Michael Wilmington

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For 1,424 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Beau Travail
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1424 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    The most well-loved of all Christmas movies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    You can't praise highly enough the contributions of the ensemble--De Niro and Pesci especially--but it's Scorsese's triumph. [22 November 1995, Tempo, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    It's so thoroughly engaging, so beautifully made, strikingly shot and chock-full of humor and humanity, I can't imagine any intelligent audience not falling in love with it - if only they take the leap of faith to see it.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 85 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
    • 75 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
    This magnificent 1974 sequel, the centerpiece of Coppola and writer Mario Puzo's 20th Century gangster saga, is still one of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, a landmark work from one of Hollywood's top cinema eras.
    • 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.

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