For 1,021 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Keith Phipps' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Saving Private Ryan
Lowest review score: 0 Jonah Hex
Score distribution:
1,021 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    Dunmore creates a memorably grimy London, but the moral grime covering the film proves less memorable.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    A lot of The Break-Up doesn't work. Actually, apart from some funny moments between old Swingers sparring partners Favreau and Vaughn, and a nice scene with Jason Bateman as the couple's realtor, virtually none of it works.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    It's seldom a good sign when a Rob Schneider cameo elevates a comedy, but Little Man aims so low and fires so often that it can't miss all the time.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    No one makes it out of this laughless mess unscathed.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    If there's anything sadder than a satire without teeth, it's a thriller without thrills. Even sadder is the rare movie that fails at both genres simultaneously. That, and that alone, makes Man Of The Year exceptional.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    There must be some solid marketing reason for putting out a Christmas movie before the jack o'lanterns have begun to rot, but if so, it's elusive. Couldn't this lump of coal have waited another month?
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    Whatever its model, the film is assembled from much poorer material, leftover parts of Lifetime movies and well-meaning indie films seen only on opening nights at some forgotten festival in Tampa.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    It's a film for kids who want to know what headaches feel like.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    Cage has some fun with the role, making Blaze a kind of Zen Elvis with a strange fixation on Carpenters songs, but the film's priorities lie with the digital effects and not the story, and even the effects aren't that hot.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    So instead of history and drama, we get images, many of them striking but none of them memorable, and noise that deafens until no sense can escape. The events beg for Shakespearean gravity, but the only tragedy here is that so little could be made of so much.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    Maher's too smart to make a movie this dumb.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    As long it sticks to that chase, Babylon A.D. remains a sub-passable lead-footed action film with neat scenery.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    The original was a tart dipped in acid; this one's a biscuit sprinkled in Splenda.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    It's a horror film better suited for skittish cats than humans.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    As a piece of storytelling, The Haunting In Connecticut is pretty lazy. As a horror movie, it’s lazier still, bringing out every annoying shock-cut and disorienting sound-design trick of the last decade.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    Even the movie's rubber monsters look tired.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    It doesn't help that neither Ferrell nor McBride bring their best material, with McBride offering yet another variation on an angry redneck, and Ferrell falling back on Ron Burgundy-like bluster and nonsense exclamations.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    If director Jaume Collet-Serra (House Of Wax) set out to make a parody of horror-film clichés, he succeeded brilliantly.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    When a film whose cast includes Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Demetri Martin, and the now rarely seen Carol Burnett can’t scare up more than a smattering of laughs, the patient was never meant to live in the first place.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    About Piven: When did it go wrong? When did the caustic character actor guaranteed to liven up even the dullest movie turn into a walking black hole of smarm from which no joy can escape?
    • 54 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    This isn’t a movie. It’s a MySpace page.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    As for the 3-D, much ballyhooed in the film's advertisements, it's another muddy conversion that does little but make the film's unconvincing blood effects look a little darker. It's good, theoretically at least, to have Craven back. But why come back for this?
    • 41 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    Hop
    Candy-coated or otherwise, crap's still crap.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    Peter Stormare has fun engaging in some Walken-level scenery-chewing-almost literally-as the patriarch of a werewolf clan. Good for him. That means at least one person has found something to like about this tedious collection of wisecracks and hand-me-down monsters.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    It's as dull as it is brainless, the work of creators who've spent far more time concocting silly stories about Shakespeare than learning from him.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    Dredd, a second attempt at making Judge Dredd a movie star, overcorrects, veering in the opposite direction with a dark - literally and otherwise - nearly humorless bit of ultraviolence distinguished largely by a fondness for spurting CGI blood.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Keith Phipps
    It doesn't help that the characters have so little to them. Weston plays Moriarty as such an unfailingly good, temptation-free kid that he only needs a halo floating above his pre-Raphaelite curls to complete the picture.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    The junk-shop surrealism ultimately gets the better of everyone's good intentions.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    The once-reliable Danes is a particular detriment, but it's really hard to care whether either character escapes from what looks like a really unappealing summer camp.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Through it all, Muccino piles on one shrill confrontation after another. At times, he seems headed for the melodramatic turf owned and operated by Pedro Almodóvar, but where the young Almodóvar would have deployed a prankish wit and the older Almodóvar scraped toward the humanity beneath.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Shakespeare hasn't had it this rough since Lemmy from Motörhead performed the opening soliloquy in "Tromeo And Juliet."