Michael Wilmington
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For 1,278 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 76% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 22% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Topsy-Turvy
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,278 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Should have worked on our emotions like a scalpel, made us cry and bleed. But, though it's an affecting, polished film, it's not satisfying. [12 March 1999, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A dumb movie, but it's also a knowing one: a cheap castle of lewd trivia and corny excitement built on The Rock.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Wilmington
    It's hard to remember when actors have stepped into such a no-win situation and mustered up such panache: Turturro may be on a sinking ship, but he manages to drown brilliantly.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    All Center of the World has is the double entendre of its title, some unremarkable dramatic and sex scenes, and some embarrassing moments for its very game co-stars.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Despite some impressive technical achievements, it too looks like a movie with little reason for being.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Movies made from serious novels are often ridiculed as unworthy of their sources, but this one may be too worthy -- too reverent, too showy, too earnest.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    In movies as in life, superior technology doesn't necessarily trump humor, magic or really shaggy dogs.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    American Pie 2, which brings back the same cast for more of the same, is just another by-the-numbers, money-hungry sequel with a lot of recycled shaggy-sex jokes and gross-out gags.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Tries to take us from heaven to hell but winds up leaving us in limbo: exasperated and dumfounded.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Unfortunately, after watching Paycheck, you may wish you had the picture's gimmickry at your disposal, so you could erase your own memory of it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Much of this movie seems a crock.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    It's a movie that robs the story of its politics and point and never really matches the charm of the '60s film.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Slick, expensive and filled with good-looking actors flexing muscles, but once it grabs our attention it doesn't really reward it...this movie doesn't have fear -- or sheer wonder and marvel -- enough.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Has heart, but lacks bite.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    It's overwhelming and, in a curious way, it's charming, but at the center, even though you see it in the right place, you detect not a heart, or a mind, but something like a hot, roasted marshmallow beating and burbling within a thickened, ursine breast.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Wilmington
    Trumbo's aim was a kind of proletarian poetry, but McKenzie's broad emoting has the deadly earnestness of a school play.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Likable but relentlessly trivial.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    This genuinely ambitious and accomplished Chicago production does have strong points, not the least of which is Lana herself. When the fiery, emotionally transparent Orlenko lets her talent and presence pour down on Lana's Rain, the movie springs to life.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    To work, it has to make us feel crazy with love, like "Vertigo" did. Instead, it often just makes us feel crazy for believing any of it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Townsend seemed to me ill-matched as a romantic hero: way too moony-eyed and mushy to cope with the likes of the towering Theron and torchy Cruz.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Shot in Chicago, this is a picture that looks better than it sounds and is made much better than it deserves to be.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A likable little movie without much to offer but cute tots, recycled gags and a talented cast amiably wasting their time and ours.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A shiny bauble full of dead weight, gloppy good feeling and airless cliches. And every time you try to grab onto "Bride's" characters, they run away. [30 July 1999]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    The trajectory of the film -- despite its excellent cast and intelligent mounting -- is too preordained.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Strikes me as a pure, unadulterated crock. [12 February 1999, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Pearce and Bonham Carter are remarkably photogenic, but the movie is fitful and mannered to a fault, full of watery allusions and stormy scares.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A wild, wanton and wasteful western farce that's so overblown and underwritten it almost makes you cringe to watch it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A cute, well-acted film that tries to mix tones sharply.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    It's a middling film that wastes a lot of good opportunities, as well as two fine, charming co-stars.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A dark comedy that blows up like an exploding cigar, leaving nothing much behind but smoke, noise and a bad taste.

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