Michael Phillips

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For 1,751 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Phillips' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Brooklyn Castle
Lowest review score: 0 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
1751 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    A massive and rather tiring showcase for Bollywood action hero Akshay Kumar.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    Extraordinarily raunchy, occasionally funny.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    I admit I would've had a hard time getting through it without the help of Simmons and Addai-Robinson, over there in the B plot. The character at the center of the story is treated with respect and admiration, but in dramatic terms he's about as real-world plausible as Batman.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    When everything and anything is possible, nothing feels urgent or truly dramatic. The movie devolves into a melange of digital effects and sequences of glamorous slaughter, as Lucy swaggers around, with that big brain, and slouches toward becoming a full-lipped deity.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    The pathos: considerable. The sight gags, involving Crystal puking chili dog on a kid's face, or the grandson with an imaginary friend peeing and causing an X Games skateboarder to wipe out: artless. The results: tolerably amusing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    The emotions and crises feel pre-sanded, smooth to the point of blandness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    Enough with the snatching, already.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    The results are boring boring.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    This is a gentle, diffident concoction. But it has barely enough pulse to power a hummingbird.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    By the second hour of The Battle of the Five Armies, the visual approach becomes a paradox: monotonously dynamic epic storytelling.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    I didn't half-mind Fired Up, but half a mind is more than it deserves.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    The result is a film that feels hidebound. And nobody ever called a dance-driven movie "hidebound."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    The acting is quite deft, if extremely broad, but screenwriter Kundo Koyama seesaws uncertainly between jokes and grief.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    This one's likely to vex both history buffs and those who require some drama with their drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    Apted and his collaborators are so in awe of their subject they neglect to bring him to full human life.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    The Raven squanders a promising scenario while half-burying Cusack's mercurial skills as a leading man with the wiles of a character actor.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    The animated result isn't bad. It's an adequate baby sitter. But where's the allure in telling the truth? Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios present "Adequate"?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    In a movie built around two characters, Pitt does not hold up his 50 percent.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    The slapstick is crudely executed. And the movie never makes up its mind regarding how nasty the ghost of Kate is going to play her revenge tactics.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    It's not a ridiculous degree of complexity per se, but screenwriter Matt Cook mistakes solemnity for gravity, and a high body count for dramatic urgency. The cast is terrific, unfortunately.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    After seeing No Reservations you'll be hungry for a really top-flight meal. And, to go with it, a better film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    Ashes of Time Redux remains a hermetic and rather frustrating work, dotted by lonely, windblown figures dwarfed by the sand dunes of western China.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    The movie expresses honest concern for the plight of so many newcomers to America, legal or illegal. What it lacks is moment-to-moment credibility.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    Kline took on Douglas Fairbanks in Richard Attenborough's "Chaplin" and Cole Porter in Irwin Winkler's "De-Lovely"; he's the go-to biopic ace for roles requiring some fizz, a certain droll elevation and hair parted and slicked-back just so.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    The movie's own brand of charm has its subset of smarm.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    Aubrey Plaza is so deadpan she's undeadpan, and not just in her new zombie movie.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    I hope Green one day finds a way to bridge the style and rhythm of his early pictures (the ones that didn't make money) and the bumper-car approach of The Sitter.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    The generic bulk of Divergent hits its marks and moves on.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    Striving for low-key character comedy, Diminished Capacity ends up diminishing its returns.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    Writer-director Silver, who trained in documentaries, appears flummoxed by the challenges of getting the audience inside the heads of these young men.

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