Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Citysearch
Total Reviews:
56

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 81% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " You watch what happens, often dreading the worst. Even when the worst comes, though, it comes with honor and a kind of grace." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 4, 2013
3/4 80% Loveless (2011) " Watch for [director] Serry; he is a genuine talent, with a sidewinding sense of humor and an affection for his characters. " — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 6, 2011
5/5 82% Four Lions (2010) " I think it's appalling in all the right ways. While its lingering aftertaste of ashes in the mouth is unmistakable, I'd argue that the subject warrants it." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 12, 2010
6/10 52% Suspended Animation (2001) " Anyone who's seen a horror movie in the last 20 years will frequently know what's going to happen next." — Citysearch
Posted Oct 30, 2003
7/10 94% Girlhood (2003) " It's one thing to watch the stylized Hollywood versions of troubled teens in films like Bully and Thirteen; it's another to witness the gritty reality." — Citysearch
Posted Oct 30, 2003
5/10 14% Beyond Borders (2003) " A self-indulgent, unintentionally farcical romance." — Citysearch
Posted Oct 23, 2003
7/10 51% Dopamine (2003) " There are just enough insightful and funny moments to expect big things from writer/director Marc Decena next time around." — Citysearch
Posted Oct 9, 2003
8/10 52% The Holy Land (2003) " Terrific acting, an intriguing plot and a setting ripe with drama, violence and uncertainty make this an engrossing hour and a half." — Citysearch
Posted Jul 11, 2003
9/10 98% Spellbound (2002) " This wonderful documentary grabs you from the first scene with its riveting profiles of these unusual children." — Citysearch
Posted Jun 2, 2003
6/10 42% People I Know (2003) " It diverges way off course into an unnecessary murder mystery that takes away from the exciting pace found in the revved up scenes of Eli's daily life." — Citysearch
Posted Apr 24, 2003
3/10 14% The Young Unknowns (2000) " Rolls everything people hate about L.A. into one unattractive spitting viper of a movie." — Citysearch
Posted Apr 10, 2003
8/10 57% Irreversible (2002) " For those who can stomach it, the film is a marvelous -- though brutal -- work of art." — Citysearch
Posted Mar 6, 2003
7/10 87% Chicago (2002) " Zellweger and Jones are a joy to watch (and both can really sing), but as each musical number tries to top the previous one, it gets a little redundant." — Citysearch
Posted Dec 24, 2002
8/10 88% Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) " All newcomers, the young actors portray the girls with charisma, strength and nobility." — Citysearch
Posted Nov 29, 2002
7/10 75% The Way Home (Jibeuro) (2002) " Everyone should be able to appreciate the wonderful cinematography and naturalistic acting." — Citysearch
Posted Nov 14, 2002
7/10 67% Interview With the Assassin (2002) " As ex-Marine Walter, who may or may not have shot Kennedy, actor Raymond J. Barry is perfectly creepy and believable." — Citysearch
Posted Nov 14, 2002
8/10 92% Standing In The Shadows of Motown (2002) " Sheds light on a subject few are familiar with, and makes you care about music you may not have heard before." — Citysearch
Posted Nov 14, 2002
9/10 81% Tully (2002) " Top-notch action powers this romantic drama." — Citysearch
Posted Oct 31, 2002
7/10 46% Food of Love (2003) " The film may venture into melodrama at times but it remains a moving portrait of the fragility of love and the cost of emotional closeness." — Citysearch
Posted Oct 24, 2002
4/10 7% All The Queen's Men (2001) " This ludicrous film is predictable at every turn." — Citysearch
Posted Oct 24, 2002
9/10 87% Le Bossu (On Guard) (1997) " Wonderful fencing scenes and an exciting plot make this an eminently engrossing film." — Citysearch
Posted Oct 17, 2002
9/10 68% The Grey Zone (2002) " Painful, horrifying and oppressively tragic, this film should not be missed." — Citysearch
Posted Oct 17, 2002
8/10 76% Comedian (2002) " At times funny and at other times candidly revealing, it's an intriguing look at two performers who put themselves out there because they love what they do." — Citysearch
Posted Oct 10, 2002
8/10 74% His Secret Life (Le Fate ignoranti) (2001) " It treats us to beautiful insights and tragic struggles that swell the heart and make us feel genuine empathy for two people embracing the truth amidst a pack of lies." — Citysearch
Posted Sep 20, 2002
4/10 25% Heartbreak Hospital (2002) " You've already seen Heartbreak if you've watched the far superior Nurse Betty or Sunset Boulevard. Even the unwatchable Soapdish is more original." — Citysearch
