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
3.5/4 97% Queen of Earth (2015) "Perry may never make a movie for the masses, whoever they are. But his truest work burrows into weird, blackly comic places few other filmmakers would dare explore. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 3, 2015
2/4 49% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "It's not a difficult picture to watch. All you want from A Walk in the Woods, honestly, is a chance to enjoy a couple of veteran actors. But the book's comic tone hasn't found a comfortable equivalent for the screen. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 2, 2015
2.5/4 65% Learning To Drive (2015) "Clarkson develops a push-pull rapport with Kingsley that fills in the blanks - or, rather, mitigates the script's on-the-nose tendencies. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/4 91% Grandma (2015) "Weitz strips everything down for efficiency in "Grandma." The writing is relentlessly on point, and often lacks breathing room, but some films settle for being workable showcases for their interpreters. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2/4 64% Digging For Fire (2015) "One of these days, I hope I respond to a Joe Swanberg movie the way some do. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 82% Mistress America (2015) "Gerwig's unpredictable, unerring comic timing informs a quality all too rare in modern movies: She's a throwback that only looks forward. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "Composer Daniel Pemberton's evocations of early '60s "danger" music respect the period, which is more than can be said for Ritchie's hatchet-style of staging and editing. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 13, 2015
4/4 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "The film is harsh but wonderful. It shouldn't be funny, too, but somehow it is, and somehow it's the right kind of funny. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2.5/4 90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Jackson Jr. artfully evokes Ice Cube's tough-guy charisma. Mitchell's Eazy emerges as the film's most complicated figure, throwing his lot in with a manager who may not have his best interests at heart. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3.5/4 97% The Look of Silence (2015) ""The Look of Silence" is painful and unforgettable - a serious and honorable form, perhaps the highest, of "gotcha" journalism imaginable. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 92% The End Of The Tour (2015) "Many feel the film, based on Lipsky's interview transcriptions, carries a ghoulish aura of opportunism. It doesn't strike me that way ... " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/4 93% The Gift (2015) "At heart this is a three-character chamber piece. And Bateman, Hall and Edgerton are three very interesting actors showcased in a confident directorial debut. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/4 62% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "All good protagonists are contradictory tangles of experience and disappointment, but Cody is so tentative in her approach, nothing gathers steam or sticks in emotional terms. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 6, 2015
1/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "For a movie largely set on a planet ("Planet Zero") coursing with living, liquid energy, I don't know if I've ever seen a superhero movie more in need of a lie-down. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "The most assured and satisfying of the five so far ... " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2/4 56% Samba (2015) "It's easy to enjoy what the cast does on screen; it's harder to buy the nutty mood swings and, as written, Gainsbourg's generic trainwreck of a character. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/4 84% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "The movie ... inevitably fights against its own sense of dulled outrage and methodical role-playing. But it's pretty gripping all the same. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2015
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 60% 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 67% 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 40% 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 92% 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
87% 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 16% 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 20% 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 65% 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 87% 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 85% 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 82% 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 93% 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 67% 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 97% 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 84% 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
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