Rich Phippen

Rich Phippen
Rich Phippen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sky Cinema HeyUGuys
Publications: Sky Cinema, HeyUGuys

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 60% Driven (2019) A crazy enough true story, written well enough to warrant attention, even if it doesn't quite deliver the emotional impact the story promises. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
1/5 42% Midway (2019) Read the book. Play the video game. Just don't waste your life watching Midway. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) It turns out Hollywood found a way after all. A horror masterpiece from Mike Flanagan. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) It's an extremely well-produced film that achieves what it sets out to do, namely shock an audience with the horror of those events, it's just hard to call it entertainment when there's nothing to enjoy here. However it is certainly worthy of respect. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) It's almost as if Stallone himself has killed someone undeserving, just to afford him the opportunity to make the story work. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 97% Dirty God (2019) Brave and brilliant filmmaking, with an incredible leading turn from Vicky Knight. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/5 37% Blue Iguana (2018) Rockwell is adrift in this messy crime caper. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 100% Bros: After the Screaming Stops (2018) An emotional, compelling and at times hilarious look at life after the spotlight. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 50% Escape Room (2019) It's not original, yet it delivers tension and scares with confident aplomb. Well worth checking out. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) As massive and slow as its titular machines, there is a great deal of spectacle but an uneven pace and tone anchor this film and keep it from greatness. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 80% Boy Erased (2018) An accomplished and mature film, with an assured directorial hand from Edgerton. Hedges embodies the effects of moral conflict perfectly, and crowns what is a fine, necessary film. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 93% The Death of Superman / Reign of the Supermen Double Feature (2019) It's an adaptation that should please the fans and is arguably one of the best Superman movies since Richard Donner was fired, but it's lack of focus won't win too many over. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) The end of the road for Neeson's Man with a grudge action hero. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) An important film with a tragic end, it is presented beautifully and should have a lasting impact. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 14% The Hustle (2019) There are laughs to be had, but given the talent involved this new telling of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels doesn't update the material enough to make it stand well on its own. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 87% Upgrade (2018) A brutal and brilliant film. Whannell has made an extraordinaryly compelling near future vision, with hilarious violence and fine performances. This is the film you'll be telling everyone to see this year. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 14% Damascus Cover (2018) Director and star excel in this bleak view of a derelict man fighting his past, however the script weighs the film down and leaves us with very little which resonates. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football (2017) A story so impossible it plays like fiction, yet there's something enchanting about such an unlikely story, albeit one which loses some of its magic when examined so closely. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 65% Ideal Home (2018) Coogan and Rudd get a surprise visitor in Andrew Fleming's gay rom-com, with lightweight results. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 80% The Receptionist (Jie Xian Yuan) (2018) Writer/ director Jenny Lu lifts the lid on a seedy underworld, but cannot dive beneath the surface it seems happy to skim. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Del Toro's back on the rampage in Stefano Sollima's slick sequel. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 94% Rocky (1976) The script is dazzling, with wonderful one liners and moments of real charm. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
2/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) What should have been a thrilling CG spectacular is needlessly hamstrung by a chaotic narrative, bloodless antagonists, and an over-confident franchise hope. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) A fine, if serviceable, film with Claire Foy making the most of her almost-Terminator like indestructibility. What brings the film down is the blunting of the edges. The series has such potential, in the end though it's a tame dragon this time around. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 92% Thelma (2017) Not only does Thelma boast a wonderfully satisfying pay-off, but the journey through those icy fields is equally as thrilling. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
5/5 91% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) The movie continues to remain timeless in spite of itself. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
3/5 40% The Last Word (2017) This well-intentioned tale serves more as a star vehicle for MacLaine than as a moving or amusing comedy-drama. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
5/5 100% Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (2017) Hell On Earth does more than enough to break it down for western audiences, employing a variety of video sources to reveal what it's like on the front line, unearthing footage from the everyday people forced to suffer a torrent of atrocities. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/5 54% Dough (2016) Themes of religion and subsequent culture clashes are raised, but under-utilised, like My Beautiful Launderette but without the smarts. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
2/5 27% Suicide Squad (2016) The real bad news is the script. While it certainly has its moments (Harley Quinn gets all the best lines), a huge chunk of it is little more than characters threatening one another with insipid one-liners. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 55% Jason Bourne (2016) [Vikander is] the only spark of originality in a film that's slickly and perfectly well-presented, yet completely and utterly repetitive. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 86% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It's a safe entry into the Star Trek canon. ​But what lies Beyond is going to require a little more depth if the Enterprise is boldly continue. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/5 47% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) The scale overwhelms the characters, who are largely void of motivation or purpose ... - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
4/5 91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Civil War, for all of its fanboy shout-outs, continues The Winter Soldier's sense of mystery and intrigue, using the shady shenanigans to drive action sequences that rarely feel forced. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/5 28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Stick to the trailer. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
4/5 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Quite what Hail, Caesar! is driving at will remain a mystery for most (it's well worth looking into this to see what it's all about), but the journey is more than entertaining enough to make it worthwhile. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 97% Spotlight (2015) It's not a complex story, but it is a riveting one. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) McKay's script (co-written with Charles Randolph) bounces from dark hilarity to genuine pathos (McKay doesn't neglect the people this affected the most), and the attention to detail is admirable. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
5/5 79% The Revenant (2015) Judged on its own merits - as it should be - The Revenant is a thrilling adventure that pits the audience at the heart of a long, painful journey about survival and redemption. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
4/5 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) It's a huge amount of fun, although whether the self-referential nature and the did-we-surprise-you-there style of plot reveals stand the test of time remains to be seen. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
3/5 26% Victor Frankenstein (2015) A B-movie with a beating heart, if not an entirely functional brain. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
2/5 18% Love the Coopers (2015) There are moments of genuine inspiration to be found, but such is the intent to tick every Christmas box the good is outweighed rather heavily by the bad. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
4/5 80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) From the opening frames of Lucas' final Star Wars instalment, it's clear the shackles are off. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
4/5 77% GoldenEye (1995) Exuding charm, charisma and managing to convey a darker side to Bond without ever resorting to Timothy Dalton's pouty approach, [Brosnan] became the first actor to give Connery a run for his money. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2015
5/5 92% Sicario (2015) It's the thriller of the year, now go see it, before you find out anything else. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
4/5 73% Everest (2015) Thrilling, gripping and utterly heartbreaking, this is a triumph of what man can achieve, once we have the technology to do something about it. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
1/5 27% Vacation (2015) Every joke is obvious, every joke is predictable, and strangely, every joke is repeated. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Despite a densely packed script chock-full of leading characters, there's rarely a moment where one is underplayed or ignored. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 92% Children of Men (2006) It's a disturbing tale that is exceptionally uncomfortable to watch because it's almost believable in spite of how ludicrous it first appears. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2015
3/5 85% Still Alice (2015) Heartbreaking and convincingly told it may be, Still Alice only hints at the desperation the disease leads to, shying away from depicting the true horror of Alzheimer's. - Sky Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2015