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

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Aviator
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,278 movie reviews
    • 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
    Swooningly beautiful, furious and thrilling, Zhang Yimou's Hero is an action movie for the ages.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Moore's best movie, and one of the most blisteringly effective polemics and documentaries ever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Of all the movies I've seen in the past several years, this is one of the ones I love the most.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Few Hollywood action pictures are half as exciting or ravishing.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A film that sweeps us away into a world of spectacle, beauty and excitement, a realm of fantasy unimaginable without the movies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    An instant classic and a dramatic beauty, a film that gets us to the core of Greene's chilly, dark and romantic view of the post-war world.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Like all great fantasies and epics, this one leaves you with the sense that its wonders are real, its dreams are palpable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    If it's not an actual masterpiece, it's at least the next best thing, a fully characteristic, fully alive work by a master of his art.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A film poem of sometimes humbling beauty: a movie that opens up a new world to us - in the mountains of Iranian Kurdistan - with an enchanting freshness and austerity of vision.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    It's a scintillating comedy-drama and one of Altman's most richly moving and entertaining pictures.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A watershed picture, for both Spielberg and war movies.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Heroin may be a downer, but Trainspotting definitely takes you up…a series of roaring, provocative, outrageous highs. [26 July 1996, Friday, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A prison movie of unusual richness and jarring power.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    The greatest rock concert movie ever made -- and maybe the best rock movie, period.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Both the movie and Denzel Washington are knockouts.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    This remarkable movie is really one-of-a-kind. [15 Dec 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    It's a shining valentine to the movies--full of homages, collages and swooningly romantic Ennio Morricone music--and it gets right at the messy, impure, wondrous way they capture and enrapture us. [16 February 1990, Calendar, p.F-1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A fierce, brilliant film that breaks (and then mends) your heart.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    May show both director and star working at their professional peaks, but I don't think it's as good as that underappreciated masterwork "A.I." It's not as resonant and daring, not as full of magic and marvel. Spielberg stretches himself technically here but not emotionally.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Delicately subversive, hypnotically sardonic, full of terror, banality and wafer-thin lyricism.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    All but sweeps you away with its dazzling technique and shattering emotion. [27 November 1996, Tempo, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Though it's a sad, somber, deeply questioning work, it's done with a light, loving spirit.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Loach is a super-realist, and Sweet Sixteen has the disarming feel of a documentary. It's a film that miraculously catches life on the fly, without apparent embellishment, cliche or melodrama.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Pulp Fiction isn't just funny. It's outrageously funny. [14 Oct 1994]
    • 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
    A beautiful film, harrowing, tough and rife with grief.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    This is a superb film and one of Nicholson's great performances, tamped down but magnetic.

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