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 12.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Merci pour le Chocolat
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,278 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A near-classic blend of mystery, personality, humor and terror, laced with one stunning shock after another. [18 August 1995, Friday, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Mystic River is classic Eastwood, classic noir. If there is still some doubt about whether this one-time macho star is actually a world-class moviemaker, Mystic River should end the argument for good. One of the best American movies of the year, crisply well-crafted and beautifully acted.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A masterpiece of wry violence and stylized mayhem, The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi turns loose one of Japan's most brilliant film auteurs, Takeshi Kitano, on one of its most enduring pop legends.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    This is a film precisely constructed, brilliantly imagined.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the most remarkable and moving love stories the movies have recently given us.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Downfall, whatever its shortcomings, bears strong witness to great evil. That is its triumph as a film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    In the remarkable, ferociously intelligent new film No Man's Land, Bosnian writer-director Danis Tanovic gives us a movie portrait of the Bosnian War, a conflict that has devastated his country, friends and neighbors -- and found in it both shocking humor and searing, relentless tragedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Bravo!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the quintessential '60s foreign art films, a bizarre melange of pop music, revolution, sex, movie allusions and poetry. It's a masterpiece of sorts by one of the most important European filmmakers of that era. But it's also a movie that can drive you crazy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Ray
    A fit tribute to an entertainer who, no matter what hate or hardship threw in his way or how many mistakes he made, we can't stop loving.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Blazes up constantly with a stunning, off-kilter brilliance, an incandescent force that sometimes explodes the space between us and the screen.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    If the uncut Fanny and Alexander is Bergman's greatest work, as I think, it's because it's his most inclusive. He shows almost everything: all his moods, conflicts, styles and many of his favorite actors.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Some movies can lay claim to being the best thing around in a week, a month, a year. Robert Altman's Short Cuts is closer to being one of the all-time bests, among the finest American films since the advent of sound. [22 Oct 1993]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Re-released now in a digitally enhanced, sonically improved and slightly longer version, the movie is even better than it was in 1973.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    It is a movie about the gradual erosion of life's seeming certainties, and it's also about the destructive immorality that may lie beneath the most exquisitely composed veneer. As we watch "Chocolat," this great director and his great actress, Huppert, convince us: Evil is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A great love story and a deeply moving celebration of simple lives.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A brilliant entertainment, full of bemused skepticism and reckless, prodigal love -- for these people and their vanishing era and lives.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Splendid, soaringly ambitious Chinese period fantasy.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Movies today rarely touch chords that are spiritual or deeply emotional, but Nathaniel Kahn's remarkable documentary My Architect: A Son's Journey does both.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Trashy and glorious, the restored Metropolis is a pop epic for the ages.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    This is a movie for all cultures and all people, for families and especially for those who have lost them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A great movie on a powerful, essential subject -- the Holocaust years in Poland -- directed with such artistry and skill that, as we watch, the barriers of the screen seem to melt away.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    An extraordinary work, grandly conceived, brilliantly executed and wildly entertaining. It's a hobbit's dream, a wizard's delight. And, of course, it's only the beginning.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Sometimes cinema's highest achievements become clear only in retrospect. Days of Being Wild--now clearly revealed as one of the peaks of Hong Kong filmmaking and a masterwork of contemporary cinema giant Wong.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A boisterous, brilliant, heart-warming comedy--strikes me as just about perfect.

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