Keith Phipps

Keith Phipps

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Publications:
AV Club , Slate , The Dissolve , Time Out Chicago
Critics' Group:
Chicago Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
562

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 —— Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) " [Director Don] Siegel later referred to Riot In Cell Block 11 as his breakthrough film, and it's easy to see why. Shooting fast and loose, he gives the film a documentary immediacy [...]" — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 21, 2014
1.0/5 50% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " It seems unlikely that anyone but a father with a few loose screws could see Colton's story as proof of anything but an active imagination. That he could become a beacon of hope to those who want to believe in God seems downright impossible." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 17, 2014
88% Amélie (2001) " Amelie contains enough material for a dozen or so charming shorts, but stretched to feature length, the whimsy grows wearisome, and the film delights far less than it seems to desire." — AV Club
Posted Apr 9, 2014
4.5/5 84% Performance (1970) " For all its hallucinatory excesses, however, Performance is a film of ideas, even if it's happier to let them swirl around than attempt to explain them." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 7, 2014
87% Far From Heaven (2003) " Todd Haynes has crafted a feature-length homage to Sirk that succeeds both on its own terms and as the Sirk film that could never have been made in his own lifetime." — AV Club
Posted Apr 1, 2014
5/5 91% The Freshman (College Days) (1925) " Flawlessly executed and edited for maximum impact, the gags have timepiece precision, but Lloyd always sells his mishaps as things that just kind of happen to his character [The Freshman] works because it keeps viewers rooting for its hero. " — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3.5/5 77% Noah (2014) " For all the liberties Noah takes with the traditional narrative, that thematic element becomes its most significant addition, and it dominates the film once everyone's aboard the ark" — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3.5/5 93% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " If Mistaken For Strangers weren't a documentary, it might have worked as a high-concept comedy." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3/5 —— Wonderwall (1969) " It's as much lava lamp as movie, a true head picture from its psychedelic décor [...] to [George] Harrison's music, an often-remarkable mix of rock sounds and traditional Indian instruments. " — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 24, 2014
58% Blast from the Past (1999) " There's something a little bit creepy and Dole-like about the notion that 35 years ago, everything was good and pure and right (except for that whole Cold War mess), while today, everything has become debased and confusing." — AV Club
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3.0/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " While this sequel doesn't entirely know how to tell a story with [the muppets]-as that opening number warns from the start-they remain pleasant company, even starring in a movie that's this content to warm up what's worked before." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4.5/5 100% The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin) (1958) " Kurosawa stages every scene with an eye toward screen-filling spectacle, [...] But he's also concerned with the characters' journey, and how they change-or don't-along the way. " — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 17, 2014
3.5/5 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " It's briskly entertaining as a mystery, and such a pleasing revival that it's not even that frustrating when the film concludes on more than one bit of unfinished business." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 13, 2014
4/5 100% Show Boat (1936) " [The director] recognizes he's making a film, not just a record of a stage production. The strong source material doesn't hurt [...] and neither do the [...] performances of actors who know their characters inside and out. " — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 10, 2014
1.5/5 22% Son Of God (2014) " If Son Of God is in any way meant to be a test balloon for whether television can reverse the natural theaters-to-home-viewing cycle and have a second life as a movie, it's not a good one" — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/5 85% Tess (1979) " The film, like its source, is filled with pessimistic fatalism, but it spares no pity for the instruments of fate [...] What, if anything, this meant to Polanski remains unknowable." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 25, 2014
2.0/5 25% Pompeii (2014) " There's much to see here, but little to feel, and even less to remember." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4.5/5 94% Foreign Correspondent (1940) " It's such an entertaining film that it's almost possible to forget its didactic agenda, which is certainly part of the point. " — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
1.5/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " Endless Love never tries to look beneath that pretty surface. Or maybe it doesn't dare, knowing there's nothing to be found." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/5 85% The Jungle Book (1967) " Every one of the bunch is memorable, and each plays gracefully into the action of the film." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 14, 2014
2.0/5 10% Vampire Academy (2014) " Vampire Academy occasionally plays as if it's on fast-forward, rushing from one moment to the next without providing much reason to care about what's happening[.]" — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 14, 2014
51% Cherish (2002) " In the end, it becomes the cinematic equivalent of one of the songs Tunney adores: enjoyable enough while it lasts, but so thin that its ingratiating charms seem as much a source of frustration as pleasure." — AV Club
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4.0/5 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " It's playtime on film, done with wit, warmth, and respect for the business of imagination." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 13, 2014
87% Chicago (2002) " As sentimental as a plywood casket, Chicago has satirical bite and a mean wit that somehow never obscures its characters' unlikely likability." — AV Club
Posted Feb 12, 2014
