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 Bon voyage
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,275 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    The first 10 minutes of Lodge Kerrigan's Keane have a raw, hurtling reality that's as painfully engrossing as anything you'll see in a recent non-fiction movie, a searing portrait of one man's hell, from inside and outside.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It may be the most serene and optimistic film Rivette has made in France. Yet even the art-house audience may undervalue it, miss the beauty, style and wit.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    Never feels inflated -- and it builds to an ending of unusual power.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a brutally convincing movie about two hell-bent young Turkish-German lovers dancing on the edge of destruction in a Hamburg underworld of drugs and casual sex. Yet it's also compassionate and even tender.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A movie which, like all the best blues, makes good times out of bad times, makes smiles out of hurt, makes tears taste like honey.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    In the end, grips us precisely because its actors are so utterly absorbed in their roles, so unfettered and nakedly expressive. This is the kind of acting we always look for, but rarely see.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A film of great spiritual intensity and haunting minimalism that enlarges your concepts of movies and of life. Like the monks of the Carthusian order, it distills something intoxicating through a style that's pure and rigorous.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    The film does succeed in making the story universal, giving us the drama as well as the history, the fire as well as cool examination. It's a movie that haunts you afterward.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Another masterpiece from one of the world's more neglected great directors, a master artist who here reveals the soul of another.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    This film carries us so touchingly into their world, it would take a heart of stone, finally, to ignore them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's an exciting but brainy, cross-cultural thriller about modern London and life in a contemporary urban pressure cooker, and it depends more on plot, character and atmosphere than it does on chases and gunfire.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the most curious and perversely brilliant films ever made in the American studio system. It's a shining example of qualities we don't normally see in our big theatrical pictures: vast ambition, huge resources and technical genius mated to a unique and compelling vision of life.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Told with such sadness and exaltation, such mastery of image and sound, that watching it makes you feel renewed and hopeful.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An Adam Sandler movie with class, and if that sounds like an oxymoron, so be it. The movie is a happy nightmare of silly-smart movie comedy that defies category - and challenges expectations involving Sandler and his pictures.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Wilmington
    There isn't a single performance in Midnight Run that doesn't have a pulse, that doesn't show the actors at their best or near-best, especially De Niro. [20 July 1988]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    In many ways, it's a painful story, but it's also full of curious triumphs and outlandish redemptions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Wilmington
    For sheer laughs, Willard and Piddock take the trophy.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    An unashamed art picture, the kind of film where extreme aestheticism mixes with nightmare dread, where the story resembles a bad dream and where Freudian symbols cluster around the events like a swarm of insects. It's a very pretty film, but it's also lean, enigmatic and so obscure.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    It's a work for specialized tastes: for audiences who adore old movies, dark jokes and some high camp.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A movie I loved on first sight and, even more important, love in remembrance. Taken all in all, there's only one last thing to say about it. Go.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    What gives the movie real flesh and fantasy is the actress playing this part, the incandescent Morton.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    Lucidity, austerity and quiet compassion are peculiar virtues to ascribe to a movie about a horrific real-life murder case, but those are among the best qualities of Jean-Pierre Denis' Murderous Maids.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Darin is an actor who's really consummate at suggesting two simultaneous levels of character.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    iIt's a film for art- and foreign-movie devotees. But it's also a movie for audiences who simply want to get turned on.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Sumptuously exciting, glowing with expertise, seething with life, gorgeously designed and thrillingly articulated.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    A film driven by an elusive plot buried like a cryptogram under the action. It's a delightfully screwy ethnographic murder mystery, beautifully photographed in translucent naturalistic color.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Wilmington
    Notoriety, they won. The revolution, they didn't. That perhaps is the secret message of the film. Dylan was right. You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    It's a nail-biter and knuckle whitener of the first rank: a super real life techno thriller that reduces the fantasies of Tom Clancy and his clones to ground zero.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Chungking Express is a breezy little Hong Kong movie that has more life, energy, humanity and sheer visual zing than most other shows you'll see in a month or so. And, an hour after watching it, you may indeed be hungry for more. Not necessarily because the show is shallow or unsatisfying, or doesn't leave a strong impression, but because the spontaneity and high energy of it is what's so much fun.