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 The Flower of Evil
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,276 movie reviews
    • 39 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Vast, riveting, madly audacious movie biography.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This hip, highly partisan biography of Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey is a surprisingly entertaining movie about the perils of studying sexual behavior in a sexually uptight culture--our own.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Works better and cuts deeper than the mostly fictionalized "Hoosiers."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The beauties of Shower lie in its human observation, in its funny interplay, candor, lusty acting and hearty simplicity - and also in its warm imagery and the fascinating symbolic use it makes of water.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A rarity -- an intelligent and moving drama of ideas that becomes increasingly thrilling as the ideas unfold.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a movie drama with a surface so bleak and an interior so hot with eroticism that it twists your guts to watch it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An excellent, unforgettable film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Such a triumph of simplicity, subtlety and tact--and of the eroticism in words, looks and glances--that the actors ravish us with sheer talent and intelligence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Twilight is a great samurai film in the way that "Unforgiven," "The Gunfighter" or "Will Penny"--all muted, somber films about aging gunfighters--are great westerns.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Close to perfect example of an expertly designed and executed thriller.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Few directors are more adept at playing with all this anguish and exhilaration than Mike Nichols.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's an intellectual family film for literate parents and children, immensely pleasing if not perfect, perhaps a smidgen too brightly evasive and determinedly charming.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Salles' movie isn't fiery or didactic. It doesn't rage or storm. Salles romanticizes the youthful Ernesto.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the most remarkable English-language feature debuts of recent years.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Not a striking film visually. It's deliberately plain looking, focused on the appalling events with an almost documentary immediacy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Watching this movie has an almost hypnotic effect, like being carried along on a river past terrains both familiar and inexplicably, maddeningly odd.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Mrs. Parker is a comedy even though it's sad, and a sort of tragedy even though it's funny, with such foggy borders between the two that pathos and humor seem to smear all over each other, like makeup running with tears. [23 Dec 1994, p.N]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Scott is able to make it fresh and lyrical, as well as give us rousingly exciting scenes of nature in eruption. [02 Feb 1996]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Yet the film, no more than the novel, shouldn't be described as depressing. Both of them shine with heightened vision and poetics. [01 Nov 1996]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The splendid new documentary Crumb, a sympathetic yet woundingly candid portrait, catches the artist with much the same skill. [26 May 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    In The Hudsucker Proxy, the filmmaking Coen brothers make dark, startling, wittily extravagant sport of the American Dream. The movie is opulent and wry, a bitingly intelligent fable about business and romance. [25 Mar 1994, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    With Maura delivering an explosive performance, Almodovar presents Pepa's tale with real gusto--with vibrant colors, gaudy personality, mad jokes and a sexiness that erupts off the screen.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Wyatt Earp is a fascinating ride to a West where darkness and heroism mingle, a triumph for Kasdan, Costner, Quaid and the company. It shows how, in this frontier crucible, love and death, honor and slaughter, friendship and a walk toward doom, are all linked together as well. [24 Jun 1994, p.F]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Movies about literary lives don't always catch fire, but Henry Fool is a glorious exception: an austerely funny, brilliantly written and acted serio-comic tale of two writers. [17 Jul 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Be forewarned: The movie lasts three hours and 16 minutes, and nearly all of it deals with subjects that polite society (and even rude society) tends to ignore or evade.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    You probably won't find two more fascinating camera subjects, two livelier conversationalists or two richer, more rewarding, more engaging and inspiring companions in any movie, fiction or non-fiction, this year.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A classy triple shot of film erotica from three brilliant writer-directors.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The movie looks like far more than a million dollars and it offers the kind of smart, picaresque good time you get from books like "The Reivers" and "Huckleberry Finn" and movies like "Bronco Billy" and "Bonnie and Clyde."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Soderbergh pretty much failed in trying to evoke a noir-like nightmare world in the 1919 Prague of "Kafka," his 1991 terror film. But here, he dazzlingly hews out a noir landscape in more unlikely territory: modern-day Austin, Texas. [28 April 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune

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