Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Biography:
Michael W. Phillips Jr. started reviewing films at the age of 15, when he walked into the local newspaper office and asked if they wanted a film critic. The paper closed down soon thereafter. He took a break to attend college and start graduate school in History, then he restarted his career as a film critic with a geocities site in 2000. Somewhere in there he had a short-lived professional relationship with a major movie site that he'd rather not discuss. He moved to his own URL in 2004. In 2005, he was hired as a film critic for yet another small, local paper, which ceased publication shortly thereafter. He's reasonably sure he had nothing to do with this, but after closing down two newspapers, he's not positive anymore. He pays the bills by editing print ads for fast food retailers, as well as programming and running the projector at a film revival house. He's also a filmmaker.
Publications:
Goatdog's Movies , Movie-Vault.com
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1099
Total QuickRatings:
53
Location:
Chicago, IL

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1099
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 46% Hereafter (2010) " A few great performances buoy the proceedings, but the laziness of Morgan's script and the overall lack of focus or momentum combine to sink it." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 25, 2010
1.5/5 —— The Big Tits Dragon (Kyonyû doragon: Onsen zonbi vs sutorippâ 5) (2010) " This film, called Big Tits Zombie and featuring both big tits and zombies, is unforgivably boring." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 17, 2010
3.5/5 94% The Warriors (1979) " A cult film that deserves its reputation." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 12, 2010
4/5 —— Lady on a Train (1945) " An enjoyable romp." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 11, 2010
4.5/5 96% The Social Network (2010) " Jesse Eisenberg's Zuckerberg is a beautiful, fully textured child of the internet age." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 10, 2010
4/5 —— Adventure in Manhattan (Manhattan Madness) (1936) " A cracking good comedy-thriller, one of the unheralded gems of the period." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 7, 2010
2.5/5 —— Hoop-La (2000) " It's kind of an embarrassment for Bow, and it makes for a poor exit from the Hollywood machine that chewed her up and spit her out." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 5, 2010
5/5 —— The Tale of the Fox (Le Roman de Renard) (1930) " One of the greatest animated films ever created." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 1, 2010
2/5 —— Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1937) " In this film there's little to recommend." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 1, 2010
3.5/5 —— The Story of Temple Drake (1933) " What makes it worth watching, even compelling, is Miriam Hopkins's performance." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Sep 29, 2010
2.5/5 —— Dames (1934) " The most Berkeleyesque of all [his films], for all the good and bad that entails." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Sep 28, 2010
2.5/5 46% Colin (2009) " Feels like a decent short film blown up to feature length." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Sep 28, 2010
3.5/5 86% Inception (2010) " I'm somewhat disappointed that Nolan didn't make a different movie, I heartily enjoyed the one he did make." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Sep 28, 2010
3.5/5 —— Border Street (1950) " This rare teen's-eye view of the Holocaust is valuable as an antidote for the misconception that the Jews of Europe failed to resist their own persecution and murder. " — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Sep 28, 2010
4.5/5 —— Aventurera (1950) (1950) " It's a humdinger, and I'm not just talking about Ninon Sevilla's legs." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted May 16, 2010
4.5/5 100% Raw Deal (1948) " The next time someone asks me to define "film noir," I'm going to say Raw Deal." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Apr 26, 2010
3.5/5 83% Dexter -The Complete First Season (2007) " One's enjoyment of the show is largely based on how much coincidence one can stand." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Apr 1, 2010
2.5/5 —— Masters of Horror - Ernest Dickerson: The V Word (2007) " Tonal shifts destroy what starts out as a damned good vampire movie." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Jan 31, 2010
1.5/5 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) " A loud, stupid film." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Jan 31, 2010
4/5 —— Masters of Horror - Stuart Gordon: Dreams in the Witch House (2006) " Worthy of being called Lovecraftian" — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 31, 2009
2.5/5 60% Town Without Pity (1961) " If it had more going for it than [Kirk] Douglas's electrifying performance ... I'd recommend it" — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 31, 2009
4/5 —— Kaizokuban Bootleg Film (1999) " Its own unique beast." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 31, 2009
2.5/5 83% Avatar (2009) " But everything about the story, the setting, the dialog, and the parts that aren't purely visual is awful." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 30, 2009
