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 Quiet American
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,275 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Just another self-absorbed teen chronicle, with the added twist of a little time travel and a surprise ending.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Superhero comic book movie with a script so feeble it might have been written with crayons.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Though I would agree it's original -- it's the first aboveground romance movie I've seen in which the heroine is repeatedly spanked, verbally tormented and tied to a chair by her lover--- it's not an experience I much enjoyed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Despite a big budget, lots of technical flair and a good cast headed by Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames, it's mostly a bloody mess.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    there's no joy in this movie. It's a safe, compromised, even preachy, fable; a wannabe hip romp that never gets going. [07 Jul 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    It's hard to believe how bad this movie is.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    A gaudy yet grim science-fiction horror movie of such surpassing silliness, humorless intensity and stylistic overkill that watching it may actually put you in a state of paranoia.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    A contemporary teen summer romance with a modern sexual twist--though in many ways, it's just the same old malarkey.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    The kind of fascinatingly bad film only a really gifted and fearless moviemaker could make: a 92-minute long raggedy-raunchy vision of sex, transit and alienation in which Gallo focuses on himself so obsessively, it's as if he'd become his own stalker.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    The Favor is a sex comedy without sex-and pretty much without comedy. [29 Apr 1994]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    To say this movie's premise is bonkers is putting it mildly.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    Think about the worst movie ideas you've had in your life, the ones so embarrassing they make you wince. Now imagine this: a modernized version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" titled Scotland, Pa.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    This clunky remake can't rise from the ashes, nor would you want it to.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    It's one of those movies where talented filmmakers waste time with stale, phony material.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    The idea may sound like fun, but the movie isn't. It's a travesty of a picture that's a disgrace to the memory of the great film from which it's remade. [5 February 1999, Friday, po.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Wilmington
    With its stylized story-line and almost styleless direction, it sometimes resembles a juggling act with sledgehammers. [13 Jul 1988, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Sweet-tempered but superficial.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Just withers compared with many older, better movies about teen alienation and nihilism, from "Rebel Without a Cause" to "River's Edge."
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    An odd little ghoul too cleaned up to survive, a bloodless vampire movie that's mostly lifeless as well.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Often ridiculous, mostly poorly written and, surprisingly poorly acted too. No matter how many flashy scenes the filmmakers shoot, the bad lines just keep dripping down. [21 Aug 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Technically clever but emotionally bankrupt...it's an almost laughably opportunistic movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    I can't think of much that might happen on a date evening that could be more annoying than this movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Falls flat on its face.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    An oppressively cute Manhattan time-travel romantic comedy that’s lost in time, space and cliches.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    One more movie comedy about how love can turn you into an idiot. And its major flaw, among many others, is that the idiocy takes over the movie.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Wilmington
    Director H.S. Miller thinks he's made something broodingly visionary when you're more likely to be aesthetically shaken up by one of Mad magazine's Fold-Ins.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    The crass sentimentality of American Wedding increasingly fits Norman Mailer's definition: "the emotional promiscuity of the basically unemotional." The jokes are unemotional, uncouth and mostly unfunny.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    In this bizarre tale of man among the apes and a psychiatrist among madmen -- an over-emotional hybrid of "Gorillas in the Mist" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" -- style buries substance.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Fairly well done but deadly dull futuristic thriller.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    It may entertain you if you don't mind senseless stories and screaming soundtracks.