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 Last Airbender
Score distribution:
1074 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    While virtually every shot looks like a work of art, much of the beauty of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints comes from Lowery’s refusal to choose sides.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Keith Phipps
    In his best film since "Unforgiven," Eastwood ultimately lets observations on character, community, and the tidal patterns of tragedy shoulder a burden an ordinary murder mystery never could.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    It's a remote location, but Frammartino's canny eye, wry humor, and careful sense of rhythm make it feel like the best possible spot to observe the workings of the world, from ashes to ashes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    Viewers not attuned to his (Aronofsky's) heartfelt, bombastic Richard Wagner-by-way-of-"2001: A Space Odyssey" lyricism might be better off looking elsewhere. But they'll never see anything else quite like it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    Zhang Yimou is a master of intimate character pieces.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    The tone and subject at times recall David Lynch's "Lost Highway" and "Mulholland Dr.," but the approach is Hellman's own.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    The artist's arresting images speak for themselves, even though now only the bystanders are left to tell his story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    Like the best of its forebears, Grindhouse contains thrills to keep viewers in their seats, plus moments to think about on the ride home, which will probably seem unusually fraught with peril.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    The visual wit, game performances, and overflowing humanity have more than made up for the shortcomings by the time the film finds a final moment that's simultaneously abrupt and magical.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    It’s a studied movie that gives itself over to bursts of intensity, and between them sometimes threatens to become as spellbound by its subjects as they become with each other.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    Only the finale threatens to undo all that hard work. Though well-done, the last act leans less on the facts of the case than on Hollywood contrivances, heightening the tension with embellishments that feel at odds with the methodical, deliberate film leading up to them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    Developed by Mitchell and the actors, the characters don't always seem consistent from moment to moment, but a sharp sense of humor and comfortable performances by a committed and--it must be said--remarkably limber cast help smooth over the rough edges.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    Gripping action and vulnerable heroes writ large. It boldly goes somewhere different and makes it hard to leave the film not hoping for a return voyage soon.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    The final effect is less haunting than was probably intended, but Butterfly Kiss is worth a look.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    Though it's a stylistic change from what Zhang's been up to lately, this isn't entirely new territory for him.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    An ingenious, maddening film inspired by the "many lives of Bob Dylan."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    Klayman captures the earlier parts of that story so compellingly that the finale's "to be continued" quality ends up playing into the film's unspoken goal: raising awareness of one man's ongoing attempts to better the world through art.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    Played with black humor that never gets in the way of the horror, Natali’s film cleverly exploits Dren’s uncanny semi-humanity.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    The pleasure here, as before, comes from watching skilled professionals team up for a job well done.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    It’s a great-looking film--and an impressive use of 3D--but ultimately, the story makes it memorable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    Red Riding’s depiction of the avarice and corruption possible when regions become kingdoms unto themselves feels simultaneously cynical and true.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    Yes, it's fundamentally business as usual, but it's the best kind of business as usual, and it finds everyone working in top form. Abrams imports and enlarges "Alias'" smooth, stylish, yet remarkably visceral approach to action, and the actors pack a satisfying amount of drama into the moments between action scenes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    It's a film with its own identity, the simple, thrilling story of a handsome god who falls to Earth and reminds everyone what heroes do.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    Eason's twist of fate and too-sudden ending seems as rooted in Washington Heights as the music that pours from the neighborhood's car windows, the smoke that billows from its late-night eateries, and the stoic resignation inscribed on its inhabitants' faces.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    A combination of criminal smoothness and overloaded neuroses, Cage pulls off the lead role better than any actor imaginable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    Teeters on the brink of New Age ludicrousness, but it never goes over: Like Kieslowski and others, Shyamalan knows that what makes for lousy metaphysics can make for powerful metaphor, and in the end he creates a deeply, surprisingly affecting film out of a little bit of smoke and brimstone.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    Bielinsky's debut is a fine con picture, but at its best, it achieves even more, presenting the profession as a lifestyle with almost existential ramifications.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    It isn’t a hopeful story, but it is a story of how committed people have fought and struggled to create the possibility for hope in the future.

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