Bill Weber

Bill Weber

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 68%

Visitors (2014)

"Godfrey Reggio's symphony of pristine 4K images doesn't add up to one grand epiphany, but an intermittent cluster of small ones." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2014
2.5/4 86%

The Easy Life (Il sorpasso) (1962)

"Dino Risi's well-cast leads can't quite sell his heavy-handed irony as truths about masculine character." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/4 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"It chronicles the quest of a self-described "geek," and there are pleasurable frissons of discovery in the detective work." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/4 No Score Yet

Argentynska lekcja (2012)

"This pair of hour-long docs depicts a community of agrarian or hard-laboring citizens without condescension and with a touch of populist poetry." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 16, 2013
1/4 44%

Night Train To Lisbon (2013)

"Bille August's film is a protracted, soporific trip into Portuguese history that would like to be a romantic thriller." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2013

Intolerance (1916)

"D.W. Griffith's masterpiece, likely the most influential film ever made, has been given new life with a gold-standard digital cleanup." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2013
2.5/4 63%

Faust (2013)

"Though its ballast of jokes and spectacle are formidable, it often lurches about at a remote, enigmatic distance." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2013
2/4 72%

Go For Sisters (2013)

"LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross persuasively embody modern urban feminine strength, but they're eventually stranded in a recycled road movie." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2013
2/4 73%

In the Name Of... (2013)

"This Polish "gay priest tempted" drama is almost as confused about the moral quandaries of its characters as they are." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2013
2.5/4 35%

The Counselor (2013)

"The film doesn't temper enough of Cormac McCarthy's excesses, but Ridley Scott and his ensemble find enough meat in his scenario to make for diverting, bloody pleasure." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2013
4/5 98%

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (2004)

"Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand's reinvention of the movie musical has tinsel, Technicolor, and a beating, broken heart." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
1.5/4 73%

Zero Charisma (2013)

"It's a pity that it hews to sitcom-like formula rather than using this bank of knowledge and sympathy to create something more original." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2013
3.5/4 98%

Let The Fire Burn (2013)

"An unnerving, all-archival account of Philadelphia citizens suddenly terrorized by the unchecked violence of rogue "law and order."" ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2013
2/4 50%

Parkland (2013)

"The Peter Landesman film's overt politics are minimal, aside from defaulting to the myth of John F. Kennedy as a martyr for...something." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
1/4 60%

Hôtel Normandy (2013)

"Another well-upholstered but cheap exercise in luxe pandering that fails as romantic farce." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2013
3/4 75%

Antoine et Antoinette (2013)

"It bubbles with an optimistic portrait of a happily married young couple, and a lively gallery of supporting characters worthy of a Preston Sturges farce. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2013
2/4 75%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"An overmatched star and a scarcity of eccentricity sink this hip-lit origin story from director John Krokidas." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2013
2/4 34%

Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013)

"Billy Bob Thornton's ensemble Southern family dramedy fails to subvert its cutesy formula often enough." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2013
2/4 86%

Il Futuro (2013)

"A counterproductively "literary" film with no satisfying payoffs, Rutger Hauer's blind recluse notwithstanding. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2013
2.5/4 No Score Yet

The Last Christeros (2013)

"The film forsakes most of the underdog sentimentality found in traditional genre treatments of noble sacrifice." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2013
1.5/4 69%

The Happy Sad (2013)

"Ken Urban, adapting his own play, fumbles at injections of urban, and decidedly not urbane, levity, in addition to telegraphing entire subplots." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2013
2/4 50%

Off Label (2013)

"Sincerely angry about the crisis in polypharmacy, this narrative suffers from a documentarian form of A.D.D." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2013
1.5/4 53%

Lovelace (2013)

"Lost in the music, mustaches, and furniture of the early '70s, this docudrama of a porn star's exploitation isn't nearly painful enough." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3/4 98%

Blackfish (2013)

"The Frankensteinian rebellion of orcas against their corporate captors turns this doc into a sort of showbiz horror film." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2013
2.5/4 94%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"Sensitively performed and laced with some forceful, quotidian grit, the film evades the larger questions behind a scandalous shooting death." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 3, 2013
3/4 92%

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

"A rock-doc that mythologizes the tragicomic flame out of power pop's seminal band, and the fan-made afterlife that brought them long-delayed success." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2013
2.5/4 94%

Knuckleball! (2012)

"This chronicle of two athletes throwing baseball's funkiest, least respected pitch is given depth by their stranger-than-fiction underdog status and camaraderie with mentors who've had the same struggles." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2012
2.5/4 100%