2/5 —— Deadline (2009) " Formulaic dreck, perhaps not surprisingly." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 29, 2009
4.5/5 86% Big Fan (2009) " The decision to look at sports fandom through the lens of addiction gives Big Fan its power, its believability, its pathos, and its humor." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 28, 2009
5/5 86% Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) (1951) " One of the handful of best Christmas movies ever made." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 25, 2009
4/5 —— The Bigamist (1953) " The surprisingly modern-seeming ending casts some shadow onto easy conclusions." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 25, 2009
2.5/5 —— Masters of Horror: Joe Dante - The Screwfly Solution (2007) " The story itself has big problems, and the adaptation doesn't cover them" — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 23, 2009
4/5 91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) " Sidibe, in her screen debut, is silently shattering." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 23, 2009
3.5/5 57% 9 (2009) " Watch it for the visuals, and dream about what Shane Acker might accomplish with a better screenplay." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 20, 2009
2.5/5 96% Food, Inc. (2009) " Feels like the Cliffs notes version of a gripping book." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 18, 2009
0.5/5 89% A Serious Man (2009) " I hated just about every agonizing, smug minute of it." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 17, 2009
4/5 71% Lone Wolf and Cub - Sword of Vengeance (Kozure Ôkami: Kowokashi udekashi tsukamatsuru) (1972) " Achieves a few moments of transcendant beauty, and the quick, brutal swordfights ... are thrilling." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 5, 2009
2/5 58% Trucker (2009) " Unremarkable at best, remarkably bad at worst." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Dec 1, 2009
2.5/5 45% The Box (2009) " The only way to get your money's worth out of The Box is to walk away from the ticket counter without paying." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 30, 2009
4.5/5 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) " Fantastic isn't a strong enough word for this vibrant, intelligent, hilarious film for all ages" — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 30, 2009
4.5/5 89% World's Greatest Dad (2009) " A mind-blowing shot of misanthropic, black-comic genius." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Nov 6, 2009
2.5/5 64% The Girlfriend Experience (2009) " His techniques are so alienating that it's difficult to decide whether we're supposed to feel something for his pretty plastic people." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 26, 2009
4/5 100% Marlene (1984) " I think we learn much more about Dietrich than we would have if she had submitted to the usual paint-by-numbers, fawning Biography Channel type of film." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 26, 2009
3.5/5 —— The Real Joan of Arc (2009) " Packs its share of compelling questions." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 13, 2009
1.5/5 74% Carmen Jones (1954) " A film in which talented, attractive people sing ugly lyrics to beautiful music in other people's beautiful voices amid ugly shot framing and ill-timed cutting." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Oct 1, 2009
3.5/5 100% Destry Rides Again (1939) " A close-to-brilliant comedy-Western ... until the end." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Sep 30, 2009
4.5/5 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " Everything else [except the Basterds themselves] works so beautifully" — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Sep 9, 2009
3/5 68% Funny People (2009) " It should probably have been apparent to Apatow, well versed in the structure of comedy on film, that it was far too long." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Sep 1, 2009
4.5/5 —— Todd P Goes to Austin " Many other music docs and concert films can give you an idea of how great a band is live, but how many can truly make you feel like you're in the audience?" — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Aug 27, 2009
2/5 86% 500 Days of Summer (2009) " The film seems constructed to short-circuit your attempts to invest anything in it." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Jul 26, 2009
4.5/5 71% Tetro (2009) " The Coppola who was master of the 1970s ... is back, and that should make every cinephile weep with joy" — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Jul 11, 2009
3.5/5 —— La Mujer Del Puerto (1936) " A strange, hypnotic blend of a dozen influences." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Jul 4, 2009
5/5 100% Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948) " One of Hollywood's, and cinema's, grandest and most emotionally satisfying tales of unrequited love and self-sacrifice." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Jul 4, 2009
3/5 —— Reveille with Beverly (1943) " Might have been a truly great collection of numbers without the filler ... but it's definitely worth seeing." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Jul 2, 2009
4/5 50% Jingi naki tatakai (Battles Without Honor and Humanity)(The Yakuza Papers)(War Without a Code) (1973) " A sometimes shocking, sometimes blackly funny, and often disorienting takedown of gangster tropes." — Goatdog's Movies
Posted Jun 29, 2009
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