Michael Wilmington
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For 1,277 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 76% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 22% 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 Shine
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    In The Hudsucker Proxy, the filmmaking Coen brothers make dark, startling, wittily extravagant sport of the American Dream. The movie is opulent and wry, a bitingly intelligent fable about business and romance. [25 Mar 1994, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Like a Bach toccata or a frosty drink on a sunlit veranda, a first-class movie spy thriller can offer one of life's cooler, more elegant treats. The Tailor of Panama fits that category.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An oddity: an adaptation of a popular novel co-written and directed by the novelist himself. It's also a fine, gentle film love story and a cinematic tribute to the power and manifold benefits of communications between different cultures and nations.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a powerhouse, demanding film that sometimes stretches the limits of credibility. But it's done with such consistent technical brilliance--and with such a first-rate cast and company.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    There's a gentleness and open-mindedness in that touch and throughout the film that's a little at odds with the shallower script. But, in the end, that humanity pays. [27 Dec 1996]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A violent, improbable movie done in tersely elegant style, and it may be the last action movie for one of the cinema's great action stars, Clint Eastwood.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The result is both engrossing and moving, a poem about a love that breaks barriers and passes understanding.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The movie has a deliberately screw-loose feel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's one of the most faithful movie adaptations of any Dick story to date, and it comes from the scariest of all his books, as well as the truest.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the best realistic dramas of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    You will not forget The Piano Teacher. Nor will you forget Isabelle Huppert, a brave, brilliant actress who here plays her masterpiece.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Mamet is a writer who turns off some audiences, and almost everything that might bother them is in Edmond: foul language, raging machismo, violence and seemingly bigoted tirades. But almost everything audiences like about him is there too: candor, suspense, ideas, crackling slang, vivid characters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A real gem: a deadpan fantasy that turns into one of the best pictures ever about the post-"Star Wars" studio moviemaking era.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    There's scarcely a scene in which the actors, action and sound track aren't cranked up to maximum intensity.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Duma, at its best, reminded me exactly why we loved movies as children: because they told stories like this, with images just as rhapsodically colorful and exciting.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    You could say that Seraphim Falls, was no better than the typical Westerns of the 1950s and '60s--which I think underrates it. But those typical Westerns were pretty darn good, and so is Seraphim Falls.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A fine French comedy-drama.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Allen gives us at least half a classic comedy - more than we usually get at the movies these days - while having some elegant fun with an idea that has intrigued poets and smart alecks through the ages: the interchangeability of comedy and tragedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An often-wondrous comedy, just as rich and surprising as "L.A. Confidential" but considerably less dark.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    I've got to admit it's a stunner.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Soderbergh pretty much failed in trying to evoke a noir-like nightmare world in the 1919 Prague of "Kafka," his 1991 terror film. But here, he dazzlingly hews out a noir landscape in more unlikely territory: modern-day Austin, Texas. [28 April 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Watching this movie has an almost hypnotic effect, like being carried along on a river past terrains both familiar and inexplicably, maddeningly odd.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Vast, riveting, madly audacious movie biography.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An incredibly silly film of great humor, brilliant design and epic insanity.
    • 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
    Ultimately, p.s. confirms Kidd's talent without expanding it or achieving the comic/dramatic heights of "Roger Dodger."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the best films ever about that game, one of the most exciting, instructive and sheerly entertaining of all chess films.

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