Michael Phillips

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For 1,710 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Phillips' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Gomorrah
Lowest review score: 0 Bratz
Score distribution:
1710 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Is director David Fincher's film the stuff of greatness? Not quite. But the picture is very, very good.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    This is an inspirational true story worried less about turning dramatic screws than earning its feeling through character.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Matt Damon narrates, and I do wish the narration didn't end on such a generalized, throw-the-bums-out note, over footage of the Statue of Liberty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Is Black Swan high-minded? I'm happy to say: No. It is extremely high-grade hokum, which is to say it offers several different and combustible varieties.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    The movie is full, assured and extremely wry.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    An off-center but exceptional boxing film I prefer in every aspect, especially one: It feels like it comes from real life as well as the movies.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    The actors, predictably, are superb in roles shaped by screenwriter David Seidler, and directed by Tom Hooper. Yet they are unpredictably superb as well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Chomet himself has written the gentle waltz theme and other music. The piece glides by, effortlessly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Chabrol's final picture was designed with Depardieu in mind. It's a small work. Yet it's so pleasurably well-made, so obviously the work of major talents in a comfortable groove, why carp about the scale or ambition of the project?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Like "The Notebook," but with an elephant, the unexpectedly good film version of Water for Elephants elevates pure corn to a completely satisfying realm of romantic melodrama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    The film is not for the frantic of spirit. Its steady rhythm and even-handed tone threaten occasionally to stultify. But little things mean a lot in this universe, as they should.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    I've seen the fabulously acted Italian thriller The Double Hour twice now, and for all its intricate manipulations, it stays with me for a very simple reason: The love story at its bittersweet heart is played for keeps.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Led by Wilson and Cotillard, the ensemble makes the most of the material that works, and makes the best of the rest of it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    This may be the most overtly Christian mainstream picture since "The Passion of the Christ." Unlike that one, though, Malick's comes with a generosity of spirit large enough to get all sorts of people (including non-believers) thinking about the nature of faith and what it's all about.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Isn't merely joke-funny. It's texture-funny.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    The Trip isn't much, but it's more than enough.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Project Nim is practically irresistible. The story keeps getting odder and richer and more complicated.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    It's virtually non-stop action, though director David Yates, who has taken good care of these final four, ever-meaner Potter adventures, does a very crafty thing, following adapter Steve Kloves' screenplay.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    One of Morris' swiftest works, yet also one of his saddest, Tabloid reveals among other things what happens when one person's definition of ordinary healthy romance is undone by another's.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    The best material, however, keeps returning to the unstable power dynamic between Q-Tip and Dawg.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    The most stylish comics-derived entertainment of the year...It's paced and designed for people who won't shrivel up and die if two or three characters take 45 seconds between combat sequences to have a conversation about world domination, or a dame.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Part Joel & Ethan Coen and part John Millington Synge, this grotty little fairy tale casts a deft line and reels you in. I'd see it again just to hear the drug smugglers argue over the use of the Americanism "good to go."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Frantic, violent and unrelenting, it is all of a piece, its tightly packed storytelling making cassoulet of its own implausibilities and familiar terrain covering a web of political and institutional conspiracy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    The film is a remarkable experience on a purely sensory level, and the best of its archival footage - on the track, in private meetings with drivers before the races, from the white-knuckle, over-the-shoulder perspective of Senna himself - is pure gold.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Both the man and his times resist a compact 93 minutes. This much anguished history, and Aleichem's inspired literary response to that history, has difficulties being confined to conventional documentary feature length. Yet Dorman's touch is sure, his pacing fleet and his chorus of voices marvelous.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Farmiga's film doesn't state things directly, but we sense what is happening to Corinne, and how some turn to fundamentalism for complex and interconnected reasons.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    It's a lot. But if you're at all inclined, it's just right.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Here's what I most appreciate about Shannon's work with the writer-director Jeff Nichols: the subtlety.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    The acting in Durkin's feature is excellent. Olsen is utilized largely as an object for camera adoration, but not in the usual glamorizing way. Olsen, Hawkes and company play slippery figures with lovely assurance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Does Kaurismaki believe in his own fairy tale? The movie, a humble delight, suggests the answer is yes.

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