For 954 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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Chicago
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
954 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    May be a spectacularly awful movie, but it's also spectacularly drenched in color, décor and other visual oh-la-la.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Usually, I'm as slow as the pacing of a movie in figuring out who's done it. If you can't solve this mystery with an hour to go (as I did), better call for a transfusion so a better type of blood will start flowing to your brain.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Neither the actors nor their characters engender much affection.
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Coy to a fault, the movie collapses under its own weight with 90 minutes to go, despite Robby Muller's impressive black-and-white photography, which puts the film on a higher artistic plane than other equally unbearable movies. [16 May 1996, Pg.06.D]
    • USA Today
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    The movie runs just 80 minutes, but it's enough time for doldrums to set in when nifty special effects and funny verbal exchanges are out grabbing a smoke. [19 Feb 1993, Life, p.5D]
    • USA Today
    • 56 Metascore
    • 12 Mike Clark
    Hopped-up Falling Down is a technically proficient grabber that exploits white-male angst while adeptly juggling two stories filmed in contrasting styles. Slick, maybe facile, and with a nasty streak, it is nonetheless 1993's first consistently engrossing movie. [26 Feb 1993, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    There's no substitute for bad taste. And this one has it double-barreled, both in the timing of its release and as a movie, one said to be loosely based on fact.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    If Gooding can't get another "Boyz N the Hood" or "Jerry Maguire" soon, his career will need its own cork.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Begins sinking in the shallow end almost at once.
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    This one's aimed at those airheads who, like George, have been swinging on a grapevine and slamming into too many trees. [16 July 1997, p. 3D]
    • USA Today
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    One of the most violent opening scenes in screen history…Yet given such a visually adept exercise, the rest seems transparently off-the-cuff. There are obese trailer-camp porn stars, heavenly visions, a climactic rendition of Love Me Tender and no-point references to The Wizard of Oz - all of which top this two-hour farrago like a soggy tarp. [17 Aug 1990, Life, 4D]
    • USA Today
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Live dies around the time Carpenter allows 10 minutes of gratuitous Piper-David eye-gouging, an apparent bone to wrestling fans. Forget the amusing premise; a full crate of magic glasses couldn't make this a bearable movie. [7 Nov 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Couldn't be murkier or less emotionally involving if it were "The Matrix 8," a natural observation because Keanu Reeves stars in both.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Inventing the Abbotts would be a lot more fun were it a trashy Troy Donahue-Diane McBain vehicle ground out by Warner Bros. in 1960, the year this hormonally motivated high school-college romance mercifully concludes. [4 April 1997, p. 4D]
    • USA Today
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    There are only so many times you can see a slow-motion kickboxing scene or a figure sail off a skyscraper before you want to spend a nice, cozy evening with the Dead Sea Scrolls.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Timecop's conversation piece is the scene in which Van Damme springs into the air amid hand-to-hand combat, finessing a perfect split atop his kitchen counter. Though definitely ooo-and-aaah stuff, it falls short of landing Timecop the 3-star review earned here by Van Damme's Hard Target. [16 Sep 1994, p.5D]
    • USA Today
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Just about any golden age Hollywood hack could have made a zestier drama about one of the greatest rescue missions in U.S. military history.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    xXx
    All you get here for paid admission is a long and terrific avalanche scene -- state of the art, no question. Then it's over and ready to melt away, much like memories of this movie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    This come-down of a series capper is so arch and pompous amid its clanks and collisions that you can only snicker at the verbal wind that obscures the din of marauding machinery.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Sometimes laughably incoherent.
    • USA Today
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Michelle Pfeiffer has made a lot of memorable movies, including many that undeservedly failed to connect with the public. Never, until Dangerous Minds, has she had to flail her way through a movie beyond all redemption, including even the prehistoric "Grease 2". [11 Aug 1995, Pg.04.D]
    • USA Today
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    The young Pigeon turks who no doubt think they've made a hip black comedy should be forced to see it in a theater of non-sycophants, where only an occasional exasperated exhale signifies the audience isn't dead yet. [25 Sept 1998]
    • USA Today
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    This movie is a howler as well -- possibly even intentionally -- but if it is a black comedy, the joke is overextended by far too many arms and legs. [19 March 1999, Life, p. 13E]
    • USA Today
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Saw
    Becomes exceedingly disgusting when it wallows in the psychological torture of a child, a no-no under any circumstances.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Why would a distributor suddenly yank an animated family film from its intended wide December opening until mid-January? Could it be that the advance word of mouth wasn't very good-winked?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Long, lumbering, pretentious and for some a possible laff riot. [23 Dec 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    The movie tries to juggle motherly love sentiment with wanna-be snappy ripostes with a violent streak that extends to threatening a grade-schooler with blinding and busted kneecaps. [11 Oct 1996, Pg.03.D]
    • USA Today
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Dead-carcass spinoff of Jay Ward's animated TV favorite.
    • USA Today
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Wow, dudes. Pu-trid. (1989 February 20, p.4D)
    • USA Today
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Almost everyone in this has done better, and those who haven't, like young Ms. Panettiere, have plenty of time to do so.

Top Trailers