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
4/5 No Score Yet Queen of the Capital (2020) [We] get an idea of how the day-to-day lives of drag performers-and LGBTQ men and women in general-have improved significantly from decades past. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 100% Film About a Father Who (2020) Sachs presents multiple perspectives by liberally jumping backwards and forwards in time, capturing Ira at different ages and points in his life. In doing so, the film doesn't draw attention to how he changes so much as what stays the same. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 91% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) Diao has a knack for noir, but he puts his own stamp on the material with an occasionally quirky and idiosyncratic tone. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
1.5/5 86% The Dog Doc (2020) The film seems intent on painting vaccines as a major bugbear, returning to the topic over and over in order to blame vaccinations for animals' suffering. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) This film would be compelling enough for its tales from the front lines of a civil rights battle, but it's also a satisfying depiction of underdogs rising up. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Echoes of the Invisible (2020) [There is a] lengthy section is where Echoes of the Invisible starts becoming too didactic for its own good with lots of exposition but not much human drama. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 98% Circus of Books (2020) Circus of Books entertains so much because of how unlikely the Masons' story first appears, but it's also fascinating to watch history unfold and see how they regularly found themselves part of larger cultural events. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
4.5/5 100% Rewind (2020) Neulinger revisits arguably the most horrific years of his life with a surprising amount of empathy for his parents, especially Henry. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
4/5 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) Wolf does a better job of chronicling the most pivotal moments in the project's history than achieving nuanced profiles of the different protagonists. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
4/5 100% Through the Night (2020) Loira Limbal's film shines a light on the need for a better social safety net, especially for lower-working-class, minority, and immigrant communities. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
4/5 91% Landfall (2020) During the last third, the island stages a long-awaited comeback, with a rousing tone as fed-up protestors take to the streets, demanding political change and offering the hope of better days ahead. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
4.5/5 100% Jacinta (2020) The film repeatedly cuts between old home movies and photographs of the younger Jacinta and Rosemary and present-day footage of Caylynn to highlight how they aren't all that different from each other-and how fragile innocence is. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
4/5 100% Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth (2019) Despite moments in which he can seem stuck in his own head, McConnell makes for a compelling figure. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
3/5 91% Blessed Child (2019) Curiously, there are holes in the protagonists' backstory that are never sufficiently filled in. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
4.5/5 100% River City Drumbeat (2020) Something unique that the film addresses is the stereotype that African Americans cannot earn a living through art. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
4/5 100% My Name Is Pedro (2020) As a profile of an inspiring figure, the documentary succeeds on the strength of its subject's personality: colorful, energetic, and empathetic. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 92% Softie (2020) It may take place an ocean apart from Western shores, but it's especially relevant to viewers as a cautionary tale of what results when tribalism overtakes national identity, and when leaders willfully manipulate those tribal ties for their benefit. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
4.5/5 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) The director's last feature, Cameraperson (2016), weaved together unused footage from a career's worth of cinematography assignments in a stream of consciousness manner, and her work this time around is no less fluid. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 100% Mayor (2020) [An adjective] that describes [the protagonist] is steady, and the point director David Osit makes is that consistent, reliable leadership is underrated. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
4/5 98% The Dissident (2020) The documentary is decidedly at its best when it's more human-scaled in the scenes that delve into the character of Khashoggi, - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
5/5 98% Disclosure (2020) "While it reveals grievances and shines a light on the harsh conditions faced by everyday transgender persons, Disclosure has an overall tone that is lively and cautiously optimistic. " - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2020
5/5 98% Time (2020) "In its most poignant moments, Time delves into the psychological effects of having a loved one who's serving such a lengthy prison sentence." - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
2/5 88% Princess of the Row (2020) "Gathegi does incredible work, but he's let down by a screenplay that increasingly treats him as a walking deus ex machina." - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
