Anton Bitel

Anton Bitel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"Its politics are aggressively trashy and polarising - just like in America's real Election Year [but] despite its political drive, there is just too much 'B' under its bonnet." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Aug 5, 2016

The Himalayas (2016)

"All the buddy comedy of The Himalayas produces a release valve for a nation that is steeped in han and desperate to snatch some sort of victory from the jaws of many defeats. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Aug 4, 2016
No Score Yet

The Dead Next Door (1995)

"writer/director/producer/actor JR Bookwalter's feature debut... is no less a labour of love than it is in love with its own generic antecedents." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jul 24, 2016

Shelley (2016)

"in this story of pernicious, all-consuming loss, the name [Shelley] furnishes a key, pregnant with possibilities, for interpreting the film's fertile nexus of frictions and associations. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jul 22, 2016
4/5 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"To reinvigorate the franchise's sense of purpose, new recruit Justin Lin takes things back to their roots and core values, while also injects some of the dynamic action that he has honed on multiple Fast and Furious sequels." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jul 20, 2016

River (2016)

"Jamie M. Dagg's gripping thriller traces the moral fluidity of foreign volunteer work." ‐
Posted Jul 19, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Several scenes where the Ghostbusters try out Holtzmann's weapons in the alley behind their offices, and destroy everything in their path along with the bull's-eye target, perhaps encapsulate the hit-and-miss nature of the comedy here. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jul 10, 2016
No Score Yet

Five: Dedicated to Ozu (2003)

"The loose boundary between truth & fiction... is equally, if differently, present in Five, where lengthy snapshots of nature that seem to have been taken with no directorial intervention are in fact the product of careful contrivance." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jul 4, 2016

Suture (1993)

"a bold, confident debut that knows exactly what it is, and has a lot of fun letting its viewers reconstruct and reconcile its separated pieces. For here everything - and nothing - is black and white." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jul 4, 2016

Finding Dory (2016)

"['septopus' Hank's] flexibility and timidity, coupled with Dory's vulnerability and derring-do, make for a complex dialectic on the different ways in which the disabled can interact with the world beyond " ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jun 30, 2016
No Score Yet

Jackrabbit (2015)

"Carleton Ranney's understated dystopian cyberpunk buddy flick makes unlikely pairings of clashing ideologies." ‐
Posted Jun 29, 2016

Under the Bed (2013)

"Once, however, the monster comes out of its hiding place and sheds its psychosexual slough, all that remains is a silly, sub-Joe Dante clash between kids and creature, with a dénouement so bewilderingly arbitrary that disappointment is inevitable. " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jun 27, 2016

Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

"If Pirandello penned a self-reflexive slasher, it might be like this." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jun 26, 2016

Remainder (2015)

"while it replays scenarios familiar from an enigmatic amnesiac thriller, the preoccupations of Remainder are of a decidedly existential bent, far closer to the Möbius-strip narrative and reproductive mania of Synecdoche, New York..." ‐
Posted Jun 22, 2016

Suburra (2015)

" a rain-soaked, noir-shaded city symphony revealing a Roman empire that is always ending." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jun 21, 2016

Triple 9 (2016)

"It is a tense, amped-up, hyperviolent caper whose cops and robbers are not always easy to distinguish" ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jun 21, 2016

That Cold Day in the Park (1969)

"the psychodrama that emerges shows a woman lost in the cracks between the staid bourgeois respectability of her mother's generation, and the new freedoms of the '60s." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jun 19, 2016

Heart of a Dog (2015)

"for all its free-associative riffing on ideas, this is no shaggy dog story, but a carefully constructed cinematic poem on the subject of love and loss." ‐
Posted Jun 16, 2016

Intruders (2016)

"[director] Schindler plays these cat-and-mouse tropes expertly, as hunter and hunted repeatedly swap roles - but Schindler proves equally adept at playing our initial sympathies with Anna off against our escalating moral unease." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jun 6, 2016

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"a series of expertly managed frights in which Wan shows off his skills - and repeatedly wrongfoots the viewer - in a variety of horror modes, from ghost motifs to exorcism tropes, and from Babadook-style mind monsters to vicious demons." ‐ SciFiNow
Posted Jun 3, 2016

Tusk (2014)

"Tusk's inherent absurdity would much better have been played straight and subtle all the way through to the end, rather than covered over with the broadest layers of blubbery, fish-in-a-barrel slapstick. Still, really enjoyed the first half..." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jun 2, 2016

The Ballad of Narayama (1984)

"in this hermetic world... Imamura captures a truly universal, all-encompassing experience, showing the transmission of virtues and vices from one generation to the next in the service of life's tenacious continuity." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jun 1, 2016
No Score Yet

Baba Yaga (Kiss Me Kill Me) (The Devil Witch) (1973)

"adapted from Guido Crepax's comic strip 'Valentina', [it's] an elegant phantasmagoria - perhaps not revolutionary in the true sense, but certainly unique, and far from the Eurosleaze schlockfest you might be expecting." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jun 1, 2016
No Score Yet

Auschwitz (2011)

"anyone drawn to this film in the hope of deliriously tasteless schlock is bound to be disappointed, for Auschwitz is an unexpectedly serious, sober and sensitive history lesson from Boll." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jun 1, 2016

Bad Boy Bubby (2005)

