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 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
Score distribution:
942 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This grade-A sleeper sends you out with an unexpected smile. [25 Nov 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    If Silver is superb, Irons is transcendent. As some forgotten comic once said of George Sanders: A grapefruit wouldn't dare squirt in his eye. [17 Oct 1990]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    It's also as good as "Out of Africa."
    • 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
    Overstuffed but exuberantly humane.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This sleek adaptation of James Ellroy's dauntingly complex novel has the black-and-white tabloid soul of an old "Confidential" magazine.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A Hitchcockian chase...A crowd-pleasing airport-pursuit pic. [27 Dec 1995, p.D1]
    • USA Today
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    So original that it'll be years before a major filmmaker attempts another one. We're talking black-belt cult-movie status here. [30 Mar 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The plan in A Simple Plan grows exponentially complex once the first dollar is purloined, an act that makes this unpretentious parable one of the season's better 'what's-going-to-happen-next?' movies.
    • USA Today
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This thorough original is a wall-to-wall exercise in gallows humor, a movie whose full funny/sad effect doesn't hit until you reflect upon the subject and the cast of characters.
    • USA Today
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Kline is one of the rare major actors not afraid to look like hell. And given his character's plight, his willingness to get physically unpleasant matches the emotion he brings to the part.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Twenty years ago, you could view early works of big-splash directors and often tell where they were coming from - or going. Yet Soderbergh and his debut project are mysteries. What can possibly come next? You won't be able to drag me out of line opening night. [4 Aug 1989, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A smooth mix of humanism and keen filmmaking instincts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Not since Tuesday Weld in "Pretty Poison" has an actress so played off her fresh-faced beauty for such pointed black-comic effect.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    One of the most challenging movies in years.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    True to the book's squalor but also finding honest humor where it can.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    There is enough mirthful good will generated to justify even another sequel. May we suggest: "License to Shag," "You Only Shag Twice" or "Thundershag."
    • USA Today
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    You get the sense that there's probably more to the story than you get here. But the movie's moral will soon be indelible: You just can't fake it in the Internet age.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Despite its title, Punch-Drunk Love is never heavy-handed. The jabs it employs are short, carefully placed and dead-center.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Paradis is a most striking subject, but the movie is a winner as well, starting with a story full of black-comic possibilities exploited fully by the great French director Patrice Leconte.
    • USA Today
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    At its best, hard-hitting grown-up cinema (rare these days) and a movie blessed with a villain (Big Tobacco) for which all gloves can be removed and heaved into the next county.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A movie that rudely flings feces at the breakfast table isn't for everyone.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The picture is solidly crafted, performed to the hilt and full of humor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A summer crowd-pleaser worthy of its wind.
    • USA Today
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The result is almost enough to make an audience levitate.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    As for the breathless 45-minute climax, no screen fantasy adventure in memory can match the showmanship.
    • USA Today
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Uniformly robust acting puts still more feathers in the caps of Rush, Winslet and Caine.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Accessibly brainy screen charmer.