Phil Guie

Phil Guie
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Based out of New York, Phil Guie has worked as a film journalist and critic for more than a decade. He has been a regular contributor to Film-Forward since 2016, reviewing documentaries centered on social topics, as well as foreign-language films. Phil has also written reviews for Cinemaspy, Pop Culture Shock, and Critical Mob, and his writing has appeared in various magazines and newspapers.
Publications: Film-Forward.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 61% ANIARA (2019) Despite frequent moments of psychological intensity, the film's earliest scenes have a deadpan quality. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
94% American Factory (2019) American Factory constantly reminds us that everyone, no matter where they're from and despite their divergent motivations, shares the same basic needs for security and purpose. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
100% Our Time Machine (2019) What keeps the film from ever getting too fluffy is our knowledge that Maleonn's father might lose his faculties before seeing Papa's Time Machine fully realized. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
100% One Child Nation (2019) Wang fixes her camera on the subjects' faces, daring them to make eye contact while discussing what they did. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
100% Leftover Women (2019) Leftover Women has a meandering energy that befits its title subjects, who are lost in a universe of dating options. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 100% After Parkland (2019) The filmmakers divide their time equally between their subjects, respecting everybody's right to process in their own way, although depending on their politics, some viewers may find the reactions frustrating at times. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
5/5 100% 17 Blocks (2019) [Grainy] footage, which captures random violence on the streets as well as the family's troubled home life, feels all too raw and personal at times. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Slay the Dragon (2019) The film slams Republicans hard for what it views as a cynical strategy: opting to undermine democracy once it became clear that the party could not win elections fairly. It's convincing in that regard... - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
5/5 100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) What makes the film especially compelling, though, are the all-too-human narratives involving those who were at one time badly victimized because of their sexual orientation; they want to forgive, but may never be able to. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 100% For They Know Not What They Do (2019) The film shines a light on the very real damage resulting from [parents'] responses, but it also takes care to depict the parents as otherwise well-meaning. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo (2018) "[Director] Phillip Rodriguez, who wrote the screenplay with David Ventura, often seems to miss what is dramatically compelling about certain episodes of [Acosta's] life" - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Erlprince (2016) The Erlprince might be a little too ambitious for its own good, but it's built around something highly sensible: the need for love, and the healing that comes with it. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/5 92% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) It is impossible to overstate how technically dazzling the second half is. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 86% Barbecue (2017) The filmmakers could have attempted to crosscut between locations, which would have made for a more dynamic narrative, while still making the point that barbecue is loved universally. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
5/5 100% A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While (2018) If the first half of the film focuses on the potential of art to move an audience, the second seems to be about how art is not exclusively the domain of the Bread Factory, May Ray, or any singular entity. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
5/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Its depiction of Frida as being at the mercy of powerful emotions she cannot yet comprehend, and how childhood itself is often bittersweet, is universal and timeless. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
5/5 97% Working Woman (2019) This Israeli drama about sexual harassment is particularly compelling because of how believable it makes the main protagonist's willingness to endure it. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet A Great Lamp (2019) This is a movie that feels the weight of the world deeply yet retains a sense of hope. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 100% Crystal Swan (2018) Crystal Swan feels like a poison-tipped letter from the filmmaker to her home country that is also an engrossing work of social criticism. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 73% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) The filmmakers tell their story at a fast clip, making good use of classic '70s rock and psychedelia to maintain a relentless vibe. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) This film works so well because of the terrific work by the actors, especially Al Rafeea as Zain, who is thoroughly believable as a 12-year-old desperate to control his own destiny... - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet Markie in Milwaukee (2019) What follows is a chronicle of Wenzel attempting to re-integrate himself into the world he left behind, as well as a deep dive into the past for a better understanding of the forces that have shaped his very unique journey. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 78% The Gospel of Eureka (2019) The Gospel of Eureka offers inspiration and hope, not to mention it puts on an entertaining show or two. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 100% Breaking A Monster (2016) As viewers, we can empathize with these kids, who discover that life as rock stars is not all fun and games. