Michael Wilmington
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For 1,275 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 Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,275 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Not too many actors last year bettered or equaled Beatty and Schreiber here, separately or (better yet) together. It's a pleasure and a privilege to watch them work.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Harris and Harden have real on-screen sympatico, in their nasty battles and good times alike.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's an exciting but brainy, cross-cultural thriller about modern London and life in a contemporary urban pressure cooker, and it depends more on plot, character and atmosphere than it does on chases and gunfire.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's an unabashed pacifist movie that really works, emotionally and dramatically.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's one of the most ferociously convincing physical re-creations of warfare ever put on screen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a simple story with complex reverberations and undercurrents, as secrets keep being revealed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a genteel film with a gun in its pocket, but it's also a film with a universal chord of feeling that keeps welling up from the dark surfaces and violent byways of the plot-and a final confession that both warms the heart and chills the blood.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    There's a zest and brilliance in Neil Jordan's racy heist thriller The Good Thief that makes it almost intoxicating to watch.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    So troubling and unflinchingly honest that watching it becomes a test of empathy and compassion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An excellent, unforgettable film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A rarity -- an intelligent and moving drama of ideas that becomes increasingly thrilling as the ideas unfold.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    You will not forget The Piano Teacher. Nor will you forget Isabelle Huppert, a brave, brilliant actress who here plays her masterpiece.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Casual moviegoers may enjoy it, too, if they follow a simple rule: Stop looking for the way out and let yourself get lost.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Has the resonance, eloquence and formal rigor of a piece of great literature.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    As much fun as anything director/co-writer Jane Campion has ever filmed. Holy Smoke lets it all hang out.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    There's a gentleness and open-mindedness in that touch and throughout the film that's a little at odds with the shallower script. But, in the end, that humanity pays. [27 Dec 1996]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is a first-class muckraking melodrama: an admirable picture.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A bizarre, thrilling, warmly funny spoof of the WWII Steve McQueen prison camp thriller, "The Great Escape" remade for a near all-chicken cast.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A romance incandescent, a fiery pageant of l'amour fou. Whatever its historical transgressions, it opens up a vein and lets life and blood pour out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It may be the most serene and optimistic film Rivette has made in France. Yet even the art-house audience may undervalue it, miss the beauty, style and wit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    All the accolades Lyne got for "Fatal Attraction" -- and didn't really merit -- he deserves here.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Works better and cuts deeper than the mostly fictionalized "Hoosiers."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Once again, as love dies and illusions crumble, this natural actress (Isabelle Huppert) shines with human fire. [26 March 1999, Friday, p.B]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Watching this film wakes you up; it is a window on an Iran and an Afghanistan we should have taken account of long ago -- seen though a master's eye, felt through a poet's touch.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is a movie that doesn't depend for its effects on star performers or stylized wish-fulfillment sexuality but on realism, sharp observation and honest humor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Of all the many documentaries that take you along on a movie shoot, one of my all-time favorites is this delightfully scrappy, sometimes poignant, often hilarious show.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The film seems a mad mix of staid PBS bio-drama, flamboyant musical comedy and surreal cartoon nightmare.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The result is both engrossing and moving, a poem about a love that breaks barriers and passes understanding.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The Sea isn't just brooding Scandinavian domestic tragedy, a lesser Bergman-Ibsen pastiche. It's also hilarious and rowdy, and it plays with our sympathies and expectations in such surprising ways, with such brilliant actors, it's easy to see why it won the equivalent of eight Icelandic Oscars.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Starts out hilarious and then turns very, very grim.
    • Chicago Tribune