For 1,011 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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Keith Phipps' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Lowest review score: 0 The Avengers
Score distribution:
1,011 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    It's a smart, exciting, involving film that's true to its source, which is all it really needs to be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Rendering in high drama the story of Moses one moment and then underscoring that drama with songs filled with banal "you-can-make-it-if-you-really-try" cliches moves from the sublime to the ridiculous so quickly, you could get the bends.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    The film's generous spirit, disarming mixture of beauty and brutality, and gentle, insistent sweep make it easy to surrender to it anyway.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
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    Diesel clearly has fun playing a character so bullish that his skin seems to be made of leather, and he's self-conscious enough to pull it off even after the film surrenders to formula.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Though indisputably a thriller, Charlie abandons itself to little cinematic rhapsodies, self-reflexive asides, and montages of Paris locations cued to a soundtrack of cool French pop, all of which often seems more vital than the main order of business.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    In just about every way, Insurrection seems as if everyone involved is still stuck in the weekly grind of turning out the series, but the results don't disappoint too terribly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Never quite finds the rhythm of a great film, and it scores no points for subtlety by including a subplot about a horse breaking free of its master, but Shahriar displays a real gift for conveying Taghani's plight in all its grimness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Has a message, which it effectively conveys by succeeding first as an affecting film. Winterbottom's actors give a human face to current events as they proceed along their grim road-movie toward a destination that may not even want them. They may be statistics, too, but their stories stick in the mind.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Though High Art has more than a few awkward touches--all the male characters take up less than one dimension, for example--it's otherwise a nicely underplayed, memorable, beautifully filmed movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    There's something appealing about an unapologetic love story set in an office that's only a few clicks off from looking like a fetish dungeon, and Spader and Gyllenhaal make sure that the romance, kinks and all, carries the day.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Another actor might not have been able to carry the film, given such a creepily monomaniacal character, but Hoffman lets the humanity soak through, registering split seconds of panic when he's on the verge of getting caught, then just as quickly creating and working a new plan.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Adapting a novel by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, François Dupeyron uses handheld cameras and some jarring edits, but, prostitutes and all, this is storybook material: heartfelt, pleasant, cuddly, and a little too insubstantial to stick in the mind for long.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Jordan invests attention in even the most throwaway moments and marginal characters, and his care makes the film a sustained, low-key pleasure.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Unlike in similar past efforts, Sayles never finds a way to bring it all together. Individual moments of considerable impact alternate with stretches that go nowhere.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Julie Bertucelli spends part of the film letting her characters worry whether they've made the right choice, but mostly contents herself with capturing a place where hard choices have become unavoidable. Though her decision to pace the film to Gorintin's old-lady rhythms sometimes kills the dramatic momentum, in the end it's time well spent.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    The ridiculously entertaining Shaolin Soccer pulls out all the stops to make sure viewers stay happy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    A dark-humored film about devastation, which makes Vodka Lemon's final rush into comedy in the truest sense all the more refreshing. Even in the wasteland, there might be humor other than the gallows kind.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    It's a hard-won comfort, found here over a bleak stretch of days, but All Or Nothing makes it look like the best life has to offer.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Despite a shaky start and the presence of questionable elements throughout, by the time it arrives at its finale -- which copies Return Of The Jedi's triple-climax structure -- The Phantom Menace has won its place alongside the original Star Wars trilogy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Essentially, the film stays at the party too long. But for a good stretch, its combination of twirling excitement and dry absurdity captures the spirit of characters too intoxicated to realize they're dancing over a chasm.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Deschanel and Schneider--who both give rich, funny performances--and everyone around them have inner lives that don't always translate into words. When they speak, it's usually in dialogue halfway between poetry and inarticulate fumbling.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    The film works by putting the accelerator to the floor and never looking in the rear-view mirror.