For 942 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Topsy-Turvy
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
942 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Preposterous yet solidly entertaining.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The milieu here is unforgiving, which makes fighting for basic rights important. You get a sense of why Bob Dylan -- who performs on this soundtrack -- wanted to bolt this frigid part of the map.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    With one of the year's busiest scripts, Little launches 76 zippy minutes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    What we're left with is solid if not exceptional, though it's good to see Mendes expanding as a filmmaker.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    As stuffed with beguiling performances - some of them unexpectedly good - as its script is overstuffed. And though even the beguiled may feel manipulated the next morning (or when hitting the exits), the players put it over by a nose. Happy holidays.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The result isn't quite a Michael Moore movie without the hubris, but it's reasonably close. It's thoughtful, and you have to take it seriously and with respect.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The movie is more compelling than exciting with one exception: the kind of rocket blast-off sequence for which IMAX screens were seemingly invented.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The story's presentation is easy to take. And lot of this is because of Lathan, who is funny by not trying to be.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Transforming Clouseau's perennial nemesis into a more urbane smoothie, Kevin Kline delivers like a pro.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Despite appealing performances and kinetic football scenes, the storytelling is mostly conventional.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A largely irresistible puff piece.
    • USA Today
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The pace is fast, many of the performers are attractive, and even the end-credits montage is zippier than usual.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Lovely “memory'' film. [2 March 1990, Life, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Plays like a labor of love.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The result is two or three cuts above genre standard.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This meaty Irish stew isn't arty or elliptical. It ought to connect with anyone who's survived sibling tension or romantic fence-sitting. [9 August 1995, Life, p.5D]
    • USA Today
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    No situation could be more human, and it's one the youth-dominated film industry rarely touches.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    It's fast, easy on the eyes, full of funny putdowns and cast well enough to have two memorable villains.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This is economy of style that Americans get only in Woody Allen movies -- and even that's not a guarantee.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The actress may get an Oscar nomination for the wrong movie -- "Moulin Rouge" over "The Others" -- but it would be a double misfortune for audiences to overlook a performance that boosts its movie from moderate to memorable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The five stories in The Five Senses flawlessly and even artfully create a unified mood.
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Shouldn't be overrated, but it's the first film of the year - and it's mid-February already - capable of keeping a grown-up awake.
    • USA Today
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Compellingly watchable horror-spectacle.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    There isn't any kind of dance you can compare to Robert Duvall's latest as an actor/director, though a slo-mo minuet might come close.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The movie wouldn't be imaginable without its commanding star. Nicholson is in virtually every scene underplaying to great effect
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    One can't underestimate the appeal of any movie constructed around Sean Connery's charm.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A chilly oddball that's easier to admire than love.
    • USA Today
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Brosnan and Rush are a smooth fit, playing off each other like a snappy shirt and tie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The No. 1 thing Only the Strong Survive will have to survive is being overshadowed by "Standing in the Shadows of Motown." Less focused than last fall's slam-dunk Funk remembrance, Survive is a more modest soul review.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    I enjoyed everything about Moonstruck except for its meandering mid-section. On cassette, with vino accompaniment, it may seem perfect. In theaters, with a diet drink, it still rates as the holiday sleeper. [18 Dec 1987]
    • USA Today
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Recalls the pumped-up energy of "Pump Up the Volume," as well as its casting prowess.
    • USA Today
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    As a forum for its actors and for the big-screen directorial debut of multi-Emmy winner Gregory Hoblit, the film is up to the job.
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This one looks like a sure bet for seven weeks (at least) of audience good fortune.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    When have we seen the same performer playing both parts in a sexual situation? It happens here, not once but twice.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Two films in one: an intriguing child-disappearance mystery and an uncommonly affecting domestic drama realized by four terrific central performances.
