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 Gosford Park
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,276 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A finely written, superbly acted offbeat thriller.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    The Russian film The Return is a stunning contemporary fable about a divided family in the wilderness - a simple, riveting film that almost achieves greatness.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    Sweeps us back into a terrifying and desperate string of events and makes us feel them - and, more crucially, understand them as well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    The film is truly special, truly different -- a wondrous talky roundelay about and for people who love life.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Twilight is a great samurai film in the way that "Unforgiven," "The Gunfighter" or "Will Penny"--all muted, somber films about aging gunfighters--are great westerns.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    Zeta-Jones can belt out her numbers, Zellweger can purr hers, and Gere-a musician who played his own cornet solos in "The Cotton Club"-can sell his songs and even dance a spiffy little tap dance. They're better than you'd expect-and so is the movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The ending is a stunner. Like those '30 classics it suggests, Gilles' Wife seduces us with true cinematic magic: rich characters, great acting and that rapturous old French blend of realism and theatricality.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    It is a movie about the gradual erosion of life's seeming certainties, and it's also about the destructive immorality that may lie beneath the most exquisitely composed veneer. As we watch "Chocolat," this great director and his great actress, Huppert, convince us: Evil is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A picture about America with the blinders off, a film about heroism that makes you chuckle and feel sad - and a film about childhood that lets us reenter that lost world and see the grass, sky and sunlight the way they once looked, in the golden hours.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Like "Memento," Mulholland Drive is an amnesiac noir in the tradition that goes back to "Spellbound" and "Somewhere in the Night."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Georgia, written with rare honesty and economy by Leigh's mother, Barbara Turner, and very sensitively directed by Ulu Grosbard, is a tough-minded look at show business and families. [10 Jan 1996]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    As magnificent as a high-masted 19th-century British warship, as explosive as a Napoleonic-era ocean battle seen above the cannon's mouth... probably the best movie of its kind ever made.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A film which should gratify any audience starved for intelligent dialogue, realistic portrayals of romance and lovely, non-cliched open-air photography.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A mad, resplendent peacock of a film, a cinematographic riot of color and sensuality that evokes its era -- the swinging mid-'60s -- as much as any movie made during those giddy years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Wilmington
    A lot of this horrific Little Shop is not only sweet, melodic, funny and oddly idealistic, it's even, well, tasty. [19 Dec 1986, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Movies today rarely touch chords that are spiritual or deeply emotional, but Nathaniel Kahn's remarkable documentary My Architect: A Son's Journey does both.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Sharp, funny, sad and daring as it may be, Happiness is missing something. Its points are often too obvious, its shocks too juvenile. It's impressive but not transcendent. [23 Oct 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A film that art-house audiences in 1959 loved madly. And who can blame them? A buoyant, searingly colorful retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set in Rio de Janiero, writer-director's Marcel Camus' movie is a romance heightened by its backdrop.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter just keeps growing up. So do the Potter movies, in size, in ambition and in visual splendor - and with increasingly stunning results.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is not an inspirational drama about finding yourself; it's a Hitchcockian comedy about adultery, murder and losing a corpse.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A stark, minimalist near-masterpiece about the creation of a murderer in modern Iran.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    With rich irony, The World juxtaposes the teasing, grand images of the outside world's wonders with the insular community and the mundane lives of the park employees.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    We've gotten perhaps too used to the computerized wizardry of our own cartoon features; Kon, like Miyazaki shows us some older ways that can still transfix us.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    One of the most intriguing prison dramas ever put on film.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Wilmington
    Sometimes one performance makes a film worthwhile, and Junebug has one: an astonishing, moving portrayal of down-home innocence and optimism by Amy Adams.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a film objet d'art to contemplate and treasure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Three Times is great cinema, pop romance that carries a special charge.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a film for specialized tastes, quiet, delicate. But it suits those tastes beautifully.
    • 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.

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