For 1,021 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Keith Phipps' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Saving Private Ryan
Lowest review score: 0 Jonah Hex
Score distribution:
1,021 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    The final effect is less haunting than was probably intended, but Butterfly Kiss is worth a look.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    The pleasure here, as before, comes from watching skilled professionals team up for a job well done.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    An ingenious, maddening film inspired by the "many lives of Bob Dylan."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Keith Phipps
    It’s a great-looking film--and an impressive use of 3D--but ultimately, the story makes it memorable.
    • 83 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    A funny, tightly plotted, well-conceived comedy that transcends both Crystal's '90s curse and its horrible title.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    Jeong's movie is at its best when it forgets about everything but the interactions of its cast, whether they're together or communicating via one of Cat's cleverly orchestrated cell-phone scenes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    A funny, unexpectedly inspiring story of excess, poor choices, and unwavering high-mindedness, all tied to that quintessential bit of rock wisdom: Icarus did fall, but first he flew.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    "I knew the children here had something to say," Goldberg says in voiceover early in the film. That statement may sound slightly maudlin, but the film that follows is anything but.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    Ali
    Ali becomes less the story of a boxer than the story of one man hanging onto his soul. With so many wrong ways to dramatize that process, Mann's approach seems all the more right.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    Nicole Kidman -- continuing the string of remarkable performances that have followed "Eyes Wide Shut" -- finds plenty of fodder in the long-delayed Birthday Girl. A grimy thriller with a wicked streak of humor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    "Adolesence can kill you," Birot has said in an interview. In a film that leaves the "you" intentionally vague, moment after moment she shows how.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    An oddly effective mixture of technical prowess, well-executed cliché, and unexpected political poignancy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    One the truest-feeling political portraits in years, as well as a fine piece of drama.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    Fontaine gives her film the tone of a psychological thriller, with the potential of violence always lurking beneath the surface.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    A winning mix of humor and poignant character examination, and a satisfying film.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Keith Phipps
    Well matched both to the material and each other, Cage and Beach capture Windtalkers' true struggle, the fight to hold on to values like honor, friendship, and tenderness in an environment that demands otherwise. This is as much a Woo trademark as the carefully orchestrated gunplay.

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