Philip Kennicott
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For 43 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 23% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 68% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Philip Kennicott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 90 In the Loop
Lowest review score: 20 Manderlay
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 43
  2. Negative: 6 out of 43
43 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Philip Kennicott
    Tremendous fun at times, especially in its vicious power plays and betrayals. But it has no redeeming value beyond entertainment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Philip Kennicott
    It's a film that will stay with you.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Philip Kennicott
    Documentary makers struggle for this effect -- a feeling for the land that is both grand and unsentimental. The makers of Duma, a fable fit for children, have found it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Philip Kennicott
    It's long, but it's also very real and worth every minute.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Philip Kennicott
    Remarkably entertaining.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Philip Kennicott
    A remarkable film from Romania.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Philip Kennicott
    Maddin has called his new film a "docu-fantasia," and it's an apt label for an entirely idiosyncratic mix of local myth and history, dubious science, salacious gossip, personal rumination and endless camp humor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Philip Kennicott
    Neither the title nor the subject matter prepares you for the pure fun of Frost/Nixon.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Philip Kennicott
    At its best, Tokyo Sonata is a deft interweaving of seemingly dissonant ideas -- war and music, family and politics, authority and freedom.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Philip Kennicott
    Just when Sydney Pollack's new film about super-architect Frank Gehry, Sketches of Frank Gehry, threatens to get really interesting, Pollack, perhaps unconsciously channeling about 100 years' worth of bad movies about great artists, reverts to fall-back mode.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Philip Kennicott
    The splendid, painterly melodramas of Douglas Sirk lurk behind every shot, but the tone is essentially pre-Raphaelite, sexy and cold.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Philip Kennicott
    The power of "Grbavica" is not the arc of its story line, but the fullness of the world Zbanic creates.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Philip Kennicott
    It is a film rich in detail, the kind that simply never emerges in the nightly news accounts of the war.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Philip Kennicott
    ShowBusiness is not so clever nor so entertaining as the popular musical "A Chorus Line," which plied this territory more than 30 years ago, but it does go deeper into the mechanics of the business.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Philip Kennicott
    Cotillard leaves you loving her Piaf, wishing you could reach through the screen and steer her life a bit differently.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Philip Kennicott
    The subject is huge and worthy, and the film makes a noble effort to embrace some of its complexity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Philip Kennicott
    A brutally efficient bit of storytelling, and it makes no unforced errors. It is admirably free of any Spielbergian effort to squeeze sentimentality or inspirational lessons out of what is a complicated and morally complex story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Philip Kennicott
    Riklis has made a powerful film, but can a powerful film change anything about the fatalistic culture of powerlessness that is felt throughout Palestine and Israel? The irony of Lemon Tree is that what it achieves adds, in the end, to the sense that nothing can unravel this mess.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Philip Kennicott
    It is as polished as it is heavy-handed, and it leaves one under a spell.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Philip Kennicott
    The slaughter is part of a traditional fishing culture, according to the Japanese. But if you succumb to the emotional appeal of this documentary, it emerges not just as a bloody and brutal business but almost as bad as genocide.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Philip Kennicott
    A light but enjoyable souffle of erotic vignettes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Philip Kennicott
    Both slapstick and social drama, and it is certainly the most confident mix of the two that Perry has managed to achieve with this particular part of his vast media franchise.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Philip Kennicott
    Caine is magnificent, and the film is worth a look for his contribution alone. But Milner is a promising actor, too, and the pairing of young and old is believable and occasionally very moving.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Philip Kennicott
    Is it a great movie? John Malkovich's portrayal of an aging and sexually aggressive professor of poetry is enough to make the film worth anyone's while.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Philip Kennicott
    Sad to say, the new Matthew Barney opus, Drawing Restraint 9, made in collaboration with his main squeeze, Bjork, doesn't advance the Barney oeuvre an inch past where he left it with his massive, megalomaniacal opus known as the "Cremaster" series.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Philip Kennicott
    What Rulfo needs, unfortunately, is what too many trendy directors forsake: some social context, some succinct voice-overs and some talking heads to put the serious issues (urban poverty, urban stress, environmental degradation, corruption) into perspective.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Philip Kennicott
    The director raises the question that haunts the whole film: Who should feel shame: gay Muslims or the Muslims who oppress them?
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Philip Kennicott
    You are left with the feeling that either Grossman hasn't done justice to the Germs or the justice they deserved was to spend eternity as a historical footnote.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Philip Kennicott
    Watchmen is a bore. Sad to say, after a wait of more than two decades, the much-anticipated adaptation of the world's most celebrated graphic novel is long, dull and subject to what might be called the "Lord of the Rings" problem: It sinks under the weight of its reverence for the original.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Philip Kennicott
    Traitor traffics in the cliches of the terrorist chase film -- including the usual stereotypes of Muslims -- while trying not to succumb to outright bigotry.