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 Moulin Rouge!
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1,278 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A mad, resplendent peacock of a film, a cinematographic riot of color and sensuality that evokes its era -- the swinging mid-'60s -- as much as any movie made during those giddy years.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The most visually spectacular, action-packed and surreal of the adventures of Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The Crow imbues its comic brutalism with emotion and satire. Too raw and pulpy, it probably shouldn't be regarded as a memorial to Brandon Lee. But as an obsessive rock 'n' roll comic book movie shocker of loony intensity, it stands, or flies, by itself.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a terrific, kinetic experience, and it's also a brilliant showcase for a crackerjack ensemble of great actors.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Sometimes, it's exciting to watch a movie formula jell on screen-and that's what you can see happening in The Client, the latest, and best, of three successive films adapted from legal thrillers by John Grisham.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A film of great spiritual intensity and haunting minimalism that enlarges your concepts of movies and of life. Like the monks of the Carthusian order, it distills something intoxicating through a style that's pure and rigorous.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Ablaze with poetry and danger, and suffused with an odd kind of intellectual kitsch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a summit meeting between three brilliant leading men from three generations with three striking on-screen personas.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    For any of you who've ever daydreamed of playing hoops with Jordan, Michael Jordan to the Max is almost certainly the closest you'll ever get.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Few directors are more adept at playing with all this anguish and exhilaration than Mike Nichols.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The poetry of Last Days has a stoned grandeur.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a film for specialized tastes, quiet, delicate. But it suits those tastes beautifully.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The Sea isn't just brooding Scandinavian domestic tragedy, a lesser Bergman-Ibsen pastiche. It's also hilarious and rowdy, and it plays with our sympathies and expectations in such surprising ways, with such brilliant actors, it's easy to see why it won the equivalent of eight Icelandic Oscars.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A witty and psychologically perceptive look at the Parisian literary scene.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    A noir with a smile, and after all these years, its deft mixture of darkness and light still makes us smile.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is a first-class muckraking melodrama: an admirable picture.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    German emigre Dupont directs all this with the style, flair and tension he brought to his 1925 Emil Jannings classic, "Variety." But it is Wong, shimmering with charisma, who gives Piccadilly its unforgettable center.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Not a striking film visually. It's deliberately plain looking, focused on the appalling events with an almost documentary immediacy.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Not too many actors last year bettered or equaled Beatty and Schreiber here, separately or (better yet) together. It's a pleasure and a privilege to watch them work.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    This is an old-fashioned movie done with wit, grace, smarts and style. [19 March 1999, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    As much fun as anything director/co-writer Jane Campion has ever filmed. Holy Smoke lets it all hang out.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    The writer-director doesn't raise her voice, even as she firmly condemns the injustice. Water seduces us with its beauty and sorrow.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    One of the more delightful and satisfying family movies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Ends up working like a charm.

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