For 1,392 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Phillips' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Brooklyn Castle
Lowest review score: 0 Sucker Punch
Score distribution:
1,392 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    Gives dumpster-divers a chance to slum in the antiseptic safety of a multiplex. (Planet Terror ** (out of four) / Death Proof ***1/2 (out of four).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    Effective dialogue doesn't necessarily mean witty dialogue, but wit certainly helps, and you tend not to get much of it in a low-key legal thriller. Fracture is an exception.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    Swift, sharp adaptation of Stephen King's short story (from the "Everything's Eventual" collection).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    The film's emotional claustrophobia may not be for everyone.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    It’s half-crock and half-sublime, which seems about right for its subject.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    It’s a big, juicy 1970s period piece, one foot in real life, the other in the movies, the preferred stance of many Hollywood crime sagas.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    Typical of a pretty good Sayles movie. There are few, if any, heroes and villains.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    As in “Pan’s Labyrinth,” The Orphanage relies on a risky blend of clinically realistic horrors and poetic suggestions of an alternate world, one that can be visited, but at a price.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    After playing one too many sullen poseurs it’s clear Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes had a ball making an inky black comedy seething with grandiose invective.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    Keeps you interested in its characters and isn’t afraid of complicating your sympathies a little. In these dog-day months for romantic comedy, that means a lot.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    The fetching comedy Priceless”(“Hors de Prix”) weighs about as much as its star, Audrey Tautou, but like Tautou’s pleasingly craven heroine it knows exactly what it’s doing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    Until the last 20 minutes, which stumble around in an attempt to set up a sequel, The Incredible Hulk keeps slamming everything forward, satisfyingly.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    You don't believe a second of it, but it's easy to enjoy, partly because of the casting of all three leads.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    W.
    In the end it depicts its subject as lost, and pitiable--like Richard Nixon, but more a pawn than a dark knight.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    If older kids and adults seek out this picture, which 20th Century Fox and Walden Media clearly aren't sure how to sell, they may well find themselves drawn into a subterranean world of considerable imagination.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    The film sags in the middle section, and it's more a novelty item than a fully formed work . But it's very entertaining. And Van Damme proves himself a brave, possibly foolhardy actor, which is more than Steven Seagal ever did.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    If a Warner Bros. social-protest film from the early 1930s somehow got into bed with an American indie from the 1970s, how would the love-child turn out? Like this.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    State of Play isn't a kinetic fireball like the second or third "Bourne" installment; like its protagonist, it's defiantly old school, "Three Days of the Condor" bleeding into "All the President's Men."