Michael Wilmington
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For 1,275 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 The Fallen Idol (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,275 movie reviews
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Accomplishes something I would have thought impossible. It made me appreciate its 1994 predecessor, "The Flintstones."
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    A grotesque slumgullion of kung fu, studio schlock and pseudo-Dumas swashbuckling that leaves you longing for Doug Fairbanks --or even Don Ameche and The Ritz Brothers.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    What we get, while rarely boring, is a succession of senseless scenes bathed in formula-thriller blue light, full of blazing Uzis, exploding helicopters and sentimental male bonding.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Some movies should never have been made, and high on that list is the addled new remake of Rollerball.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    There's almost no reason to see the movie, unless you have no qualms about wasting your time.
    • 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
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    An almost terminally sappy youth romance.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    A mind-numbing, bloody, ridiculous experience.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    An oppressively cute Manhattan time-travel romantic comedy that’s lost in time, space and cliches.
    • 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
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Wilmington
    Director H.S. Miller thinks he's made something broodingly visionary when you're more likely to be aesthetically shaken up by one of Mad magazine's Fold-Ins.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    Devotees of awful filmmaking can't go wrong with this one.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    That this bit of pustulence is based on a video game of the same name is no surprise. It explains the thin plot, characters and abundant gunplay.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    Bewilderingly bad.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    A movie of good intentions and awful results.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    A soft-core sex comedy that keeps throwing out comic variations on the idea of the line between gay and straight sexuality.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    A real stinker. It doesn't have the courage of its own bad taste, or that of its villain.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    The political movie satire from hell.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    Some movies are a joy. Some are a chore. And some are sheer torture. A good example of the latter is Virus. [17 January 1999, Metro Chicago, p.8]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    To say this movie's premise is bonkers is putting it mildly.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    Think about the worst movie ideas you've had in your life, the ones so embarrassing they make you wince. Now imagine this: a modernized version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" titled Scotland, Pa.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    A big techno-dud.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    An almost mystifyingly bad movie.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    It's hard to believe how bad this movie is.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    A staggeringly bad picture: a shallow, cliche-ridden mess that keeps blowing up on screen.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    The first half hour of Hot Chick, before the switch, plays like soft-core porno from the '60s. The rest plays like a bad "Saturday Night Live" sketch stretched to the breaking point.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    Serves up horrendous lead acting, murky cinematography, bland atmosphere, unengaging romance, mug-crazy cameo performances, bash-on-the-head satire and ill-timed slapstick gags that look like outtakes from a Bozo the Clown show gone berserk. [20 Oct 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    The kind of fascinatingly bad film only a really gifted and fearless moviemaker could make: a 92-minute long raggedy-raunchy vision of sex, transit and alienation in which Gallo focuses on himself so obsessively, it's as if he'd become his own stalker.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    Mind-numbing sequel to "Pokemon the First Movie."
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    You have to have faith that kids will recognize a bad movie when it's foisted on them -- and they don't get much worse than The New Guy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    there's no joy in this movie. It's a safe, compromised, even preachy, fable; a wannabe hip romp that never gets going. [07 Jul 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    The usual bad movie sometimes gives a few chuckles, amuses audiences by making them feel superior. But young director Leonard makes a different kind of bomb. Fascinated with technology, Leonard makes cutting-edge techno-turkeys, with wildly elaborate visuals and ridiculous plots. [4 Aug 1995, pg. I]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    A wish fulfillment fantasy of staggering silliness, both smirkingly cutesy and gratingly offensive, this is one for the movie ash heap.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Wilmington
    UHF
    The problem with UHF is that everything in it is a parody. The only logic for anything that happens is that there's some new thing to make fun of-mostly inanely. It's not much of a movie. [21 Jul 1989 p.11]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Wilmington
    They've jacked this loud, lame shrieker of a movie up to the highest decibels, both aural and visual, and rammed it in our faces with almost numbing aplomb.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 12 Michael Wilmington
    Phantoms may have sold like hotcakes as a book. But this movie version is a grotesque fiasco, a confoundingly senseless story told with unexciting visuals, cliched dialogue and ear-bashing sounds... Watching it is a truly hellish experience. [23 Jan 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Wilmington
    It's arguably one of the emptiest, feeblest, most derivative scripts ever made as a major studio movie. There's no need to do a Mad magazine movie parody of this; it's already on the screen. [12 June 1987, Calendar, p.6-6]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Wilmington
    The movie is full of phallic gags about little-bitty guns and crude jokes at physical or emotional infirmities. [17 Nov 1989, p.6]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Wilmington
    Sequels to big-budget popular hits usually end up super-slick, shallow and inflated. But this one isn't even super-slick; it's shallow and deflated...The overall effect is of a story atomized and dying before our eyes, collapsing into smashed pulp, ground down into big-budget Kryptonite ash. [27 July 1987, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 8 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Wilmington
    Teen Wolf Too embellishes its inane, cookie-cutter plot with remote direction, witless dialogue and charmless characters.
    • 1 Metascore
    • 0 Michael Wilmington
    A loathsome shocker... Watching it almost turned my stomach.