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

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Straight Story
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
Score distribution:
942 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Romantic comedies with two low-key leads can be asking for trouble, but one senses that the actors must have clicked on some fundamental level.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    It's the actor/director's best movie - and the best Western by anybody in over 20 years. [7 Aug 1992]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    It's a case of actors and strong writing coming together, and it's uncommon in contemporary movies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A 2-hour classic wrongfully stretched into three.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    If Martin Scorsese's staggeringly ambitious one-of-a-kind finally has too many flaws to be great, it has as much greatness in it as any movie this year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Though less than the sum of its brilliant parts, the Coens' latest will still be must viewing in 32 years. [21 Aug 1991]
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Has enough tasty bait to satisfy an array of moviegoers: Burton fans, Albert Finney fans, fans of tall tales well spun by experts and fans of movies that don't look like any other.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    In just three months, Wincer has gone from one of the worst IMAX movies ever (The Young Black Stallion) to one of the best. This time, and in all ways, he has more horsepower.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Bill re-establishes that Tarantino ranks with "Boogie Nights'" Paul Thomas Anderson as one of the few Hollywood filmmakers of the past 25 years with the stuff to win a lifetime achievement award.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A super cast injects it with Teddy Roosevelt vitality. [17 Nov 1995, p.D1]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This is a filmmaker who instinctively knows that a shot of Santa sitting at a bar as Ricky Nelson sings Jingle Bells will be no-frills funny.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This is one movie in which you don't feel the long-ish running time, in part because there always seems to be a surprise (as well as a new street guerrilla) around every corner.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This is a very funny picture, though it's never burlesqued and is, in fact, occasionally poignant.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Linney is a match for Neeson, and the only thing that might keep Lithgow from getting a supporting-Oscar nomination is the brevity of the part.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Ray
    Ray could not have been made without star Jamie Foxx.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    It plays even more like a bent version of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" for the new millennium. Slinging a line of bull but displaying genuine affection for the youngsters he's bamboozling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    In a possible breakthrough role, Law would seem to be the big winner.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A long movie that almost wears out its 21/4-hour welcome, yet it's full of surprises.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Shake it all up and you get Collateral, a movie with only one conceivable flaw: its disinclination to break new ground, though no one held that against "The Fugitive" more than a decade of Augusts ago.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The rap sequences are shot and edited with the excitement of a crisply broadcast sporting event, which in a way they are.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Doesn't sound like a very prepossessing title, but prepare to be taken aback by "what's in a name." [6 July 1994, Life, p.1D]
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The one movie families search for every Christmas for an outing, the way "Something's Gotta Give" was last year and "Jerry Maguire" was in 1996.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This is a rare twisted crowd-pleaser for longtime fans as well as novices -- or for those that don't know an arachnid from an insect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A cool and clinical reportorial remembrance whose very title reminds us who Solanas was. [3 May 1996, p. 10D]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Breakdown exploits so many traditional thriller situations that any suspense fan vet can easily devote a hand to counting off the predecessors it plunders. [02May1997 Pg 12.D]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Lumet (who also wrote the script) seems to feed on lousy cop-precinct furniture, political showboating and confrontations between street-savvy adversaries played by synergic actors. [16May1997 Pg.01.D]
    • 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]