For 941 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Hoop Dreams
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
Score distribution:
941 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    There's nothing very rockin' about seeing Gene Hackman give a rare indifferent performance as a Navy admiral trying to effect a rescue for which his hands are tied.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    A less-than-middling melodrama whose subject matter and talent never click as much as its credits portend.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Brothers never catches fire the way Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" did. And you almost feel during subpar special effects that sweaty stagehands are pushing the trees around.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Despite haunting moments in this fabricated fling between a headstrong Native American and an English sea captain, the film isn't as chirpy or majestic as recent Disney fare. [16Jun1995 Pg. 01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    A hopeless if harmless boxing picture whose principals just happen to wear uniforms outside the ring, Annapolis is set in a U.S. Naval Academy where no one ever seems to attend class.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    There's nothing super about the movie, aside from a loopiness that affords it a certain guilty-pleasure cachet.
    • USA Today
    • 18 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    A few chuckles will be had by both the rabble and more learned brains.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The movie, though, is more of the same: another current comedy with want-to-see elements that fails to deliver the goods. [01 Jul 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    It's asking a lot of audiences to spend nearly two hours with characters as screen-unfriendly as the ones played by Biggs and Ricci, though both actors (and especially Ricci) do what they're asked to do.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Yet because this adaptation of Franz Lidz's childhood memoir is odd enough and even stylish enough to attract a small following, you might want to weigh my ingrained dyspepsia before electing not to see it. [15 Sep 1995]
    • USA Today
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    This cliche primer is a bit more than bearable - even when it's literally and figuratively off the track. It's no Cocktail, but it's no Dom Perignon, either. [27 Jun 1990, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Though the movie is more mediocre than abysmal, Ryan's recently banged-up filmography (remember In the Cut) could use what every fighter needs at ringside: a good cut man to stop the bleeding.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    You can feel the movie going wrong in the first scene.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Eastwood gutsily stages the extended opening slowly and methodically... [But u]nintentional yuks litter an otherwise somber political thriller adapted from David Baldacci's novel.
    • USA Today
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The cycle thrills here are everything: flips, collisions, a chase across the top of a fast-moving train and even a zoom down the aisle of one of the train's cars as the passengers take it in stride.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Hurried, harried. [14 February 1997, pg.D4]
    • USA Today
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    By the time you've given up guessing whether S.W.A.T. wants to be a half-serious action pic or just affably jokey, its storytelling has turned so ludicrously melodramatic that it doesn't matter.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Low on Diesel fuel, though probably amusing enough if you're part of the intended demographic, which appears to be the age group that likes to stick fingers up noses.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Has a three-way split personality, which happily includes an action-packed middle to ease the pain of its early protracted exposition and later action so slow that you'll be asking "Gotta match?" to the person next to you.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The borderline Parenthood is either an iffy comedy with lots of compensations, or a good comedy with more irritating flaws than most movies manage to survive. Whichever, the "feel good'' infantry of summer-film escapists will probably love it. [2 Aug 1989, p.5D]
    • USA Today
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Drab as it is, the movie is not impossible to endure -- in part because the concept has a timeless appeal.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The latest picture to give you the sense that Hollywood filmmakers simply plucked another old pop-tune title ripe for ripping off, then were shaken by the rude reality of coming up with a script to jerry-build around it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    A few bits are filler, albeit funny filler. But those who would rather laugh than cry at weddings ( will say "I do'' to Bride. [20 Dec 1991, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Somewhere within all of this there really is a homicide -- a hip-hop industry rub-out that may someday make this movie half of a passable DVD double feature with Nick Broomfield's documentary Biggie and Tupac.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    It says something that during a scene in which nude chorines are turned into a fleshy backdrop, you spend as much time looking at your watch as what's on screen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    De Niro's widely praised performance is like the rest of the film: competent, a product of hard work and borderline mechanical. I like much of Awakenings, including several supporting performances - but like Big, it left me just a little cold. [20 Dec 1990, p.5D]
    • USA Today
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Sports-satire misfire. [31 July 1998, p. 2E]
    • USA Today
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Victoria Tennant's iciness has been well-utilized on screen occasionally, but not this time. [8 Feb 1991, p.D4]
    • USA Today
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    No abomination but forgettably mediocre. [19 March 1999, Life, p. 13E]
    • USA Today
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Unpleasantness alone doesn't sink a movie. But miserable tidings intensify when there's not only a high ick factor but also floundering storytelling.

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