Michael Wilmington

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For 1,278 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 12.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Kundun
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,278 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Does have heart and enthusiasm. But it might have worked better if it had been glitzed up and energized the way "Fame" was. It's not a script that can survive this kind of minimal, earnest, self-congratulatory treatment.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Likable but relentlessly trivial.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    May try to revive the eerie spirit of the Gothic novel, but, unless you're suffering from amnesia yourself, it probably won't surprise or thrill you.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Unfortunately, after watching Paycheck, you may wish you had the picture's gimmickry at your disposal, so you could erase your own memory of it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Should please its core audience, which includes anyone who might actually want to win a date with Tad Hamilton. Others may opt to wait for another date with Kate Bosworth -- or Nathan Lane.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    An odd mix itself, of contemporary sexual realism and unabashed romantic fantasy. If "Days" works, it's mostly on a sheer fantasy level.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A neo-noir movie nightmare gone sadly wrong.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    When the crashing chords and defiant lyrics of "Be the Rain" close things out, there's a burst of idealism and energy that redeems everything. If you see Greendale, treat the movie charitably and dig the music.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Isn't good satire or good slapstick. It does have those lyrical, catchy Menken tunes, and the film perks up whenever Raitt or lang sing one of them. But much of this movie is deadly.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A big, empty picture full of star turns, artificial energy and jokes that don't quite work, even if stars Willis and Perry do their best to slam them across.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    This genuinely ambitious and accomplished Chicago production does have strong points, not the least of which is Lana herself. When the fiery, emotionally transparent Orlenko lets her talent and presence pour down on Lana's Rain, the movie springs to life.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    It's a middling film that wastes a lot of good opportunities, as well as two fine, charming co-stars.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    It's fairly entertaining--but not the second coming of indie comedy some notices might lead you to expect.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    The movie goes too far on too little motivation - and the middle section, with its maggoty villains, roiling skies and native revolts, seems almost barmy. Yet Exorcist: Beginning does score a small victory. It's not as bad as you'd think.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    To work, it has to make us feel crazy with love, like "Vertigo" did. Instead, it often just makes us feel crazy for believing any of it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Slickly produced, well cast and very excitingly made, it's based on plot hooks so silly, most of them blow up in your face.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    It's a harmless enough movie, and quite a good-looking one; Bettany and Dunst are an attractive enough couple, even if Lizzie has been written as a selfish little snip and he as a whining man-child.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Townsend seemed to me ill-matched as a romantic hero: way too moony-eyed and mushy to cope with the likes of the towering Theron and torchy Cruz.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A comedy that seems to have most everything going for it but the ability to make us laugh.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    It's a nice little film, likable but not exceptional, and it will probably appeal most strongly to actors, would be-actors, wannabes and ex-actors.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    There's barely a scene in this movie that taps his (Murphy) special brilliance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    For all Ricci's zingers, the actress who gets the most laughs here is Kudrow, who has an amazingly right-on offbeat comic sense and rhythm. Playing a bright, sexually repressed Indiana teacher, she displays priceless timing. [19 June 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Won't make your day, but it won't kill it either.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    The movie, like Hitch, tries to be cool, funny and sweet but falls on its face without generating any real sympathy, smarts or humor.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Though the story is potentially fascinating and the visuals sometimes spellbinding, the movie itself is stranded in the purgatory of the second-rate.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    More an uninspired letdown than a flabbergasting turkey... One reason for this lack of bite lies in the werewolves themselves. They're a bit too teddy-bearish, even oddly cuddly, and the fright scenes work better when you don't see much of them.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    It's a bizarre but engaging fling.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Despite some impressive technical achievements, it too looks like a movie with little reason for being.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    It would take the dark wit of a Billy Wilder or a Coen brother--or at least a Neil Simon--to put across this kind of material.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Has the worst happy ending I've seen in a while.

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