For 1,046 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 2.3 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 The Avengers
Score distribution:
1,046 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    While not dwelling on plot eventually gets P.S. in trouble during the slack finale, it gives Linney and Grace plenty of room to maneuver.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Pretty painless by kiddie movie standards.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    If nothing else, the sweep of Workman’s cradle-to-grave approach helps place Kane in a broader context, making it one chapter in a long life and a drama-packed career. The only trouble with the film is that Welles’ story has been told many times over, and Workman struggles to find anything new to say.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Big Eyes contains comedy and tragedy, too, but they pair much less agreeably here, in part because each of the film’s two protagonists belongs much more to one world than the other.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    But while Only The Strong Survive is essential viewing for soul fans, as a documentary it never makes the needed connections among the artists, their music, and the lives they lead.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Despite the sharp dialogue...and carefully managed dramatic rhythms, Match still can’t help but seem a bit cramped, particularly once the plot starts to take some predictable turns and the shouting starts. It’s a fine line that divides the intimate from the claustrophobic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    When the general pleasantness of the atmosphere and the cleverness of the screenplay don't carry the movie, Wilson does -- at least until a hurried, confounding finale that reveals its casualness as sloppiness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Eventually Stein's habit of dodging its own issues grows frustrating.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Director Chris Terrio adapts Amy Fox's play with flashes of wit, moments of insight, and some fine performances. But Heights' characters move along such preordained paths and perform such familiar movie actions that they might as well sport antennae.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    For everything here that’s new and exciting, there’s much that’s way too familiar. The kids are so one-dimensional and unpleasant, it’s hard to care once they start dying off.... Unfriended is often more innovative than scary, too, with some memorable but not particularly chilling and hilariously foreshadowed death scenes.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    A solid, interesting B-movie, in another season it would seem a good deal fresher.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Young costars carry the film, creating real characters from a generally flat script and Peter Care's largely undistinguished direction, both of which conspire to keep Altar Boys' danger at a distance.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Though he (Jordan) directs with admirable skill, his usual touches don't drive the film--which occasionally threatens to lose its shape.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    The fun wears thin once it becomes clear that the only trick the film has to offer is footage of the women fighting and bonding over their shared love of the handsome but uncharismatic Verástegui.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    When it unexpectedly shifts back into its initial thriller mode, Walk On Water loses in human drama what it gains in tidiness, revealing itself as a film that carries more weight in its light scenes than its heavy moments can sustain.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Stallone and Schwarzenegger have all the gravity here, and keep pulling Escape Plan in the direction of an old-fashioned tough-guy action film, one filled with nods to their onscreen pasts and offscreen exploits.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Caine played Alfie as an incorrigible S.O.B. who at least made for good company. Law makes him a delicate boy with self-control problems who can't stop talking, and his charm runs out long before the film ends.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Achieves a dullness that defies its pedigree and its story's potential.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Director Thomas Balmès mostly just tags along for the ride, but the incidental details he picks up taint the sense of guarded hopefulness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    It's clever enough, but it's mostly a contrivance to hide the fact that there's nothing interesting about the story itself.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    A well-chosen cast helps make the wild notions convincing, and director Chris Columbus presents it all in an attractive, thoroughly watchable package. But try imagining a universe in which the Harry Potter series existed only in film form.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    As a portrait of a man at the top of his profession starting over, it's involving throughout, and funny, too. Its range proves too narrow to support the questions it raises, but it's memorable for the point it repeats.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    While some of the scenes feel contrived, the naturalistic performances never do.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Though typically engaging, Ararat occasionally suffers from what's previously been a virtue in Egoyan's filmmaking. His distancing techniques, rather than sharpening his ability to deal with a subject that lends itself to high emotion -- sometimes just seem distancing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Offers a strange mix of sentimentality and social criticism, sometimes mixing the two to awkward effect.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    After spending so much time letting the characters' deeds do the talking, the film veers into overkill, which comes as a letdown. But the actions linger longer than the words.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    With much more success than last summer's formula-bound "Atlantis," Treasure Planet finds the common ground between classic Disney animation and newfangled action-adventure films.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    Never finds any forward momentum, but Vysotskaya's sweet performance and the unsubtle but effective use of the war-torn asylum as a stand-in for the former USSR keep it compelling.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    It sputters whenever it has to move the story along, and it too often forgets to pay attention to Cuthbert; it makes a point about the mistake of treating women as sex objects, but it's perfectly content to use her as a plot device for the second and third acts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Keith Phipps
    The drama loses shape before it really develops, but the sense of place--all wood paneling and animal knick-knacks--and the memorable performances keep it worth watching.

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