For 1,020 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Apocalypse Now Redux
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
1020 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Crystal is in top form, and if laughs are all you want, this movie has them.[7 June 1991, p.2D]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Emmerich might have had a masterpiece, but he'll have to settle for what comes close to being a must-see movie today.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    No situation could be more human, and it's one the youth-dominated film industry rarely touches.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Shot in semidocumentary fashion, it builds to a more visceral climax than one initially expects. [26Nov1997 Pg.09.D]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A cautionary tale very well-told.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Impressive yet always self-conscious, Perdition has more class and less sass than any movie in a while.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Smith is looking more and more like a developing major talent, so it could be years until we get a handle on this movie's legacy. The film is not only defensible as a cute one-shot, but also as a positive sign for the future.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    For the first time in years (even counting his excellent work in “Internal Affairs”), Richard Gere's acting gears aren't too obviously apparent; Julia Roberts, though the breadth of her emotional range remains in question, is beautiful and can act - a not-bad blueprint for continued employment. [23 Mar 1990, Life, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    JFK
    JFK is provocative, a technical primer and an ensemble treat with unusually well- realized star cameos. [20 Dec 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Look out for everything, and listen, too, because Suspects is one of the most densely plotted mysteries in memory.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Richard LaGravenese's flashback script craftily tones down Waller's wind, adds a germane subplot and strengthens the novella's framing device. [02 Jun 1995, p.D1]
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Though Hour 2's heavy emphasis on physical and emotional confrontations stimulates dramatic momentum, this respectable superstar meeting is finally, of all things, ordinary. [26Mar1997 Pg04.D]
    • USA Today
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Compared with other films Costner has directed, Range isn't a folly like "The Postman," nor is it quite as over-elaborated as "Dances With Wolves."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A film dealing fully with Hoffman's final years might have had a lot more punch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A promising debut by young writer/director Jacob Estes, this story of a botched revenge plot still isn't likely to break out even in multiplex August dog days.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    It won't be a waste of time to watch these people — on cable, and probably not too far in the future.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    If it's conventional, it's also competent. Thanks to director Charles Stone III (of the famed "Whassuup?!" Budweiser spots), the clichés at least have a good beat.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie's success with viewers will depend on whether they think Vaughn is funny or tiresome.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The film does what it can to dramatize the bond, but Richter has a disproportionate acting load because his co-star's emoting is below the water line. Happily, he carries it. [16 Jul 1993 Pg. 08.D]
    • USA Today
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    At least a more satisfying basketball saga than last year's "Coach Carter."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Jumbo budget and the same talent notwithstanding, the element of surprise is missing. And ghostbusters, it seems, need that every bit as much as their targets. [16 Jun 1989, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Like it or not (it's hard to dislike), it's less a movie than a concept searching for one. [9 Dec 1988, p.6D]
    • USA Today
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Designed to be a date movie, Rules could have stronger male appeal than many comedies of its ilk.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie is so aggressively ingratiating that it's probably not to be fully trusted, yet it works suprisingly well on its own limited terms[14 May 1999, p. 8E]
    • USA Today
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Glorious picture-postcard photography. [10 July 1998, p.8E]
    • USA Today
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    It has been said that no one sees a movie for the sets, yet an exception might be made here for Horizon's visually staggering production design -- truly an event itself. The story, though, is such a transparent variation on the Alien ouevre that your tolerance may hinge on how much you can shrug this off. [15Aug1997 Pg03.D]
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Though the journey ends on some fun notes after a sagging middle, Galaxy never fully breaks out.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A lot of this goes down surprisingly well, even if Panettiere, through no fault of her own, is saddled with phony precocious dialogue that makes her sound like an ancient sage.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Even at its best, Ride never survives its shaky opening hook.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    [A] socially conscious sprawler... Sayles' latest never bores during its 21/4-hour unreeling. But neither does it soar, despite finessing a complex flashback narrative set in 1957 and present-day. [21 June 1996, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Large budget notwithstanding, the movie is such a blip on the year's radar screen that it's tempting just to go with it for the ride. But this time, the old MIB label stands for Milder Isn't Better.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Ultimately, the movie doesn't make it, but there's enough going on to make it more arf than barf.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Enough low-grade laughs to entertain significantly more than some of the more prestigious year-end releases.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The big surprise in Polanski's Oliver is the lack of a discernible personal stamp, especially from such a directorial master of the macabre.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Think of a B-grade "Bulworth" with lesser talents than A-listers Warren Beatty and Halle Berry.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Even at its best, Adaptation is one of the movie year's most esoteric outings -- more so than even Paul Thomas Anderson's far superior "Punch-drunk Love." Too smart to ignore but a little too smugly superior to like, this could be a movie that ends up slapping its target audience in the face by shooting itself in the foot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    This is one glum outing, with occasional pings of wry wit and hearty chuckles.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Despite overlength, this acceptable outing has its moments, most of them in the second half. [17 Nov 1989]
    • USA Today