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    That makes it hard to watch "Billy Elliot" director Stephen Daldry's adaptation without thinking of the one Almodóvar might have made -- which surely would have been warmer, less self-consciously tony, and less relentlessly arid than the one that did get made.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Mendes' second effort plays like a familiar song transposed to a minor key, a gangland fable soaked in portent and fatalism until its familiarity ceases to be an issue.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    It may boil down to little more than a minor variation on Four Weddings' formula, but it's an interesting and entertaining one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    The story is well-told, but so familiar that it renders the surrounding film a bright, shiny, dispensible bauble, an amusing diversion but not much more.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    The Dreamers is a universal story, one that captures the thrill of discovering culture, sex, and politics, and the painful twinge of learning that those worlds aren't enough.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Though Moolaadé doesn't shy away from the task of educating its viewers about the brutality of "purification," it works equally well as a tribute to righteous defiance wherever it surfaces.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    In one of the film's most persuasive bits, Farley Granger talks about chucking a lucrative film career in order to tread the boards in New York. Maybe it's that kind of magnetic draw that makes an age golden.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    What it became is essentially one long free-fall from destitution to despair.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    While McKellen's sharp performance provides the main attraction, the film wouldn't work without both Fraser, who brings something extra to a character who could easily have been a mere lunk, and director Bill Condon's careful integration of larger themes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    A lot goes on, and it doesn't always make sense. But the cast embodies Rendell's ability to incorporate shrewd observations on human behavior into the framework of a crime story, and Miller has a great eye for the places on the Paris outskirts where the lives of haves and have-nots intersect.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Mostly, it's just a pleasure to watch Keaton and Nicholson learning new steps in an old dance, stumbling to grab at happiness before it's too late.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    While fleeting moments from Pearce and Luis Guzmán (as Caviezel's loyal servant) suggest the film might have been even more fun had they been allowed to loosen up a bit, the finished product still offers little cause for complaint.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Carion and his gifted leads never take the easy way out. Instead, they let the characters get acquainted against the slow change of the seasons, taking their relationship along unexpected turns.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Perfectly in keeping with a series that began by simply putting a monster on a spaceship, then gave itself the creative freedom to explore what that monster and that spaceship really meant. [Quadrilogy]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Huo never quite finds the filmic vocabulary to tilt the film toward greatness-and the mawkish synth score does little to help-but Postmen In The Mountains ultimately succeeds.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Writer-director Tim McCanlies works in broad, kid-friendly strokes, and he's not afraid to lay on the sentiment, but his cast makes sure it's well-earned.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Though Smith loses many of his past efforts' familiar trappings--Jay and Silent Bob are now confined to the production-company logo--Jersey Girl plays to Smith's strengths like no film since "Clerks."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Trashy enough to envelop its sex scenes in aerobicized glamour (a Lyne trademark), so the fact that it takes itself so seriously almost counts as a daring move.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    The film is unfortunately about little more than its potentially mind-boggling plot and structure.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    When Friday Night Lights gets to the big games, the time it's spent creates an atmosphere thick with tension, one akin to the real-world experience of watching a favorite team play for its life.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    As disappointing-but-worthwhile films go, you could do a lot worse.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Hoffman and Sarandon work well together, and Gyllenhaal, who's carved out a niche for himself as the new face of internalized conflict, fits nicely into a role Hoffman would have made a meal of 30 years ago.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Like Ang Lee's "Hulk," it's a fusion of arthouse and multiplex instincts, and though it seems unlikely to satisfy anyone, it's just as unlikely that anyone who sees it will forget it soon.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Though there's a formula at the film's core, Whale Rider still has the good taste to make that formula go down easy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    In the latest of a long string of memorable performances, Hanks balances wide-eyed confusion with innate shrewdness, finding a character who's both unfailingly sweet and nobody's fool.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Bridges turns in another remarkable performance, and he's well-matched by Foster.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Pretty much impossible not to like a little, but it's also hard to like a lot. There's a fantastic film to be made from this material, but now, the burden of making it falls to a sequel.