For 1,221 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 14 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Three Times
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,221 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    About the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it treats war as a cosmic joke and its participants as hapless but recognizably human clowns.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Ten
    A film made by a master, with a simplicity that is really revolutionary. It's a work capable of changing the ways you look at the movies - and at life.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Thanks to Echer, Nettelbeck and this delicious movie, I was able to hear "Country" and the other Jarrett tunes in scene after scene - heightening moods, lyricizing action and making Hamburg seem like a wintry love song. Predictable or not, that's often as good as it gets.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the best of its streamlined, over-produced, double-clutch kind: a high-speed, slicker-than-slick car-chase movie with unexpected deposits of character and comedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the year's most thought-provoking, hard-hitting films, gutsily opening up a subject rarely done with this kind of all-out chutzpah.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A love-hate poem to L.A., and when Mann takes in the streets, the freeways and LAX, he doesn't give us shiny "Lethal Weapon"-style travelogues. He shows us an L.A. that's grim, bare, a bit smoggy and ruled by street smarts. [15 Dec 1995]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A highly entertaining and visually breathtaking movie, capable at times of rocking and delighting you.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    I don't see how you can get away from calling Cage’s performance a great one. [10 November 1995, Friday, p.C]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is a movie with every facet shining in place, every word charged and resonant. [23 Sept 1994]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Has the kind of super-cinematic qualities and bravura acting that make up for almost anything.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    At its best, it's an exhilaratingly grandiose Highland fling. [24 May 1995, Tempo, p.1]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A finely written, superbly acted offbeat thriller.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A humane and fantastic work, and it touches us precisely because Konchalovsky shows the reality of both the soldiers and the madhouse inmates. His movie is just what he intended: a nightmare that speaks the truth.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is a meaty, well-crafted thriller that absorbs and disturbs you from first frame to last.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A beautifully acted and deeply compassionate study of ordinary people coping with the vicissitudes of life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An incredibly silly film of great humor, brilliant design and epic insanity.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's hard to watch and listen to Together without, in some sense, having your heart lifted by its music.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A lovely film with a deeply humane perspective.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A true original: a film that stands apart from the crowd, goes its own way and all but dares you not to like it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Though the role might seem a real stretch for an actor who just won an Oscar for his Charlton Heston turn as Maximus in "Gladiator," he and the movie ace the test.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a movie imbued with a fierce intimacy -- a tone and style similar to cinema verite documentary -- but it's not a banal realism, even if the characters and settings in contemporary working-class Liege initially seem mundane.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    I've got to admit it's a stunner.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    What's remarkable as we watch Lilya's plunge (and the brief, false rays of light that illuminate it) is how real Moodysson makes her plight, how intensely he makes us empathize with Lilya.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Delighted me like few films I've seen recently. It's a sexy, sweet, sumptuously entertaining movie about the huge and wildly eventful wedding reception.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An Adam Sandler movie with class, and if that sounds like an oxymoron, so be it. The movie is a happy nightmare of silly-smart movie comedy that defies category - and challenges expectations involving Sandler and his pictures.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a movie full of bewitching images and timeless fun and beauty.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Mamet takes exactly those qualities that we most prize in genre movies -- characters, cleverness and high style -- and refines them to a high shine.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    There's only one proper Hollywood ending to this story. Next year, Charlie and the surreal "Donald" Kaufman (listed as co-writers in the playful credits) should win twin Oscars for best adapted screenplay. They've earned it -- really.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a genuine shocker - a dazzler of a film - a hellishly funny picture.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Two suggestions as you watch it: Never take anything for granted, and keep your hand on your wallet as you leave the theater.