For 993 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Straight Story
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
993 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Overproduced and essentially charmless.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The movie is repetitious in some ways and superficial in others. But though Penn doesn't always seem to know where he's going, his movie doesn't altogether miss its destination. [15 Nov 1995, Pg.05.D]
    • USA Today
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Tolerably tepid.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Were some group to launch a rival to the Oscars called The Wackys, it could do worse than make crazed Crazy its first recipient.
    • USA Today
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    There will always be an audience for the escapist rewards this type of movie always dangles.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Mediocre terrorist melodrama turned even punier by real-life events, and that's before we scratch our heads at its lead-actor choice.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The movie, though, is more of the same: another current comedy with want-to-see elements that fails to deliver the goods. [01 Jul 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Valiant is voiced by Robots' Ewan McGregor, an actor apparently no longer in a "Trainspotting" mood.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The latest picture to give you the sense that Hollywood filmmakers simply plucked another old pop-tune title ripe for ripping off, then were shaken by the rude reality of coming up with a script to jerry-build around it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    A rote variation on Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper that is marginally salvaged by those spunky Olsen twins from ABC's Full House. [17 Nov 1995]
    • USA Today
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    For a story that centers on intrigue in high places, the few even halfway-grabbing scenes come from the mild if unexplored sexual tension between co-Caine sleuthers Tilda Swinton and Jeremy Northam.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The Chamber merits some respect for daring to be gloomy, for facing the capital punishment issue head-on and for the quality of Gene Hackman's performance. [11 October 1996, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    By the time you've given up guessing whether S.W.A.T. wants to be a half-serious action pic or just affably jokey, its storytelling has turned so ludicrously melodramatic that it doesn't matter.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    A blanket indictment like this has to be either satirically trenchant or a roundhouse punch to the gut. Tom Matthews' script takes a mushy middle ground, and the result seems less mad than just a bit addled or hacked off. [07Nov1997 Pg08.D]
    • USA Today
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The sentiments here are thoroughly semper fi, but the result occasionally works at cross-purposes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Of course, The Rock looks the part, though with a headband and buckskin, he'd also look like Tonto on steroids.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The script is so bereft of real surprises that it's best to keep the lid on what few there are.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Flimsy little comedy unworthy of its portentous title.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    It's an extravaganza worth seeing once -- and maybe later on DVD.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Though there's something mildly disarming about a movie this unpretentious, a few more like it might end up turning The Rock into a TV actor.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    It's tough to think of another child-adult pairing in a long screen tradition with so little emotional kick.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The plunk-ing of a rap/disco soundtrack onto a movie about debtors' prisons and 18th century British highwaymen?
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Spike Lee deserved a vacation after putting himself through the grueling emotions of Clockers, but Girl 6 is too flimsy to excuse even as cinematic R&R. Frenetic but lazily conceived, it's like one of those puny low-budget toss-offs Brian De Palma used to spring on us when he thought nobody was looking. [22 Mar 1996, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Mary Reilly, a perversely courageous disaster that audiences will simply hate. [23 Feb 1996]
    • USA Today
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    The civilized running time and breezy editing between scattershot plot threads keep the attention in a superficial way, and it would be misstating the case to deny that the movie has some chuckles (the kind that don't linger).
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Superstars usually avoid movies this spiritless, and it's tough to believe anyone could read this script and fail to realize the movie wouldn't end up going anywhere.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    It's asking a lot of audiences to spend nearly two hours with characters as screen-unfriendly as the ones played by Biggs and Ricci, though both actors (and especially Ricci) do what they're asked to do.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Tested my own love of the game more than anything since the time Roseanne screeched the national anthem.
    • USA Today
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Becomes a little more compelling as it progresses because Lisa Kudrow (as the straight-arrow first Mrs. Holmes, who halfway stood with him despite her disgust) ends up being surprisingly well cast. She engages in some very un-Friends-like fiery exchanges that also give Kilmer his best scenes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    One hesitates to call David Cronenberg's movie of David Henry Hwang's Tony-winning play conventional or tame, but certainly it is zestless given a filmmaker whose last three outings have been "The Fly," "Dead Ringers" and "Naked Lunch." [01 Oct 1993]
    • USA Today

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