Keith Phipps

Keith Phipps
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
62% It Chapter Two (2019) It's an appreciably less-engaging film in every way, suffering from lurching storytelling, wild vacillations in tone (even within scenes), and a strong cast that never fully gels as a group. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A bittersweet, complex, conversation-starting look back at the film business at the close of a tumultuous decade, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also works as a strong argument for why it's too soon for Tarantino to pack it in. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Even though Statham and Johnson are both big, bald slabs of muscle, they make a fun study in contrasts. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Rick is a fascinatingly contradictory character. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
90% Galaxy Quest (1999) It's a warm, appealing comedy filled with well-realized characters and jokes ranging from the wry to the slapstick-y. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
82% Crawl (2019) Crawl would look pretty good in just about any season. In this one it positively glows. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
49% Jurassic Park III (2001) The latest sequel to Steven Spielberg's clever, scary 1993 original is even less necessary than Spielberg's borderline nonsensical (but still pretty entertaining) 1997 follow-up, The Lost World. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
39% Scream 3 (2000) Virtually none of the craftsmanship of Craven's best is on display here, and what good ideas do turn up are largely recycled from previous efforts. This Scream has been widely marketed as the series' final installment. Better late than never. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Still, Dark Phoenix deserves points for taking a new approach. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
54% Ma (2019) As might be expected from an actress who frequently finds depths in roles both large and small, Spencer takes the chance to get beneath her character's skin. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
52% Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998) Why Do Fools Fall In Love never really conveys the essence of its subject. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
95% Shadow (2019) Even without its distinctive look, Shadow would be memorable, an accomplished fusion of what Zhang does well, but the visuals take it to another plane. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
1% Alone in the Dark (2005) Beware the film that confuses before it even begins. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
45% The Cell (2000) Almost worth seeing because there's nothing else like it, it's also easy to wish there never will be again. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
21% Practical Magic (1998) ts flat whimsy, VH1-ready musical montage sequences, and less-than-magic magic realism will probably not be enough to hold the attention of all but the most undiscriminating fans of witches and Stockard Channing. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
42% Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth) (1936) Espers' 1936 film deserves its reputation as one of the most entertainingly bad movies ever made. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) It's almost as if superhero stories were at heart about wish fulfillment. It's almost as if they're allowed to be fun. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
100% For the Love of Spock (2016) The film offers a better sense of who Leonard Nimoy was, and where Spock came from, than a more objective approach could. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) Yet, regardless of how the film looks, Soderbergh's pacing and gift for editing are what keep the action tight, while McCraney's crisp dialogue livens up potentially mundane, exposition-heavy exchanges. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
59% Deep Blue Sea (1999) Deep Blue Sea, a sort of cross between Aliens (without the thrills) and The Poseidon Adventure (without the camp compensations), doesn't deliver the killer-shark-versus-A-list-character-actor thrills you crave. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
35% Gummo (1997) Take away the shock value, and there isn't much there: just a stylistically promising student film peddling bargain-basement surreal nihilism that, stretched over 90 minutes, grows awfully tedious. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) A spry, funny, moving film that never heads in the direction in which it looks like it's about to head, kind of like its protagonist. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
86% Sisters (1973) An expertly paced, technically audacious thriller that's too knowing to be easily dismissed as a mere exercise. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
B+ 69% Race with the Devil (1975) Race With The Devil has problems getting over the flat, TV-style direction by Cleopatra Jones director Jack Starrett, but it gets by on engaging drive-in goofiness, even if it's tough to swallow the idea that mid-'70s Texas swarmed with Satanists. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
63% The Wild Angels (1966) In many ways, The Wild Angels was a bellwether of where the decade was headed. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
96% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) If Come Inside could benefit from a little more candor and invention, Williams himself prevents it from becoming predictable. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
B+ 84% Downhill Racer (1969) Downhill Racer doesn't always work... As a look at how [Robert] Redford's character and those orbiting him spend their time between runs, however, it's superb. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) Watching Stephen Soderbergh's Unsane is like being locked in a circus cage with a tiger. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
39% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) From the first notes of Adrian Johnston's John Carpenter-inspired score to the retro font used for the title card, Prey At Night sets itself up as an homage to classic slasher films, and mostly does right by its inspirations. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) It plays at times like a new take on Strangers on a Train in which both parties commit to unspeakable acts without any reservations. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Whatever he's done in the past, Eastwood here seems most interested in paying tribute to some men who deserve the commendation - nothing more, and nothing less - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Ultimately ...it doesn't shy away from depicting Marina's vulnerabilities, this is a film more about perseverance than victimhood. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
89% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) The setting and premise allow Studio Ponoc to show what it can do. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) With [Kruger] ... In the Fade has dark, magnetic center, holding together the story of a woman trying to make sense of the impossible in a world where mere toughness sometimes isn't enough to fight back the cruelty of others. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Anderson has made a strange, entrancing, often darkly funny film that's at once like nothing he's ever made and one no one else could make... - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
88% The Post (2018) We need this movie now. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
94% 3-4x juugatsu (Boiling Point) (1990) It's a stranger and better film than Violent Cop, as well as an indication of even better things to come. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
A 100% Fort Apache (1948) [Balances] a respect for classic American frontier virtues with a less generous assessment of how those virtues were applied. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
78% Sweet Virginia (2017) Bernthal and DeWitt generate a nice chemistry as lovers who've found each other after abandoning the romantic notions of their youth. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Beneath scars and a weary expression, Kimura's quite convincing in the lead, with each new confrontation seeming to confirm his darkest view of humanity. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
85% The Square (2017) It's a satire keeps the camera rolling after the punchline to allow time for the full, uncomfortable implication of the joke to settle. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
65% The Foreigner (2017) ... given the leads - it's James Bond meeting Supercop, after all - it's hard not to wish for a little more. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
91% Gerald's Game (2017) [Mike] Flanagan has a command of how to make the most of a single location, and Gerald's Game often captures a sense of mounting tension and fear through small touches. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
97% Lucky (2017) [Harry Dean Stanton] gets a last starring role in a bittersweet sunset of a movie crafted as a tribute to everything that made him irreplaceable. It's well-earned and beautifully played. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
89% Super Dark Times (2017) It's a film that remembers how awful it can be to grow up, and that even those who survive it usually don't get out without taking a few scars. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
86% American Made (2017) American Made delivers so much as rambunctious entertainment that it's easy to miss the film's withering assessment of American foreign policy during the Reagan years. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
98% The Killer (1989) The work of a filmmaker operating at the highest level of his abilities. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
98% Whose Streets? (2017) [Whose Streets?] is a memorable snapshot of what protest looks like now, in a moment of escalating tension and an era of social media immediacy with little patience for incremental change. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) [Elsa] Dorfman's a fascinating character whose sunny demeanor, much like her generally cheerful photos, contains hidden depths. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) In its best moments, Columbus doubles as a reminder that films speak in a language all their own, and that language often cuts deeper than words. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017