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 Pépé le Moko (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,275 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Harris and Harden have real on-screen sympatico, in their nasty battles and good times alike.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A beautiful, almost defiant film on an unusual subject: love among the elderly.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    He (Puri) is one of the most consistently excellent film actors that his country - or the world - has produced. And East is East, a grand cultural hybrid, is a real movie, too - raw, funny and wonderfully mixed up.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It has a jokey irreverence that keeps it from teetering over the edge to absurdity.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A beautifully acted and deeply compassionate study of ordinary people coping with the vicissitudes of life.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The result is both engrossing and moving, a poem about a love that breaks barriers and passes understanding.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A real gem: a deadpan fantasy that turns into one of the best pictures ever about the post-"Star Wars" studio moviemaking era.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The simplicity and idealism of The Color of Paradise are part of what makes it so attractive to near-jaded palates here. There are no evil characters in the film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A fine French comedy-drama.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A vivifying film, though it's done in such a strange style that it takes a while to get used to it.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    So troubling and unflinchingly honest that watching it becomes a test of empathy and compassion.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's an intelligent and informed look at the preposterous ways our leaders are often picked and sabotaged.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Panahi's simplicity accentuates the movie's power: its sense of life caught unobserved.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    German emigre Dupont directs all this with the style, flair and tension he brought to his 1925 Emil Jannings classic, "Variety." But it is Wong, shimmering with charisma, who gives Piccadilly its unforgettable center.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Lovely, heart-stirring film.
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a nice mix, an elegantly smoky and dangerous cocktail -- just like the old noirs, but in a more modern, shinier glass. And since the basic brew is Elmore Leonard's, it tickles as it goes down. [26 June 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • Chicago Tribune