For 105 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bill Stamets' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Ida
Lowest review score: 12 The Room
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 105
  2. Negative: 5 out of 105
105 movie reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Stamets
    Ida
    Ida reaches spiritual depth through affecting performances rendered in sublime black-and-white compositions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Bill Stamets
    [A] stunning “documentary of the imagination."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Bill Stamets
    This is vicarious cinema at its best.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Stamets
    This moving, Oscar-nominated documentary is an odyssey of a tragic observer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Stamets
    Despite our narrow angle on Nepal, Manakamana peers into lives at close range.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Bill Stamets
    Hogtown is the most original film made in Chicago about Chicago to date.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Stamets
    A sublime meditation on solitude.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Stamets
    The first-rate Italian comedy Reality — which fakes Pope Benedict appearing in St. Peter’s Square — likens consecration to elevating an “everyman” to pop celebrity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Stamets
    Like Father, Like Son is always wise about the quandary faced by the two fathers and the two mothers.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Stamets
    The masterful script deals with telling words.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Stamets
    A Touch of Sin is humanist critique of the country’s turn to capitalism.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Bill Stamets
    This thoughtful film is designed with taste. Music is minimal. Cuing a little Nine Inch Nails at the end, Poitras enables “citizenfour” to commit an act of reverse surveillance on the NSA.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Stamets
    Catherine Keener is wonderfully weird as a vicious vice president of human relations, and Nicky Katt is brilliant as an actor playing Hitler in a stage play.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Stamets
    Key action points are edited with finesse, but the denouement, with its dutiful hail of gunfire, is heartless and mechanical.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Bill Stamets
    Screenwriter Kate Boutilier provides plenty of sharp patter, and Paul Simon contributed the catchy song "Father and Daughter."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    Michael Caplan’s Algren is a beguiling appreciation of the novelist, reporter and essayist.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    Algren admirer Kurt Vonnegut, a novelist and a Long Island neighbor, called the Chicago exile ”the loneliest man I ever knew.” Caplan and Mueller invite viewers to befriend this contrary figure.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    Lovingly detailed with animated and archival imagery, For No Good Reason shares the fine-grain layered style of its subject.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    [An] informing if not inflaming documentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    Set in England, the dystopic “Brazil” and “28 Days Later” both ended with pastoral idylls for adult couples. How I Live Now offers adolescents a lovely vision of holistic healing in the same countryside.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    The true strength of Spurlock’s documentary is how he showcases the behind-the-scenes, off-stage personalities of the One Direction boys.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    This saga of romance works with an unromantic style.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    This late adulthood lark is a treat.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    Panic about pop culture is not new. Yet Antiviral finds a novel angle of attack.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony is one more bravo for the iconic masterpiece.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    Jim Jarmusch stocks his latest low-key indie with more than his usual characters in low-velocity drift. The Akron-born auteur infuses the title couple of Only Lovers Left Alive with his taste for culture, if not cuisine.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    Focusing on Rumsfeld’s 2001-06 stint at the Pentagon, Morris scrutinizes his rhetoric and rationale for attacking Iraq and Afghanistan. Tactics and costs take a back seat to semantics.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    A disquieting film about testing faith.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    Bastards is both visceral and visual.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Bill Stamets
    Snappy graphics channel the info flow like a sugar rush. Scary music cues are overused. Narrator Katie Couric wisely stays offscreen. That keeps Fed Up from feeling like an Oprah special.

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