For 1,063 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Keith Phipps' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Sweet Hereafter
Lowest review score: 0 200 Cigarettes
Score distribution:
1,063 movie reviews
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Neither Grossman’s uninspired staging nor the performances help much.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    A mess.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    The result is a relentlessly dour film livened up only by Bardem’s shameless scenery-chewing and the occasional jolt of action. Otherwise, it’s an endless frown of a movie that does little but confirm that Penn’s talents, while impressive, aren’t limitless.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Works equally poorly as a tourist brochure and as a drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    A film as grisly as it is dumb.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Keith Phipps
    Shamelessly exploitative, but never entertainingly so.
    • 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.

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