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 Short Cuts
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,278 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the best films ever about that game, one of the most exciting, instructive and sheerly entertaining of all chess films.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Panahi's simplicity accentuates the movie's power: its sense of life caught unobserved.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A finely written, superbly acted offbeat thriller.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A stirring, large-souled movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Lovely, heart-stirring film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the year's best documentaries.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Mamet takes exactly those qualities that we most prize in genre movies -- characters, cleverness and high style -- and refines them to a high shine.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Though "Keys" is not Amelio's best, it has an emotional power almost equal to anything he's done.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is a movie with every facet shining in place, every word charged and resonant. [23 Sept 1994]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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 spellbinding piece of Japanese anime from one of the form's new masters, director-writer Satoshi Kon.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    (The film is) one of the most anguished, intense and weirdly brilliant of the year.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Starts out hilarious and then turns very, very grim.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The kind of movie some audiences are starved for, a comedy with a human face, warmth and spirit.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Close to perfect example of an expertly designed and executed thriller.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A movie which, like all the best blues, makes good times out of bad times, makes smiles out of hurt, makes tears taste like honey.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Has the resonance, eloquence and formal rigor of a piece of great literature.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A shocker for devotees of stylish angst and psychological torment. You'll have to watch it with patience and great attention, but it richly rewards that patience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Zbanic, who lived through the Bosnian war in Sarajevo, is an unusual talent. Here, she makes us feel the hell her characters once lived through as well as the leftover, stinging pain of today.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Called "Nuovomondo" in its native Italy, it's bittersweet, neither as comic and sentimental as Charlie Chaplin's 1917 great silent comedy "The Immigrant," nor as cynical and epic as Elia Kazan's 1963 "America, America," but close to both.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An excellent, unforgettable film.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A visually sumptuous, bullet-train-paced thriller with a really provocative theme.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's not a hasty, knocked-together promo job--though it is clearly pro-Kerry.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A deliberately old-fashioned picture that succeeds in nearly everything it tries to do.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A wonderful, heart-breaking movie.

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