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Director Rob Bowman seems at a loss as to what to bring to the film, which, even with its good choice of leads, plods along from one dragon fight to the next, all of them staged to showcase Fire's impressive CGI dragons, but none choreographed with any real flair.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Works equally poorly as a tourist brochure and as a drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    A mud bath of sentiment, strained speechifying, and gloppy music.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    This must all make sense to Yanes, somehow, but the film plays like a private joke with no punchline.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Aside from a promising scene involving a cornfield rave and the pyrotechnic potential for grain alcohol, it drags along, taking a small eternity to set up a final showdown that plays more like a bloody pro-wrestling event than the stuff of nightmares.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Spade can still be funny when he lets himself be mean, and Dickie Roberts shows glimmers of that dynamic, but they're muscled out by lazy slapstick and maudlin stuff.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    The Spanish import The Other Side Of The Bed takes a winning idea and drives it directly into the ground.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Never recovering the energy of its early scenes, the heavily improvised Château becomes shapeless and dull.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    The first 20 minutes of Blast From The Past, in which the film actually does something with its central concept, aren't that bad.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    It's drainingly mediocre.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    All the principals -- except, significantly, screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan -- reprised their roles for the sequel, and all seem confused as to why they returned.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Hardwick switches gears from wacky comedy to romantic drama about halfway through Deliver Us, but it's too late, and what follows is far too dull to make any difference.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Parker's film is flat beyond the flatness appropriate to the story; the conflict between Glover and Paymer follows Melville's original so squarely that it quickly begins to feel like they're going through the motions.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Plays less like an exposé than a piece of exploitation, its clear divide between good and evil allowing no breathing room for real drama.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Playing in theaters when it belongs on television, where snacks and bathroom breaks can counteract its punishing dryness, and the option of watching something else doesn't involve driving home.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Yet another comedy that suggests someone should take Martin aside and remind him that he can do better.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Anyone who already knows better than to taunt the disabled, or former Oscar winners, should probably give it a pass.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    A film as grisly as it is dumb.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    It's a lot to suffer through for a film that has nothing to say, but insists on saying it anyway. Repeatedly.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    It's also hard to figure out who this movie is supposed to delight: It's too scary for little kids and not nearly scary enough for anyone allowed to rent "The Ring" without getting carded.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    McKellen is fine, of course, but the film as a whole offers about as much insight into evil as Ming The Merciless in a “Flash Gordon” serial.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    This is teen product at its most generic.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Attempts at high spirits and the presence of Matthew Lillard all suggest that this is supposed to be a comedy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    The film combines dour heroes with a drab look, and the string of "Don't try this at home"-style stunts should underwhelm even viewers too young for James Bond or XXX.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Chow has a future in a America if given better material with which to work; here, he's wasted in a movie that's forgotten 20 minutes after the credits roll.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    When they (the family) arrive at their destination, the story arrives at an ending that's neither obvious nor interesting, kind of like the film leading up to it.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    It's a sign of trouble when watching a movie prompts nostalgia for the movie it's ripping off, particularly when that movie wasn't any good. But walking out of Johnson Family Vacation, it's hard not to feel misty-eyed for the urine-soaked-sandwich gags, incest jokes, and other refined comic elements of "National Lampoon's Vacation."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Sadly, The Punisher is about little more than bullets hitting bone, and how good it might feel to be on the right end of a gun.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Troy does look good--so good, in fact, that it takes a while to reveal itself as a thundering dud with much action but little personality, human drama, or brains.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    If there's one thing more heartbreaking than a crying child, it's a crying child wearing thick glasses, an image exploited numerous times throughout the course of the dull, uninvolving, tissue-thin Hope Floats.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    A mess.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Emmerich now directs entirely in watered-down Spielbergisms, and his storytelling skills, never strong, have gone slack. His talent for stretching a concept that can be described in 10 seconds into a feature-length movie, on the other hand, remains impressive.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Rudnick is a wit, and his script allows everyone a decent one-liner or two. But the problem with one-liners is that they only last one line, leaving a whole movie around them that needs filling in.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    What a shame that The Hunting Of The President feels like part of the problem.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    If you've ever wanted to see Queen Latifah fatally attacked by jellyfish at the bottom of the ocean, Sphere is the movie for you. If you're looking for more, you're not going to find it here.