92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) " Shakespeare In Love delivers the goods, if the goods you're in the market for happen to be a clever romance concerning William Shakespeare that's unlikely to cause anyone to reassess their notions of Shakespeare, romance, or enjoyment." — AV Club
Posted Feb 11, 2014
1.5/5 22% Gimme Shelter (2014) " There's a whole [other] film to be made [...]-one driven less by hysterics and villainous mother figures, and more by examples of how charity and compassion can turn dead ends into doorways-but Gimme Shelter doesn't seem to want to make it." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 6, 2014
A- 100% Friday Night Lights: Season 4 (TV, 2009-2010) " Will this team even be in shape to play a game in next week's episode? We're entering a season where that's not even a given, and it's an exciting place to be. " — AV Club
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4.0/5 94% In the Heat of the Night (1967) " Though apart from its handling of race, In The Heat Of The Night's story had a familiar ring, it didn't really look much like the standard fare of 1967. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2.5/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " [T]he film's second half seems determined to snuff out the promise of its first, making it hard to wish for this incarnation of the character, or any, to have more big-screen adventures. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 31, 2014
4.5/5 98% Kumonosu Jô (Throne of Blood) (Macbeth) (1957) " Unavoidable consequence of human ambition. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 13, 2014
1/5 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " Legend Of Hercules mostly just looks rushed and cheap, only coming to life in a handful of fight scenes, and then only briefly." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 10, 2014
4/5 97% Big (1988) " A funny, bittersweet film that opens as a cautionary tale about growing up too fast, but deepens into a movie about the unplumbable gulf between childhood and adulthood." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3.5/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " American Hustle contains fireworks aplenty-dramatic outbursts of bravura filmmaking, sly acting choices, a scene that makes Robert De Niro scary again-but also a few too many familiar moments." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 10, 2013
56% The Polar Express (2004) " As a spectacle, The Polar Express looks remarkable. As a film, however, it's the equivalent of an elaborately wrapped Christmas present containing a nice new pair of socks." — AV Club
Posted Dec 9, 2013
4/5 100% Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (2012) " Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion begins like a giallo, but soon pushes beyond even that genre's outré boundaries, playing like a fever dream." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 3, 2013
4.5/5 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Inside Llewyn Davis plays like an elegy. Its conclusions are more regretful than angry." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 3, 2013
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) " It doesn't help that Chamber is pretty much all business from the opening shot, trading in Stone's sometimes-clunky exposition for full-steam-ahead action." — AV Club
Posted Nov 26, 2013
89% Shrek 2 (2004) " The lovable characters remain, but they never do much of interest in a sequel that's safely above average but superfluous." — AV Club
Posted Nov 25, 2013
2/5 20% Expecting (2013) " A queasy mix of tones and approaches that makes the film feel divided against itself." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3.5/5 92% Philomena (2013) " Philomena lets viewers spend time with its characters and get to know exactly who's getting hurt. It arrives at an inevitable destination, but the journey is what makes it moving." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 21, 2013
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) " To live up to expectations, The Two Towers only had to be as good as its predecessor -- and, astoundingly, it's better." — AV Club
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3.5/5 81% Night of the Comet (1984) " It feels like an homage to everything, as its likable heroines slowly wander through a movie wasteland filled with familiar landmarks" — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 19, 2013
94% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) " The Return Of The King ultimately proves up to the series' increasingly difficult task: making movies that echo legends, making legends that reflect life, and reconciling it all with the fact that both legends and lives all eventually meet their ends." — AV Club
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3.5/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Thor: The Dark World begins as high fantasy and ends as a blown-up episode of Doctor Who." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 6, 2013
3.5/5 —— My Name Is Nobody (Il mio nome è Nessuno) (1973) " While it all feels like a step down from the grandeur of Leone's spaghetti Westerns, that's part of the point, and part of the charm. " — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 5, 2013
2/5 20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) " There's that cast, which lends the material a certain amount of gravity...At least, that is, until space zombies start attacking everyone with electric drills." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 4, 2013
2/5 8% Diana (2013) " Wisely, Diana opts to tell only part of Diana's story...Unfortunately, it doesn't find much of interest in those years." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3.5/5 80% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " The Broken Circle Breakdown has the feel of life as it's remembered-moments out of time tethered together by the feelings of those living them." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 31, 2013
4/5 83% The Uninvited (1944) " The Uninvited was...one of the first films to treat the supernatural seriously, and to play ghosts and hauntings as something other than fodder for comedy." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 28, 2013
3/5 80% The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) " Fuest plays up the 1930s-by-way-of-the-1970s set design, but any atmosphere gets lost in scene after scene that's lighted like a TV show." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 22, 2013
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