For 1,366 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Phillips' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 A Separation
Lowest review score: 0 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
1,366 movie reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    The result is a mixture of unified atmosphere and lived-in character study, and while Vasiliu’s role is not as indelible as that of her co-stars, Marinca’s Otilia and Ivanov’s steely abortionist are just about perfect.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    While this is very much a McQueen picture, with visual flourishes and motifs unmistakably his, the historical urgency and staggering injustice of the events keep McQueen and company utterly honest in their approach and in their collective act of imagining Solomon Northup's odyssey to hell and back.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    Its sense of humor is more sly, more sophisticated and more interesting than most PG-13 or R-rated comedies at the moment. The film may be animated, and largely taken up with rats, but its pulse is gratifyingly human.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    It's a nerve-wracking visual experience of unusual and paradoxical delicacy. And if your stomach can take it, it's truly something to see.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Is director David Fincher's film the stuff of greatness? Not quite. But the picture is very, very good.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    The key American film of 2012 ... Its stance is extremely tricky. It's not a documentary. It's not a load of revenge nonsense. It's not '24.' I'm still arguing with myself over parts of it. And that's a sign that a movie will endure.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    The film is a singular achievement, a piece of realist cinema with the pull of a suspense thriller.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    Delpy has always challenged Hawke to find a simpler, more direct form of acting in Linklater's films, which gives them their unique suspense and rolling tension.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    Burnett's documentarian empathy, coupled with his easygoing skill as a dramatic essayist, result in a film that doesn't look, feel or breathe like any American work of its generation.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Vivid, assured and extremely suspenseful.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    While I may argue with the little guy's taste in musicals, it's remarkable to see any film, in any genre, blend honest sentiment with genuine wit and a visual landscape unlike any other.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    Small, sure and stunningly acted, this is a picture of exacting control.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Folk standards such "500 Miles," "The Death of Queen Anne" and "Dink's Song" infuse the movie, and as in the Coens' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" T Bone Burnett has done first-rate work supervising the musical landscape. The film, I think, falls just a tick or two below the Coens' best work, which for me lies inside "A Serious Man" and "Fargo."
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    It is wonderful: a rhapsodic adaptation of a memoir, a visual marvel that wraps its subject in screen romanticism without romanticizing his affliction. It left me feeling euphoric.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    This is one of the screen's most rewarding explorations of the teacher/student relationship in any language.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    Day-Lewis... the role of a lifetime.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    Though uneven and less witty than the first two, Toy Story 3 delivers quite enough in two dimensions.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    The film goes pretty easy on the royals in the end, and it's a flattering portrait of Blair. But it's not credulous. Frears may swim in the political mainstream with The Queen but he does so like a champion channel crosser.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    It is personal filmmaking of the highest order, recognized with an Academy Award nomination for best foreign film.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    As pure craftsmanship, No Country for Old Men is as good as we’ve ever gotten from Joel and Ethan Coen. Only “Fargo” is more satisfying (it’s also a comedy, which this one isn’t).
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    This is a great and necessary document in support of a two-state solution. Even those who don't believe in such a solution may find their minds changed by The Gatekeepers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    A Prophet pushes its protagonist into circumstances he did not choose but in which he watches and learns and kills and eventually becomes all he can be, albeit criminally. Certainly Muslims living in France have embraced the movie and Malik, played by Rahim
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    The way Lawrence captures a young woman's fear and resolve, often non-verbally, well … this is a considerable talent well on her way to a great career. It's for performances like this that moviegoers find themselves taking a chance on a title that doesn't have a fast-food tie-in.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    Her
    A delicate, droll masterwork, writer-director Spike Jonze's Her sticks its neck out, all the way out, asserting that what the world needs now and evermore is love, sweet love. Preferably between humans, but you can't have everything all the time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    The whole movie, a feast of ensemble wiles and stunning hair, is juicy, funny and alive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    This is a big-hearted, absorbing documentary about a writer who kept on writing until very near the end. Anyone who cared about Roger Ebert will find it necessary viewing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    The film itself is perfectly poised between artistry and audacity. It's beautiful.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    Borat is a rarity: a comedy whose middle name is danger, or as the Kazakhs say, kauwip-kater.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    May be the best and saddest film of the year so far.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    The acting's so true, and Bahrani's so observant, you find yourself caring about everyone onscreen.