Posted Sep 6, 2002
6/10 14% Swimfan (2002) " Without delivering chills or suspense, it reiterates the old message that cheating is fine, unless you happen to choose a psycho." — Citysearch
Posted Sep 6, 2002
7/10 47% Mad Love (2002) " Lopez de Ayala's exquisite acting makes us feel the frustration and sadness of a woman fighting against betrayal from all angles." — Citysearch
Posted Aug 30, 2002
9/10 65% Possession (2002) " Unexpectedly lush, unabashedly romantic and wrenchingly tragic, this literary detective drama could be the best date film of the year." — Citysearch
Posted Aug 16, 2002
5/10 68% All About Lily Chou-Chou (Riri Shushu no subete) (2002) " Meandering and confusing." — Citysearch
Posted Jul 12, 2002
7/10 84% Margaret Cho - Notorious C.H.O. (2002) " While jokes about her mother's indecipherable Asian accent are getting a little tired, the newer material ... demonstrates that Cho still knows what makes audiences tick." — Citysearch
Posted Jul 3, 2002
4/10 33% Harvard Man (2002) " Unintelligible, poorly acted, brain-slappingly bad, Harvard Man is ludicrous enough that it could become a cult classic." — Citysearch
Posted Jun 28, 2002
8/10 73% The Emperor's New Clothes (2002) " Ian Holm can pretty much improve any film he's in. Here his enormous acting skills are used to great comedic effect." — Citysearch
Posted Jun 14, 2002
7/10 79% The Sleepy Time Gal (2001) " Bisset still commands the screen as the graceful and outspoken Frances." — Citysearch
Posted May 29, 2002
4/4 74% Ultimate X: The Movie (2002) " The rare Imax movie that you'll wish was longer than an hour." — Citysearch
Posted May 10, 2002
1/4 8% The New Guy (2002) " The only way to tolerate this insipid, brutally clueless film might be with a large dose of painkillers." — Citysearch
Posted May 10, 2002
3/4 92% Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) " A thrilling look at the mostly unknown history of the original extreme sport." — Citysearch
Posted Apr 26, 2002
1/4 26% Chelsea Walls (2001) " This insufferable movie is meant to make you think about existential suffering. Instead, it'll only put you to sleep." — Citysearch
Posted Apr 19, 2002
1/4 5% New Best Friend (2002) " It's hard to pity the 'plain' girl who becomes a ravishing waif after applying a smear of lip-gloss. Rather, pity anyone who sees this mishmash." — Citysearch
Posted Apr 11, 2002
3/4 48% Lucky Break (2002) " You'd think by now America would have had enough of plucky British eccentrics with hearts of gold. Yet the act is still charming here." — Citysearch
Posted Apr 5, 2002
2/4 61% Les Destinées (2002) " Despite the opulent lushness of every scene, the characters never seem to match the power of their surroundings." — Citysearch
Posted Apr 5, 2002
5/10 18% National Lampoon's Van Wilder (Party Liaison) (2002) " For each chuckle there are at least 10 complete misses, many coming from the amazingly lifelike Tara Reid, whose acting skills are comparable to a cardboard cutout." — Citysearch
Posted Apr 4, 2002
3/4 86% El Hijo de la novia (Son of the Bride) (2002) " Sometimes charming, sometimes infuriating, this Argentinean 'dramedy' succeeds mainly on the shoulders of its actors." — Citysearch
Posted Mar 22, 2002
2/4 49% Harrison's Flowers (2002) " Somehow we're meant to buy that this doting mother would shun her kids, travel to one of the most dangerous parts of the world, don fatigues and become G.I. Jane." — Citysearch
Posted Mar 15, 2002
4/4 79% Last Orders (2002) " Sweet and memorable film." — Citysearch
Posted Feb 15, 2002
34% A Rumor of Angels (2000) " The problem with movies about angels is they have a tendency to slip into hokum. A Rumor of Angels doesn't just slip -- it avalanches into forced fuzziness." — Citysearch
Posted Feb 1, 2002
72% Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf) (2001) " Gans takes his tales seriously -- good news for viewers, who will be spellbound by his lavish sets, cinematic settings and heart-stopping action." — Citysearch
Posted Jan 11, 2002
50% Kate & Leopold (2001) " Intended to be a modern-day fairy tale, this film only succeeds in delivering every time-travel cliché in the book." — Citysearch
Posted Dec 25, 2001
84% Little Otik (2001) " It's pure nightmare fuel and a blast to watch." — Citysearch
Posted Dec 19, 2001
92% The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) (2001) " A beautifully crafted melodrama with rich settings, wonderful actors and skin-prickling horror." — Citysearch
Posted Nov 21, 2001
8% Out Cold (2001) " Like watching an hour-and-a-half-long Mountain Dew commercial." — Citysearch
Posted Nov 20, 2001
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