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    As a successful careerist who tries purging his neuroses in a coin-operated batting cage, Crystal is funny enough to keep Ryan from all-out stealing the film. She, though, is smashing in an eye-opening performance, another tribute to Reiner's flair with actors. [12 July 1989, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    An unusually knowing movie from filmmakers of any age, both in its coldly clinical viewpoint and assured filmmaking style that even puts fresh spin on a routine police interrogation. [26 May 1993, Life, p.8D]
    • USA Today
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Once this 2 1/4-hour slow-starter finally finds its rhythm, we're reminded of how gripping policy give-and-take around a long rectangular table can be.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    With a little sex, some mystery, a little sex, an appealing title and a little sex, France's Swimming Pool has what it takes to become an art house audience magnet, especially amid the heat of summer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A good little movie dominated by a great central performance that's likely to endure. [30 Jan 1998, p.D2]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Even when there are lulls, the emotions seem authentic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Imagine: a pseudo-intellectual baseball fantasy loaded up, like a spitter, with seductive sentiment. You can distrust the mix, but still like the movie - and I do. [21 Apr 1989, Life, p.D1]
    • USA Today
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The story itself is surprisingly seamless, yet it's the individual components that linger.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This movie will remind a lot of people of John Ford's masterpiece, "The Searchers," without the rowdy humor and, yes, without the greatness. But it's an admirably solid effort that's as mean as it has to be, which is plenty.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A provocative dissection of human dynamics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Bottom-line funny, often convulsively so. [2 Dec 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Pace and performances dominate, with popped salutes going to Keifer Sutherland, Kevin Pollack, Kevin Bacon and especially Nicholson's smiling barracuda. [11 Dec 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A cautionary tale very well-told.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Grimly claustrophobic movies can make viewers put up a shield, yet Tim Blake Nelson (who directed O) invests this unusual Holocaust drama with dramatic intensity that in no way cheapens its subject matter.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    If you end up cursing, try not to forget The Abyss' spectacular oil-rig collapse, a killer chase scene, two fine leads, and one Oscar-worthy "creature'' special effect midway through. Do forget the rest - unless you really dig Casper, the Friendly Ghost. [9 Aug 1989, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Irritates in the early going when many of the current-day interviews are so intentionally underlighted that we can't see what the group members look like.
    • USA Today
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This is intelligent grown-up entertainment on both a political and a humanistic level.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Don't underestimate the appeal of a heart-tugger that's this well mounted.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The film is, however, almost inevitably wistful for the past, and many of its emotional touches come from juxtaposed then-and-now footage of the participants.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Viscerally juicy....The movie is effectively cast. [25 July 1997, p.D2]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    We accept the sincerity and altruistic motives of the aging loner he (Philip Baker Hall) portrays in this consciously spare Nevada-set sleeper. [13 March 1997, p. 8D]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Beguiling Victoriana. [18 July 1997, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Though this is a tough movie to dislike, it plays more like a second draft than a final product.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Woody Allen is good for his funniest screen romp in a while, thanks to a few evenly spaced standout scenes of laugh-out-loud intensity.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The result is far from perfect, but to its many merits, add timing. You never get a movie with this kind of story in mid-August.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Often a cinematic marvel and often the year's most pungent movie medicine, Beloved always feels as if it's carrying the world's weight, and maybe it is. [16 October 1998, p. 7E]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Fortunately, a movie that needs some levity gets a comic boost from William H. Macy as a fictional racing handicapper from the golden days of radio. As if training a horse, Macy cues us to laugh every time he's on screen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This smashingly filmed and performed one-shot is (uh, so to speak) the year's best romantic comedy. [8 Dec 1989]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Exceedingly well cast and assembled with flashy visuals and pacing by Harron, this period piece is diminished by its relative pointlessness.
