Michael Phillips (born 1961) is an American 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, Wisconsin and spent most of his early years in Racine, Wisconsin. He was a childhood friend of Milwaukee serial killerJeffrey Dahmer. 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 and heavy criticism, particularly of Ben Lyons, who was perceived to lack depth of knowledge about movies. The new show, however, lasted only one season.
Top ten lists
Each year, Phillips prepares a list of the top ten films of the year. In 2009, he also made a list for the decade.
|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 and 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|