Michael Wilmington

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For 1,294 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 11.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Hidden
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1294 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Wilmington
    The movie is like a big, smug, sunny ball of fluff, batting around in a crystalline cage. It's bright and well-meaning, but there's little to grab onto or feel. Not even the presence of those expert actor/farceurs, Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, give it any real presence or bite. [20 Dec 1991, p.16]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Wilmington
    Midway through The Lost Boys there's a brief scene that suggests the magic and power it could have had. This scene suggests a fable of seductive evil-but nothing in the movie is ever half as evocative again. It's more lost than the Boys: a glossy fiasco with most of the real blood sucked out of it.
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Wilmington
    The best thing about High Heels are the performances - [Victoria Abril]'s tense, voracious daughter, Parades' star-turn mother, the sinister Bose, the arrogant Atkine - and the lucidity of Almodovar's narrative style, which by now seems as natural as breathing. [20 Dec 1991]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Wilmington
    There are misfires in Sucka, but there's also some funny stuff. Wayans shows a refreshing taste for self-mockery. [17 Feb 1989, p.8]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Wilmington
    Like the movies its modeled after, it's shallow, frequently silly. But there's something about the mix--maybe something about Parillaud as the screechy, dangerous Nikita--that may make the movie a powerful engine of wish-fulfillment. [12 Apr 1991, Calendar, p.F-10]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Wilmington
    In the end, even in the howling high frequencies and the nihilistic night, this R-rated movie misses its best shot. It doesn't talk hard enough. [22 Aug 1990, p.5]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Wilmington
    Most of the rest of this Hamlet effective or lovely as parts of it may be, just keeps sawing at the air in a drafty hall and pouring all its light on Mel Gibson and his angelic stubble. [18 Jan 1991]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Wilmington
    To give the movie its due, it's been directed, at least on the visual level, with unusual elegance: filled with graceful, gliding tracking shots, and icily precise Hitchcockian setups of the bleak decor and scary effects.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A modernized version of that great sentimental horse movie, 1943's "My Friend Flicka," and it comes with the shiny trappings, high professionalism and glamorous accessories you might expect...Something is missing though.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A cute, well-acted film that tries to mix tones sharply.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Freaky Friday commits a lot of sins; luckily, it has Curtis and a few others to cover them up.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    An uninspired misfire of a TV-series knockoff that, despite its great cast and smart filmmakers, never manages to scare up much magic.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A pumped-up, flag-waving, outrageously hokey and ridiculous -- but sometimes incredibly exciting -- war movie.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    In movies as in life, superior technology doesn't necessarily trump humor, magic or really shaggy dogs.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    The sense of the unknown that "Padgett" created are largely absent. And the movie fails to supply us with an antagonist to work up some dramatic conflict. Nor are the toys themselves very interesting and Mimzy is a toy bunny of no distinction.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Has heart, but lacks bite.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    This film has so many good ideas, it tends to seem better after you've left the theater. But the mock TV stuff is just too faux to be funny.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    By creating a kind of politically correct version of Andy Griffith's "Mayberry," director Bezucha has drained the movie not only of bigotry but also of dramatic conflict.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    The trajectory of the film -- despite its excellent cast and intelligent mounting -- is too preordained.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A wildly expensive movie full of computers, nonsense and violence, a film where wit, romance, elegance -- everything -- is sacrificed on the altar of giganticism, cliche and over-the-top action.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Boyle's new movie is mostly a zombie fiasco, closer to the vacuities of "The Beach" than the scintillating social satire of "Trainspotting."
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Keith -- a consistent hit-maker who wrote the controversial 9/11 song "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" -- has a future in movies if he wants it. Hopefully, they'll be better ones than this.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A breakthrough for karate comedy king Chan, but not necessarily the kind we've all been waiting and hoping for. It's an ultra-digitized DreamWorks show crammed with elaborate special effects, the kind that physical-stunt specialist Chan has always avoided.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A likable little movie without much to offer but cute tots, recycled gags and a talented cast amiably wasting their time and ours.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A bizarre, bloody adventure movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    This rich, gorgeous music and the wistful pastoral scenes create a rhapsodic mood that the rest of the film doesn't really sustain.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A feast of bad taste, a demonic hog-wallow.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A business-as-usual blockbuster blueprint that rarely surprises you.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    This is a picture in which the barf scenes standard in the usual crude youth comedies aren't gratuitous. They're logical climaxes.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    The movie doesn't deserve any of the talent bestowed on it, from Reiner's amiable direction to the occasional grace notes in the performances of Hudson, Marceau and David Paymer.

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