For 953 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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Do the Right Thing
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
953 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    As a successful careerist who tries purging his neuroses in a coin-operated batting cage, Crystal is funny enough to keep Ryan from all-out stealing the film. She, though, is smashing in an eye-opening performance, another tribute to Reiner's flair with actors. [12 July 1989, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Heat is in the cop-movie pantheon with Akira Kurosawa's "High and Low," and that's as "right" as the genre gets.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The film is, however, almost inevitably wistful for the past, and many of its emotional touches come from juxtaposed then-and-now footage of the participants.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    An unusually knowing movie from filmmakers of any age, both in its coldly clinical viewpoint and assured filmmaking style that even puts fresh spin on a routine police interrogation. [26 May 1993, Life, p.8D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Its premise is so promising that you long for more than Arteta's low-key approach can deliver.
    • USA Today
    • 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
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Uneven but also unflaggingly lively, the movie presents F. Murray Abraham as a corseted and bewigged Stalin in expository bits whose broadness recalls the Billy Wilder-scripted Soviet satires ("Ninotchka" and "One, Two, Three") without being as funny. [16 May 1997, Pg.02.D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    There are some notable oddballs in the filmmaking debut of performance artist Miranda July, whose lead performance in this Sundance winner for "originality" is the most appealing thing about it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    In contrast to big-screen bummers we see every week, this movie conveys genuine sorrow.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    With Todd Haynes' direction suggesting a Twilight Zone full court press, this uncommonly rigid movie is either bloodlessly objective or so subtly droll that the joke is beyond comprehension. But given that Haynes previously utilized a cast of Barbie dolls in the brazenly daring Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, it's tempting to give him the benefit of the doubt. [21 June 1995, p.7D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Both the material and the way it's delivered by the movie's comic quartet are so funny.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Michael Mann , directs with his standard prejudice toward the sheer physical. The result, almost musical, has only a couple recent movie precedents. [25 Sep 1992, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Emperor is like Full Metal Jacket - uneven, fuzzy, imperfect, and one of the reasons the movies were invented. [20 Nov 1987, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Bottom-line funny, often convulsively so. [2 Dec 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Catch offers mild fun but never as much as its animated '60s-retro opening credits portend. They're the cutest of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    In a possible breakthrough role, Law would seem to be the big winner.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A case of smart and talented people trying to jam a Cold War square into a Gulf War circle. You can feel the chafing, to say nothing of the burden this capably crafted shrug has taken on.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    As close as anything could be to a light Mamet comedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Warren Beatty's uproariously rude Bulworth is 90% triumph.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Secret isn't the usual romp, but it's Almodovar's most committed work in years. [7 Mar 1996]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Even at its best, Ride never survives its shaky opening hook.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    This being Irving, the story straddles the sweet and the creepy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    No, it isn't the slick and unfocused "Anywhere but Here," where mom and daughter choose Beverly Hills. Instead, it's the more modest and in most cases preferable Tumbleweeds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Paradis is a most striking subject, but the movie is a winner as well, starting with a story full of black-comic possibilities exploited fully by the great French director Patrice Leconte.
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Viewers who like clean storytelling may not be happy. Those who savor ironic wrap-ups will be.

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