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
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Clint Eastwood remains a competent, rather than distinctive, film maker, but he obviously respects the material. Bird is essentially factual, and we come to understand why so many other musicians thought shooting heroin might enable them to transfer [Charlie Parker]'s genius to themselves. [26 Sept 1988, p. 4D]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    A contender for the year's best film.
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Crisp craftsmanship has fashioned a great day at the movies from the worst day of Ralph Kramden's life. [10 Jun 1994 Pg. 01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    As inspiring as the story wants to be, its real drama is mired around the edges, where we get a sense of what it is really like to be born into a brothel.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Things will not be a big concession-stand movie because the floating heart is our introduction to a cottage industry we hope won't catch on. It is dirtier than pretty, yet Frears finds beauty in the telling.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Too lingeringly creepy to ignore. [23 Oct 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    It's a hoary Chinatown knock-off wrapped in a seductively novel black-culture veneer, with a dash of Laura added for bad measure. [29 Sept 1995, p.01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    We accept the sincerity and altruistic motives of the aging loner he (Philip Baker Hall) portrays in this consciously spare Nevada-set sleeper. [13 March 1997, p. 8D]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Indeed, Eve's milieu is fresh and specific enough to make even Jackson subordinate to Kasi Lemmons, the writer (and sometimes actress) who dreamed up this story for her directorial debut. [07Nov1997 Pg08.D]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    A perfect fit between filmmaker (Memento's Christopher Nolan) and material (Norway's same-name psycho-chiller from 1997), this remake gets all there is to get out of a peculiar premise with promise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    [A] socially conscious sprawler... Sayles' latest never bores during its 21/4-hour unreeling. But neither does it soar, despite finessing a complex flashback narrative set in 1957 and present-day. [21 June 1996, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The "Age of Innocence" oozes anthropological dazzle, but Dazed and Confused may some day rate its own Smithsonian showings for clinically re-creating the High School Experience 1976. [20 Sept 1993]
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Crystal is such a panic - and normally uptight Patinkin is so attractively relaxed as a Spanish swordsman - that Bride's charms just can't be ignored. [25 Sept 1987]
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Truth is, Idaho is nothing but set pieces; tossed into a mix whose meaning is almost certainly private. [27 Sept 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Despite the film's sporadic lulls, both director and star are on full beam. The first and third hours of this 20th-century epic are as dazzling as big-scale movies get.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie falls short of achieving its apparent goal: being the "Raging Bull" of the art world.
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    An emotionally honest low-ebber that builds to a satisfying wrap-up.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    If Hairspray is clean and sweet, don't cry sellout. Taken as a pointed burlesque of a serious racial issue, this is what Spike Lee's School Daze should have been. It's also a PG (for "Pretty Darn Good'') simply on its own.
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Overstuffed but exuberantly humane.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Look out for everything, and listen, too, because Suspects is one of the most densely plotted mysteries in memory.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The most imperfect of the year's best movies, Magnolia's flaws are easily forgiven because they are the result of go-for-broke ambition.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Heathers was such a black-comic revelation that Pump Up the Volume comes as a double surprise. What were the odds, particularly this early in his career, that Christian Slater would end up starring in two of the best high school movies ever? [22 Aug 1990, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This one looks like a sure bet for seven weeks (at least) of audience good fortune.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Some of the movie's best scenes -- knockouts, in fact -- involve musical interludes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The longer the movie drones on, the queasier it gets. [6 June 1997, Life, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Despite an 87-minute running time, the movie takes a long time to get rolling, and even fellow Leigh enthusiasts may wonder whether the payoff is worth it, though reaction could well divide along sexual lines. [7 Aug 1997, p.3D]
    • USA Today

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