Michael Wilmington
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For 1,276 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 Quills
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,276 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    A movie that celebrates and mourns heroism and friendship, while reminding us how seldom we truly see either on our big screens.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    A unique portrait of modern crime and punishment, gives us terror without filters, a tragic event captured in all its initial immediacy and anguished aftermath.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A stunner: a fiercely brilliant film of such wrenching impact, nonstop drive and unpredictability that watching it becomes an exhilarating ride.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Of all the movies I've seen in the past several years, this is one of the ones I love the most.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A great, velvety, beautiful anachronism. It's a movie almost drunk on romance, literature and cinema, a splendid period picture that keeps rashly breaking rules and boundaries [17 Sept 1993, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An old nightmare, made shiny new.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A shocker for devotees of stylish angst and psychological torment. You'll have to watch it with patience and great attention, but it richly rewards that patience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Among its many excellences, Vera Drake functions superbly as a pure thriller; the last half is reminiscent in structure and detail of Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    In this movie, Auteuil ("Jean de Florette") and Binoche ("Chocolat") are such marvelous actors, they can shift us in almost any emotional direction with a speech or a glance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A fierce, brilliant film that breaks (and then mends) your heart.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Wilmington
    Branagh's expertly cut and reshaped Henry V gives us the grimy face of war, yet he also gives us the guts - and the soul and poetry that animate them both. [8 Nov 1989]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the year's best documentaries.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Heroin may be a downer, but Trainspotting definitely takes you up…a series of roaring, provocative, outrageous highs. [26 July 1996, Friday, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Peter O'Toole, still a British cinematic lion at 74, performs another movie miracle in the Roger Michell-Hanif Kureishi film Venus.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Should hold you spellbound.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A weird, funny, melancholy tribute to movies and movie-going, an opus for film geeks that rang my personal bell. A bizarre minimalist epic that will either transport or infuriate, it's defiantly, exquisitely eccentric.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    This is one of those films that encapsulate most of its maker's key thoughts and feelings while also connecting us vividly to a fascinating past. No one who loves French film (or movies in general) should miss it.
    • 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]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Duma, at its best, reminded me exactly why we loved movies as children: because they told stories like this, with images just as rhapsodically colorful and exciting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A beautiful film, harrowing, tough and rife with grief.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    This French documentary gives us unprecedented intimacy and sweep.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Re-released now in a digitally enhanced, sonically improved and slightly longer version, the movie is even better than it was in 1973.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Brims with intelligence, compassion and sensuous delight in the textures, sights and sounds of life--all the way from the Taj Mahal to Pearl Jam.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Both sides of the story -- the larger context and the intense and intimate drama -- are painted with an absolutely unswerving sense of truth. And, as we watch this movie, full of violence, injustice and compassion, there is barely a moment that seems calculated or contrived.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Clean up the language, and this little roach of a movie could play the bottom half of a double bill with Rowan and Martin's “The Maltese Bippy.” [26 March 1999, Life, p.9E]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Downfall, whatever its shortcomings, bears strong witness to great evil. That is its triumph as a film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This film--one of the best and most memorable documentaries of the year so far--brings that truth-teller to us once again.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    A genre movie with an agenda that's too packed. Inevitably, some of the many balls it's juggling get dropped -- (but it's) one of the most entertaining and original actioners in several years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Its social impact is part of what makes this movie memorable. But as with almost any exceptional, truthful war picture, Days of Glory moves us because we know the soldiers -- because we share their fear, triumph and pain.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    One of the sharper, funnier, better-cast, better-written movies around right now. But there's something about it that, well, comes up short. [20 October 1995, Friday, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune

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