Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Citysearch
Publications: Citysearch

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 80% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2011
5/5 83% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2010
6/10 52% Suspended Animation (2003) Anyone who's seen a horror movie in the last 20 years will frequently know what's going to happen next. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2003
5/10 14% Beyond Borders (2003) A self-indulgent, unintentionally farcical romance. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2003
7/10 52% Dopamine (2003) There are just enough insightful and funny moments to expect big things from writer/director Marc Decena next time around. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2003
8/10 51% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2003
9/10 97% Spellbound (2002) This wonderful documentary grabs you from the first scene with its riveting profiles of these unusual children. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2003
6/10 43% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2003
3/10 14% The Young Unknown (2000) Rolls everything people hate about L.A. into one unattractive spitting viper of a movie. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2003
8/10 57% Irréversible (2002) For those who can stomach it, the film is a marvelous -- though brutal -- work of art. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2003
7/10 85% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2002
8/10 87% Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) All newcomers, the young actors portray the girls with charisma, strength and nobility. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2002
7/10 66% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2002
8/10 91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2002
9/10 81% Tully (2002) Top-notch action powers this romantic drama. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2002
4/10 7% All the Queen's Men (2001) This ludicrous film is predictable at every turn. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2002
9/10 87% On Guard (1997) Wonderful fencing scenes and an exciting plot make this an eminently engrossing film. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2002
9/10 69% The Grey Zone (2002) Painful, horrifying and oppressively tragic, this film should not be missed. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2002
8/10 77% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2002
8/10 74% His Secret Life (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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2002
6/10 15% Swimfan (2002) Without delivering chills or suspense, it reiterates the old message that cheating is fine, unless you happen to choose a psycho. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2002
7/10 48% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2002
9/10 64% Possession (2002) Unexpectedly lush, unabashedly romantic and wrenchingly tragic, this literary detective drama could be the best date film of the year. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2002
5/10 68% All About Lily Chou-Chou (2002) Meandering and confusing. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2002
7/10 81% The Sleepy Time Gal (2001) Bisset still commands the screen as the graceful and outspoken Frances. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2002
1/4 7% The New Guy (2002) The only way to tolerate this insipid, brutally clueless film might be with a large dose of painkillers. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2002
2/4 61% Les Destinees (2002) Despite the opulent lushness of every scene, the characters never seem to match the power of their surroundings. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2002
5/10 19% National Lampoon's Van Wilder (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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2002
3/4 86% Son of the Bride (2002) Sometimes charming, sometimes infuriating, this Argentinean 'dramedy' succeeds mainly on the shoulders of its actors. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2002
4/4 79% Last Orders (2002) Sweet and memorable film. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2002
73% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2001
84% Little Otik (2001) It's pure nightmare fuel and a blast to watch. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2001
8% Out Cold (2001) Like watching an hour-and-a-half-long Mountain Dew commercial. - Citysearch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2001