For 966 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Crumb
Lowest review score: 12 Jawbreaker
Score distribution:
966 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The crucifixion is the strongest such scene of all time. [26 Aug 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    This is a great movie, but it needs a sales job because it's in Mandarin.
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    A premier boxing movie and a forceful Depression remembrance for the socially conscious, Cinderella Man also ices it for stargazers that Russell Crowe is the dominant screen actor working today.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    A perfect fit between filmmaker (Memento's Christopher Nolan) and material (Norway's same-name psycho-chiller from 1997), this remake gets all there is to get out of a peculiar premise with promise.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    This is a building-block movie: Its stand-out excellence becomes apparent only gradually.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    If artist R. (Robert) Crumb can dispense immediately with his resume in Terry Zwigoff's superb Crumb, we can, too. [21 Apr 1995]
    • USA Today
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Nothing in John McNaughton's script and direction is exploitative; there isn't a frame of wasted action in what may well remain the year's most tightly constructed movie. As such, you're with this qualified classic all the way, you believe in it all the way, and you're thus forced to take its sporadic atrocities seriously. How many movies (and how long has it been since we've seen one) have really pulled this off? [20 April 1990, p.4D]
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The generally faithful script is by Anne Rice herself, the director is "The Crying Game"'s Neil Jordan, and both seem true to themselves and as true as they can be to artistic and visceral expectations. [11Nov1994 Pg. 01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    One of the rare sports films that devotes extensive screen time to heartbreaking losses is full of other surprises as well. [13 Oct 1994, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    At 65, Boorman flawlessly handles his actors and expertly orchestrates action in one of the widest-looking black-and-white Panavision frames since 1967's In Cold Blood. [18 Dec 1998, p.13E]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    A contender for the year's best film.
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Despite the film's sporadic lulls, both director and star are on full beam. The first and third hours of this 20th-century epic are as dazzling as big-scale movies get.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The movie is so fun that it wouldn't need the mystery to be top-notch entertainment.
    • USA Today
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    A movie this diminutive can be easily oversold, but we might see it on some year-end best lists. It eats at you, just like renewed love.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The best news the G rating has had since the ratings system was instituted in 1968.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The only things missing from making this showdown worthy of a Western is Murrow's sheriff's badge, a dusty street and maybe a spittoon for McCarthy's infamous invectives.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    His (Cameron) movie may not be perfect, but visually and viscerally, it pretty well is.
    • 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
    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
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    It's at once funny, exciting, tearful and tuneful. [13 Nov 1991, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    The rawest, most sustained screen portrayal of 20th century combat.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Emma is the peak of the recent Austen pack and a star-maker, too -- an antidote to a summer in which even good movies have subordinated writing and characters to special effects. [02 Aug 1996, Pg.01.D]
    • 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
    • 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

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