For 1,217 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 14.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Last Orders
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,217 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Stylish, ingenious and gleaming with charm, wit and malice, it's another expert blend of domestic drama and crime thriller, a vivisection of the bourgeoisie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Vibrating with humanity, it's a potent portrait of love, ranging from the purely carnal to the impurely sublime.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    It's a thriller that really thrills, a drama that really engages, a portrait of a world and system out of joint that is painfully convincing and totally engrossing from the first simmering minute to the last explosive second.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the most excitingly contemporary musicals ever made.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A film that lets life flood into our souls.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A movie bull's-eye: noir with an attitude, a thriller packing punches. It gives up its evil secrets with a smile.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    As we watch, we can sense, once again, the eye of a painter, the dreams of a poet and, tying them together, the vision of a master.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    An amazing celluloid poem by a filmmaker whom Ingmar Bergman called "the greatest." He very nearly was. He was also, perhaps, too pure a creator and reckless a citizen to survive unscathed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Probing... haunting.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Always a magical film. For its anniversary rerelease, though, it's been extensively restored and even partly reshot by Spielberg. It now looks better than it did back then.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    An instant classic and a dramatic beauty, a film that gets us to the core of Greene's chilly, dark and romantic view of the post-war world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    This French documentary gives us unprecedented intimacy and sweep.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    This is a terrific movie: jolting, savage, horrifically funny, nightmarishly exciting but also brainy and compassionate.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A grand ride. Sleek, beautiful and packed with emotion, not too flashy but full of heart, this is a movie worthy of its unlikely yet glorious subject: Depression-era America's best-loved racehorse and the two races that made him a legend.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Magnificent to look at, thrilling, ingenious, spellbinding and superbly done on every level, this is not just one of the best films of the year or the decade, but of all time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Heroin may be a downer, but Trainspotting definitely takes you up…a series of roaring, provocative, outrageous highs. [26 July 1996, Friday, p.C]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the screen's great portrayals of the hell-raising and malaise of young men in their 20s, hit Italy like a comic thunderbolt when it was released there in 1953 -- and it struck the American art-house audience in much the same way when it premiered here in 1956. Now it returns, and unlike its five aging-boy protagonists, this movie hasn't lost its first youth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Viveka Seldahl and Sven Wollter will touch you to the core in a film you will never forget -- that you should never forget.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A film poem of sometimes humbling beauty: a movie that opens up a new world to us - in the mountains of Iranian Kurdistan - with an enchanting freshness and austerity of vision.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Attack of the Clones celebrates a certain youthful spirit in both moviemaking and movie watching; because it's as much phenomenon as movie, audiences will either ride with or reject it. I was happy to take the ride.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Kaufman's startling Quills gives us an anatomy of fear, images both silken swift and molten hot, scenes that disrupt and inflame the imagination.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A fierce, brilliant film that breaks (and then mends) your heart.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    The story is engrossing, full of thrills and humor, the period re-creation wondrous and the pace intoxicatingly brisk. And the actors are all so good and their parts so well-written that we're engaged emotionally as well.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Watching Le Cercle Rouge, we're caught up in a world that, however improbable some of its twists and turns seem, strikes us as a perfect, imaginative creation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A prison movie of unusual richness and jarring power.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Some scholars may scowl, some lowbrows may scoff. But, like wordwise Will, these filmmakers know how to win a crowd -- from the queen down to the groundlings, from the sky above to the stage below. Bravo! [5 December 1998, Friday, p.A]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Masterpiece is the right word for The Sweet Hereafter. It is extraordinary: a poem of familial pain, a song of broken embraces. [25 December 1997, Tempo, p.1]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the cinema's true classics.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    There's an incongruous but ravishing beauty in Far From Heaven, and in its three excellent central performances, that counteracts the seeming kitschiness of the story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A landmark musical movie -- controversial, mercurial, even cheeky. It's the kind of film that wildly divides audiences and critics -- people tend to either love or hate it. I loved it.