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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Cold and cut to the bone, the film is a primer in screen virtuosity. Standard action film clichés, like a face getting hit with a chair, get turned inside out; both film and actors somehow manage to seem realistic and stylized at the same time. [21 Sept 1990, Life, p.6D]
    • USA Today
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    One of the year's best movies and certainly its most delightful screen surprise.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Though Weaver is by all accounts (mine included) in the real-life “none-nicer'” class, I've always suspected she might be great as a shrew. She is. [21 Dec 1988, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The most provocative miscarried-justice movie ever. [26 Aug 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The chief delight is Kasdan. “Body Heat” was appropriately slick, but “The Big Chill” and “Silverado” too much so. Tourist is edgier - also the work of a genuine craftsman. Frankly, I didn't think Kasdan had it in him. [23 Dec 1988, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 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
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    This is a fascinating movie experience. [30 June 1989, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    This definitive "life goes on" movie does what Altman does best: juggle 22 characters, deftly switch moods, and offer a comlex warts-and-all characters whose lives seem to extend beyond the screen. Few movies attempt this; Fewer succeed. [1 Oct 1993]
    • USA Today
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Produced by HBO but too good not to play theaters, this soon-to-be minor classic is the best movie about society's untrendiest since "Ghost World" exactly two years ago.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Campion's script is very well received, but the film finally makes it on cinematics: bleakly beautiful photography, haunting score, and good acting. [12 Nov 1993]
    • USA Today
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Black Hawk turns nightmare into great cinema.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    More than any other example in recent memory, Chicago shows how much the element of surprise is missing from today's movies.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    It's hard to recall the last movie that has left such an emotionally searing question dangling in the mind: "What if ... ?"
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Though his film is like no other baseball movie, it may remind you of Paul Newman's hockey comedy Slap Shot: a knowing look at sport's underbelly - punctuated by jelly-belly laughs. [15 June 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    After watching Pfeiffer and Day-Lewis submerge molten 19th-century sparks here, it is now conceivable that Scorsese could make compelling cinema out of “Three Blind Mice.” [17 Sept 1993, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    If it isn't flawless, neither is "Fantasia"... Here's a live-action/animated marvel with no screen antecedent; “Chinatown” may actually come closest. [22 June 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Blethyn is so astonishing that you forget you're seeing a performance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Forman finesses the story's grimmer aspects as he did in "Cuckoo's Nest," and his ability to switch moods on a dime remains unsurpassed.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The film now seems both mellowed and --thanks in part to the most vibrant-looking prints in its 22-year history -- revitalized.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Happily, there's nothing to misconstrue about the film: It's fabulous.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    An instant classic, an Oscar-worthy showcase for Jeremy Irons, and a tightrope ballet over dicey screen material… A subtle movie - and thus a disturbing one. Like “Vertigo,” “The Night of the Hunter,” “Repulsion” and a few others, it finds beauty in morbidity - then nags you to come back for a second dose. [23 Sept 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The best news the G rating has had since the ratings system was instituted in 1968.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    His (Cameron) movie may not be perfect, but visually and viscerally, it pretty well is.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    A precisely modulated and mostly mesmerizing 2¾-hour suspense movie, in part because it's one of the most bravely disturbing screen works ever attempted about thoughts withheld by even the most devoted marriage partners and the ramifications of voicing them.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The movie is so fun that it wouldn't need the mystery to be top-notch entertainment.
    • USA Today
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Great cinema - and also a whopping good time. [19 September 1990, 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Not since "Memento" has a movie served up such a provocative mind-bender, and the Sundance winner by first-time filmmaker Andrew Jarecki has the advantage of being true.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Stripped of all bravado, Cruise delivers a raw and probably detractor-proof performance. Spielberg does what he did right in creating a novel milieu for "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," but this time the writing is fresher and anything but unwieldy.

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