Sep 12, 2007
5.5/10 62%

Diary of the Dead (2007)

"Once you wade through those annoying elements, the point-of-view experience was quite thrilling but hardly scary." ‐
Posted Sep 12, 2007
9/10 39%

Young People Fucking (Y.P.F.) (2007)

"The result is a genuinely laugh-out-loud funny film that hits perfectly on so many notes, whether you've personally experienced one of the situations or not." ‐
Posted Sep 11, 2007
8/10 72%

Lust, Caution (2007)

"Ang Lee is definitely a master of his craft and Lust, Caution truly shines with his brilliance in a few moments - at least for part of the film, not every last minute of its 157 minutes." ‐
Posted Sep 11, 2007
7/10 53%

Across the Universe (2007)

"While nearly each and every song sung on screen was exhilarating, there were scenes and moments that felt unnecessarily added and pointlessly featured." ‐
Posted Sep 11, 2007
8/10 69%

Ira and Abby (2006)

"I really enjoyed Ira and Abby and am glad I found this hidden gem. Jennifer Westfeldt wrote the screenplay as well, defining her character that is so incredibly original I'm surprised she hasn't already made it big time with these creations." ‐
Posted Jul 9, 2007
7.5/10 68%

Everything's Gone Green (2007)

"It was a one-man show and Paulo Costanzo delivered it with as much fervor and flavor as an Oscar winning performance." ‐
Posted Apr 12, 2007
8.5/10 69%

Disturbia (2007)

"The trio of Shia LaBeouf, Aaron Yoo, and Sarah Roemer are a vibrant and wonderful combination on screen, and its these young actors that really make Disturbia such a fantastic movie to kick off this summer." ‐
Posted Apr 12, 2007
9/10 83%

Grindhouse (2007)

"Grindhouse is a cinematic experience unlike anything I've ever seen and it will change the way you look at Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and the movie theater forever." ‐
Posted Apr 6, 2007
8/10 34%

TMNT (2007)

"A very well made and visually extraordinary, entirely fun, true-to-its-roots film for which writer, director, and Turtles fan Kevin Munroe deserves a lot of credit." ‐
Posted Mar 23, 2007
8/10 93%

The Host (2007)

"Bong Joon-ho's vision and storytelling combined with fantastic performances, great CGI, and beautiful imagery deliver one of the most enjoyable films of 2007." ‐
Posted Mar 7, 2007
8.5/10 89%

Zodiac (2007)

"Zodiac has all the makings of a great film, including better filmmaking and technical aspects than most movies, but its unconstrained story and lengthy structure bring about a collapse by the end." ‐
Posted Mar 7, 2007
9/10 60%

300 (2007)

"300 is a film that will earn a definitive place in comic book adaptation rankings and still be remembered by many." ‐
Posted Mar 7, 2007
9.5/10 60%

Death at a Funeral (2007)

"Truly only someone like Frank Oz could pull off such delirious and masterful hilarity surrounding a death and a funeral, and still make you smile in the end." ‐
Posted Mar 6, 2007
7/10 26%

Ghost Rider (2007)

"It's an entertaining film but struggles in its story and character development, but the visual effects and badass nature of Ghost Rider help fuel it back into the positive." ‐
Posted Feb 15, 2007
7.5/10 62%

Music and Lyrics (2007)

"This romantic comedy isn't a perfect romance film, but it provides just the right amount of energy, entertainment, and shine to be thoroughly enjoyable." ‐
Posted Feb 14, 2007
7.5/10 15%

Hannibal Rising (2007)

"It's a fine creation, one of the better of the films out in theaters currently in 2007, and has plenty of strong elements - including Gaspard Ulliel as Hannibal and a riveting and well-defined style." ‐
Posted Feb 14, 2007
5/10 80%

Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007)

"Although certainly well made, the only issue with Manda Bala is you have to be overly interested in the subject and open to the disturbing content that it uses to tell the story." ‐
Posted Feb 4, 2007
4.5/10 65%

Smiley Face (2007)

"The film is just a little too stupid, like Idiocracy, but with even worse filmmaking aspects..." ‐
Posted Feb 4, 2007
5.5/10 25%

Slipstream (2007)

"Like David Lynch and sometimes like Terry Gilliam, you just have to respect the artistic values that [Anthony] Hopkins was going for and what he did achieve in the end." ‐
Posted Feb 4, 2007
8/10 89%

The Savages (2007)

"Although the subject matter is very sad, director and writer Tamara Jenkins is able to define what is a very comedic and enjoyable film that is not at all depressing." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2007
4/10 31%

The Good Night (2007)

"Unfortunately The Good Night is vastly underwhelming in its attempt to be profound and a rather poor film from Jake Paltrow." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2007
8.5/10 74%

Son of Rambow (2007)

"Throw in a classic culture clash of French exchange students at the school and Will and Lee Carter's secretive desire to film their own Rambo film to enter a television competition, and you've got the makings of one most exciting films at Sundance." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2007
6.5/10 79%

Sangre De Mi Sangre (2007)

"The biggest issue with Padre Nuestro is that is consistently depressing and repetitive and ends on a downright hopeless and disheartening note." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2007
6/10 70%

Year of the Dog (2007)

"If you love dogs, then look forward for the opportunity to finally see this film, otherwise it can be easily passed up." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2007
8.5/10 42%

The Go-Getter (2008)

"On top of the story, The Go-Getter has an amazingly well-defined gritty visual style, some of the best cinematography in any film at Sundance." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2007
4.5/10 37%

The Ten (2007)

"The Ten seems much more like a Hollywood fun fest of celebrity friends looking to get a cameo rather than a well-made comedic compilation - it's a combination of every bad comedy and cheesy idea in recent Hollywood history." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2007
7/10 No Score Yet

Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade (2007)

"Chasing Ghosts is chock full of plenty of realistic 80's nostalgia that will give any child-of-the-80's a hard on for arcade gaming all over again." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2007
2/10 60%

On the Road With Judas (2006)

"Although I consider it to be one of the worst films of Sundance, others may find it just mystifying in its editing and completely rule-breaking structure." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2007
8/10 73%

Fido (2007)

"Fido is ruthlessly zombietic and timelessly entertaining." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2007
9/10 63%

King of California (2007)

"There is not a better duo available for these characters than Evan Rachel Wood and Michael Douglas; Douglas is an irreplaceable actor and this film would not at all be what it is without his involvement." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2007
7.5/10 84%

Rocket Science (2007)

"It's filled with witty high school humor that can easily fit into the mainstream cinematic world and will certainly be embraced by current generations." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2007
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