Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Michael Phillips's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 95% Chimes at Midnight (1965) ""Chimes at Midnight" is one of Welles' peak achievements. Its depth of feeling seems very real, very deep indeed. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 28, 2015
0/4 27% Vacation (2015) "If any of this was surprising or cleverly timed, you'd laugh and then cringe. In "Vacation" you cringe first and ask questions later. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 28, 2015
2.5/4 58% Southpaw (2015) "The script may have hamburger for brains, but Fuqua slams it home with the help of actors who give their all - even when giving a little less might have made things more interesting. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/4 70% Unexpected (2015) "It's a little diagrammatic in its plotting. But there's an easy fluency in the way Swanberg empathizes with everybody on screen. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 39% Irrational Man (2015) "Allen is no dummy, but he is also not his own best editor or critic. The tone here is all over the place. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3.5/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Schumer and Hader are wonderful together. Gender inequity in the world of comedy deserves all the overdue attention it's getting, and more. But there are matters of craft, wit (no matter how crude the jokes) and timing that transcend chromosomes. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "The plot's the same old thing. Mad, mad, mad, mad science; imminent apocalypse; parent/child issues; blah blah blaggidy blah. The tone of Ant-Man, however, is relatively light and predominantly comic. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 13, 2015
3/4 94% Cartel Land (2015) "By the end of Heineman's rattling 98 minutes, the war on drugs seems more than ever like a war destined to go on forever before being lost on every side. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 10, 2015
85% The Tribe (2015) "An audacious and successful gamble from a first-time feature filmmaker who is now officially on his way. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2.5/4 14% The Gallows (2015) "Lofing and Cluff certainly know the found-footage ropes, and the tropes; we'll see if their next project reveals a little more imagination. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3.5/4 97% Amy (2015) ""Amy" makes you wonder about a lot of things, one being the oldest cliche in show business - the one about the high price of notoriety, whether you have the money to cover the bill or not. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 8, 2015
2/4 21% Self/less (2015) "Self/less hews closely enough to the premise of the 1966 John Frankenheimer thriller "Seconds" to qualify as an unofficial remake. Then again, anyone who remembers that one is not in the target audience for this one. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 7, 2015
3.5/4 88% Men in War (1957) "Time has proved its unassuming, unadorned craftsmanship - and Ryan's understanding of men pushed to the edge, never asking for an audience's sympathy, only our awareness. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 2, 2015
4/4 100% The Third Man (1949) "Like many, I have loved this thriller of conscience and betrayal most of my moviegoing life. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 2, 2015
1.5/4 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Made on a reported (and mystifying, given its lack of visual imagination) budget of $170 million, Terminator Genisys doesn't take any pokes or try any dark satire in its technology-enslavement angle. This is strictly business, and dull business at that. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 30, 2015
3/4 64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "This time the jokes are heavier, more on-the-nose, though a surprising percentage of them work anyway. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet They Are We "The film grows into itself, and lovingly chronicles the celebratory meeting of these very different but ancestrally connected groups. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2015
2/4 46% Ted 2 (2015) "I've seen worse comedies this year, and I'll see better. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 24, 2015
3.5/4 89% Dope (2015) "The tone of "Dope" is very interesting - funny, but rarely stupid-funny. The film does not wear its serious observations, about aspirations and realities and hypocrisies of all kinds (not just racial), in a heavy fashion. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/4 86% Heaven Knows What (2015) "Holmes has a face that reveals everything and nothing. Besides being strikingly photogenic, she's a natural. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3.5/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "Perhaps Pixar will never again reach the heights of its remarkable string of masterworks, "Wall.E," "Ratatouille" and "Up." The best of "Inside Out" comes close. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 17, 2015
3/4 93% The Farewell Party (2015) "This is straight-up commercial comedy, low-keyed division, and while it can't hold a candle to recent, dark-comic Israeli achievements such as Joseph Cedar's "Footnote," the actors more than save it. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3/4 80% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Gomez-Rejon has a seriously promising future; this film is shot in a hundred different styles, reflecting the sentimental and cinematic education of its protagonist. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 10, 2015
2.5/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Bailed out by a few good jolts, "Jurassic World" gets by, barely, as a marauding-dinosaurs narrative designed for a more jaded audience than the one "Jurassic Park" conquered back in 1993. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 10, 2015
