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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 4 Little Girls
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
Score distribution:
942 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    One of the most violent opening scenes in screen history…Yet given such a visually adept exercise, the rest seems transparently off-the-cuff. There are obese trailer-camp porn stars, heavenly visions, a climactic rendition of Love Me Tender and no-point references to The Wizard of Oz - all of which top this two-hour farrago like a soggy tarp. [17 Aug 1990, Life, 4D]
    • USA Today
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Earth to Earth's young director, Mark Piznarksi : It's tough turning straw into gold, isn't it?
    • USA Today
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Leaves a bad taste, not only because of its bad-luck timing, but also the staleness of its script.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Don't put yourself through this hell.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Can't stars attract better scripts than this?
    • USA Today
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    One of those movies that goes for a jarringly new emotion every 30 seconds or so while the story's foundation is collapsing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    A mongrel of a movie.
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Neither the actors nor their characters engender much affection.
    • USA Today
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Sometimes laughably incoherent.
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Begins sinking in the shallow end almost at once.
    • USA Today
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    When movies have degraded to the point that Tyson is acting more than Quentin Tarantino is directing, maybe it is time for an industry shutdown, strike-induced or otherwise.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    The young Pigeon turks who no doubt think they've made a hip black comedy should be forced to see it in a theater of non-sycophants, where only an occasional exasperated exhale signifies the audience isn't dead yet. [25 Sept 1998]
    • USA Today
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Life is a crock -- or something like it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    This movie is a howler as well -- possibly even intentionally -- but if it is a black comedy, the joke is overextended by far too many arms and legs. [19 March 1999, Life, p. 13E]
    • USA Today
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Holmes, of Dawson's Creek, will be up the creek if she can't avoid movies like this. And so will you if you see it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Live dies around the time Carpenter allows 10 minutes of gratuitous Piper-David eye-gouging, an apparent bone to wrestling fans. Forget the amusing premise; a full crate of magic glasses couldn't make this a bearable movie. [7 Nov 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    The movie runs just 80 minutes, but it's enough time for doldrums to set in when nifty special effects and funny verbal exchanges are out grabbing a smoke. [19 Feb 1993, Life, p.5D]
    • USA Today
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Don't buy a ticket for this one, even if the theater is having a fire sale on Raisinets.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Don't say you weren't warned. There are instant clues that this ill-timed Michael Douglas vehicle is a dually unfortunate viewing experience.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Close your eyes during this miserable romantic comedy.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Myopic Whitey, continually passed over for a lifetime achievement athletic award, bears a passing resemblance to Columbia's all-time No. 1 animated star, the nearsighted Mr. Magoo. It's nice to think that if he ever went to this movie, he wouldn't be able to see it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
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    All you get here for paid admission is a long and terrific avalanche scene -- state of the art, no question. Then it's over and ready to melt away, much like memories of this movie.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Clumsy urban thriller.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Anyone who sees this movie is going to be 20 minutes ahead of it, though there won't be that many after Weekend 1. With domestic disturbances, someone calls the cops. With this DOA, someone had better call the coroner.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    I cry for I Spy— or I would if this latest and laziest imaginable of all vintage-TV spinoffs were capable of engendering an emotional response of any kind. Comas are physical, not emotional.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Even if this movie wasn't based on a computer game, Starship Troopers' reputation would still have just shot up another 50 notches. [19 March 1999, Life, p.11E]
    • USA Today
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Burdened with so many poky scenes that it approaches the level of the distributor's "Drowning Mona" and "Whipped," both candidates for the year's worst.
    • USA Today
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    When the most notable thing a film offers is the sight of Dennis Farina in drag, you can't expect much.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Goo oozes without mercy in A Walk to Remember.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    The only thing a movie this unrefined needs is a vaudevillian in baggy pants and someone hawking peanuts in the aisle.