Keith Phipps

Keith Phipps

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Publications:
AV Club , Slate , The Dissolve , Time Out Chicago
Critics' Group:
Chicago Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
600

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 97% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " 20,000 Days On Earth is itself an act of performance, a chance for Nick Cave to offer his own version of Nick Cave to the world." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014
5/5 97% Out of the Past (1947) " Out Of The Past is undeniably a film noir, and rightly regarded as one of the genre's best. " — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014
2.5/5 61% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " The film feels more thrown-together than thought-through." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014
0% Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) " An action film starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu, Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever looks like a video-game promo, has a story that plays like the fifth episode of a struggling syndicated action show, and feels like a headache waiting to happen." — AV Club
Posted Sep 15, 2014
3.5/5 93% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) " By turning her attention to an underreported chapter in recent history, Kennedy has found a trove rich with unreal imagery and stories of heroism in the face of defeat." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/5 73% Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) (1990) " Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! comes from a transitional phase in Almodóvar's career, one in which he was using bigger budgets to hone his aesthetic, create characters with greater depth, but still indulge a punkish urge to shock." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 26, 2014
2.0/5.0 37% If I Stay (2014) " Even with the supernatural elements, If I Stay is never particularly compelling." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 21, 2014
4.0/5.0 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " Sachs conveys a sense of their entire long relationship and the history around it by depicting a difficult, late chapter whose uncertain outcome underscores what they mean to each other..." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 20, 2014
2.0/5.0 7% Are You Here (2014) " A film about a couple of lifelong friends in the midst of parallel identity crises, it's almost shockingly formless, underthought, and visually indifferent given those behind it..." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 19, 2014
3.5/5.0 71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) " ...director Todd Douglas Miller offers a clear, though not exactly objective, look both at what made Sue such an important discovery and at the legal quagmire that followed." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 13, 2014
3/5 65% Motel Hell (1980) " ...a low-budget shocker that's picked up a sizable cult following over the years, thanks in no small part to Calhoun, whose welcoming smile and aging matinee-idol looks made his turn as a villainous madman fond of human flesh all that more effective." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 11, 2014
3/5 78% Get On Up (2014) " Yet the energy never flags, the film conveys a deep love of Brown's music (which fills almost every scene), and Boseman remains magnetic whether onstage or in quiet moments..." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 31, 2014
4/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Gunn... has found a way to bring funkiness and humanity to a galaxy-spanning blockbuster, one filled with dogfights and floating fortresses, but also with heroes quick with a quip, fast on the draw, and more than a little beaten up by the universe." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 30, 2014
3.5/5 68% The Big Chill (1983) " ...even though it's aware of their narcissism, The Big Chill still views its characters sympathetically, even when they do little to invite much sympathy themselves. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 28, 2014
B+ 72% The Ring (2002) " Gore Verbinski creates an air of dread that begins with the first scene and never lets up, subtly incorporating elements from the current wave of Japanese horror films along the way." — AV Club
Posted Jul 25, 2014
10% I Dreamed of Africa (2000) " In the opening segment of I Dreamed Of Africa, Kim Basinger breaks her leg. The rest of the film is so dull, you can almost hear the bone heal." — AV Club
Posted Jul 23, 2014
1.5/5 42% Wish I Was Here (2014) " The film is as phony as they come." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 17, 2014
15% Dead Man on Campus (1998) " It's all handled so poorly that it comes off as more ghoulish than anything else, although those who find the word "bong" instantly entertaining and are easily distracted by the presence of flickering images may be amused." — AV Club
Posted Jul 15, 2014
25% Fathers' Day (1997) " Add to these problems the fact that Fathers' Day is a comedy starring two reputedly hilarious people who don't make you laugh once, and you have a movie that would be great if everything about it weren't terrible." — AV Club
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4/5 79% Scanners (1981) " The generous selection of bonus features includes vintage elements, like a trailer made up almost entirely of the exploding-head scene, a handful of radio spots, and a 1981 talk-show appearance in which Cronenberg discusses his work up to that point." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " A visceral film, one of movement, action, unexpected developments, and disarming poignance." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 10, 2014
5% The Avengers (1998) " This big-screen version of the classic '60s TV spy show The Avengers can be added to the ignominious heap of updates, remakes, and adaptations that really didn't need to be made." — AV Club
Posted Jul 8, 2014
2/5 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " This brazen summoning of ghosts of Spielberg movies past might have worked if director Dave Green...had the classic technical chops to pull it off." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Projecting the problems of today into a science-fiction tomorrow, [Snowpiercer] also ties them to a compelling story that keeps shifting under its characters' feet." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 24, 2014
5/5 94% Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) " Picnic At Hanging Rock is determined to keep its secrets to itself. Yet it's as beguiling as films come." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 23, 2014
11% Batman & Robin (1997) " The fourth installment of the lucrative Batman series is the weakest yet, but anyone not expecting that after 1995's Batman Forever will probably be too dazed by all the bright lights in the theater lobby to notice anyway." — AV Club
Posted Jun 18, 2014
4/5 66% The Rover (2014) " The Rover is ultimately less interested in what's driven the world to ruin than it is in life amid the wreckage, a place as dangerous to the soul as the body. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/5 21% A Long Way Down (2014) " Though the film looks good and is filled with appealing actors doing their best to keep things animated, nobody seems to have noticed that A Long Way Down goes nowhere." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 9, 2014
39% Armageddon (1998) " Bay directs Armageddon in a way that seems more concerned with constantly assaulting the senses than anything else, hoping perhaps that the quick cuts and constant explosions will distract from his film's many flaws." — AV Club
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3.5/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " It's the rare action film whose quiet moments cut as deep as its fight scenes." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 5, 2014
5/5 100% Red River (2001) " Hawks directs the film with his typical assurance and seeming lack of fuss, letting scenes play out in long takes, and framing the action against vistas that often dwarf the actors." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2.0/5 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " [The] stars can't find the humanity beneath Di Pego's dialogue, generate much romantic chemistry, or make their personal struggles feel like burdens instead of scripted complications they're destined to overcome before the credits roll." — The Dissolve
Posted May 22, 2014
3.5/5 73% The Wind and the Lion (1975) " The Wind And The Lion is a neat mixture of romanticization and realpolitik [...] The film is memorable for its action scenes [...] but also for the reflective moments from which those action scenes are born." — The Dissolve
Posted May 19, 2014
3.5/5 73% Godzilla (2014) " [A] satisfying monster movie that delivers when it counts. [Director] Edwards provides one jaw-dropping image after another, most of them accompanied by a haze of destruction and a pounding sound design." — The Dissolve
Posted May 13, 2014
46% For Love of the Game (1999) " For Love Of The Game seems lost, as one overlong melodramatic interlude follows another, each more predictable than the entirely predictable game itself." — AV Club
Posted May 8, 2014
9% Catwoman (2004) " Relentlessly gaudy and in love with its PG-13 approximation of kink, Catwoman is essentially an excuse to pose Berry in ever-skimpier outfits. It's all too pre-fab to register as sexy, though, and even the fight scenes look like fashion shoots." — AV Club
Posted May 2, 2014
3.5/5 79% Sophie's Choice (1982) " The way Streep inhabits Sophie, and brings her history to life whether she's explicitly talking about the past or carrying herself across the room with wounded grace, can't help but make parts of the rest of the film seem smaller by comparison." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2.5/5 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Whenever it features feet flying through the air, Brick Mansions is a pleasure. Asked to do anything else, it's one stumble after another." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 24, 2014
4/5 100% 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 46% 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 92% 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 91% 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
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