4/4 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "We've had plenty of good musical biopics ("Walk the Line," "Control") and a handful of better ones ("Sid and Nancy," the more recent "Get On Up"). This one's special, more inward-seeking. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 95% Spy (2015) "The fun of "Spy" comes in watching the right actors mess with their own images, blithely. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/4 32% Entourage (2015) "Devoted fans of the HBO series (2004-2011) will find it passably engaging, and newcomers will likely stare at the inside-Hollywood tropes and panic attacks the way Nipper the RCA dog stared at the Victrola. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 2, 2015
2/4 19% Aloha (2015) "The first encounter among Cooper, McAdams and Stone is so awkward and unsettled that it becomes the movie's own albatross. There are some moments, most of them thanks to McAdams. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/4 50% San Andreas (2015) "I enjoyed large chunks of San Andreas, largely because the actors give it a full load of sincerity, and there's some bizarrely effective comic relief thanks to Hugo Johnstone-Burt and Art Parkinson as Brits who picked the wrong week to visit the Bay Area. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/4 94% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "The actors are terrific. It's too bad, though, that co-writer, editor and director Brett Haley settles for so little. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 21, 2015
2/4 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "For big fans of the first "Pitch Perfect," the sequel will not aggravate or offend. But I swear, in one party sequence Kendrick appears to be stifling a yawn. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 13, 2015
3/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "The creator of the original Mad Max trilogy has whipped up a gargantuan grunge symphony of vehicular mayhem that makes Furious 7 look like Curious George. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 12, 2015
3/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "A good, solid version of this novel, guided by Mulligan, is still an achievement. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 12, 2015
3/4 97% About Elly (2015) "There are no false notes anywhere in this cast of performers. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 70% Welcome to Me (2015) "The movie is small, but the actors make it seem larger, like binoculars turned around the right way. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 76% Hyena (2015) "At its most palatable the film recalls "The Long Good Friday"; at its harshest, it's a grotty cousin to "The Bad Lieutenant." There's enough filmmaking intelligence to guide "Hyena" through its worst excesses, however. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2.5/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Entertaining as much of "Avengers 2" is, especially when it's just hanging out with the gang in between scuffles (the "Guardians of the Galaxy" lesson, learned), Whedon's picture meets expectations without exceeding them. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 28, 2015
3/4 74% Welcome To New York (2015) "The film, a sleek and oddly moving study in the cost of debauchery, has its gleeful excesses. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/4 44% Adult Beginners (2015) "The relative success or failure of "Adult Beginners," directed with a steady, nonjudgmental hand by Ross Katz, depends on how funny you find Kroll. I find him funny-ish. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 23, 2015
1.5/4 18% Little Boy (2015) ""Little Boy" answers a question most tear-jerkers wouldn't have the nerve to ask: Can the bombing of Hiroshima be manipulated narratively, if briefly, into a position of warming our hearts? The answer is no. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/4 63% The Water Diviner (2015) "Assuming you buy that a noble man of the earth can use his divining skills to locate loved ones in the muddy remains of war, there's plenty else that stretches credibility in Crowe's film. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/4 94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) "You know how nature docs work. You forgive the hoked-up comic relief ... and tasteful allusions to death and dying and procreation because the tight shots of Maya's lil' Kip are so durn cuuuuute. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "The film glides and snakes along its path, a path we have trod before in so many other films and plays. But often it's not where you go but how you go that matters. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/4 87% Revenge of the Mekons (2014) "If they symbolize anything, the Mekons represent every musically curious and adventurous group that matures without calcifying, or falling apart. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/4 44% True Story (2015) "Even with shrewd and honest work by Franco and Hill and a solid supporting turn from under-used Felicity Jones as Finkel's romantic partner, the film comes to life only sporadically. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 88% The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) "The film will never rank among my favorites in the careers of these filmmakers, but filmmaking legends as diverse as Cecil B. DeMille, Martin Scorsese and George A. Romero all adore it ... " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 92% Ex Machina (2015) "Garland sidles up to some large ideas, some more provocative than others, and his premise hints at the costs of perpetual, omnivorous surveillance. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/4 88% College (1927) "The movie is worth seeing for a lot of reasons, one of them being the weirdly elegant pratfall Keaton takes on the baseball diamond when he gets clipped by an opposing player sliding into third. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 16, 2015
1.5/4 21% Broken Horses (2015) "There are secrets and revelations in "Broken Horses," none of them revealing. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/4 31% The Longest Ride (2015) "Even when Eastwood and Robertson, pleasant enough company, threaten to float off the screen, "The Longest Ride" glides along and delivers its reheated comfort food by the ton. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 9, 2015
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