For 1,221 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 14.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 In Praise of Love
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,221 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    It's perhaps only because it can't be seen in its full glory on television that "Lawrence" isn't ranked more highly on some recent all-time "best film" lists. But it belongs near the very top. It's an astonishing, unrepeatable epic.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    1966 French masterpiece -- the finest, most deeply personal work of a filmmaker who has been compared, justifiably, to both Dostoyevsky and Bach.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero, a vulnerable hood. The don is so close to a comic character -- the movie itself is so close to comedy -- that Brando's capacity to move us in the role is doubly impressive. At the end, it is the older Godfather's tenderness and sagacity we recall. [21 Mar 1997, Friday, p.A]
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Sumptuous and beautiful, suffused with a serene melancholy and deeply ambivalent love for a long-vanished past, Luchino Visconti's 1963 The Leopard is one of the greatest of all historical costume epics.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    If the uncut Fanny and Alexander is Bergman's greatest work, as I think, it's because it's his most inclusive. He shows almost everything: all his moods, conflicts, styles and many of his favorite actors.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A film masterpiece, restored more than three decades after its French release, "Army" remains a superb, coolly accurate portrait of a living hell recalled by two men who knew it well and record it truly, Melville and novelist Joseph Kessel.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A timeless romantic thriller that steeps us in one of those great artificial movie worlds that become more overpowering than reality itself.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A brilliant work of the imagination capable of truly seizing and igniting our fantasies.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Hoop Dreams has the movie equivalent of all-court vision. It picks up everything happening in the gym, in the stands and even outside. It gives us the thrill of the game, but it doesn't cheat on either the vibrant social context or the deep human story.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Trashy and glorious, the restored Metropolis is a pop epic for the ages.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    No matter how many heists you've seen, how many gangs you've watched fall apart or how many aging crooks you've seen walk up a mean street to a violent destiny, Rififi never loses its ruthless grace and force.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Sometimes cinema's highest achievements become clear only in retrospect. Days of Being Wild--now clearly revealed as one of the peaks of Hong Kong filmmaking and a masterwork of contemporary cinema giant Wong.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    This landmark movie's madcap humor and terrifying suspense remain undiminished by time.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the most excitingly contemporary musicals ever made.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a movie full of bewitching images and timeless fun and beauty.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Always a magical film. For its anniversary rerelease, though, it's been extensively restored and even partly reshot by Spielberg. It now looks better than it did back then.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Pulp Fiction isn't just funny. It's outrageously funny. [14 Oct 1994]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A boisterous, brilliant, heart-warming comedy--strikes me as just about perfect.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Like all great fantasies and epics, this one leaves you with the sense that its wonders are real, its dreams are palpable.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Splendid, soaringly ambitious Chinese period fantasy.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the cinema's true classics.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    It still soars, but now it seems richer, more expansive. Amadeus reminds us that movies can be lyrical as well as vulgar, ambitious as well as playful, brilliant as well as down and dirty -- just like Amadeus himself.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Days of Heaven is the grand climax of the whole "Bonnie and Clyde"-"Badlands" tradition of outlaw-lovers-on-the-run movies. Shot by Nestor Almendros and the uncredited Haskell Wexler, it's a cinematographic masterpiece. [20 March 1998]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The splendid new documentary Crumb, a sympathetic yet woundingly candid portrait, catches the artist with much the same skill. [26 May 1995]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Great, bittersweet family drama.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A film that lets life flood into our souls.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the quintessential '60s foreign art films, a bizarre melange of pop music, revolution, sex, movie allusions and poetry. It's a masterpiece of sorts by one of the most important European filmmakers of that era. But it's also a movie that can drive you crazy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Beautifully remastered and containing Cocteau's long-unseen special prologue and credits -- is as much a feat of feverish delight as it was in the dark days of Vichy and WWII.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    An extraordinary work, grandly conceived, brilliantly executed and wildly entertaining. It's a hobbit's dream, a wizard's delight. And, of course, it's only the beginning.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A beautiful picture with a great heart, a classic-to-be with a common touch.