4/5 92% The Garden Left Behind (2020) First-time feature director Flavio Alves depicts his main protagonist's existence as challenging and uncertain, but not oppressive. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 86% Jasper Mall (2020) In observing the dwellers of what amounts to a sinking ship, directors Bradford Thomasson and Brett Whitcomb capture a glimpse of humanity living through uncertain times. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Bastards' Road (2020) On an aesthetic level, director Brian Morrison's approach is not particularly innovative, but having the subjects discuss directly to the camera the tragedies they are still struggling to process... is undeniably stirring. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
4/5 100% Higher Love (2020) Oswald's unflinching approach is both his film's greatest strength as well as what can make it difficult viewing at times. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
5/5 91% The Cordillera of Dreams (La cordillera de los sueños) (2020) We may not always know where Guzmán will end up, but what keeps the film from ever seeming discombobulated is certain themes repeat: specifically, how events can be powerful enough to leave impressions that are impossible to erase. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
71% Who Is Arthur Chu? (2017) Overall, this is a satisfying revenge-of-the-nerd story that will be cathartic to many. It constantly reminds us that reaching the top is often just the start of the journey. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
100% Wexford Plaza (2017) The performances are spot-on, but the film's real strength is writer/director Joyce Wong's construction of its complementary halves, each told from the point of view of a different yet equally unreliable narrator. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
No Score Yet Weather House (2017) For the most part, this is a slow-burning exploration of the effects of isolation as the housemates gradually lose any sense of purpose, identity, or connection to reality. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
No Score Yet Kuro (2017) Noriko and Koyama's debut is highly subjective to the end, but with its evocative imagery and moody musical flourishes, it leaves a decidedly bittersweet taste. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
94% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) This is a cold, hard, and nightmarish look at how modern life has taken away our sense of duty toward our fellow man. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
5/5 98% Get Out (2017) [Jordan Peele] shows a real knack for producing scares and offsetting scenes of slow-building dread with laugh-out-loud moments. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
5/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Just when we think we know where the narrative is headed, Bong pulls the rug out from under us via turns that are occasionally dazzling, yet always organic, thanks to meticulous foreshadowing and his knack for slowly building an atmosphere of dread. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
4/5 100% Gift (2019) McKenna does not play favorites, judging all of her subjects to be as deserving of sympathy and admiration as any of the others. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
2/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Brittany Runs a Marathon does have some strengths, starting with Bell, who often makes scenes funnier by playing them as straight as possible. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 93% End of the Century (2019) [The] real star of the film is Castro, who captures the deliberate rhythms of a life lived in the moment. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
5/5 93% The Distant Barking of Dogs (2018) Director Simon Lereng Wilmont offers an intimate view, in which the mundane and terrible often co-exist uneasily. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
5/5 99% For Sama (2019) The point of view belongs entirely to journalist and co-director Waad al-Kateab, whose status as a mother significantly raises the stakes of an already high-risk situation. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
4/5 87% Luz (2019) Singer is clearly adept at creating atmosphere, and there is more than a little David Cronenberg influence visible in the way he distorts the human body to disturbing effect. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4.5/5 97% The Farewell (2019) Wang [suggests] that how one feels about families telling the truth--whether they must be forthright with one another at all times--depends on the culture they have been immersed in. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
5/5 98% Maiden (2019) The film doesn't hesitate to present Edwards in an unflattering light; several crew members admit that the pressures around making the team a reality made her incredibly unpleasant to be around. But there is also no denying her determination. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
1/5 80% Ever After (Endzeit) (2019) Hellsgård coaxes committed performances out of her two main leads, and Dyrholm... is wonderfully creepy and stoic. But so much else is a let-down. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) [Hernández] gives a brave and vulnerable performance, capturing the raw hunger that Sofia feels for life and love. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 90% The Raft (2019) The Raft presents two story lines concurrently, each riveting in its own way. On the one hand, it re-creates the voyage itself, but it also repeatedly cuts to the present day, where... survivors get long-held feelings and secrets off of their chests. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
5/5 100% The Work (2017) The men look inward in the most powerful scenes and come face-to-face with the darkness they find. However, it's the moments afterwards, when they... show love and appreciation that are unexpectedly powerful and uplifting. - Film-Forward.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 71% 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
96% 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 (2020) 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