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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "This moving, Oscar-nominated documentary is an odyssey of a tragic observer. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet Hogtown "Hogtown is the most original film made in Chicago about Chicago to date. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 20, 2015
3/4 86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) "Jean-Luc Godard is the acknowledged mascot, if not master, of intellectual cinema. In "Goodbye to Language 3D" the 84-year-old auteur... reprises his longstanding suspicion that words are worthless. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 50% Viva la libertà (2014) "Servillo charms in his dual turn, then takes it up a notch when one brother shows off his childhood knack for impersonating his look-alike. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 12, 2015
2.5/4 50% Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation (2014) "Zurich-born Stefan Haupt, however, interrupts his rapturous tour of this basilica with lackluster interviews. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3.5/4 99% Leviathan (2014) "The masterful script deals with telling words. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 9, 2015
2/4 84% Zero Motivation (2014) "The office comedy is weak. The gross-out gags are too safe. A covert lesbian crush is underused. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 7, 2015
3.5/4 98% Citizenfour (2014) "This thoughtful film is designed with taste. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2/4 97% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) "Like too many films on athletes and artists, Keep on Keepin' On seems afraid of going over our heads by examining the technique of its two musicians. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.5/4 100% Level Five (2014) "A poetic if occasionally opaque film essay on the 1945 Battle of Okinawa. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2.5/4 79% A Letter to Momo (2014) "A sweet tale of a sad girl who moves to a new place and meets supernatural pals. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/4 73% The German Doctor (2014) "Puenzo's initial premise is more promising, though, than her sensational tone. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/4 76% The Last Sentence (2014) "Troell invokes '50's and '60's Swedish cinema: masterly black-and-white cinematography, philosophical angst, a lifeless marriage and loved ones visiting from the afterlife. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 83% As It Is In Heaven (2014) "A disquieting film about testing faith. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/4 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) "Director Scott Derrickson and his co-writer, Paul Harris Boardman, deliver a routine procedural with unremarkable frights. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 7, 2014
2/4 87% The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2) (2013) "Suspense is modest as world-famous artworks are finally installed. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 7, 2014
3/4 81% Fed Up (2014) "Director Stephanie Soechtig gathers activists, doctors, kids, lobbyists, parents, politicians, reporters and teachers -- all with different stakes. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 22, 2014
4/4 96% Ida (2014) "Ida reaches spiritual depth through affecting performances rendered in sublime black-and-white compositions. Cinematographer Lukasz Zal places faces in the lower corner of his frame to arresting effect. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 63% For No Good Reason (2014) "Lovingly detailed with animated and archival imagery. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 83% The Unknown Known (2014) "[A] scary inquiry. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/4 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) "Jim Jarmusch stocks his latest low-key indie with more than his usual characters in low-velocity drift. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/4 86% Joe (2014) "Gripping and at times agonizing. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) "Frank Savich's diverting documentary lets the 85-year-old filmmaker revisit a saga from the mid-'70s: his stellar two-year failure to adapt Frank Herbert's Dune for the screen. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 88% Le Week-End (2014) "A nuanced romance for grown-ups. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/4 69% Visitors (2014) "Non-narrative films can be opaque in deep ways. Visitors slips into pseudo-profundity. That said, I'd see it again. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2.5/4 91% Kids for Cash (2014) "May errs, however, in styling this human interest saga. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/4 87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) "Like Father, Like Son is always wise about the quandary faced by the two fathers and the two mothers. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/4 20% Cold Turkey (2013) "[Writer-Director Will] Slocombe may not carve up his kin for Cold Turkey" but he serves a wry repast. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 86% At Berkeley (2013) "At Berkeley earns credit for documenting a distinctly articulate community. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
2.5/4 56% The Best Offer (2014) "Italian writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore... designs beautiful sets around Virgil, who holds the screen in nearly every shot. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 93% The Past (2013) "Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi creates detailed characters in distinctive circumstances, bypassing script cliches of domestic tension. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/4 78% Dhoom 3 (2013) "Dhoom:3 is crowd-pleasing populist fare. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3/4 83% Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony (2013) "Writer-director Kerry Candaele incisively documents the ideological legacy of opus 125 in Chile, China and Germany. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 20, 2013
4/4 95% War Witch (2013) "Atrocity and beauty somehow co-exist in War Witch. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3/4 85% We Are What We Are (2013) "A family implodes with a biting commentary on patriarchy. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3/4 72% Go For Sisters (2013) "This buddy/road film builds tension with its missing person quest in a border-crossing underworld. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3.5/4 93% A Touch of Sin (2013) "Drawing on four news stories, writer-director Jia Zhangke portrays the plight of workers in the new China. Set in four provinces, A Touch of Sin is humanist critique of the country's turn to capitalism. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2.5/4 94% Museum Hours (2013) "The quiet time that Johann and Anne spend during museum hours -- and after his shifts on trips around the city -- offer solace in their mutual solitude. Museum Hours is an introverted companion for its viewers. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/4 67% How I Live Now (2013) "How I Live Now offers adolescents a lovely vision of holistic healing in the same countryside. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2/4 53% The Muslims Are Coming (2013) "Lobbing zingers at Islamophobes does not illuminate Islam. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 13, 2013
3/4 78% The Grandmaster (2013) "Granted, "The Grandmaster" is not a primer on Chinese philosophy. Yet it may score as crossover cinema for Wong fans and Lee fans. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 29, 2013
4/4 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) "This stunning "documentary of the imagination" shows Anwar and other thugs staging scenes of torture and murder for the camera. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3/4 88% Hannah Arendt (2013) "Like A Hidden Method, David Cronenberg's drama about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, Hannah Arendt takes seriously the life of the mind. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
54% The Look of Love (2013) "Double-billing comic and tragic tones, the biopic "The Look of Love" follows a father and a daughter over three decades in London's swinging Soho. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 12, 2013
78% André Gregory: Before and After Dinner (2013) "A theater director's wife directs an admiring diary, as he rehearses an Ibsen play. Andre Gregory fancies himself a shaman but just comes off as an irrepressible raconteur. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 28, 2013
73% Augustine (2013) "French physician Jean-Martin Charcot hypnotized, photographed and exhibited a hysteric, as does French director Alice Winocour for a clinical love story and empowerment tale. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
No Score Yet The Tragedy of Man "Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics adapts Imre Madach's 1861 poem for a pessimistic epic on existence. This illustrated theology lectures: after the Fall, no one is free. " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
57% American Mary (2013) "Alt horror about a Seattle surgery drop-out is a mediocre specimen of the Canadian kinky flesh genre of "Antiviral," "Crash" and "Kissed." End credits say "For Eli Roth." " ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
75% The Kings of Summer (2013) "This coming-of-ager in suburban Ohio is confected with easy-pleaser fillips of pretty, including sylvan interludes of sophomoric lyricism. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jun 18, 2013
34% The Internship (2013) "Gushing "Googliness" with no trace of corporate cool in its design, this embarrassing comedy has an unoriginal triumph-of-misfits plot. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jun 18, 2013
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