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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    With his coolly objective moon's-eye view serving a story that's bizarre by even his long-established career standards, the great documentarian Errol Morris examines the perils of vanity - though others will understandably make more sinister interpretations.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    One of the most challenging movies in years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A long movie that almost wears out its 21/4-hour welcome, yet it's full of surprises.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This is one of the best re-creations ever of the early-'50s Midwest. [11 Sept 1987, Life, p.3D]
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    An emotionally honest low-ebber that builds to a satisfying wrap-up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A robustly imaginative sleeper
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The movie grows on you, lingers in the mind and may pick up a cult. Take away Heat and Dust, Howards End and The Remains of the Day, and it's as satisfying as any movie the filmmaking team's ever made. [18 Sep 1998, Pg.03.E]
    • USA Today
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Though the music is helping market the movie, it's really an omnipresent backdrop to the two intersecting stories. Audibly and visibly, Kansas City nearly equals Ed Wood for period verisimilitude. Yet it's also character-driven, in particular by the women stars. [16 Aug 1996, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    An easy movie to pick apart, but it lives, breathes and switches moods from humor to despair better than any American release this year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The picture is solidly crafted, performed to the hilt and full of humor.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    So with its smart writing delivered by an in-synch quartet, savor Duplicity as the ideal spring gift.
    • 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]
    • USA Today
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Occasionally very funny, the picture tends to coast on its cosmetics. A first-rate script might have made it a twisted masterpiece.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Every movie year has one, and now it's Britain's Mike Leigh who's conjured up the professional reviewer's worst nightmare: the picture so original, well-acted and witty that it must be given its ample due - despite being heavy on components guaranteed to bum out all but the most frequent moviegoers. [23 Dec. 1993, p.5D]
    • USA Today
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Who, though, would assume rambunctious humor would be served up as well? Dickens meets the Beverly Hillbillies, and the movie is handsome, too. [10 May 1996, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    In a possible breakthrough role, Law would seem to be the big winner.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This giggle does for dog shows what Rob Reiner's "This Is Spinal Tap" (in which Guest plays Nigel Tufnel) did for heavy metal.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Thompson has had the good sense and sensitivity to get Austen right, while letting Winslet steal the show.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The result is almost enough to make an audience levitate.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Some of the movie's best scenes -- knockouts, in fact -- involve musical interludes.
    • 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]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Too lingeringly creepy to ignore. [23 Oct 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Unfaithful doesn't push the melodrama the way "Attraction" did, but it lingers in the mind as much.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A movie that is easily likable.
    • 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Hard Candy, a highly original psychological thriller/revenge fantasy, can be bitterly hard to take and uncomfortably intense, but it's well worth consuming.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    It's also as good as "Out of Africa."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Inside Deep Throat, an NC-17 documentary that deftly chronicles the fallout -- with about 15 seconds of hard-core footage -- has some surprise credits.
    • 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]
    • USA Today

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