For 1,074 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 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Keith Phipps' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Lowest review score: 0 The Ten Commandments
Score distribution:
1074 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    Escape From The Planet Of The Apes gets the series back on track, sending three apes back to the 20th century for a story that begins comically and ends in fear and loathing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    Che
    In both halves, Soderbergh emphasizes observation over ideology with an eye toward the mundane details of life on the front lines of a revolution.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    Rabbit Hole is a tremendously sad movie, but it's also the furthest thing from a miserablist wallow.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    Broken Embraces welds Douglas Sirk melodrama to the most gracefully unsettling elements of Alfred Hitchcock, wrapping both in the stylish, hushed elegance that’s become Almodóvar’s trademark since his mid-’90s reinvention.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    After establishing an atmosphere of nearly unbearable dread, Alfredson keeps thickening and chilling it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    Mirren begins the film having her portrait painted, looking every inch the monarch and proud to play the part. By the end, she's let the pressure of one week, and maybe a lifetime, show in her eyes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    Cholodenko's casually observant style perfectly matches the cast's thoughtful work, though the film ultimately proves more successful at creating messy situations than trying to resolve them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    The generous, sharp performances, especially Garai's, deepen the story's emotional impact, as does Wright's assured, frequently astounding direction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    Gordon's feature directorial debut mostly stops being about video-game obsession and turns into a film about what it takes to make it in America.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Keith Phipps
    In The Loop floats above its chaotic world on wave after wave of beautifully profane dialogue.
    • 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?
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    There's not a weak performance in Secrets And Lies, a fact made more notable by the seeming ease with which the cast performs as an ensemble.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Ten
    Nobody handles unvarnished interactions quite the way Kiarostami does, and for much of Ten, it's a kind of austere thrill to watch him focus so intently on one aspect of his craft.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Lee at his best, a virtuoso piece of filmmaking that's stylish, substantial, and rich in detail.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Through quietly fiery performances by Day-Lewis and Watson, as well as novel-like depth and complexity, The Boxer not only avoids these pitfalls but emerges as a thoroughly engrossing movie.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Where Barton Fink sometimes resembled a horror movie, Inside Llewyn Davis plays like an elegy. Its conclusions are more regretful than angry, and while the conflict between art and commerce is no less central, there’s much more emphasis on that conflict’s personal toll.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Finely crafted, tense, scary thriller from start to finish.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Captain Phillips could have stopped at simply depicting what happened; it’s the steps it takes to examining why it happened that make it extraordinary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    A harsh (though slightly toned down from Moody's book), deeply moving, emotionally rich and intelligent film about the difficulty of rebelling against social restrictions--and the inescapable consequences of such attempts when they do succeed--The Ice Storm should not be missed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    The most exciting thing about Jackie Brown is the director's seamless transition to a less flashy, revealing style; it's well-suited to the more character-oriented focus of the film... an assured, accomplished, and very good film.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    The Wachowskis do it so playfully well, keeping The Matrix's potentially confusing plot intelligible, intelligent, and suspenseful, that it doesn't matter.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    Leigh’s generous approach to capturing the fullness of Turner’s life, through unhurried rhythms and scenes, makes Mr. Turner memorable.

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