Michael Wilmington
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For 1,277 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 76% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 22% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Shine
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    It's a real shame that most new boxing movies try to copy the crowd-pleasing, sentiment-choked tactics of "Rocky" rather than the stark drama of "Raging Bull" or the realistic grit of "On the Waterfront" and "The Harder They Fall." Against the Ropes is only the latest sorry example. The sad thing is that, with this real-life story and subject, it could have been a contender.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Cheerful but mind-numbing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    I can't think of much that might happen on a date evening that could be more annoying than this movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Falls flat on its face.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Technically clever but emotionally bankrupt...it's an almost laughably opportunistic movie.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    It may entertain you if you don't mind senseless stories and screaming soundtracks.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Outrageously vapid and overdone movie.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Sluggish and preposterous, full of violence and cliches.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    The movie suffers from a devastating flaw for a comedy: It isn't very funny.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    What isn't scary--or exciting, amusing or fun--is XXX: State of the Union, a movie so preposterous, cliché-packed and over the top that it makes the original "XXX" seem as good as the original "State of the Union."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    An odd little ghoul too cleaned up to survive, a bloodless vampire movie that's mostly lifeless as well.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    One more movie comedy about how love can turn you into an idiot. And its major flaw, among many others, is that the idiocy takes over the movie.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    The best thing about star and co-writer David Spade's Dickie Roberts, Former Child Star is the end-title sequence, a big, sassy sing-along in which dozens of old TV child stars spew out defiant jokes about their old careers and fame's fickle fingers.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Wedding Date is neither good art, good entertainment nor even good trash.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    A flashy-looking low-budget indie about drugs, love and crime in small-town Iowa. But, speaking as an ex-small-town Midwesterner, I found it hard to buy.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Some movies should never have been made, and high on that list is the addled new remake of Rollerball.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    A mind-numbing, bloody, ridiculous experience.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    It's outrageously stereotypical and weirdly personal, so loonily exaggerated it keeps surprising you.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    A comedy murder mystery gone seriously astray, boasts an immensely talented cast .
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Just withers compared with many older, better movies about teen alienation and nihilism, from "Rebel Without a Cause" to "River's Edge."
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    A fast, slick, outlandish fiasco that starts out well and then seems to drop right off a cliff.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    An unabashedly bad movie full of cliches, claptrap, fairly good rock 'n' roll and stomach-turning gross-out gags.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Some film premises are so outlandish, so thinly worked out and so deep-down ridiculous that they wind up sinking the show -- and White Chicks collapses under a real doozy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Sweet-tempered but superficial.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    A gaudy yet grim science-fiction horror movie of such surpassing silliness, humorless intensity and stylistic overkill that watching it may actually put you in a state of paranoia.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    The crass sentimentality of American Wedding increasingly fits Norman Mailer's definition: "the emotional promiscuity of the basically unemotional." The jokes are unemotional, uncouth and mostly unfunny.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    The idea may sound like fun, but the movie isn't. It's a travesty of a picture that's a disgrace to the memory of the great film from which it's remade. [5 February 1999, Friday, po.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    This clunky remake can't rise from the ashes, nor would you want it to.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    How is it possible that actors as expert as Close and Depardieu can wind up together in a mostly brainless big-budget stinker?
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    A good-natured but trivial Manhattan romantic comedy.

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