Michael Wilmington

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For 1,337 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1337 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A great movie on a powerful, essential subject -- the Holocaust years in Poland -- directed with such artistry and skill that, as we watch, the barriers of the screen seem to melt away.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A hard-core movie with a soft, light-hearted center and an edge like a knife.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    Shimmers and glows. But it also stings a little -- like the lovely flame that dies and the smoke that, in yet another Cole song, gets in your eyes.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Jafar Panahi of Iran is one of his country's great filmmakers, and Offside is his best movie to date.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A beautiful, intensely moving film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An exquisitely realized film; a little gem, it keeps its conflicting or varying themes of tranquility and violence, sacred and profane love, recklessness and wisdom, in almost perfect balance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The results are spine-tingling. There's only one thing to say about this movie and its rescuers, recovered from the dead--and the Dead: Rock on.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Be forewarned: The movie lasts three hours and 16 minutes, and nearly all of it deals with subjects that polite society (and even rude society) tends to ignore or evade.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    This is a superb film and one of Nicholson's great performances, tamped down but magnetic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Swooningly beautiful, furious and thrilling, Zhang Yimou's Hero is an action movie for the ages.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    Jam-packed mishmash of wall-to-wall music, trenchant character study, slick sociology and sly witty-Brit comedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a nice mix, an elegantly smoky and dangerous cocktail -- just like the old noirs, but in a more modern, shinier glass. And since the basic brew is Elmore Leonard's, it tickles as it goes down. [26 June 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    With Maura delivering an explosive performance, Almodovar presents Pepa's tale with real gusto--with vibrant colors, gaudy personality, mad jokes and a sexiness that erupts off the screen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A voluptuously shot horror movie, with Piper Laurie (as Carrie's fanatically religious mom) and some nasty teens played by Amy Irving, Nancy Allen and John Travolta.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Panahi's simplicity accentuates the movie's power: its sense of life caught unobserved.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Of all the many documentaries that take you along on a movie shoot, one of my all-time favorites is this delightfully scrappy, sometimes poignant, often hilarious show.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A powerful film made with minimal means, it's a story of poor people on the fringes of society, done without sentimentality or condescension but with wicked humor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Scene after scene in Calle 54 just knocks you out.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    If you haven't gotten hooked already on Michael Apted's series--collectively, one of the great documentaries in the history of the cinema--you should prepare yourself for the latest installment, 49 Up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    even in the notable ranks of Leigh's movie, TV and theater work-an oeuvre embracing high comedy, biting comment and shivering pathos-Naked is extraordinary. In the hands of Leigh and his magnificently gifted, gutsy cast, these days and nights on London's streets burn themselves on our minds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    In the remarkable, ferociously intelligent new film No Man's Land, Bosnian writer-director Danis Tanovic gives us a movie portrait of the Bosnian War, a conflict that has devastated his country, friends and neighbors -- and found in it both shocking humor and searing, relentless tragedy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    There's an incongruous but ravishing beauty in Far From Heaven, and in its three excellent central performances, that counteracts the seeming kitschiness of the story.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A Chekhovian tale of major artistic power.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Mystic River is classic Eastwood, classic noir. If there is still some doubt about whether this one-time macho star is actually a world-class moviemaker, Mystic River should end the argument for good. One of the best American movies of the year, crisply well-crafted and beautifully acted.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    The movie has a large theme, even if it's unspoken. Old Joy is about a particular friendship, but it's also about how American society changed in the '90s and the new century.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is a first-class muckraking melodrama: an admirable picture.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The new Lassie is faithful to Knight's story, capturing its sweep, Dickensian social contrasts and high emotion. All that is enhanced by a splendid cast.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    An instant classic and a dramatic beauty, a film that gets us to the core of Greene's chilly, dark and romantic view of the post-war world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Thompson clearly loves this story, and, even though, she's playing the less spontaneous of the older Dashwood sisters, responsible Elinor, you can feel her spirit rising out to embrace the part. It makes her beautiful to watch. [13 December 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the year's finest documentaries, a remarkable example of the conjunction of a burningly topical and newsworthy subject with a brilliant filmmaker.

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