Michael Phillips

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For 1,785 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 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Phillips' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Lowest review score: 0 Vacation
Score distribution:
1785 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    The movie is madly, wonderfully at odds with itself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    It is good. Not great. But far better than "not bad." Solidly, confidently good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    Some movies pack such a terrific central idea, even their flaws can’t stop the train. District 9 is one of them.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Cooper's performance is his best yet. As is Lawrence's (the more crucial role, in fact).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    To millions, Stritch is the Emmy-winning actress who did "30 Rock," playing Alec Baldwin's mom. Those people who don't know the rest of her story should take the 82 minutes to see this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Takes you places an ordinary documentary filmmaker might’ve gone to yet missed completely.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    It's one of the most comforting science fiction films in years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Phillips
    The beauty of the film is undeniable, as is the cruelty of the bull's lives. (This is not a picture for animal-sensitive viewers.)
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    If Wal-Mart, the Lucifer of multinational corporations in many liberal eyes, sees the fiscal sense in stocking an increasingly wide array of organic foodstuffs, consumer habits truly are changing. Not fast enough, though, for documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    There is a good deal of honest charm in this story, and in the three principal performances.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Disney TV star Bridgit Mendler brings an effective if limited friendliness to Arrietty; Will Arnett and Amy Poehler are relatively restrained as her parents; Carol Burnett runs through a career's worth of vocal flourishes and aural panic attacks as the housekeeper.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Much of Melancholia plays, effectively, like a slice of late 20th century Dogme-style realism, in the vein of the film "Celebration" by von Trier's fellow Dane, Thomas Vinterberg.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    An indelible portrait of an American family at its most blithely macabre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    Incendies is no mere riff on a Greek mainstay. It is its own entity, delicate and fierce. Already I've risked making it sound like homework. It's not; it's an enthralling drama of survival.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    The Proposal reworks "Two Weeks Notice" with the genders switched.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Eleven years ago director Campbell made "GoldenEye," the first of the Brosnan Bond pictures. Casino Royale trumps it every which way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    It's the best musical biopic in decades.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    The biggest change from the '69 "True Grit" is the best thing about this formidably well-crafted picture. Portis's narrator and heroine, 14-year-old Mattie Ross, runs the show this time, not the one-eyed marshal.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    What are the odds that the year's most compelling mystery would end up hanging its hat on the year's richest love story
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Phillips
    Extremely moving, exceedingly droll, flawlessly voice-acted.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    It's hard not to like it. And in both senses of the phrase, America keeps asking for it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    I found most of what's actually put forth in the film interpretively ridiculous. But I'm just one theorist among millions, and the film worked for me anyway.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    It pulls audiences into a meticulously detailed universe, familiar in many respects, wacked and menacing in many others.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Each performance in this plaintive work is superb, but Kyoko Koizumi's gently melancholy portrait of the businessman's wife keeps Tokyo Sonata true and affecting, even when the later passages go a little nuts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    If you’re new to the Dardennes, Lorna’s Silence will serve as a fine introduction.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    For all the warmth emanating from the film's core, thanks to Broadbent and Sheen, I don't know if Leigh has ever made a crueler picture.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    A strong, blood-boiling documentary from director Amy Berg, who made the similarly fine "Deliver Us From Evil".
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    Frost/Nixon is wholly absorbing.

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