"this dark satire-cum-parable (cling)wraps itself in a quirkily beautiful aesthetic that keeps us watching even when the material is at its most repellent or alarming." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jun 1, 2016

The Apple (1999)

"an allegory of Iran's longed-for emergence from repressive tradition into a more liberating modernity (especially for women)." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jun 1, 2016
No Score Yet

Alone Across the Pacific (1963)

"A sophisticated piece of cinema, both a high-seas adventure (with superb mid-Ocean cinematography), and a psychological study in near pathological solipsism." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jun 1, 2016

Repo Man (1984)

"a western [but] also a punk road movie, a conspiratorial cold-war chase caper, a paranoid apocalypse sci-fi, a postmodern mixed "plate of shrimp", a hilarious Eighties satire and a wry lowlife rejoinder to Reagan's upwardly mobile American dream." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jun 1, 2016
No Score Yet

Tenten (Adrift in Tokyo) (2007)

"there is definitely method to be found in all the meandering madness, as these disparate episodes collectively chart a rich thematic street guide to luck and loneliness, karma and transformation." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Jun 1, 2016
No Score Yet

The Unraveling (2015)

"once The Unraveling removes its mask and reveals itself... many viewers will end up wishing that it were just the slasher it pretends to be, rather than the "stupid prank" that it is." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted May 31, 2016

At The Devil's Door (2014)

"let[s] genre's demonic possessions & reality's housing repossessions collide at an uncanny crossroads where sociopolitics and scares meet. At stake is the American dream itself, emblematised here by a picket-fence home in the suburbs... " ‐ Projected Figures
Posted May 31, 2016
3/5 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"Despite the silly names and cheesy nerdism there's plenty of fun to be had in Duncan Jones' video game adaptation." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 25, 2016
No Score Yet

Ritual (Modus Anomali) (2012)

"the narrative landscape is peppered with signposts recognisable from the slasher, the survival thriller and The Most Dangerous Game, but mapped out in a disorienting manner that makes it all too easy to lose one's bearings." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 15, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"Linda Woolverton's writing remains sharp, and the production design is wonderfully strange." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 15, 2016
No Score Yet

Tulpa (2012)

"In revisiting not just giallo, but also his own film, Zampaglione has created a product of compromise, caught, like its heroine, in a state of intermediacy. For Tulpa is neither uproarious spoof... nor artfully transcendent elevation of the genre..." ‐
Posted May 8, 2016

The Invitation (2016)

"A long night of the soul for America's laid-back, liberal classes." ‐
Posted May 5, 2016

Embers (2015)

"Carré weaves from her ensemble amnesi-apocalypse a reflection of the human condition as philosophically compelling as it is emotionally intelligent, while celebrating our species' tenacious resilience..." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 27, 2016
No Score Yet

Sueñan Los Androides (2014)

"a film where death comes swiftly and suddenly to everyone, and where the future represents little fundamental advance on the past. " ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 27, 2016
No Score Yet

Identicals (2016)

"Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) reimagined as a coolly elegant, noir-shaded thriller - although with perhaps a little less coherence." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 27, 2016
No Score Yet

Prisoner X (2015)

"It has a few too many twists for my taste, pushing its already overdetermined plot beyond all grounded credulity, but its point about the bunkered politics of fear is well made." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Apr 27, 2016

The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane) (1980)

"Like the Gothic castle (festooned with gargoyles, crucifixes and posters of Bela Lugosi) in which The Ninth Configuration is predominantly set, Blatty's film is something of a grand folly, by turns uproariously funny and deadly serious...." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Apr 24, 2016
No Score Yet

Symptoms (The Blood Virgin) (1974)

" Symptoms is ultimately, as its title implies, a psychodramatic study of repressed sexuality and confounded identity." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Apr 20, 2016
No Score Yet

Asmodexia (2014)

"The devil is in the details of a deftly ambiguous screenplay (by Carreté and Mike Hostench) that carefully withholds as much as it reveals." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 28, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"Sure it is full of sound & fury, but it is also brimming with ideas, * if anything, its 150min duration feels insufficient to contain its sprawling story - like a mutant monster, barreling out of control & straining to contain its own shifting form." ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Mar 24, 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"Make no mistake: while this three-hander cannot possibly pass the Bechdel test, it is nonetheless driven by real feminist concerns, as Michelle has an awakening in the prisonhouse of patriarchy." ‐ Projected Figures
Posted Mar 21, 2016

Just One Drink (2015)

"as all the thematic strands of the film's first half are brought violently together in a symmetrical set of revenge stories, the viewer is left to pass divine judgment as to who is in the right, and who is in the wrong." ‐ Eye for Film
Posted Mar 17, 2016
5/5 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"A multi-level blueprint of the UK's class politics, exposing the delirious ruins of Thatcher's utopian enterprise." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 17, 2016
No Score Yet

Fanatic (1982)

"Itself a genre film shot on location during the actual 1981 Cannes festival, [it] exploits the realities of cinema's biggest dream market, while weaving into this world of cutthroat deals the kind of slasher plot that can only happen in the movies." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 13, 2016

The Ones Below (2016)

"The plot gestates tautly, before the truth, no less harrowing for being expected, comes out... In thrall to Roman Polanski, and all the better for it." ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 10, 2016

The Lesson (2015)

"Somewhere in this stinging dialectic we viewers too are confronted and tested to the limits on the value of literature and learning in a deprived, often depraved society." ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Mar 1, 2016