For 1,023 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Cinderella Man
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
Score distribution:
1023 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    JFK
    JFK is provocative, a technical primer and an ensemble treat with unusually well- realized star cameos. [20 Dec 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Fortunately, a movie that needs some levity gets a comic boost from William H. Macy as a fictional racing handicapper from the golden days of radio. As if training a horse, Macy cues us to laugh every time he's on screen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Shot in semidocumentary fashion, it builds to a more visceral climax than one initially expects. [26Nov1997 Pg.09.D]
    • USA Today
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Thornton is excellent and now seems genetically incapable of being anything less than great in any role he takes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Knoxville is functional only when the movie needs a bravura comic performance, but The Ringer is easy enough to take.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Ultimately, this film is more interesting than rousing; missing is a John Ford-ian wealth of idiosyncratic characters. [9 Nov 1990, Life, 4D]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    To its credit, the ravenously awaited film version of Presumed Innocent should engross and reward two distinct audiences: Those who've read Scott Turow's 1987 best seller, and those who haven't. But remember: Engross and reward isn't quite synonymous with a cinematic trip to the moon. [27 July 1990]
    • USA Today
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Passable but never exciting, Heist is on a level with those minor Burt Lancaster action pics the actor's name helped bankroll in the '70s.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    All three actors give it their all, but Monaghan stands out with a sexy yet oddly down-to-earth variation on the Midwest girl gone wrong, thanks partly to a dark dysfunctional family secret.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    If Martin Scorsese's staggeringly ambitious one-of-a-kind finally has too many flaws to be great, it has as much greatness in it as any movie this year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Even when there are lulls, the emotions seem authentic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A chilly oddball that's easier to admire than love.
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Few filmmakers of the past 20 years have mesmerized as much in their use of crisp, color-drenched photography.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    It's also as good as "Out of Africa."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This is one inspiring movie despite extremely tricky subject matter -- better than "Shine" and among the most affecting ever made about co-existing with mental demons.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This is economy of style that Americans get only in Woody Allen movies -- and even that's not a guarantee.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Part of the appeal is the underlying theme of the torch being passed between generations. Think how disappointing it would have been had Dana become an insurance actuary instead of a surfing filmmaker.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This time, he (Ang Lee) has Kevin Kline, Joan Allen and Sigourney Weaver trudging through ice both emotional and literal -- an omnipresent metaphor but not one unduly sledgehammered. [26 September 1997, pg. 1 D}
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    For all its inconsistencies, this is Smith's most provocative outing yet and certainly the toughest to forget.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    It's fairly solid fun, though, without breaking any new ground, just as January's remake of "Assault on Precinct 13" was.
    • 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

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