Bill Stamets

Bill Stamets

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% 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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 96%

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

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 11, 2013

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

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 26, 2013
No Score Yet

The Tragedy of Man (2013)

"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 26, 2013

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 26, 2013

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

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
No Score Yet

The Closed Circuit (2013)

"Ryszard Bugajski ("General Nil") turns a 2009 scandal victimizing Gdansk entrepreneurs into a political thriller with anti-state solidarity." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 18, 2013

Pandora's Promise (2013)

"Documenting how five authors changed from anti- to pro-nuke energy stances, Stone is less persuasive at translating this logic into reality." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 18, 2013
3.5/4 92%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"Who is "We" in the title We Steal Secrets? There's no need for a spoiler alert, but it's neither Gibney nor Assange." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 3, 2013

Leviathan (2013)

"Radical experiential/experimental video of bloody viscera and abstract beauty. Embedded/embodied lens as in Brakhage's "The Governor" and Geyrhalter's "Our Daily Bread."" ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 16, 2013

Pieta (2013)

"Thou shalt not borrow, nor maim those who owe interest, preaches this obsessive auteur, offering one more near-mute seeker of justice. The tragic perversity is gripping." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 16, 2013

The Numbers Station (2013)

"John Cusack replays his role as a lethal operative with occupational angst for a routine thriller with a female cryptographer at secret CIA site. Dire workplace issues ensue." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 11, 2013

Antiviral (2013)

"How sick can fans of a celebrity get? Very, answers "Antiviral." Imagine fan fetish culture metastasizing. A pox on consumers and capitalists alike, Brandon Cronenberg sneers." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted May 11, 2013

Pain & Gain (2013)

"Bay is an ambiguous booster of bootstrap Americanism with this perverse salute to numbskull entrepreneurship, with mantras for self-made manhood from a self-help huckster." ‐ Newcity
Posted May 10, 2013
3/4 90%

A Place at the Table (2013)

"A good documentary that is good for you." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 28, 2013
2/4 63%

The Afterlight (2010)

"Unfortunately, the subdued tone only adds distance, not depth, to their unstated issues." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jul 6, 2011
2.5/4 65%

Great Directors (2010)

"A pleasing if not surprising sampler of apercus, bon mots and clips." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 27, 2011
2.5/4 70%

Ondine (2010)

"Jordan starts to tell an intriguing tale about living with fantasy but falls back on plot turns cued to the flashing lights of cops and paramedics." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jun 18, 2010

Balseros (2003)

"Despite the heroic exertions of the rafters and filmmakers, this apolitical film is oddly lacking in drama." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 18, 2010

The Fall (2006)

"The girl and the hospital patients and staff also turn up in his improvised adventure, extravagantly garbed by costume designer Eiko Ishioka." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 17, 2008

Treasure Planet (2002)

"It's laced with literate humor, and the directors cite N.C. Wyeth's illustrations for the 1911 Scribner's edition of Treasure Island as the inspiration for their marvelously detailed fantasy world." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 9, 2008

Riding Giants (2004)

"This is vicarious cinema at its best." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 5, 2008

The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)

"Screenwriter Kate Boutilier provides plenty of sharp patter." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 20, 2008
3/4 92%

Caramel (2008)

"Perceptive and poignant, Caramel observes the love lives of the establishment's owner, her employees and their customers." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 28, 2008
2.5/4 48%

The Tree of Life (2008)

"Smacks of an audition exercise." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 27, 2008
3.5/4 92%

Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) (2006)

"Jia Zhang-ke is a new auteur making his mark. Embraced abroad on the international festival circuit, if less welcome on screens in China, this writer-director works in a genre that could be called globalist." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 22, 2008
3/4 87%

Times and Winds (Bes vakit) (2007)

"A blunt look at how anger binds generations." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 25, 2008
3/4 53%

Steep (2007)

"Steep is a throwback to the early days of movies when the sight of things in motion was a thrill in itself. Seeing leaves rustling in the wind or waves on the sea was a marvel." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 25, 2008

One Missed Call (2008)

"If you missed the first One Missed Call, made in Japan in 2004, you now can miss the American remake." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Jan 7, 2008
3/4 100%

Live-In Maid (2007)

"Live-in Maid is a study of two women who appear not to like each other very much, yet their link makes for a moving drama about friendship." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 19, 2007
3/4 59%

Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)

"[Director] Swanberg nails the inane fun of youth." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 19, 2007
3/4 86%

Shadow Company (2007)

"Drawing a line between official and unofficial forces is irrelevant since both are paid with our taxes, Shadow Company throws light on that bottom line in the war on terror." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Oct 5, 2007
2.5/4 80%

Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007)

"Artful framing and 23 peppy songs on the soundtrack lend a gloss to subject matter that alternately repels and fascinates..." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 28, 2007
2.5/4 37%

If I Didn't Care (2007)

"'Hitchcockian' is the less than lilting compliment used to hype this Long Island noir." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 28, 2007
2/4 67%

The Garden of Earthly Delights (2006)

"Unfortunately, the couple's intimacy is not especially interesting." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 28, 2007
1.5/4 32%

Freshman Orientation (2007)

"This trivial film toys with the postmodern lifestyles." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 21, 2007
2/4 24%

Fierce People (2005)

"After a promising start, Griffin Dunne's film bogs down and simply turns into a predictable mish-mash of a movie that is shrill and heavy-handed and totally trite." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 21, 2007
3/4 98%

The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)

"On all counts, the co-directors of this persuasive documentary set the right tone." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 21, 2007
2.5/4 70%

9 Star Hotel (Malon 9 Kochavim) (2007)

"A little voiceover commentary might add more than the sound of his panting." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
3/4 86%

In Between Days (2007)

"This artfully muted film pays off with a desperate act of eloquence." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
1.5/4 50%

Hatchet (2006)

"In its gore, Hatchet is not especially inventive" ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
2.5/4 96%

Deep Water (2006)

"Osmond and Rothwell do a commendable job of mining a rich archive of material." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
2/4 53%

The Bubble (2007)

"Don't bet on this Israeli drama exploding any cliches." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Sep 7, 2007
3/4 80%

Kamp Katrina (2007)

"This verite digital video about coping with natural disaster contains exotic characters, tragic hardships, bureaucratic indifference, inner demons and the birth of a crack baby." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 31, 2007
2/4 54%

Manufacturing Dissent (2007)

"Too bad co-writers/co-directors Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine don't investigate -- and ingratiate -- the way their target does in his own films." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 31, 2007
1.5/4 33%

Trapped Ashes (2006)

"Dennis Bartok writes this lackluster anthology of four juvenile horror stories dripping with sexual dread and goofball gore." ‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Aug 31, 2007