For 954 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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Topsy-Turvy
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
954 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Though a tacked-on fisticuffs finale has its charms, it rather contradicts the preceding. Mere subtleties are beyond Stallone and returning Rocky I director John G. Avildsen. [16 Nov 1990, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Borderline amazing and borderline dull at the same time.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The beauty here is in the set-up, which offers Hugh Grant a role to match his star-making turn in "Four Weddings and a Funeral."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Intelligent but exasperating, its monotonous tone will wear down even viewers who started out in its corner. [27 Dec 1996]
    • USA Today
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Things move fast enough to make it a movie to enjoy and then forget.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Director David Fincher shovels on more gloom than even the serial killer genre can sustain in the murkily moody, but self-defeating, Seven.
    • 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
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Spacey's brazen casting isn't as beyond the pale as it ought to be. In fact, it's hard to imagine this strange and only occasionally successful movie without him.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    By contrast, other Hornby screen adaptations are "About a Boy" and "High Fidelity"- superb comedies both and, in Fidelity's case, a treatise on male obsession with far more depth and even more laughs.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    More amusing than a lot of expensive Hollywood comedies [26 February 1999, Life, p.5E]
    • USA Today
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Except for its muddier than necessary photography, there aren't any surprises, which probably won't matter to the target audience.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Excesses or not, I'm rabid to see this again. [10 Mar 1989, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Roll Bounce rates a friendly nod. If it doesn't exactly kick out the jams, it does move them around a little bit.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Full of love, Spaceballs is full of laughs; after 13 years of screen disappointments, Brooks has almost delivered another Young Frankenstein. May the box office be with it. [24 Jun 1987, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    This being Irving, the story straddles the sweet and the creepy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Pro orchestrator that he is, Altman at least gives the illusion of a three-ring circus, but he's working third-rate material without a net. [23 Dec 1994, p.10D]
    • USA Today
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Though he's highly irresponsible, this Alfie is not quite a calculating heel, which makes the material go down easier while blunting the point.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie is shrewd by giving the bulk of its piggish dialogue to Alexander, an actor incapable of projecting genuine cruelty on screen.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    James Coburn plays father in what may be the best performance of his career. [30 December 1998, Life, p.3D]
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Though the plot ends up taking some potentially compelling twists, its telling always feels manipulative.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Director Iain Softley employs intriguing camera angles to heighten some of the suspense. It's too bad the movie goes over the top and falls apart in the last third.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A daring movie in today's current climate - one likely to be remembered at year's end. [18 Oct 1989]
    • USA Today
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The story doesn't exactly startle with surprises and has a tendency to hammer and rehammer its points.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Seeing this movie won't get you into MIT, but it's passable fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Because De Niro's performance is aptly ''Scorsese-aggressive'' while Crystal effectively underplays, one can easily sit through this bottom-line disappointment with a smile painted on, waiting for belly laughs that rarely come. [5 Mar 1999]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Things will not be a big concession-stand movie because the floating heart is our introduction to a cottage industry we hope won't catch on. It is dirtier than pretty, yet Frears finds beauty in the telling.

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