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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A brilliant entertainment, full of bemused skepticism and reckless, prodigal love -- for these people and their vanishing era and lives.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    It's perhaps only because it can't be seen in its full glory on television that "Lawrence" isn't ranked more highly on some recent all-time "best film" lists. But it belongs near the very top. It's an astonishing, unrepeatable epic.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Like most Godard, it can be watched repeatedly, always yielding new secrets and beauties. Most profound of all, perhaps, are those incredible black-and-white images of Paris.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    This is the Paris -- and the mad, beautiful young Parisienne -- we look for in dreams.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A beautiful and genuinely spirit-lifting film about poverty and education.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A great love story and a deeply moving celebration of simple lives.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A spellbinder: provocatively conceived, gorgeously shot and masterfully executed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Pure magic, a three-act movie fantasy that transports us -- as the best films do -- to a world of its own, a place of ambiguous joy and delirious terror.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Pulp Fiction isn't just funny. It's outrageously funny. [14 Oct 1994]
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Delicately subversive, hypnotically sardonic, full of terror, banality and wafer-thin lyricism.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    I loved this movie madly, and so will many of you.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    You may not like Beau Travail - which is, after all, a quintessential "critic's film" - but I think you'll have to admit it's been almost perfectly executed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Moore's best movie, and one of the most blisteringly effective polemics and documentaries ever.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A movie about the passions of simple people, and it's done with such extraordinary empathy and commitment that it all but pulls you under. [29 November 1996, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Splendid, soaringly ambitious Chinese period fantasy.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Sometimes cinema's highest achievements become clear only in retrospect. Days of Being Wild--now clearly revealed as one of the peaks of Hong Kong filmmaking and a masterwork of contemporary cinema giant Wong.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A great movie on a powerful, essential subject -- the Holocaust years in Poland -- directed with such artistry and skill that, as we watch, the barriers of the screen seem to melt away.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    The film is truly special, truly different -- a wondrous talky roundelay about and for people who love life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Be forewarned: Dog Days, like many of Seidel's films, will drive some moviegoers to rage and walkouts with its unrelentingly depressing tone. But it also a remarkable, deeply disturbing work by a brilliant filmmaker.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the most beautiful of all recent films on the problems of old age -- and on the interplay of theater and life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Mystic River is classic Eastwood, classic noir. If there is still some doubt about whether this one-time macho star is actually a world-class moviemaker, Mystic River should end the argument for good. One of the best American movies of the year, crisply well-crafted and beautifully acted.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A masterpiece of wry violence and stylized mayhem, The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi turns loose one of Japan's most brilliant film auteurs, Takeshi Kitano, on one of its most enduring pop legends.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Whether Kundun is a perfect movie or not, it's an important and beautiful one. Scorsese's movie takes us into a world we've rarely seen with this kind of sympathy or detail: a magical-looking society built on Buddhism and centuries of art and tradition.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Great, bittersweet family drama.
    • 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
    • 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

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