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    There's no pea soup, but sketchy effects, cheap jolts, swirling cameras, and buckets of blood surround Exorcist: The Beginning with the potent aroma of cheese.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Has little to recommend it. A sterling example of how an unimaginative combination of interviews and archival footage can drain the life from even the most compelling topic, it feels padded at a mere 68 minutes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Though it soon devolves into a laughable mess, The Forgotten at least spends its first 10 minutes or so raising provocative questions.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Even without the difficult imagery, Breillat's grim observations on men, women, and sexual orientation, are tough to take.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    When a sequel has to hit the reset button and take all its characters back to where they started, it probably didn't need to be made.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Hard not to pelt the screen with rotten fruit when confronted with a film like Christmas With The Kranks.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    The best that can be said of Son Of The Bride is that it's attractively photographed. But, then, so was the Hindenburg explosion, and this packs far less excitement into its two shapeless hours.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    A fairly faithful adaptation of what a game is like, but without the pleasure of getting to play or the much-needed option of pressing the "off" button.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Mostly Boogeyman remains content to be a film about a boogeyman who hides in closets and under beds and gobbles people up. And for that, it deserves a certain amount of respect. On the other hand, the film could hardly be any sillier.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    The plot's profound implausibility wouldn't matter if the ideas and emotions behind it had any power.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Some good Bob Dylan songs are called in to underline the big moments, but end up eclipsing them instead. There's more drama and insight in a snippet of "One More Cup Of Coffee" than the entirety of Jack & Rose.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Hoffman and Travolta are both good, but this toothless satire does little to justify their performances.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Domino de-emphasizes the human element--not to mention such niceties as plot and clarity--to such a degree that only those who show up purely to watch combustibles go "boom" won't feel insulted.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Shamelessly exploitative, but never entertainingly so.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    It isn’t just sub-par for Argento, it’s sub-par for virtually any director. It’s a stain on Dracula’s good name, and a waste of time for even those looking for the cheapest of vampiric thrills.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    No doubt a decent movie could have been made about the behind-the-scenes life of CBGB, but CBGB isn’t it. It’s as flip about the club as it is about Kristal, the music, and the time and place that shaped it all.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Though light on drama, Apple’s scenes at the shelter are easily the best part of the film, among the few moments when Gimme Shelter decides to show the effect of faith and charity rather than simply preach it.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Pettyfer and Wilde look the parts, but any scenes asking them to emote quickly turn disastrous.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Excerpted from The History Channel’s 10-part 2013 miniseries The Bible, then given extra footage, Son Of God boils the life of Jesus down to feature-length, but it plays less like a movie than a hastily edited attempt to explore a new revenue stream.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    When the film doesn’t strain for twinkly enlightenment, it stoops to find the easiest possible joke.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    The film aims for twee, but lands on torturous. It’s narcissism blown up to a global scale, in the guise of a quirky voyage of self-discovery.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Neither Grossman’s uninspired staging nor the performances help much.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Keith Phipps
    Fans of the genre might appreciate the decidedly R-rated violence and nudity, but that's really all the film has to offer.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Keith Phipps
    Bynes appears in practically every scene, and the film seems to have been designed as a showcase for her comedic skills, which she apparently left behind in the trailer.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Keith Phipps
    RV
    Apart from a funny turn by "Arrested Development's" Will Arnett as Williams' evil boss, nobody appears to be having a good time. And the feeling is infectious.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Keith Phipps
    It's really gory and really dull. Mostly just dull.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Keith Phipps
    A romantic triangle between werewolves and humans doesn't sound dull, but director Katja von Garnier seems to determined to drain the life out of it.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Keith Phipps
    Garry Marshall has too much confidence that he can match the weighty issues here with the light comedy. He can't. Or at least he can't with this cast.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Keith Phipps
    Evening proves that there are such things as mistakes, by featuring two hours of bad choices and half-executed ideas.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Keith Phipps
    A witless reprise of '60s and '70s biker movies.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Keith Phipps
    This is junk, a bunch of hard-R action scenes kept together by the thinnest of plots.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Keith Phipps
    What darkness the movie achieves comes solely from the lighting.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Keith Phipps
    2012 is ultimately only about finding new ways to topple monoliths. Only they don’t feel that new.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Keith Phipps
    Adults should steer clear. Kids should be sent to it only if they’ve been extraordinarily naughty.

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