For 1,007 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 Winter's Bone
Lowest review score: 0 A Life Less Ordinary
Score distribution:
1,007 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    Zuckerberg's story ends up feeling bigger than his own life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    A florid, often lurid, completely enthralling film held in place by a disarming Portman, who rarely leaves the frame.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    The Coens direct True Grit with a light touch, but like Portis' stark, funny novel, their adventure tale shaves off none of the rough edges.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    Rabbit Hole is a tremendously sad movie, but it's also the furthest thing from a miserablist wallow.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    As Cruise clings to the side of the building using malfunctioning equipment, and a sandstorm looms in the distance, the question shifts from whether Bird can direct an action film to whether there's anyone out there who can top him.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    It's an exercise in metafiction that, while providing grisly fun, never distances viewers. And it's entertaining, while asking the same question of viewers and characters alike: Why come to a place you knew all along was going to be so dark and dangerous?
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    After establishing an atmosphere of nearly unbearable dread, Alfredson keeps thickening and chilling it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    As played by Ralph Fiennes in his own cinematic adaptation of the play, Coriolanus' military genius makes him a figure of awe, but it's his near-absence of empathy that makes him terrifying.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    Considine directs with the confidence of a veteran, giving his actors room to work while letting an ominous, overcast mood hang over almost every scene.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    Skyfall doesn't forget it has to be an exciting spy film above all, but from its first scene, it ratchets up the drama in ways that have little to do with action.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    Tasked with meeting the many requirements necessary for any Avengers movie to work, Whedon checks off all the boxes, then sets about creating new expectations for what a big superhero movie ought to be.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    It's an intense, uncompromising take that restores some of the shock that made Wuthering Heights so notable when it first appeared.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    Directing his first live-action film since 2000's "Cast Away," Robert Zemeckis paces it brilliantly, slowly ramping up the energy from hungover lethargy to coke-fueled confidence, while creating undercurrents of dread as Washington hits his stride.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Works both as a great romance and a great, unconventional crime thriller. But step back from such distinctions, and it just looks like a great movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    There are moments when Velvet Goldmine threatens to collapse under the weight of writer/director Todd Haynes' (Poison, Safe) ambition. But, sometimes amazingly, it doesn't, becoming in the process one of the year's freshest, most exciting films.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Finds the right balance between reverence and wit.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Finely crafted, tense, scary thriller from start to finish.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Despite years of imitators, sequels (some great, some not so), and edited-for-television broadcasts, Alien has lost none of its power, and the big screen only intensifies its impact.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Lee at his best, a virtuoso piece of filmmaking that's stylish, substantial, and rich in detail.
    • 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.
    • 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.