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 100% Ten Years (2015) This is an important film reflecting the angst and fears of a society undergoing dramatic changes. Five of its artists behind the camera, as well as countless actors, faced an uphill battle to be heard; they should not be silenced. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda has long displayed a gift for finding the humanity in his characters. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 98% On Her Shoulders (2018) The film takes an intimate approach to its subject, who occasionally speaks directly to the camera. These moments can be revelatory. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 83% Fail State (2018) This is a serious and sober film, but what makes it engrossing are story lines that feel incredibly personal... - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 100% Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (2018) [It] works on multiple levels: as a quest for truth set in the real world, a portrait of a burgeoning civil rights activist cut down in her prime, and as a snapshot of the country at a time of highly volatile racial tensions. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) As delivered by actor Peter Gerety, who makes Ailes sound cold and downright reptilian at times, the quotes betray a deep-rooted cynicism that his actions reflected. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 67% The Truth About Killer Robots (2018) A smart, if occasionally chilling documentary... - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) At a time when Americans are more concerned than ever that social media platforms such as Facebook are exerting too much influence over people's lives, this eye-opening film features China also grappling with the same issue. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 86% Diamantino (2019) Diamantino might prove too strange for wider audiences, but it's never boring due to its sheer unpredictability. It also boasts a commendable performance by Cotta. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 100% A Family Tour (2018) The film has a tone matching its characters' reserved natures, and as a result, some of the most powerful moments involve the exchange of a simple, comforting touch. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) Shooting with a handheld camera that only enhances the sense of immediacy, Panahi utilizes long, unbroken takes to build up suspense and also to draw attention to absurdities. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 90% The Sentence (2018) As a depiction of how a family overcomes a most unimaginable crisis, The Sentence is triumphant. As a call for criminal justice reform, it is powerful and convincing. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 92% The Price of Everything (2018) The bottom line is this film may entertain viewers who either appreciate or are interested in modern art, even as it leaves them feeling cynical toward the art market. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 100% Nigerian Prince (2018) Nigerian Prince stands out for its setting, making it a welcome addition to the crime movie pantheon. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 100% Shirkers (2018) In this sincere, engrossing documentary, director Sandi Tan looks back a quarter of a century at Shirkers, a quirky indie film she helped make that captured a mostly bygone Singapore. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Sidney & Friends (2018) The subjects of Tristan Aitchison's powerful Sidney & Friends tell their stories directly to the camera, resulting in an intimate record of abuses endured by Kenya's intersex and trans community. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 100% Making Montgomery Clift (2018) Despite how much of Making Montgomery Clift consists of talking heads and unearthed audio recordings, it does not feel especially static, and much credit for that goes to its unique editing style. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet I Hate New York (2018) Gustavo Sánchez cuts back-and-forth between his subjects as they navigate a scene that frequently comes across as raw and seedy, but also edgy and exciting. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet For Izzy (2018) Chu finds a way to tie all of the different types of storytelling together with a clever ending. I look forward to whatever he does as a follow-up, though next time, he should feel free to leave the kids at home. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 100% A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) A Bread Factory is roughly four hours in length, but with these two characters, it could have been 400, and I would have happily watched the entire thing. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 80% Inside Lehman Brothers (2018) Inside Lehman Brothers is highly relevant for a world still awakening to #MeToo. It also walks viewers through the invisible machinations that led to the subprime mortgage crisis... - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Kleptocrats (2018) The filmmakers repeatedly contrast the spending exploits of Low, Razak, and the latter's wife with glimpses of the decidedly less glamorous lives of average citizens in Kuala Lumpur. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
5/5 91% We the Animals (2018) We the Animals has verve to spare, but it's also full of empathy and heart. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 87% A Whale of a Tale (2018) Though a bit talky at times, A Whale of a Tale proves a compelling and ultimately humane portrait of a people who, ironically, had previously been portrayed as inhumane. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 99% Science Fair (2018) The film does a very good job of building suspense, but it occasionally focuses more on the human drama than on the scientific details. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 89% Intelligent Lives (2018) A thought-provoking and convincing argument for greater inclusiveness. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019