For 1,064 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Keith Phipps' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Das Boot
Lowest review score: 0 200 Cigarettes
Score distribution:
1064 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Uncompromising in her art, her teaching, and her professional relations, Boyd makes for a classic tough old bird of a character.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Verbinski knows when to break out the stunning action sequences and when to let his characters dominate the film, and he handles both modes expertly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Finds the right balance between reverence and wit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    A Trojan horse of a teen comedy that balanced lowbrow gags with subtle humor, genuine insight—Crowe spent a year undercover as a high-school student—and pathos.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    It all serves a portrait of 1970 California that mixes absurdity with an air of looming cataclysm, a volatile formula that wouldn’t work without Phoenix’s performance.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    All in all, it's a fitting conclusion to the series, and yet there are disappointments built in. For one, Jackson has opted not to film Tolkien's downbeat "Scouring Of The Shire" epilogue.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Nonetheless, Marvin's Room is not only sharply written and well-acted, but it's also the rare sort of film that takes an honest and uncompromising look at death and dying.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Stillman's arch, clever dialogue is as strong as ever, and he conveys in every frame a genuine affection for his characters, however insipid their actions may be at times. These gifts make it easy to forgive Stillman's tendency to let his story meander, especially in Disco's second half.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Beyond giving a human face to Uganda's crises, Kiarostami attempts to capture the actual place, a swirl of contradictions as vibrant and beautiful as it is troubled.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    After a start heavy on exposition, the film strings one action setpiece after another, each realized with the breathless excitement of an adventure pulp cover. It's as if Jackson set out to bring to life every fantasy of the last moment before earth gave way to space as the site of the final frontier.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    It’s a classic tale of survival that draws on how movies, in the right hands, can make viewers see the world through others’ eyes, and to feel what keeps them grasping as it threatens to slip away.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    The marvelous new Talk To Her has elements that wouldn't have seemed out of place in an Almodóvar film of 20 years ago
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    In the end, it's that reserve that makes it work. Keeping his distance, the director lets viewers see in full the moments in which grief turns the world into a narrow, never-ending tunnel.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    An old-house thriller retrofitted for the 21st century without any touch of unneeded flash, Panic Room is scary enough to do for downtown living what Jaws did for beaches.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    As an imaginative visual experience, there's nothing like it. Today, at least.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Deliberately paced at the outset, the film slowly establishes a sense of hatred that makes the violent explosion of the film's second half as plausible and inevitable as the laws of physics.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Thoroughly realized characters and relationships and Solondz's masterful ability to switch the tone from comic to tragic within the same scene help make Happiness a better film than it might have been otherwise. Much better, in fact.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Mann takes all the instincts he learned as a Miami Vice producer and trims them of their excesses, and the result is an unsettling thriller whose detached style perfectly complements its psychological intensity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Haynes makes it possible to forget all the layers at work and simply be swept up in the story's emotions. As in Sirk's films, these characters live and breathe within the film's exaggerated reality, thanks to rich performances by Haysbert, Quaid, and especially Moore.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Smart in a rare way that matters greatly to good contemporary comedy: Like last year's "Flirting With Disaster," its script and direction underplay absurd situations, letting its characters amuse without showing the strains of forced wackiness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Though it occasionally wears its metaphors on its sleeve, Ulee's Gold should, if there's any justice, find the same thoughtful-drama-hungry audience that made "Sling Blade" a hit.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Neither condemning nor forgiving, the film is a model of documentary evenhandedness, even though James makes no claims of objectivity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    For his first feature, Canadian director Vincenzo Natali has, like the setting of his film, created a complex piece of work around an essentially simple foundation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    What Von Trier arrives at is a complex, contemporary, and deeply moving exploration of faith.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    The film uses the cutting edge of technology to take viewers to the far reaches of the human experience, but also to create a sense of empathy, of investing in the life of another person. It’s a remarkably complex film, but an admirably simple one, too.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    An important act of historical preservation, a focused and effective film that brings back a dark, important moment in history with startling clarity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    The film at its simplest serves as a cautionary tale, but it also functions as a meditation on how little it takes to redirect a life by choice or by chance.

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