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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's hard to watch and listen to Together without, in some sense, having your heart lifted by its music.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A lovely film with a deeply humane perspective.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A true original: a film that stands apart from the crowd, goes its own way and all but dares you not to like it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Though the role might seem a real stretch for an actor who just won an Oscar for his Charlton Heston turn as Maximus in "Gladiator," he and the movie ace the test.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a movie imbued with a fierce intimacy -- a tone and style similar to cinema verite documentary -- but it's not a banal realism, even if the characters and settings in contemporary working-class Liege initially seem mundane.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    I've got to admit it's a stunner.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Delighted me like few films I've seen recently. It's a sexy, sweet, sumptuously entertaining movie about the huge and wildly eventful wedding reception.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a movie full of bewitching images and timeless fun and beauty.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Mamet takes exactly those qualities that we most prize in genre movies -- characters, cleverness and high style -- and refines them to a high shine.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    There's only one proper Hollywood ending to this story. Next year, Charlie and the surreal "Donald" Kaufman (listed as co-writers in the playful credits) should win twin Oscars for best adapted screenplay. They've earned it -- really.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a genuine shocker - a dazzler of a film - a hellishly funny picture.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Two suggestions as you watch it: Never take anything for granted, and keep your hand on your wallet as you leave the theater.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A movie likely to rally huge audiences who want to take another roller coaster ride. And though it may disappoint a few of them, it's also a film that gives you something to think and feel sad about. It smashes you -- gently.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The movie, done in a classic measured style, finally moves you almost as much as if it had stayed in Kurosawa's hands. Filled with love and melancholy, it's a fitting, fond epilogue to the "sensei" (the master).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the most remarkable English-language feature debuts of recent years.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An often brilliant, always revelatory, deeply interesting omnibus film.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Has some of the wit, sass and sexual candor of an "Annie Hall." But it covers the same kind of territory with more bite and bile.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A deceptively simple French film about teaching that keeps enlarging as you watch it, becoming beautiful and inspiring in a way most films never touch.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a twisty, hell-for-leather crime thriller, and director Carl Franklin gives it all the slick, modern trimmings.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Elegant, cheerfully cynical fun of the kind we used to get regularly from Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks and other masters of the classic Hollywood screwball comedy -- all those '30s-'40s movies about rich people sloshed, or acting crazy and running romantically amok.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An old nightmare, made shiny new.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The Human Stain has those qualities we often want but rarely see in our films: intelligence and ambition, decency and humanity, poetry and pity, fire and ice. Watch it and weep.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Blessed with one of the strongest casts of any American movie this year, this bravura film, with its radical structure, is full of risk and reward.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Good movie westerns these days may be too few and far between, but Ron Howard's The Missing is almost a great one.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Most movingly, Monsieur Ibrahim takes a provocative subject -- friendship and love between a Jew and a Muslim -- and makes it seem natural and wondrous.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A word of warning. Big Fish is so strange and so literary that audiences seeking conventional fare may get impatient with it. But it always takes effort to catch the big ones. This one is worth it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A funny valentine by an old master, woos us into the dance.

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