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Michael Phillips
Born (1961-03-11) March 11, 1961 (age 63)
Occupation Film critic
Years active 1983–present
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Michael Phillips (born March 11, 1961) is an American film critic for the Chicago Tribune newspaper.

Early life

Phillips was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and spent most of his early years in Racine.


Prior to being film critic for the Chicago Tribune, Phillips was the drama critic of the Tribune; the Los Angeles Times; the St. Paul Pioneer Press; The San Diego Union-Tribune; and the Dallas Times Herald.

From 2006 through August 2008, he appeared frequently on At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper, first as one of numerous guest critics filling in for the late Roger Ebert while he was on medical leave, and becoming a semipermanent cohost with Richard Roeper in the months before Roeper and Ebert ended their association with the series. On August 5, 2009, Phillips was hired along with New York Times critic A. O. Scott to replace hosts Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz. The show was cancelled after one season due to low ratings, concluding its run in August 2010.

More recently Phillips has introduced films as a guest host of Turner Classic Movies in 2011, 2013, 2016 and early 2017. He appears on the Filmspotting podcast, and hosts a series of programs about movie music, The Film Score, for WFMT-FM (98.7).


In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Phillips listed his five favorite films (in chronological order):

  1. The Passion of Joan of Arc
  2. His Girl Friday
  3. Citizen Kane
  4. The Band Wagon
  5. Taxi Driver

Best films of the year

Each year, Phillips prepares a list of the top ten films of the year. In 2009, he also made a list for the films of the 2000's decade.

Year #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
2005 Capote King Kong The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Nuit noire 17 octobre 1961 The 40-Year-Old Virgin The Squid and the Whale Junebug Le Grand Voyage Pride and Prejudice Brokeback Mountain
2006 Climates United 93 Little Children The Death of Mr. Lazarescu Letters from Iwo Jima Borat The War Tapes Casino Royale The Queen Caché
2007 Once The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days Ratatouille There Will Be Blood No End in Sight Margot at the Wedding The Bourne Ultimatum The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Knocked Up and Juno
2008 WALL-E The Class A Christmas Tale Let the Right One In The Flight of the Red Balloon Alexandra Man on Wire Snow Angels Still Life The Dark Knight
2009 Up Where the Wild Things Are Of Time and the City The Hurt Locker A Serious Man Adventureland A Single Man Sugar In the Loop Me and Orson Welles
2000s There Will Be Blood Ratatouille Climates Once Y Tu Mamá También Zodiac United 93 Mulholland Drive Gosford Park Minority Report
2010 The Kids are All Right The Secret in Their Eyes Boxing Gym Last Train Home Greenberg Carlos The Social Network The King's Speech The Ghost Writer The Fighter
2011 Poetry Moneyball Certified Copy The Descendants The Interrupters Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench A Separation The Tree of Life Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Weekend
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Lincoln Once Upon a Time in Anatolia The Master Amour Chico and Rita The Color Wheel Searching for Sugar Man Flight Moonrise Kingdom
2013 Her 12 Years a Slave Consuming Spirits Stories We Tell Fruitvale Station American Hustle Post Tenebras Lux Inside Llewyn Davis Let the Fire Burn The Gatekeepers
2014 Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel Winter Sleep Whiplash The Lego Movie Listen Up Philip Force Majeure Mr. Turner Dear White People Heaven Knows What
2015 Spotlight Anomalisa Love & Mercy The Diary of a Teenage Girl Son of Saul Carol Beasts of No Nation Creed Heart of a Dog Tangerine
2016 Moonlight La La Land Manchester by the Sea Toni Erdmann O.J.: Made in America Krisha The Witch Hell or High Water Don't Think Twice The Fits
2017 Lady Bird A Ghost Story Get Out Phantom Thread Rat Film Mudbound Good Time Raw The Florida Project Call Me by Your Name
2018 The Rider Roma Can You Ever Forgive Me? The Favourite Minding the Gap Widows First Reformed Sorry to Bother You Zama Black Panther
2019 Parasite Marriage Story Ash Is Purest White Portrait of a Lady on Fire The Irishman One Child Nation Waves Present.Perfect. The Last Black Man in San Francisco Little Women
2020 Lovers Rock First Cow American Utopia Nomadland City So Real Ma Rainey's Black Bottom The Assistant Mangrove The Vast of Night Never Rarely Sometimes Always
2021 A Night of Knowing Nothing The Underground Railroad Drive My Car Passing West Side Story The Lost Daughter Licorice Pizza Summer of Soul It's a Sin The Green Knight and The Tragedy of Macbeth
2022* All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Compartment No. 6 EO Kimi Let the Little Light Shine Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Saint Omer Tár Turning Red The Woman King
2023 Past Lives The Boy Killers of the Flower Moon Barbie Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. The Zone of Interest Return to Seoul The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar; The Rat Catcher; The Swan; & Poison Oppenheimer May December
  • The 2022 edition was an overall list with no specific numbering; the films are listed here in alphabetical order.


Year Title Role Notes
2006-2010 At the Movies Guest Host/Co-Host 91 episodes
2008 Entourage Himself Episode: "Fantasy Island"
2010 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Guest Expert 5 episodes
The View Himself 1 episode
Charlie Rose Guest 1 episode
2011 The Early Show Himself 1 episode
2013 TCM Friday Night Spotlight: Future Shock! Host
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