Michael Phillips

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For 7 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 85% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 15% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Phillips' Scores

Average review score: 79
Highest review score: 90 Star Trek: Picard: Season 1
Lowest review score: 50 Hunters (2020): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
7 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    When Monae loosens up with Chau (when the material allows it, that is), the series discovers a valuable human element. Conspiracy thrillers can be about people, or they can be about plot, or they can be about both, which is very, very difficult. At its best season two manages both.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Phillips
    The new six-episode Netflix nonfiction anthology “Trial by Media” constitutes good, solid recappery in the realm of true crime and 50 shades of quality in the world of press coverage of high-profile legal sweepstakes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    It’s safe to say this bracing, exceptionally crafty portrait of a savvy political organizer; the thwarted Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; and a decade of warring women’s movements, right and left, amounts to something rare. It is serious fun, full of wit, fully invested in the humanity and the hypocrisies in everyone on view.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    It’s a moving, determinedly solemn adaptation of Swedish author/artist Simon Stålenhag’s lavishly illustrated book.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Phillips
    Fine, eerily evocative HBO adaptation. ... It takes a while for the HBO series to spark in human terms. By the midpoint, however, Roth’s narrative mechanics prove irresistible and the sons’ storylines, in particular, so obviously dear to Roth, pierce the heart.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Phillips
    The intermingling of real-world horror and fantasy revenge is nothing new, and when it works, it can rattle audiences in the best possible way. (Executive producer Peele’s own “Get Out” and “Us” are prime recent examples.) “Hunters” is far from sloppy, and it’s rarely dull. ... Here, though, it’s more a case of misjudged satire and mood-swing whiplash.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Phillips
    Stewart’s just lovely in this. He has spent his post-"Next Generation" and post-"X-Men" career staking out various corners of the indie and studio film world, to mixed success. Picard suits him wonderfully, still. Just as the first round of “Star Trek” movies, the ones with William Shatner and the gang, made hay on the old idea of old dogs learning new tricks, “Picard” too has some of that in its synthetic DNA. And it works, because the actors are the right actors, and it’s treated seriously but without a crushing sense of solemnity.

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