Michael Wilmington
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For 1,276 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 Secrets & Lies
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,276 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A movie about the passions of simple people, and it's done with such extraordinary empathy and commitment that it all but pulls you under. [29 November 1996, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A landmark movie that becomes a priceless entryway into a distant land and its people, few of whom will ever seem as foreign and far away again.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Masterpiece is the right word for The Sweet Hereafter. It is extraordinary: a poem of familial pain, a song of broken embraces. [25 December 1997, Tempo, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A stunner: a fiercely brilliant film of such wrenching impact, nonstop drive and unpredictability that watching it becomes an exhilarating ride.
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A fierce, brilliant film that breaks (and then mends) your heart.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Be forewarned: Dog Days, like many of Seidel's films, will drive some moviegoers to rage and walkouts with its unrelentingly depressing tone. But it also a remarkable, deeply disturbing work by a brilliant filmmaker.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Moore's best movie, and one of the most blisteringly effective polemics and documentaries ever.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    In Jan Campion's The Piano, the emotions are deep, fierce, primordial. Sexuality overwhelms the film's characters like ocean waves blasting against a cliffside. [19 Nov 1993]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    It still soars, but now it seems richer, more expansive. Amadeus reminds us that movies can be lyrical as well as vulgar, ambitious as well as playful, brilliant as well as down and dirty -- just like Amadeus himself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the most beautiful of all recent films on the problems of old age -- and on the interplay of theater and life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Extraordinary film, one that, like the museum itself, captures and shows three centuries of Russian culture and history in all its beauty, confusion, terror and majesty.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Moviegoers should be almost as entranced by the teeming, glorious landscapes and dark, bloody battlegrounds of Two Towers: astonishing midpoint of an epic movie fantasy journey for the ages.
    • 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
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the most excitingly contemporary musicals ever made.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A great, velvety, beautiful anachronism. It's a movie almost drunk on romance, literature and cinema, a splendid period picture that keeps rashly breaking rules and boundaries [17 Sept 1993, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    This is one of those films that encapsulate most of its maker's key thoughts and feelings while also connecting us vividly to a fascinating past. No one who loves French film (or movies in general) should miss it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Leigh is an artist not at all blind to the world's darkness and pain. But the generosity and togetherness he and his company show in Secrets and Lies is something the movies -- and the world -- truly need. [25 October 1996, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Moves us now because it's so playful and the players are so young - and because later, when Godard tried to play for keeps, in his self-consciously radical films of the late '60s and '70s, he began to lose his game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    This is the Paris -- and the mad, beautiful young Parisienne -- we look for in dreams.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Magnificent to look at, thrilling, ingenious, spellbinding and superbly done on every level, this is not just one of the best films of the year or the decade, but of all time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    The film is truly special, truly different -- a wondrous talky roundelay about and for people who love life.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Always a magical film. For its anniversary rerelease, though, it's been extensively restored and even partly reshot by Spielberg. It now looks better than it did back then.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Like all the Coens' movies, "Man" is supremely self-aware and darkly, hellishly funny. It's also brilliantly written and acted to a fare-thee-well by an outrageously good cast.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the most curious and perversely brilliant films ever made in the American studio system. It's a shining example of qualities we don't normally see in our big theatrical pictures: vast ambition, huge resources and technical genius mated to a unique and compelling vision of life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    I loved this movie madly, and so will many of you.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Blends a love of semi-trashy pop entertainment with a love of poetry, art and high moral seriousness. It's a young person's movie (Godard was 34 and Karina 24 in 1964) that retains its mysterious pull even as the film and we get older.