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Landed exactly the right actors for a script that already gets points for respecting its teenage characters.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The finale, which utilizes vintage home movies to show us the real people we've just seen portrayed, packs a wallop. [19 February 1999, Life, p.13E]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Few filmmakers of the past 20 years have mesmerized as much in their use of crisp, color-drenched photography.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Even without the surprise of seeing Spader going for laughs and getting them, Secretary is just too original to be ignored.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Well acted by an ensemble that leans toward equality for all, Mile carries its long running time extremely well.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    It has an elusive, haunting quality, but it's too long at 133 minutes, and there aren't many movies these days that get more involving as they progress.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    In contrast to big-screen bummers we see every week, this movie conveys genuine sorrow.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Crystal is such a panic - and normally uptight Patinkin is so attractively relaxed as a Spanish swordsman - that Bride's charms just can't be ignored. [25 Sept 1987]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A long-on-video 1993 release now restored to its original Cantonese with different music and more audio pop.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    An enjoyably cast, superbly shot, jolt-generating device...It isn't art, but it'll crush your bones.
    • USA Today
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The movie, which ends on an unexpected note of wistful humor, also gleans gentle and non-derisive chuckles out of Fin's physical state.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Aside from the "Nutty Professor," this is the funniest Murphy comedy since the Reagan Administration.
    • USA Today
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The filmmaker's new subject, the German occupation of France, has been treated with the seriousness it deserves in countless movies over the past half-century. This treatment is light and breezy for a change, though not altogether frivolous.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The movie has a couple of surprises, including a major plot turn at the end that leads to a memorable resolution somewhere between happy and wistful.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The warden implores the prisoners to relinquish their weapons, and out of the cells come flying a zillion blades of all sizes. In a Mel Brooks movie, this bit would be funny. Here, it sums up the chilling situation in five seconds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    As close as anything could be to a light Mamet comedy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    In the movie's high point, (Jeremy) Northam conducts an antagonistic interview with the boy, who eludes well-placed lawyerly traps.
    • USA Today
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This crumbled-caper comedy is the funniest movie ever from a film maker late in his eighth decade. [22 July 1988, Life, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    For a movie that earns its R-rating for drug content and violence atop language and sexuality, it leaves you with the next thing to a mellow smile.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Kudos go to the great Thomas Newman, whose score contributes as much as either lead to what is finally a two-character movie, though one well-performed by all. [23 Sept 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Glossy or not, the movie is unflinchingly tough-minded, down to its Hollywood-weepy ending, which, if you think about it, may be the year's gloomiest.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This time, he (Ang Lee) has Kevin Kline, Joan Allen and Sigourney Weaver trudging through ice both emotional and literal -- an omnipresent metaphor but not one unduly sledgehammered. [26 September 1997, pg. 1 D}
    • USA Today
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Land has a lot of funny moments, which are no less serious for being so, especially when the script turns politically prickly.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Worth a look. It's easy to overrate -- but just as easy to undervalue.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    It gets wackier as it goes, starting with Charlie Sheen cast against type as a guy who's getting no sex and turns down the chance. Bebe Neuwirth has some funny scenes as a lush.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Lean, mean and mordant black comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    More than a quarter-century ago, Redford played a young CIA employee in "Three Days of the Condor." Someday, it will make a great living-room double bill with Spy Game -- the actor then and now.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The movie-calendar equivalent of last July's "Six Days, Seven Nights," this star-powered romance overcomes a shaky start to outpace that passable confection by several runaway laps.
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This is the kind of well-made movie you wish well but you don't particularly wish to see again.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The final third is slower until a somewhat contrived finale that's still the funniest thing in the movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This movie doesn't make you think you are watching art. It's closer to a high-end TV movie with lots of familiar faces.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Girls isn't fabulous, but you do feel its characters really have connected.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Grabber sub-plots further boost a story that is basically made by its three leads.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A mildly satirical but essentially sweet, benign comedy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    It's gratifying to see a comedy can have no redeeming social value yet be full of hearty laughs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This may be the most uncompromisingly raw police drama since "Across 110th Street," starring Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto.