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 1.1 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Philip Kennicott
    There is a difference between the importance of a film's subject and the quality of a film's execution. And the execution is lacking. The film just isn't, well, very interesting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Philip Kennicott
    There are three fine performances lost in this otherwise middling film. Alan Arkin makes a wonderfully gruff newspaper editor who does just about as much barking as Marley. Jennifer Aniston makes the most of the rather slender figure of Jennifer Grogan, creating a believably human picture of a career woman who gives it up for the kids. And then there's the dog that plays Marley.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Philip Kennicott
    Tokyo, if anything, becomes more of a mystery after Tokyo! than it was before. That's the strength and curse of the film. If you can't find real connections between its disparate stories, you can always make them up yourself. But if that kind of film frustrates you, think twice before booking a ticket to Tokyo!
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Philip Kennicott
    Shrink is no worse than the average Hollywood comedy. But it shows, more obviously than most, the bankruptcy of standard-issue American pop narrative, circa 2009.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Philip Kennicott
    Gibney's documentary strains to make sense of the minutiae without losing the audience's attention over its formidable, two-hour length.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Philip Kennicott
    You can't hate the film anymore than you can hate Herb and Dorothy. But this is lazy work.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Philip Kennicott
    If a few decent actors play their roles and defend their turf, it doesn't matter how preposterous the whole proposition is.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Philip Kennicott
    It isn't so much a movie as a superheated, highly conductive miracle substance for the pure transmission of masculine aggression and misogyny.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Philip Kennicott
    A not-quite-funny comedy that devolves into a tedious discussion of miracles and redemption.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Philip Kennicott
    Falls flat at every turn.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Philip Kennicott
    It's all wildly implausible and occasionally fun, but it could be so much better if director Randall Miller (who co-wrote the screenplay) had thrown in a little more character development and excised a half-dozen crazy plot twists.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Philip Kennicott
    Donkey Punch is almost humorless, and there's no wink and nudge behind the mayhem to absolve us of taking its ugly, class-obsessed subtext seriously.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Philip Kennicott
    Even the basic look of the film -- it was filmed on a stage with every shot set against a bleak, dark backdrop -- underscores the filmmaker's position as master manipulator, in a laboratory, looking down at his mice running through his maze.

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