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

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Ed Wood
Lowest review score: 12 Jawbreaker
Score distribution:
966 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Of all unlikely possibilities, the team has finally made a movie that, for them, is on the tepid side.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Naked Lunch is so well-acted and so amusingly warped that it's a shoo-in to become a cult movie. [30 Dec 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    But certainly this is a movie for fans of Willis-style action with a little James Bond and probable instant obsolescence thrown in.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    An overlong guilty pleasure. [12 Oct 1990, Life, 4D]
    • USA Today
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie Weaver has to carry has so many nagging imperfections that Academy Award attention looks like a long shot.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The picture is all Lawrence and Zahn, whose dynamics get something going, though not enough (please!) to spark a buddy sequel.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Overall, this Dead is zippier than 1995's retake on "Village of the Damned" and somewhat less junky than the recent remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Truth is, Idaho is nothing but set pieces; tossed into a mix whose meaning is almost certainly private. [27 Sept 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Older youngsters not threatened by PG-13 levels of intensity might pester Mom and Dad to let them see this cinematic fluff-head. For everyone else, it simply is what it is -- which, despite a budget that could feed Star Wars' Jabba the Hutt for life, isn't very much. [07Feb1997 Pg 04.D]
    • USA Today
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    This is one of those movies in which a strong ending might have made all the difference...But the wrap-up is unsatisfying, with too many questions unanswered.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    There isn't much Napoleonic grandeur in this Idaho-set high school comedy, which in spite of its most condescending instincts, does have its moments.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Capably made and certainly impresses by carrying its length, but it doesn't expand 60 years of World War II screen literature by very much.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Based on a popular children's book by Chris Van Allsburg and directed by that "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" guy Joe Johnston, Jumanji is a calculated but very entertaining special effects extravaganza. [15Dec1995 Pg. 01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The recent model for this kind of surreal jazz-riff comedy is Doug Liman's 1999 "Go," a neo-classic. But you know already from the director (Dude, Where's My Car?'s Danny Leiner) if this movie is for you. Leiner has cornered the recent market on low-rent farces.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The starship Enterprise is back, piloted for the first time (from behind the camera, that is) by William Shatner. Though he doesn't exactly parallel-park Star Trek V: The Final Frontier into a meteor, the journey is (at best) an amiably lazy Sunday drive. [9 June 1989, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The situations are mighty broad, but exuberance counts for something in the movie with perhaps the year's most double-edged title.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    With Todd Haynes' direction suggesting a Twilight Zone full court press, this uncommonly rigid movie is either bloodlessly objective or so subtly droll that the joke is beyond comprehension. But given that Haynes previously utilized a cast of Barbie dolls in the brazenly daring Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, it's tempting to give him the benefit of the doubt. [21 June 1995, p.7D]
    • USA Today
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Hostage is really about sleek Bruce - buff, bald and clean-shaven - as he goes to town on two sets of assailants.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Amazingly, the film grows monotonous because Heller and Schmiderer can do nothing, via archival footage or even novel camera placements, to vary the program.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Disclosure should slickly satisfy people who like movies about advanced computers, topical themes, hardball attorney mind games, office politics, sex and sweet revenge. [9 Dec 1994, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A disciple of David Lynch's, Roth packs his story with horror, humor, hillbillies and sex. Roth caps his fast-moving story with a joke that's as oddly left-field as it is funny, but truth to tell, it is funny.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    For director/co-writer John Carpenter, it's a chance for career renewal. For eyepatched lead and co-writer Kurt Russell, it's a fitfully amusing lark, a harmlessly retro career move and a second audition for any future Rooster Cogburn parts. [09 Aug 1996, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Kilmer seems less dangerous than Morrison, but it's a blessing in the most uncompromising bio of a please- don't-move-next-door type since "Raging Bull." [01 Mar 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A showcase for Vince Vaughn's rantings and Owen Wilson's standard but affable chum act.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    If Sandler felt compelled to take on a role immortalized by Gary Cooper, at least it wasn't as "Sergeant York," "Lou Gehrig" or the sheriff in "High Noon."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Has its moments - but far too many of them. It runs two hours and seems to end five times.
    • USA Today
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie meanders without a rudimentary sense of the dramatic, yet it remains intermittently interesting thanks to a surprisingly voluminous cast of usual suspects from the world of independent cinema. [14 Aug 1996 Pg.09.D]
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Until it cools off some with a full half-hour remaining, Tequila Sunrise packs the solar heat the credits and premise promise. Yet a three-quarter success does a good Mel Gibson movie make - even if his co-stars steal it. [2 Dec 1988, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 90 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The story keeps reinventing itself (some of the later plot twists are among the funniest), but a little goes a long way at 112 minutes - maybe 25 minutes more than this sporadically pointed conceit really needs.
    • USA Today

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