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 Downfall
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1287 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a work that sears the heart and conscience. The events are annihilating, the way they're told both beautiful and terrifying.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Scott is able to make it fresh and lyrical, as well as give us rousingly exciting scenes of nature in eruption. [02 Feb 1996]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Takes a potentially explosive subject and does it subtly and perceptively.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Watching Jonathan Caouette's amazing autobiographical documentary Tarnation is like descending into a pop-music, underground-movie hell and heaven, the shattered and shattering landscape of a living body and mind.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's an unabashed pacifist movie that really works, emotionally and dramatically.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This hip, highly partisan biography of Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey is a surprisingly entertaining movie about the perils of studying sexual behavior in a sexually uptight culture--our own.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The masterpiece of the bunch is the last, wonderful piece by Alexander Payne ("14eme Arrondissement").
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The acting in All or Nothing is superb. Everyone creates a character we can immediately register and recognize as true.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Another of those excellent foreign films that sometimes slip though cracks, considered too strange or eccentric for domestic tastes. Strange it is, but delightfully so
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Grosse Pointe Blank is covering the same kind of territory as that elephantine, if exciting, 1994 family man-killer thriller, "True Lies." But this time, the joke stings. [11 April 1997, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A rarity -- an intelligent and moving drama of ideas that becomes increasingly thrilling as the ideas unfold.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    For anyone who likes classic, offbeat American moviemaking, in the rural-thriller genre from "Moonrise" to "Macon County Jail," Undertow is one to check. Seething with violence, bleeding with lyricism, it's a poem from the junk heap, a cry from the swamp.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The simplicity and idealism of The Color of Paradise are part of what makes it so attractive to near-jaded palates here. There are no evil characters in the film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    At its best, it's an exhilaratingly grandiose Highland fling. [24 May 1995, Tempo, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A bizarre, thrilling, warmly funny spoof of the WWII Steve McQueen prison camp thriller, "The Great Escape" remade for a near all-chicken cast.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    An incredibly ambitious film and one of the most highly accomplished of the year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Mrs. Parker is a comedy even though it's sad, and a sort of tragedy even though it's funny, with such foggy borders between the two that pathos and humor seem to smear all over each other, like makeup running with tears. [23 Dec 1994, p.N]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Darin is an actor who's really consummate at suggesting two simultaneous levels of character.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Sharp, funny, sad and daring as it may be, Happiness is missing something. Its points are often too obvious, its shocks too juvenile. It's impressive but not transcendent. [23 Oct 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is a meaty, well-crafted thriller that absorbs and disturbs you from first frame to last.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    While Last Kiss may strike some as a calculated crowd-pleaser, it's cleverly calculated, perceptive and often quite funny -- and a bit darker than it may first appear.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A stark, lyrical and affecting portrait of war's aftermath.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Thornton and his excellent company summon up for us the long rides, dangerous companions, rites of passage, the mad love and, most of all, the special relationship between the man/boys that rode over the border and the horses that carried them there.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A romance incandescent, a fiery pageant of l'amour fou. Whatever its historical transgressions, it opens up a vein and lets life and blood pour out.

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