For 1,217 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 14.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 After the Life
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,217 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is a movie that doesn't depend for its effects on star performers or stylized wish-fulfillment sexuality but on realism, sharp observation and honest humor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A lovely film with a deeply humane perspective.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An often-wondrous comedy, just as rich and surprising as "L.A. Confidential" but considerably less dark.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's hard to watch and listen to Together without, in some sense, having your heart lifted by its music.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a lovely, terrifying sight.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The film seems a mad mix of staid PBS bio-drama, flamboyant musical comedy and surreal cartoon nightmare.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Wonderful spirit, humanity and humor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Watching this film wakes you up; it is a window on an Iran and an Afghanistan we should have taken account of long ago -- seen though a master's eye, felt through a poet's touch.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This century's Planet of the Apes is a rouser, a screaming-banshee fun house.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a movie imbued with a fierce intimacy -- a tone and style similar to cinema verite documentary -- but it's not a banal realism, even if the characters and settings in contemporary working-class Liege initially seem mundane.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The movie, done in a classic measured style, finally moves you almost as much as if it had stayed in Kurosawa's hands. Filled with love and melancholy, it's a fitting, fond epilogue to the "sensei" (the master).
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's the best new battle film since "Black Hawk Down," a movie it surpasses in sheer feeling and bravura style, if not in nightmarish panic and suspense.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Of all the many documentaries that take you along on a movie shoot, one of my all-time favorites is this delightfully scrappy, sometimes poignant, often hilarious show.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a movie of uncommon eloquence and elegance, acted by a truly gifted cast.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    You will not forget The Piano Teacher. Nor will you forget Isabelle Huppert, a brave, brilliant actress who here plays her masterpiece.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's an exciting but brainy, cross-cultural thriller about modern London and life in a contemporary urban pressure cooker, and it depends more on plot, character and atmosphere than it does on chases and gunfire.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a twisty, hell-for-leather crime thriller, and director Carl Franklin gives it all the slick, modern trimmings.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Casual moviegoers may enjoy it, too, if they follow a simple rule: Stop looking for the way out and let yourself get lost.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Kidman crafts a characterization of breathtakingly controlled artifice, dead-on timing, dizzyingly precise humor. Her part is a knockout--in every sense of the word. [6 Oct 1995]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's fresh, funny, biting, fast-paced and reasonably perceptive about people and their problems.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A funny valentine by an old master, woos us into the dance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Sharp, funny, sad and daring as it may be, Happiness is missing something. Its points are often too obvious, its shocks too juvenile. It's impressive but not transcendent. [23 Oct 1998]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A wonderful, heart-breaking movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An old nightmare, made shiny new.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is not an inspirational drama about finding yourself; it's a Hitchcockian comedy about adultery, murder and losing a corpse.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An Adam Sandler movie with class, and if that sounds like an oxymoron, so be it. The movie is a happy nightmare of silly-smart movie comedy that defies category - and challenges expectations involving Sandler and his pictures.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A bizarre, thrilling, warmly funny spoof of the WWII Steve McQueen prison camp thriller, "The Great Escape" remade for a near all-chicken cast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A stark, minimalist near-masterpiece about the creation of a murderer in modern Iran.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Starts out hilarious and then turns very, very grim.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This film--one of the best and most memorable documentaries of the year so far--brings that truth-teller to us once again.