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 Così ridevano
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,275 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Georgia, written with rare honesty and economy by Leigh's mother, Barbara Turner, and very sensitively directed by Ulu Grosbard, is a tough-minded look at show business and families. [10 Jan 1996]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    The cast is tremendous; these actors work with Resnais like a well-oiled stock company that knows every trick and can communicate almost telepathically.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Badlands is about a landscape as much as the couple fleeing across it. Watching it, you sense that Malick finds his outlaw lovers beautiful and terrible, pathetic and monstrous, funny and overwhelmingly sad. [27 March 1998]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Both sides of the story -- the larger context and the intense and intimate drama -- are painted with an absolutely unswerving sense of truth. And, as we watch this movie, full of violence, injustice and compassion, there is barely a moment that seems calculated or contrived.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    even in the notable ranks of Leigh's movie, TV and theater work-an oeuvre embracing high comedy, biting comment and shivering pathos-Naked is extraordinary. In the hands of Leigh and his magnificently gifted, gutsy cast, these days and nights on London's streets burn themselves on our minds.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    It's a spree of a movie, one of the most impishly entertaining of Altman's career. Smart, sparkling, almost sinfully amusing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Kansas City is a wonderful film, done with all Altman's offbeat virtuosity, maverick humor and creative daring -- plus the acid nip that runs through all his recent works.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Hoop Dreams has the movie equivalent of all-court vision. It picks up everything happening in the gym, in the stands and even outside. It gives us the thrill of the game, but it doesn't cheat on either the vibrant social context or the deep human story.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Wilmington
    Though definitely one of the best American movies of the year--a work of high ensemble talent and intelligence, gorgeously mounted and crafted, artistically audacious in ways that most American movies don't even attempt--it's still a disappointment… It's not the capstone we might have wanted Coppola to make. [23 Dec 1990, Calendar, p.9]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Wilmington
    There's a muscular sincerity to this movie, a power and spread to its imagery that triumphs over the occasional candied purple patches or strained plot twists. [16 Jul 1993 Pg. F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Wilmington
    A lot of this horrific Little Shop is not only sweet, melodic, funny and oddly idealistic, it's even, well, tasty. [19 Dec 1986, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Like Robert Altman's "Short Cuts," it is an all-star fresco, but the stars--none of whom carries the movie--get to play the kind of morally ambivalent, sometimes unlikable parts that big-name actors usually avoid.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Works beautifully, both as a social and psychological drama and as a taut, tightly wired thriller.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A beautiful, intensely moving film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A visually sumptuous, bullet-train-paced thriller with a really provocative theme.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's sensuality with a stinger, and Fat Girl is an adolescent sex drama that takes no prisoners.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Funny Games is an intellectual's suspense film, which ultimately tries to critique and demystify violence. But, since our responses are never all cerebral, that's not entirely possible.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a powerhouse, demanding film that sometimes stretches the limits of credibility. But it's done with such consistent technical brilliance--and with such a first-rate cast and company.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Has the kind of super-cinematic qualities and bravura acting that make up for almost anything.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A fine, exciting film that makes a bloody historical event live all over again by showing it through the eyes of children on the edges of the conflict.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a brutally convincing movie about two hell-bent young Turkish-German lovers dancing on the edge of destruction in a Hamburg underworld of drugs and casual sex. Yet it's also compassionate and even tender.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the more delightful and satisfying family movies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A stirring, large-souled movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of those sweet, intelligent, nicely made films.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Allen gives us at least half a classic comedy - more than we usually get at the movies these days - while having some elegant fun with an idea that has intrigued poets and smart alecks through the ages: the interchangeability of comedy and tragedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Sin City is an evil place, full of awful people, an obsessive movie full of monomaniacal tough guys. Yet when Miller and Rodriguez move it into gear, noir lives.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A highly exciting, visually alive thriller.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A witty and psychologically perceptive look at the Parisian literary scene.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    As beautifully designed, swift and sleek as a classic sports car, throbbing with emotion and intelligence, it's a neat suspense film that's also dramatically and sociologically potent, with two supremely talented stars, Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, delivering beyond the emotional call of duty.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Should hold you spellbound.