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 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 Hoop Dreams
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
Score distribution:
941 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A movie just good enough to keep nurturing rooting interest as you watch it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A Little Princess is the first of its progeny to blend brains with entertainment. This stylish sleeper easily outpaces the studio's starchy updates of "Black Beauty" and "The Secret Garden", and even betters Shirley Temple's 1939 take on Frances Hodgson Burnett's Princess perennial. [18 May 1995, 12D.]
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Even at its best, Adaptation is one of the movie year's most esoteric outings -- more so than even Paul Thomas Anderson's far superior "Punch-drunk Love." Too smart to ignore but a little too smugly superior to like, this could be a movie that ends up slapping its target audience in the face by shooting itself in the foot.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Welcome to the Dollhouse does, with accessible dark comedy and chilling honesty, reminding us right off that school-cafeteria agonies only begin with the cuisine. [24 May 1996 Pg.04.D]
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The gritty, Oscar-nominated "Traffic" is a limo ride compared with the bloodletting in this year's foreign-film nominee from Mexico.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A smooth mix of humanism and keen filmmaking instincts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Landed exactly the right actors for a script that already gets points for respecting its teenage characters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    If it isn't flawless, neither is "Fantasia"... Here's a live-action/animated marvel with no screen antecedent; “Chinatown” may actually come closest. [22 June 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    After watching Pfeiffer and Day-Lewis submerge molten 19th-century sparks here, it is now conceivable that Scorsese could make compelling cinema out of “Three Blind Mice.” [17 Sept 1993, Life, p.1D]
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    I enjoyed everything about Moonstruck except for its meandering mid-section. On cassette, with vino accompaniment, it may seem perfect. In theaters, with a diet drink, it still rates as the holiday sleeper. [18 Dec 1987]
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This is the kind of well-made movie you wish well but you don't particularly wish to see again.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A good little movie dominated by a great central performance that's likely to endure. [30 Jan 1998, p.D2]
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Bout No. 2 is among the best closed-quarters screen fights ever, as good as (and longer than) Frank Sinatra vs. Henry Silva in The Manchurian Candidate. And Hannah does more for an eyepatch than anyone since the late Israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    This is the kind of people-driven story that the movies used to give us - before special effects took over.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A movie that rudely flings feces at the breakfast table isn't for everyone.
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Deliberately downbeat, it's best as a two-person character study, stumbling a bit whenever it extends its parameters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The borderline Parenthood is either an iffy comedy with lots of compensations, or a good comedy with more irritating flaws than most movies manage to survive. Whichever, the "feel good'' infantry of summer-film escapists will probably love it. [2 Aug 1989, p.5D]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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]
    • USA Today
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A daring movie in today's current climate - one likely to be remembered at year's end. [18 Oct 1989]
    • USA Today
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    More than any other example in recent memory, Chicago shows how much the element of surprise is missing from today's movies.
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Irritates in the early going when many of the current-day interviews are so intentionally underlighted that we can't see what the group members look like.
    • USA Today
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Violence is in the spirit of the hardest-hitting film noir offerings from the '50s, but far more explicit. It's also in the spirit of the Western.
    • 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
    And novel insights notwithstanding, this is a plain old good movie, too.

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