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Years from now, Team America will better convey the political character of 2004 than a stack of Time magazines. Staying funny helps even more.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    In this long, slow fall from grace, unceremonious nudity and half-hearted sex begin to look like a mockery of a paradise lost.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    In McKay, Ferrell has found an unusually simpatico collaborator for the type of humor that's made him a comedy force: outsized, unexpectedly sweet, and unrelenting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    The film is a bit of a slog, but in the end, it's a slog worth taking, thanks to a strange, moving ending that reduces the samurai era's codes of warfare, class, and honor down to two men meeting face to face.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Handsomely shot by Brazilian director Walter Salles and beautifully played by the two leads, The Motorcycle Diaries would amount to little more than a minor, softly politically conscious coming-of-age story, if not for its historical context.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    What it retains is a playful sense of style, that combines with an anything-goes spirit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    It's tacky and beautiful, sometimes both at the same time. Occasionally flatfooted even as it sparkles, the film suffers when Hogan lets the scenery do the directing for him, but he's chosen a cast capable of shouldering the film's weight.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Fast-paced and ambitious, it never bores, and Soderbergh proves himself interesting to watch in addition to being gifted behind the camera.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Freeway is full of nice touches—such as making the villain a psychologist— that play off the expectations of a familiar story. While also working as a conventional thriller, its many twists on the fairy tale make it work on an almost subliminal level.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    As generous as the film is to its characters, it also keeps finding ways to criticize their myopia.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Alan J. Pakula’s 1982 adaptation of William Styron’s 1979 novel Sophie’s Choice is one of those films whose great qualities put its lesser elements in sharp relief.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    As a morality play, it's a one-sided contest, because the question of whether power corrupts is never a question at all. As a queasily thrilling tour of a dirty little corner of the world, however, Trapero's film offers a memorable ride.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Sauret's approach isn't the most artful, but it doesn't have to be. Hearing his subjects speak for themselves is good enough.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
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    For long stretches, Or is a dialogue-heavy kitchen-sink drama, but its naturalistic style and unselfconscious performances give it an intensity that only builds as it progresses.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    It looks like no other movie, Marvel or otherwise, and it’s populated by characters compelling enough to support a more complex, richer story than this one.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    The film retains much of what worked about the first film, and it brings a similarly smart, patient, visually striking approach to the gags.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    It’s an unwieldy, sometimes overreaching effort, but the laudable ambition makes it easy to forgive some rough patches.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    With The Conjuring, [Wan] once more turns the familiar terrifying, making it easy to fear what’s behind that closed door, or under the bed, or just around the corner, making a creaking noise that doesn’t sound quite right.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Kormákur lets his stars balance the buddy-movie levity with just enough dramatic weight to keep it grounded, and his directing style seems like a conscious corrective to the disorienting cutting and obvious CGI effects that have come to dominate Hollywood action films.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Though essentially a straight-faced horror film, You’re Next also taps into a rich vein of black comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Edge Of Tomorrow’s finale can’t live up to what’s come before, though that’s mostly because what comes before is so rich and unusual, particularly in the middle of a summer blockbuster season that doesn’t always value richness or novelty.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    It’s light and loose in ways that Almodóvar hasn’t let himself be in decades. Unsurprisingly, it’s also a lot of fun, a relentlessly entertaining lark that, like its setting, soars into the clouds, then discovers it doesn’t really have a way to get down.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Though Wan is stepping away from horror, at least for now, to direct the next The Fast And The Furious sequel, the latest Insidious entry suggests he’s a long way from running out of new tricks, or at least finding infinite variations on old ones.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    It’s both unfailingly exciting and overly familiar, a restless but risk-averse film that’s a little too content to borrow from what’s worked before.