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Still, there are some funny surprises, from skewering overdone Christmas decorations to casting Chris Klein as a creep.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The payoff isn't worth the time invested, but at least the actor-turned-filmmaker underplays an inherently queasy project that could have been over the top.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A few crude verbal exchanges nearly got Clerks an NC-17 rating; some (not all) of these provide some of the funniest moments in a film that's funny about 30% of the time. [24 Oct 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Superficially gritty yet soullessly slick melodrama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Mike Nichols may never direct another ground-breaking movie, but even with bit performers he is still Mike Midas. Leads and lesser players alike have pointed things to say in this solid, not great, entertainment; if you think this is a movie for you - it probably is. [12 Sep 1990, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The old seems old - but the result isn't unpleasant, and moviegoers just might go for it. [22 May 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Visually impressive but woefully dumbed-down.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Allen's connective scenes are slack and barely functional, and even his asides lack bite.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The middling result, diverting while it lasts but too silly to recommend, is merely this week's funhouse action pic. [21 Jun 1996 Pg.01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    With so much covered superficially here, little is covered well. But the film moves fast, with the cafe becoming a viable - even vital - character. [30 Dec 1991, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    In lieu of a toga party, one scene treats us to an octogenarian fraternity member wrestling two topless townie lookers slathered in KY Gel. Hey, there's no stopping progress.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Even when the movie works, it's so much like having Daffy Duck assault your face that you want to buy a box set of elevator music for the calming drive home.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie falls short of achieving its apparent goal: being the "Raging Bull" of the art world.
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The problem is the letdown you feel when these glorious morsels (film clips and soundtrack) end, and it's back to three morose schlumps.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    There's at least one plot element too many here; let your own taste determine which one. Yet until it dissolves into conventional melodrama during a climactic fracas, this fast-paced story is never less than watchable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    It's the kind of material that is either going to make your day or not.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Two constants: good acting and an old-fashioned preachiness that backfires.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    But this isn't Diceman's feat of clay. Instead, Ford Fairlane runs fairly well on high-octane silliness. [11 Jul 1990, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    We all know grossly moronic behavior can, in the right situation, generate hearty guilty-pleasure guffaws - at least until overkill wears out the welcome.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    This dispensable comedy has a few unexpectedly loopy surprises, including an outlandishly gay detective (played by versatile actor William Fichtner), who loves the Ice Capades but loathes insurance fraud.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The satire is surprisingly tepid.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie has more on its mind than its delicate frame can handle, but Finney remains an actor of importance and prodigious charm. [27 Dec 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    At least this movie has flashes of humor, thought nearly all come courtesy of Newman. [12 February 1999, Life, p.8E]
    • USA Today
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    co-directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro know their craft; of the films here, only Othello has a more trenchant visual style. [30 Apr 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    With danger in every woods, elevator and hospital corridor, Joel Schumacher's by-rote direction will likely give audiences what they want: slick, superficial escapism with casting punch - ironically, virtues associated with the current flop I Love Trouble. To its credit, The Client moves faster and adds suspense, but ultimately seems as negligible. [20 July 1994, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Annaud's epic might have worked better dramatically as a smaller, more focused picture. The best scenes simply involve Law and Harris playing sneaky professional games (less cat-and-mouse than cat-and-cat) with each other.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    What the movie can't quite get over, no matter how hard the filmmakers try, is the story's built-in limitations.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    So fluidly visual that only a deathbed finale can flag its pace, it's the first Panavision music video to run 21/4 hours, the monotony finally sapping its staying power. [23 Dec 1996 Pg.01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A case of smart and talented people trying to jam a Cold War square into a Gulf War circle. You can feel the chafing, to say nothing of the burden this capably crafted shrug has taken on.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Pocahontas catching us off-guard with an impromptu cartwheel isn't the knock-you-down brainstorm of Naomi Watts juggling for King Kong, but it's still deliciously inspired. Trouble is, the bit lasts two seconds, while the movie is a long "might have been" that's doomed to be buried in a flurry of strong late-year releases.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The film has its moments as a mood piece.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A movie just good enough to keep nurturing rooting interest as you watch it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Thanks to fuzzy motivation, snicker-bait melodramatics and craters in logic, Calm quickly disintegrates into a might-have-been. [07 Apr 1989, p.6D]
    • USA Today
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    There's no real dazzle in Bedazzled.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Mostly avoids being cloying but flirts with being precious. Yet Boyle is enough of a stylist to make it all passable. It's one of those films for which fans and detractors can see the others' viewpoint.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Shots is intermittently funny - but never, even on its own terms, important. [31 July 1991, p.6D]
    • USA Today
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    But when material is this fragile, virtually every scene is obligated to click for the result to become something special. Ultimately, this walking and talking comes perilously close to becoming a gab-fest treadmill. [26 Jul 1996, Pg.04.D]
    • USA Today
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Spotty and uneven, Wedding shouldn't even have the embarrassed guffaws it has, and it probably wouldn't were it not for a robust cast.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Even surly moviegoers may discover how pleasant it can be to actually like movie characters.
