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 3.9 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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    This subject demands consummate screen treatment and now has absolutely gotten it from director/producer Spike Lee. [10 Jul 1997, Pg.02.D]
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    With special effects so convincing you don't even think about them, a head-case hero and a three-dimensional villain who is his equal, socko Spider-Man 2 has something for everyone.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Not since "Memento" has a movie served up such a provocative mind-bender, and the Sundance winner by first-time filmmaker Andrew Jarecki has the advantage of being true.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    This is a fascinating movie experience. [30 June 1989, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Blethyn is so astonishing that you forget you're seeing a performance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    A precisely modulated and mostly mesmerizing 2¾-hour suspense movie, in part because it's one of the most bravely disturbing screen works ever attempted about thoughts withheld by even the most devoted marriage partners and the ramifications of voicing them.
    • 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."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The "Age of Innocence" oozes anthropological dazzle, but Dazed and Confused may some day rate its own Smithsonian showings for clinically re-creating the High School Experience 1976. [20 Sept 1993]
    • USA Today
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Ultimately grim, Liam is ripe in humanity --and even comedy.
    • USA Today
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Has the unanticipated craft and artfully ambiguous appeal of last year's "Croupier," a movie whose art-house word-of-mouth success could be duplicated here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The relaxed and confident Crusade is the first Jones outing to benefit from actual characterizations. [24 May 1989, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The result is a foot-stomping rouser. Where else can you get a cop in his underwear boogalooing with skyscraper terrorists? [15 July 1988, Life, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The most imperfect of the year's best movies, Magnolia's flaws are easily forgiven because they are the result of go-for-broke ambition.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Like the first half of "Best in Show," the movie is so deadpan that sometimes you have to pinch yourself to realize how potently satirical it is.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Overstuffed but exuberantly humane.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    With this 2002 Cannes Film Festival best-picture winner, Polanski skips the quirky flourishes and simply brings history to life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Ray
    Ray could not have been made without star Jamie Foxx.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A cool and clinical reportorial remembrance whose very title reminds us who Solanas was. [3 May 1996, p. 10D]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The filmmaker keeps upping the ante with surprises until the plot-twist beaut that concludes the picture - a shocker that, upon reflection, is probably the one ending that wouldn't have fallen a little flat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    In a role as tailor-made for him as the story is for its writer and director, Nicolas Cage anchors the movie with one of his best performances.
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This is one inspiring movie despite extremely tricky subject matter -- better than "Shine" and among the most affecting ever made about co-existing with mental demons.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Accessibly brainy screen charmer.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A little movie almost perfectly realized.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Watching this movie, it seems to be the next level down from great -- maybe too episodic. But it burns in the memory weeks after you see it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Some caper movies build suspense, while others tweak the genre with tongue lancing cheek. But this lesbian caper pic (how's that for a rarefied subgenre?) often pulls off both feats in the same scene, even simultaneously. [04 Oct 1996 Pg.04.D]
    • USA Today
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Uniformly robust acting puts still more feathers in the caps of Rush, Winslet and Caine.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This is a very bloody fantasy (reds do eke their way into the black-and-blues), but it's hard to think of another film with as many severed heads whose overall tone is so sweet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Bedroom succeeds with performances that get some of their power from imaginative casting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A summer crowd-pleaser worthy of its wind.
    • USA Today
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A 2-hour classic wrongfully stretched into three.

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