For 941 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 American Splendor
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
Score distribution:
941 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    As stuffed with beguiling performances - some of them unexpectedly good - as its script is overstuffed. And though even the beguiled may feel manipulated the next morning (or when hitting the exits), the players put it over by a nose. Happy holidays.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Clint Eastwood remains a competent, rather than distinctive, film maker, but he obviously respects the material. Bird is essentially factual, and we come to understand why so many other musicians thought shooting heroin might enable them to transfer [Charlie Parker]'s genius to themselves. [26 Sept 1988, p. 4D]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    In the movie's high point, (Jeremy) Northam conducts an antagonistic interview with the boy, who eludes well-placed lawyerly traps.
    • USA Today
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Glossy or not, the movie is unflinchingly tough-minded, down to its Hollywood-weepy ending, which, if you think about it, may be the year's gloomiest.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    There isn't any kind of dance you can compare to Robert Duvall's latest as an actor/director, though a slo-mo minuet might come close.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The movie is more compelling than exciting with one exception: the kind of rocket blast-off sequence for which IMAX screens were seemingly invented.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This crumbled-caper comedy is the funniest movie ever from a film maker late in his eighth decade. [22 July 1988, Life, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A minor delight but a delight just the same.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    An enjoyably cast, superbly shot, jolt-generating device...It isn't art, but it'll crush your bones.
    • USA Today
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    What we're left with is solid if not exceptional, though it's good to see Mendes expanding as a filmmaker.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This movie will remind a lot of people of John Ford's masterpiece, "The Searchers," without the rowdy humor and, yes, without the greatness. But it's an admirably solid effort that's as mean as it has to be, which is plenty.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A two hour aquatic pursuit pic with bruising stunts, fun-to-watch performances, a dozen good chortles and imposing Panavision renderings of post-apocalyptic crud, Waterworld clearly has the makings of a cult movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This may be the most uncompromisingly raw police drama since "Across 110th Street," starring Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Easy to tumble for. [9 February 1996, p.D4]
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    While this movie is sometimes overbaked, it is the first major studio release in a while to engross wall-to-wall.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Beguiling Victoriana. [18 July 1997, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Even without the surprise of seeing Spader going for laughs and getting them, Secretary is just too original to be ignored.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A movie of moments whose ultimate legacy may be to get Carrey out of formula comedies forever.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    For much of its length, the premise seems less wilted than you'd guess. This is because, for one thing, Mendes gives as good as she gets.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Preposterous yet solidly entertaining.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Two films in one: an intriguing child-disappearance mystery and an uncommonly affecting domestic drama realized by four terrific central performances.
    • USA Today
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The distanced result, screen-adapted by playwright Christopher Hampton, never quite overwhelms you. [21 Dec 1988, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Grimly claustrophobic movies can make viewers put up a shield, yet Tim Blake Nelson (who directed O) invests this unusual Holocaust drama with dramatic intensity that in no way cheapens its subject matter.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A mildly satirical but essentially sweet, benign comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This movie doesn't make you think you are watching art. It's closer to a high-end TV movie with lots of familiar faces.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    As easy to enjoy as picking up a spare, and we don't mean a tire around the waist.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Trashy and disturbingly violent yet fairly zippy and amusingly cast.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The star interplay and anachronisms recapture some of the surreal spirit of the Crosby-Hope Road movies, and the end-credit outtakes are funny enough to sustain that getting-hoary device for at least one more picture.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    As inspiring as the story wants to be, its real drama is mired around the edges, where we get a sense of what it is really like to be born into a brothel.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The film is, however, almost inevitably wistful for the past, and many of its emotional touches come from juxtaposed then-and-now footage of the participants.

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