For 942 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 Do the Right Thing
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
942 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    It's likely to be overrated by some and underrated by others, and both contingents will be wrong. One can't, however, overrate the performances, with auntie ruling the roost in more ways than one. [29 Mar 1996, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Even in the classiest movie summer of the decade, Mob is destined to demand respect for Pfeiffer. [19 Aug 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Girls isn't fabulous, but you do feel its characters really have connected.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The film is an impressive effort, yet often a trying one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Aside from the "Nutty Professor," this is the funniest Murphy comedy since the Reagan Administration.
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Despite Thurman's unlikely role, she's rather appealing with De Niro, but the De Niro-Murray chemistry isn't convincing. Murray, a breeze in Groundhog Day, seems tensed up here; the film, long on the shelf and with long-shot cult potential, brings no discredit upon its makers, but no glory either. [5 Mar 1993, p.5D]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Mike Nichols may never direct another ground-breaking movie, but even with bit performers he is still Mike Midas. Leads and lesser players alike have pointed things to say in this solid, not great, entertainment; if you think this is a movie for you - it probably is. [12 Sep 1990, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The movie wouldn't be imaginable without its commanding star. Nicholson is in virtually every scene underplaying to great effect
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    It's a sweet tale, but the movie's real subject is Zhang, the camera's muse that the lens adores.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Thing's opening hour is fast-paced, though not fast enough to obscure the reality that "American Graffiti" and "Diner" had sharper writing and certainly more psychological depth. [04 Oct 1996, Pg.01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    This Lynch-ian knockoff is moodily monotonal, but the sameness is wearying.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Glum and preachy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The warden implores the prisoners to relinquish their weapons, and out of the cells come flying a zillion blades of all sizes. In a Mel Brooks movie, this bit would be funny. Here, it sums up the chilling situation in five seconds.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Shake it all up and you get Collateral, a movie with only one conceivable flaw: its disinclination to break new ground, though no one held that against "The Fugitive" more than a decade of Augusts ago.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Lee captures the despair, self-delusion, occasional terror and frequent humor of a praised and popular novel, aided by the potent acting his direction virtually guarantees. [13 Sep 1995, p.01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Beguiling Victoriana. [18 July 1997, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This movie doesn't make you think you are watching art. It's closer to a high-end TV movie with lots of familiar faces.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The finale, which utilizes vintage home movies to show us the real people we've just seen portrayed, packs a wallop. [19 February 1999, Life, p.13E]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    It says something that during a scene in which nude chorines are turned into a fleshy backdrop, you spend as much time looking at your watch as what's on screen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Uniformly robust acting puts still more feathers in the caps of Rush, Winslet and Caine.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Damon convincingly matches Williams recrimination for recrimination in this portrayal of mutual tough love, even with the latter giving what may be the best performance of his career.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The early going -- say, an hour -- is spent in a fatigued daze. A few powerful jabs eventually punch things up.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    One of the best football movies ever, Nights in the end celebrates the game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    In a role as tailor-made for him as the story is for its writer and director, Nicolas Cage anchors the movie with one of his best performances.
    • USA Today
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This may be the most uncompromisingly raw police drama since "Across 110th Street," starring Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    With a little sex, some mystery, a little sex, an appealing title and a little sex, France's Swimming Pool has what it takes to become an art house audience magnet, especially amid the heat of summer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    It's all very slight and only sporadically amusing, and it makes Allen's "Celebrity" from last year look even more underrated than it already is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Yet because this adaptation of Franz Lidz's childhood memoir is odd enough and even stylish enough to attract a small following, you might want to weigh my ingrained dyspepsia before electing not to see it. [15 Sep 1995]
    • USA Today
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The most powerful of all recent wayward-youth sagas; indeed, it's tough to recall the last such drama that packed as much emotional clout.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Half-factual, half-fanciful and all funny, this labor of love is also unexpectedly touching. [28 September 1994, Life, p.5D]
    • USA Today

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