Michael Wilmington
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For 1,278 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 12.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Painted Fire
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,278 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The Zellweger-Firth-Grant triangle works as irresistibly as Hepburn-Grant-Stewart in "The Philadelphia Story."
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Children and animals, if they're handled right, can be among the great natural movie actors, and in The Cave of the Yellow Dog, writer-director Byambasuren Davaa handles her cast of youngsters and creatures (and a few adults) heartwarmingly well.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A highly entertaining and visually breathtaking movie, capable at times of rocking and delighting you.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The movie is a delight in many ways: an unabashed romantic comedy and Capraesque fable that takes Spielberg into realms he's rarely traveled before.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    What really makes Alias Betty stand out, even from good recent French ensemble films like "Eight Women" and "Venus Beauty Institute," is that ingenious, Rendell-derived story. To kidnap an old phrase, it's a corker.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a simple story with complex reverberations and undercurrents, as secrets keep being revealed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is a movie that doesn't depend for its effects on star performers or stylized wish-fulfillment sexuality but on realism, sharp observation and honest humor.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A brilliant, giddy satiric romp with a discreetly moralistic viewpoint beneath its high-style wit.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A family tale, in the best sense. [19 February 1999, Tempo, p.4]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An often brilliant, always revelatory, deeply interesting omnibus film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a very classy, finely made film, and, as one watches it -- particularly those last sweeping scenes of political turbulence and escape -- one feels both pain at their (Merchant-Ivory) parting and grateful for what, together, they achieved.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    As beautifully designed, swift and sleek as a classic sports car, throbbing with emotion and intelligence, it's a neat suspense film that's also dramatically and sociologically potent, with two supremely talented stars, Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, delivering beyond the emotional call of duty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's sensuality with a stinger, and Fat Girl is an adolescent sex drama that takes no prisoners.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A humane and fantastic work, and it touches us precisely because Konchalovsky shows the reality of both the soldiers and the madhouse inmates. His movie is just what he intended: a nightmare that speaks the truth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A film that uses beautiful tableaux and convincingly raw actors to build to a climax of shatteringly understated poignancy and power.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's not often that you see the craft of cinema so perfectly executed--or a group of fancy scoundrels so ruthlessly caught and skewered. Comedy of Power, like all of Chabrol's Hitchcockian films, is dark, smart and delicious.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Wyatt Earp is a fascinating ride to a West where darkness and heroism mingle, a triumph for Kasdan, Costner, Quaid and the company. It shows how, in this frontier crucible, love and death, honor and slaughter, friendship and a walk toward doom, are all linked together as well. [24 Jun 1994, p.F]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's one of the most ferociously convincing physical re-creations of warfare ever put on screen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Watching this film wakes you up; it is a window on an Iran and an Afghanistan we should have taken account of long ago -- seen though a master's eye, felt through a poet's touch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The ending is a stunner. Like those '30 classics it suggests, Gilles' Wife seduces us with true cinematic magic: rich characters, great acting and that rapturous old French blend of realism and theatricality.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The movie itself is as slick, fast and terrifyingly violent as a top-grade American crime thriller, but a lot smarter than most.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Should hold you spellbound.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Graced with Nair's loving direction, Witherspoon's radiance and that great cast, it is a treat, if somewhat less so than the novel.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a movie full of bewitching images and timeless fun and beauty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Kidman crafts a characterization of breathtakingly controlled artifice, dead-on timing, dizzyingly precise humor. Her part is a knockout--in every sense of the word. [6 Oct 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Peter O'Toole, still a British cinematic lion at 74, performs another movie miracle in the Roger Michell-Hanif Kureishi film Venus.
    • 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

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