Michael Phillips (critic)

Michael Phillips (born 1961)[3] 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.

Michael Phillips
Born1961 (age 5960)
OccupationFilm critic
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Ann Jarmusch (divorced)[1]
Andrea Lenaburg (divorced)[1]
Heidi Stevens[2]

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

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

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.

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


  1. Fragoso, Sam (September 13, 2016). "Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso - Episode 24: Michael Phillips". Movie Mezzanine. Retrieved September 17, 2016. Event occurs at 7:03.
  2. "Michael Phillips". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  3. "'Talking Pictures. Conversations about film, the bad and the beautiful.' by Michael Phillips". Chicago Tribune. August 20, 2010. Your host is Michael Phillips, who was born in the year of 'The Hustler,' 'La Notte' and 'Flower Drum Song.'

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