Keith Phipps

Keith Phipps

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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

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 93%

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 76%

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 No Score Yet

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

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
3.5/5 79%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"It's briskly entertaining as a mystery, and such a pleasing revival that it's not even that frustrating when the film concludes on more than one bit of unfinished business." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 13, 2014
4/5 100%

Show Boat (1936)

"[The director] recognizes he's making a film, not just a record of a stage production. The strong source material doesn't hurt [...] and neither do the [...] performances of actors who know their characters inside and out. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 10, 2014
1.5/5 21%

Son Of God (2014)

"If Son Of God is in any way meant to be a test balloon for whether television can reverse the natural theaters-to-home-viewing cycle and have a second life as a movie, it's not a good one" ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/5 85%

Tess (1979)

"The film, like its source, is filled with pessimistic fatalism, but it spares no pity for the instruments of fate [...] What, if anything, this meant to Polanski remains unknowable." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 25, 2014
2.0/5 27%

Pompeii (2014)

"There's much to see here, but little to feel, and even less to remember." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4.5/5 94%

Foreign Correspondent (1940)

"It's such an entertaining film that it's almost possible to forget its didactic agenda, which is certainly part of the point. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
1.5/5 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"Endless Love never tries to look beneath that pretty surface. Or maybe it doesn't dare, knowing there's nothing to be found." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.5/5 86%

The Jungle Book (1967)

"Every one of the bunch is memorable, and each plays gracefully into the action of the film." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 14, 2014
2.0/5 13%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"Vampire Academy occasionally plays as if it's on fast-forward, rushing from one moment to the next without providing much reason to care about what's happening[.]" ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 14, 2014

Cherish (2002)

"In the end, it becomes the cinematic equivalent of one of the songs Tunney adores: enjoyable enough while it lasts, but so thin that its ingratiating charms seem as much a source of frustration as pleasure." ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 13, 2014
4.0/5 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"It's playtime on film, done with wit, warmth, and respect for the business of imagination." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 13, 2014

Chicago (2002)

"As sentimental as a plywood casket, Chicago has satirical bite and a mean wit that somehow never obscures its characters' unlikely likability." ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 12, 2014

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

"Shakespeare In Love delivers the goods, if the goods you're in the market for happen to be a clever romance concerning William Shakespeare that's unlikely to cause anyone to reassess their notions of Shakespeare, romance, or enjoyment." ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 11, 2014
1.5/5 23%

Gimme Shelter (2014)

"There's a whole [other] film to be made [...]-one driven less by hysterics and villainous mother figures, and more by examples of how charity and compassion can turn dead ends into doorways-but Gimme Shelter doesn't seem to want to make it." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4.0/5 95%

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

"Though apart from its handling of race, In The Heat Of The Night's story had a familiar ring, it didn't really look much like the standard fare of 1967. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2.5/5 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"[T]he film's second half seems determined to snuff out the promise of its first, making it hard to wish for this incarnation of the character, or any, to have more big-screen adventures. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 31, 2014
4.5/5 98%

Throne of Blood (1957)

"Unavoidable consequence of human ambition. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 13, 2014
1/5 3%

The Legend of Hercules (2014)

"Legend Of Hercules mostly just looks rushed and cheap, only coming to life in a handful of fight scenes, and then only briefly." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 10, 2014
4/5 97%

Big (1988)

"A funny, bittersweet film that opens as a cautionary tale about growing up too fast, but deepens into a movie about the unplumbable gulf between childhood and adulthood." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3.5/5 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"American Hustle contains fireworks aplenty-dramatic outbursts of bravura filmmaking, sly acting choices, a scene that makes Robert De Niro scary again-but also a few too many familiar moments." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 10, 2013

The Polar Express (2004)

"As a spectacle, The Polar Express looks remarkable. As a film, however, it's the equivalent of an elaborately wrapped Christmas present containing a nice new pair of socks." ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 9, 2013
4/5 100%

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (2012)

"Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion begins like a giallo, but soon pushes beyond even that genre's outré boundaries, playing like a fever dream." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 3, 2013
4.5/5 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Inside Llewyn Davis plays like an elegy. Its conclusions are more regretful than angry." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 3, 2013

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

"It doesn't help that Chamber is pretty much all business from the opening shot, trading in Stone's sometimes-clunky exposition for full-steam-ahead action." ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 26, 2013

Shrek 2 (2004)

"The lovable characters remain, but they never do much of interest in a sequel that's safely above average but superfluous." ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 25, 2013
2/5 18%

Gus (Expecting) (2013)

"A queasy mix of tones and approaches that makes the film feel divided against itself." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3.5/5 92%

Philomena (2013)

"Philomena lets viewers spend time with its characters and get to know exactly who's getting hurt. It arrives at an inevitable destination, but the journey is what makes it moving." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 21, 2013

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

"To live up to expectations, The Two Towers only had to be as good as its predecessor -- and, astoundingly, it's better." ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3.5/5 83%

Night of the Comet (1984)

"It feels like an homage to everything, as its likable heroines slowly wander through a movie wasteland filled with familiar landmarks" ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 19, 2013

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

"The Return Of The King ultimately proves up to the series' increasingly difficult task: making movies that echo legends, making legends that reflect life, and reconciling it all with the fact that both legends and lives all eventually meet their ends." ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3.5/5 66%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Thor: The Dark World begins as high fantasy and ends as a blown-up episode of Doctor Who." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 6, 2013
3.5/5 No Score Yet

My Name Is Nobody (Il mio nome è Nessuno) (1973)

"While it all feels like a step down from the grandeur of Leone's spaghetti Westerns, that's part of the point, and part of the charm. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 5, 2013
2/5 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

"There's that cast, which lends the material a certain amount of gravity...At least, that is, until space zombies start attacking everyone with electric drills." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 4, 2013
2/5 8%

Diana (2013)

"Wisely, Diana opts to tell only part of Diana's story...Unfortunately, it doesn't find much of interest in those years." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3.5/5 82%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"The Broken Circle Breakdown has the feel of life as it's remembered-moments out of time tethered together by the feelings of those living them." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 31, 2013
4/5 94%

The Uninvited (1944)

"The Uninvited of the first films to treat the supernatural seriously, and to play ghosts and hauntings as something other than fodder for comedy." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 28, 2013
3/5 86%

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

"Fuest plays up the 1930s-by-way-of-the-1970s set design, but any atmosphere gets lost in scene after scene that's lighted like a TV show." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 22, 2013
4/5 87%

The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General) (2000)

"A film about the terrifying combination of sadism and power." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 22, 2013
4/5 67%

The Masque of the Red Death (1989)

"Ratcheting up the aristocratic decadence of the Poe story and throwing in some satanism for good measure. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3.5/4 71%

The Haunted Palace (1963)

"Though a fine movie in its own right, The Haunted Palace feels a bit too familiar for its own good at times." ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 22, 2013
4/5 83%

Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum) (1961)

"Who wants understatement in a film with dungeons and giant blades?" ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 22, 2013