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    At its best, The Broken Circle Breakdown has the feel of life as it’s remembered—moments out of time tethered together by the feelings of those living them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Edwards’ film doesn’t care much about metaphorical resonance, and cares even less about its human characters, many of which get forgotten for long stretches of the film. But Godzilla has a way with a disaster setpiece, and it cares a lot about providing awesome monster-on-monster action on a mammoth scale.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Muscle Shoals’ story has needed telling, and Camalier packs that telling with memorable stories and music—though the film sometimes substitutes admiration for investigation, paving over conflicts and moving on to the next amazing piece of music to get recorded in town.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Jones delivers a quietly wrenching performance as a woman who comes to recognize too late how much of herself she’s lost. It’s subtle work in a film that is sometimes content to be a little too subtle.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    What makes it effective isn’t the facts of the case, so much as the way Philomena lets viewers spend time with its characters and get to know exactly who’s getting hurt.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    It’s an endearingly odd, consistently creepy film that hearkens back to the director’s previous work.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    While the Veronica Mars film feels a bit small and closed-off by big-screen standards, it will no doubt be big and welcoming enough to those who love the series.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Dinosaur 13 is haunted by the nagging sense that only one side of the story is getting told.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    While 20,000 Days On Earth never finds the real Nick Cave, it’s because it knows better than to try to look for it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Mistaken For Strangers, which covers Tom’s time with the band and his subsequent attempts to piece together a movie about that time, is a sweet, funny, and sad film, but also an exceedingly odd one.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    Plotnick’s mix of straight-faced absurdity and unexpected poignance doesn’t always gel, but it also makes the film more resonant than a straightforward spoof could ever be, and adds another layer to the film’s central joke: You can take to the stars, but the past will always travel with you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Keith Phipps
    By turning her attention to an underreported chapter in recent history, Kennedy has found a trove rich with unreal imagery and stories of heroism in the face of defeat.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    its moments of greatness--and there are more than a couple--feel weirdly disconnected, stuck in a movie that doesn’t know how to put them together, or find a good way to move from one to the next.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    The film lays on its politics-as-chess-game metaphor a little thick, however, and its refusal to leave the corridors of power to see the impact of its developments on the country at large makes it feel stuffy after a while.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    The way-too-familiar climax feels less like a comment on destiny than like watching a finely crafted but soulless product roll off an assembly line.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    Johnson sets viewers up for greatness, but ultimately offers much milder pleasures. The film isn’t an outright con, but it’s easy to feel a little misled by the end.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    The film is much more intriguing in its dread-inducing opening half, when Moll's assured direction keeps suggesting that something horrible will be happening soon, then, when it does, that something even more horrifying may follow.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    Which makes it all the more frustrating that the film doesn't quite work, and that it drags from episode to episode--some are brilliant, most merely intriguing--with little momentum.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    One of the film's oddest aspects is the way the 2002 footage appears more dated than the scenes from 1978.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    It's as subtle as a spinning kick, but some films aren't built for subtlety.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    It's more haunting than it has any right to be, thanks to its love of long, lonesome highways and the way the violence of the past bleeds into the present.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    There are formulaic moments aplenty in Pride, the "inspired by a true story" tale of Philadelphia swimming coach Jim Ellis, but in its first scenes, at least, it deserves some credit for doing the unexpected.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    It's an imperfect film, but it's the kind of imperfect film of which it would be nice to have seen Shelly make more.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    Hot Rod keeps a sweet tone that's filled with affection for its characters, and enough laughs to become this summer's most mildly recommendable comedy.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    A better film would have matched Arnett's seemingly effortless intensity throughout. This okay film does merely okay by it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    It's a heartbreaking tale, a sliver of a tragic history still unfolding, but one that Braun largely leaves others to document.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Keith Phipps
    Adams' winning performance and the light touch director Kevin Lima (a veteran of animation and live action) brings to scenes not tasked with advancing the plot all suggest that, silly as they may look once you take it apart, irony-free, romantic fantasy--animated and otherwise--still has a place on the big screen.