Radio Unnameable (2012)

"While crediting free-form radio pioneer Bob Fass with changing the culture of broadcasting, this doc remains clear-eyed about the decline of community radio and the New Left." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2012
2/4 60%

Francine (2012)

"In a character study of an ex-con who gives her heart and mind to animals rather than people, Melissa Leo's risky performance is ultimately framed with a disappointing, distanced pity." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2012
1.5/4 58%

The Eye of the Storm (2012)

"This adaptation of a prize-winning Australian novel is a stodgy slog save for some sporadic moments of blunt force supplied by Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2012
2.5/4 92%

Side by Side (2012)

"A serviceable primer on the digital-celluloid divide in commercial cinema, if a bit unwieldy in scope and in danger of being made obsolete by the next version of the RED camera." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012
2/4 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"A lumpy spoof of electoral mudslinging that offers some bracing bipartisan contempt amid the lowbrow, labored slapstick." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2012
1.5/4 71%

Klovn: The Movie (Klown) (2012)

"An ostensible Danish Hangover that more closely resembles Two and a Half Men with nudity and unexpurgated dick jokes." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2012
2.5/4 71%

Sacrifice (2012)

"A historical melodrama that retains an ancient, elemental pull even as it insufficiently charts motivation and the self-denying values of antiquity." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2012
2.5/4 90%

The Well-Digger's Daughter (2012)

"Ultimately comes off as curiously anecdotal, lacking the dramatic dynamism that could give Marcel Pagnol's tale new life." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2012
3/4 76%

Unforgivable (2012)

"The layered, character-driven drama may subvert expectations of a sunny Venetian noir, but observes its five principal characters with a probing, egalitarian eye." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2012
2/4 91%

Gypsy (2012)

"A Slovakian character study of a boy ambivalently caught between worlds that ultimately squanders its promise." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2012

The Gold Rush (1925)

"Even with its (likely dictated) propaganda on behalf of the now-superfluous 1942 edition, this set restores a high watermark in cinematic comedy to nearly full glory." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2012
1/4 44%

To Rome with Love (2012)

""With age comes exhaustion," according to a rueful line late in the film, and it serves as a fitting diagnosis for Woody Allen's latest fallen souffle set in a European cultural capital." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2012
1.5/4 50%

Americano (2012)

"This odd hybrid of in-search-of-mother quest and lurid border-town pulp shows a humane intimacy mostly in touches borrowed from the filmmaker's estimable parents." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2012
3/4 86%

Tahrir: Liberation Square (2012)

"A direct-cinema document of the Cairo protests that toppled Mubarak, Stefano Savona's film doesn't pretend that Egypt's resolution has yet won a lasting victory." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2012
3/4 88%

Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2012)

"A righteously outraged documentary targeting the "warm and fuzzy" iconography of the breast cancer fundraising bureaucracy and its camouflage of corporate priorities." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 29, 2012
2/4 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"A mixed bag of Nixon-era pop burlesque and vampire kitsch is ultimately undone by pedestrian gags and bloated genre boilerplate." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 9, 2012
3/4 No Score Yet

The Observers (2012)

"A semi-documentary essay of two female climatologists at work in a mountaintop weather station imbues nature and labor with a poetry of the seemingly eternal." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 7, 2012
1.5/4 89%

Bernie (2012)

"A surprisingly shapeless true-crime farce which never creates a convincing context for the odd relationship between a pious East Texas mortician and his sugar mama." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2012

Payback (2012)

"This doc on the many forms of human debt, though often frustratingly broad, offers a path to balancing civilization's ledger with a hard-nosed brand of altruism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2012
2.5/4 70%

Keyhole (2012)

"A night of reckoning by a hoodlum in his haunted former home is a more sober and remote Freudian farrago than one expects from Guy Maddin." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2012
2/4 0%

Four Lovers (2012)

"This handsome mate-swapping drama never moves beyond the erotic to become incisive about the barriers built into sexual experimentation for committed couples." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2012
3/4 79%

The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

"Its director's romantic sensibilities wed to Terrence Rattigan's 60-year-old play, this period drama is buoyed by Rachel Weisz's poignant embodiment of a bourgeois wife seeking erotic autonomy." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2012
1/4 57%

Detachment (2012)

"Endng in risible bathos, Tony Kaye's urban high school melodrama is all about the cute teacher's crises and the girls who love him." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2012
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