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Michael Phillips (born 1961) is a film critic for the Chicago Tribune newspaper. Previously he 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.

Phillips was born in Kenosha, Wisconsinmarker and spent most of his early years in Racine, Wisconsinmarker. 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 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, in an attempt to return the show to its roots after a year-long ratings drop.

Top ten lists

Each year Phillips prepares a list of the top ten films of the year:
2005 2006 2007 2008
1 Capote Climates Once Wall-E
2 King Kong United 93 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly The Class
3 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Little Children 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days A Christmas Tale
4 Nuit noire 17 octobre 1961 The Death of Mr. Lazarescu Ratatouille Let the Right One In
5 The 40-Year-Old Virgin Letters From Iwo Jima There Will Be Blood The Flight of the Red Balloon
6 The Squid and the Whale Borat No End in Sight Alexandra
7 Junebug The War Tapes Margot at the Wedding Man on Wire
8 Le Grand Voyage Casino Royale The Bourne Ultimatum Snow Angels
9 Pride and Prejudice The Queen The Assassination of Jesse James Still Life
10 Brokeback Mountain Caché Knocked Up and Juno The Dark Knight


References

  1. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/news/1696574/meet_a_critic_michael_phillips
  2. http://www.metacritic.com/film/awards/2005/toptens.shtml
  3. http://www.metacritic.com/film/awards/2006/toptens.shtml
  4. http://www.metacritic.com/film/awards/2007/toptens.shtml
  5. http://www.metacritic.com/film/awards/2008/toptens.shtml


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