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 Eyes Wide Shut
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
942 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    This is a building-block movie: Its stand-out excellence becomes apparent only gradually.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    It's a heart-wrenching portrayal of unfulfilled Wyoming love, but this time, we don't mean Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur in "Shane."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    As good as "Unforgiven." Or, to put it another way, as good as any movie Eastwood has ever directed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Violence is in the spirit of the hardest-hitting film noir offerings from the '50s, but far more explicit. It's also in the spirit of the Western.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    A premier boxing movie and a forceful Depression remembrance for the socially conscious, Cinderella Man also ices it for stargazers that Russell Crowe is the dominant screen actor working today.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The only things missing from making this showdown worthy of a Western is Murrow's sheriff's badge, a dusty street and maybe a spittoon for McCarthy's infamous invectives.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Tightly constructed and controlled.
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    It's hard to recall the last movie that has left such an emotionally searing question dangling in the mind: "What if ... ?"
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The chief delight is Kasdan. “Body Heat” was appropriately slick, but “The Big Chill” and “Silverado” too much so. Tourist is edgier - also the work of a genuine craftsman. Frankly, I didn't think Kasdan had it in him. [23 Dec 1988, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    An instant classic, an Oscar-worthy showcase for Jeremy Irons, and a tightrope ballet over dicey screen material… A subtle movie - and thus a disturbing one. Like “Vertigo,” “The Night of the Hunter,” “Repulsion” and a few others, it finds beauty in morbidity - then nags you to come back for a second dose. [23 Sept 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Forman finesses the story's grimmer aspects as he did in "Cuckoo's Nest," and his ability to switch moods on a dime remains unsurpassed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Joins company with "Sullivan's Travels" and "Sunset Boulevard" as the quintessential Hollywood peek-a-boos...[and] Tim Robbins' modulated performance rates rhapsodic praise. [10 Apr 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Though his film is like no other baseball movie, it may remind you of Paul Newman's hockey comedy Slap Shot: a knowing look at sport's underbelly - punctuated by jelly-belly laughs. [15 June 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    A perfect fit between filmmaker (Memento's Christopher Nolan) and material (Norway's same-name psycho-chiller from 1997), this remake gets all there is to get out of a peculiar premise with promise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Though the movie may not change many minds about McNamara, it richly humanizes him, a valuable feat atop all the fascinating reflection.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The most provocative miscarried-justice movie ever. [26 Aug 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    This twisted space opera serves up carcasses in six-digit figures but is foremost a sendup for the ages.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Heat is in the cop-movie pantheon with Akira Kurosawa's "High and Low," and that's as "right" as the genre gets.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The film now seems both mellowed and --thanks in part to the most vibrant-looking prints in its 22-year history -- revitalized.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Produced by HBO but too good not to play theaters, this soon-to-be minor classic is the best movie about society's untrendiest since "Ghost World" exactly two years ago.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Black Hawk turns nightmare into great cinema.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Happily, there's nothing to misconstrue about the film: It's fabulous.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The movie is so fun that it wouldn't need the mystery to be top-notch entertainment.
    • USA Today
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Blethyn is so astonishing that you forget you're seeing a performance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    One of the year's best movies and certainly its most delightful screen surprise.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    A great movie just got greater, thanks to this thorough restoration. [Director's Cut; 27 June 1997, p.D3]
    • USA Today
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The rawest, most sustained screen portrayal of 20th century combat.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    A singular accomplishment so specifically keyed to Spacey's talents that it mandates going out on a limb to say it contains the performance that will ultimately be regarded as "the one."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Tempers moments of despair with deliriously romantic passages abetted by James Horner's traditionally lush score and photography by John Toll ("Legends of the Fall's" Oscar winner).
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    If it isn't flawless, neither is "Fantasia"... Here's a live-action/animated marvel with no screen antecedent; “Chinatown” may actually come closest. [22 June 1988]
    • USA Today

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