Michael Wilmington
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For 1,276 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 77% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,276 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Though I would agree it's original -- it's the first aboveground romance movie I've seen in which the heroine is repeatedly spanked, verbally tormented and tied to a chair by her lover--- it's not an experience I much enjoyed.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    It's outrageously stereotypical and weirdly personal, so loonily exaggerated it keeps surprising you.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Superhero comic book movie with a script so feeble it might have been written with crayons.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Outrageously vapid and overdone movie.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    A good-natured but trivial Manhattan romantic comedy.
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    A comedy murder mystery gone seriously astray, boasts an immensely talented cast .
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    It's a glossy, well-mounted, slickly done but almost stuporously predictable affair, both formula-bound and utterly illogical.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Fairly well done but deadly dull futuristic thriller.
    • 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    An unabashedly bad movie full of cliches, claptrap, fairly good rock 'n' roll and stomach-turning gross-out gags.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    In this bizarre tale of man among the apes and a psychiatrist among madmen -- an over-emotional hybrid of "Gorillas in the Mist" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" -- style buries substance.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Falls flat on its face.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Sometimes, you can use a smaller devil to catch the Devil, the movie suggests. But in this case, the entire movie goes to hell in record time.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    It's one of those movies where talented filmmakers waste time with stale, phony material.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    It's a movie that puts Samuel Jackson in kilts, Robert Carlyle in a red Jaguar, and the audience -- if they have any sense at all -- out in the lobby, looking for another picture.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Turturro is the one thing that's right with the movie. Perhaps the weakest thing about the new "Deeds" is its utter lack of a strong viewpoint and real emotion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Despite a big budget, lots of technical flair and a good cast headed by Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames, it's mostly a bloody mess.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Often ridiculous, mostly poorly written and, surprisingly poorly acted too. No matter how many flashy scenes the filmmakers shoot, the bad lines just keep dripping down. [21 Aug 1998]
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    This clunky remake can't rise from the ashes, nor would you want it to.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Sweet-tempered but superficial.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    One hopes that this is Hollywood's last go-round with Swept Away. Watching this fiasco, I kept having nightmares about a possible cartoon version, co-starring Cruella de Vil and Shrek.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    The Favor is a sex comedy without sex-and pretty much without comedy. [29 Apr 1994]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Just another self-absorbed teen chronicle, with the added twist of a little time travel and a surprise ending.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Wilmington
    With its stylized story-line and almost styleless direction, it sometimes resembles a juggling act with sledgehammers. [13 Jul 1988, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Wilmington
    Admirers of Rambo III will probably point out that it moves fast. But then, so does a gazelle-and a gazelle has better dialogue and more personality. [25 May 1988, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times

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