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 Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,275 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Takes a potentially explosive subject and does it subtly and perceptively.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A gargantuan epic, a historical adventure-drama of overwhelming visual grandeur.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the year's best documentaries.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a film objet d'art to contemplate and treasure.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Rivets and amazes, even if it falls just frustratingly short of the mind-expanding grandeur it could have had.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a thriller that comes at you with gut-clutching ferocity, spewing blood and sex, shaking you up and scrambling your responses.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Most of all, it's a film for moviegoers who love powerful stories and ravishing imagery: timeless, eternal, the kind of tales handed from one generation and culture to the next -- and alive in all of them.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    For a film that points out so much wrong with German society and shows such dubious, dangerous behavior, it leaves the audience with high spirits and a sense of crazy exhilaration.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The poetry of Last Days has a stoned grandeur.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a film for specialized tastes, quiet, delicate. But it suits those tastes beautifully.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An oddity: an adaptation of a popular novel co-written and directed by the novelist himself. It's also a fine, gentle film love story and a cinematic tribute to the power and manifold benefits of communications between different cultures and nations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A dark subject certainly, but in Murray's bouquet-bearing hands, it can still hand us a laugh.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    iIt's a film for art- and foreign-movie devotees. But it's also a movie for audiences who simply want to get turned on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Duma, at its best, reminded me exactly why we loved movies as children: because they told stories like this, with images just as rhapsodically colorful and exciting.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a horror movie for aficionados. But it's also for people who don't usually like horror movies at all, who regard them as cheap, crude and over-obvious.There's nothing cheap or crude in Pulse," a fine, shivery movie about the terror of solitude and emptiness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The movie itself is as slick, fast and terrifyingly violent as a top-grade American crime thriller, but a lot smarter than most.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A disturbingly frank look at people and relationships in contemporary Los Angeles and a thrilling dramatic showcase for a brilliant cast.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    In The Weather Man, Nicolas Cage, a great oddball movie star who sometimes takes enormous risks, has a good, risky part again.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter just keeps growing up. So do the Potter movies, in size, in ambition and in visual splendor - and with increasingly stunning results.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The ending is a stunner. Like those '30 classics it suggests, Gilles' Wife seduces us with true cinematic magic: rich characters, great acting and that rapturous old French blend of realism and theatricality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Fast, funny, big-hearted.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a very classy, finely made film, and, as one watches it -- particularly those last sweeping scenes of political turbulence and escape -- one feels both pain at their (Merchant-Ivory) parting and grateful for what, together, they achieved.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Hallstrom gives us a genial interpretation and a supremely good-humored film.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a work that sears the heart and conscience. The events are annihilating, the way they're told both beautiful and terrifying.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Shot with a Peter Greenaway-like austere impudence and edited brilliantly (by Jed Parker), this is an entertaining movie, and a moving one--even if, like me, you're not especially fond of these paintings or that scene.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A contemporary Russian movie that you could honestly call revolutionary, more for its style than its politics.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A film that art-house audiences in 1959 loved madly. And who can blame them? A buoyant, searingly colorful retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set in Rio de Janiero, writer-director's Marcel Camus' movie is a romance heightened by its backdrop.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Though it's not the great film "Grand Illusion" is, and though it may strike some as a little schmaltzy, it still has some of that earlier film's deep feeling and empathy for soldiers trapped in the jaws of war and for the joys of Christmas--for believers and non-believers alike.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The power of art to redeem the pain and cruelty of life is demonstrated to enormous effect inShakespeare Behind Bars.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An extraordinarily truthful and piercing drama.