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 Sweet Hereafter
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,276 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Showing us a world through a child's eyes, A Time for Drunken Horses speaks so truthfully and well that it breaks the heart and scars the conscience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the best realistic dramas of the year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    (The film is) one of the most anguished, intense and weirdly brilliant of the year.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Wonderful spirit, humanity and humor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A film that uses beautiful tableaux and convincingly raw actors to build to a climax of shatteringly understated poignancy and power.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's sensuality with a stinger, and Fat Girl is an adolescent sex drama that takes no prisoners.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Another of those excellent foreign films that sometimes slip though cracks, considered too strange or eccentric for domestic tastes. Strange it is, but delightfully so
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Like a Bach toccata or a frosty drink on a sunlit veranda, a first-class movie spy thriller can offer one of life's cooler, more elegant treats. The Tailor of Panama fits that category.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A mad, resplendent peacock of a film, a cinematographic riot of color and sensuality that evokes its era -- the swinging mid-'60s -- as much as any movie made during those giddy years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A noir with a smile, and after all these years, its deft mixture of darkness and light still makes us smile.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Intoxicatingly well-crafted entertainment about hunting down your enemy.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A wonderful, heart-breaking movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A harsh, spellbinding tale.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An often-wondrous comedy, just as rich and surprising as "L.A. Confidential" but considerably less dark.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    What really makes Alias Betty stand out, even from good recent French ensemble films like "Eight Women" and "Venus Beauty Institute," is that ingenious, Rendell-derived story. To kidnap an old phrase, it's a corker.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An adventure movie of extraordinary simplicity and power.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    With his usual consummate visual skills and his flair for the nauseatingly audacious, David Cronenberg’s written (spottily) and directed (stunningly) a movie that often makes you feel as if you'd lost contact with reality: a twisted, nightmarish tale of futuristic reality games and a couple on the run. [23 April 1999, Friday, p.D]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Panahi's simplicity accentuates the movie's power: its sense of life caught unobserved.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Ends up working like a charm.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    While Last Kiss may strike some as a calculated crowd-pleaser, it's cleverly calculated, perceptive and often quite funny -- and a bit darker than it may first appear.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a lovely, terrifying sight.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A seductive revisiting of an old classic - one that helps us see these lovers and their world with renewed passion.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is an old-fashioned movie done with wit, grace, smarts and style. [19 March 1999, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Grosse Pointe Blank is covering the same kind of territory as that elephantine, if exciting, 1994 family man-killer thriller, "True Lies." But this time, the joke stings. [11 April 1997, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    For any of you who've ever daydreamed of playing hoops with Jordan, Michael Jordan to the Max is almost certainly the closest you'll ever get.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Thornton and his excellent company summon up for us the long rides, dangerous companions, rites of passage, the mad love and, most of all, the special relationship between the man/boys that rode over the border and the horses that carried them there.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's the best new battle film since "Black Hawk Down," a movie it surpasses in sheer feeling and bravura style, if not in nightmarish panic and suspense.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Honest, poignant and very funny, full of memorable, moving moments.
    • 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.

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