Michael Wilmington

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For 1,287 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Gleaners & I
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1287 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A vivifying film, though it's done in such a strange style that it takes a while to get used to it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Just as Zhao uses his comic gifts to create an affecting human, so Dong's performance as Wu is a triumph of honesty and tact.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Seemingly a simple comedy, it actually -- like all Allen's "simple" comedies -- has a lot to say. Will the audience listen or just dismiss it as minor, out-of-date Woody? If they do, it's their loss.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a movie of uncommon eloquence and elegance, acted by a truly gifted cast.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A fine, exciting film that makes a bloody historical event live all over again by showing it through the eyes of children on the edges of the conflict.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a brutally convincing movie about two hell-bent young Turkish-German lovers dancing on the edge of destruction in a Hamburg underworld of drugs and casual sex. Yet it's also compassionate and even tender.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    You probably won't find two more fascinating camera subjects, two livelier conversationalists or two richer, more rewarding, more engaging and inspiring companions in any movie, fiction or non-fiction, this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A beautiful, intensely moving film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the more delightful and satisfying family movies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A stirring, large-souled movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of those sweet, intelligent, nicely made films.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Sin City is an evil place, full of awful people, an obsessive movie full of monomaniacal tough guys. Yet when Miller and Rodriguez move it into gear, noir lives.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A highly exciting, visually alive thriller.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A witty and psychologically perceptive look at the Parisian literary scene.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A classy triple shot of film erotica from three brilliant writer-directors.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Should hold you spellbound.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Takes a potentially explosive subject and does it subtly and perceptively.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A gargantuan epic, a historical adventure-drama of overwhelming visual grandeur.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the year's best documentaries.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a film objet d'art to contemplate and treasure.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Rivets and amazes, even if it falls just frustratingly short of the mind-expanding grandeur it could have had.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a thriller that comes at you with gut-clutching ferocity, spewing blood and sex, shaking you up and scrambling your responses.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Most of all, it's a film for moviegoers who love powerful stories and ravishing imagery: timeless, eternal, the kind of tales handed from one generation and culture to the next -- and alive in all of them.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    For a film that points out so much wrong with German society and shows such dubious, dangerous behavior, it leaves the audience with high spirits and a sense of crazy exhilaration.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The poetry of Last Days has a stoned grandeur.

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