    • USA Today
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Fans of the stars should be satisfied. Those allergic to car chases, casual killings and the phrase "Oh, s - - -!" may suffer hives. [7 April 1995, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    All three actors give it their all, but Monaghan stands out with a sexy yet oddly down-to-earth variation on the Midwest girl gone wrong, thanks partly to a dark dysfunctional family secret.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    With a half-dozen characters sorting out life's woes, the pacing is a couple of beats faster than languorous — just enough to sustain one's interest.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Sharon Stone rides into a Western dust hole bent on revenge. Gene Hackman, virtually reprising his Unforgiven heavy, gives this goofy genre-bender some authenticity. [17 Feb 1995, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Even with Burns' smoothest performance yet as a lead, Confidence is on a level with Steven Soderbergh's blah remake of "Ocean's Eleven." But because no one is expecting much, it seems a little better.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Frigid soul or not, it's the most unforgettable supernatural comedy since Brazil. Could be it's time for the Coens to drop the pretense, and embrace sci-fi head on. [11 Mar 1994, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Even if a lot of adults have problems following this picture 100%, look for computer-savvy teen-agers to guarantee this sometimes original but too often derivative time-killer a shelf life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Though there must be a dozen U.S. presidents who have never had a documentary made about them, the late Tupac Shakur could rate his own section in video stores, placed between "music" and "action."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    If Hairspray is clean and sweet, don't cry sellout. Taken as a pointed burlesque of a serious racial issue, this is what Spike Lee's School Daze should have been. It's also a PG (for "Pretty Darn Good'') simply on its own.
    • USA Today
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Marvin leavened his sociopathy with a hint of little boy naivete or innocence -- Gibson is merely a frequently funny thug. {5 February 1999, Life, p. 11E]
    • USA Today
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    This is a movie that makes it exclusively on star power -- when it's making it at all. [22 Dec 1998, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A fresh-slant Vietnam picture in which lead Tom Cruise achieves indisputable greatness, July is otherwise a "more often than not'' achievement. But though it's as full of itself as Stone's watchably windy Talk Radio, the film's roundhouse punches propel you into remote Mike Tyson-land when they connect. [20 Dec 1989, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Colorful. [1 December 1995, p.D13]
    • USA Today
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Poison is better visually than verbally, though some dialogue in Episode 1 (a missing-kid parody called Hero) got hearty laughs from paying customers in my theater. What 'makes' this exercise, as far as it goes, is polished editing. [12 Apr 1991, p.2D]
    • USA Today
    • 19 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    8MM
    The two m's in 8MM could stand for "messy melodrama." [26 February 1999, Life, p.5E]
    • USA Today
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    There's a familiar feeling to the movie even beyond its twinkle-eyed martial arts melees.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Oliver Stone's Nixon humanizes a reviled but respected subject for over three hours - dynamically at times, but finally so solemnly that it becomes a grind-you-down dirge. The maker of Natural Born Killers actually concludes with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing Shenandoah - without irony. [20 Dec 1995, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Thankfully, this time Eastwood flirts (and ogles) but stops just short of going completely over the top. [19 March 1999, Life, p.13E]
    • USA Today
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    It's never enough of a grabber to keep the mind from wandering to the romance it apparently sparked.

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