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

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Straight Story
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
Score distribution:
942 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This movie is so much the opposite of uplifting that you think Gary Oldman ought to be in it. But it's honestly made, and its second half does linger in the memory.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Mean Girls has the same fancifully dead-on tone as the 1995 high-school comedy "Clueless" without the sweetness because, hey, these snits are mean.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The warden implores the prisoners to relinquish their weapons, and out of the cells come flying a zillion blades of all sizes. In a Mel Brooks movie, this bit would be funny. Here, it sums up the chilling situation in five seconds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This movie is more wistful and winking, though it's obvious Mario is still working out emotional baggage with his tyrannically driven old man.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    What we get is a tweaked variation on the litany of men-disguised-as-women comedies: "Some Like It Hot" and "Tootsie," just for starters. Obviously, this sassy farce sounds recycled and certainly appears to be in the coming attraction. Yet it's also funnier than expected in ways you wouldn't expect.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Jeff Bridges has enough demons in The Door in the Floor to jam a crowd scene, but the actor's sheer likability remains undiminished.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    We accept the sincerity and altruistic motives of the aging loner he (Philip Baker Hall) portrays in this consciously spare Nevada-set sleeper. [13 March 1997, p. 8D]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Beguiling Victoriana. [18 July 1997, p.4D]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    There's more terror than entertainment here, though. I've seen a lot of movies in my life I couldn't wait to see end; this may be the first good one.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This handsome movie works thanks to its lack of pretension and an atmosphere somewhat akin to the gentle wackiness of director Bill Forsyth's better works.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Viewers who like clean storytelling may not be happy. Those who savor ironic wrap-ups will be.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This time, he (Ang Lee) has Kevin Kline, Joan Allen and Sigourney Weaver trudging through ice both emotional and literal -- an omnipresent metaphor but not one unduly sledgehammered. [26 September 1997, pg. 1 D}
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Beauty is about two-thirds the serious-edged romp it would like to be, which still leaves a lot of room for tony fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Rocket flies with comic-kaze crooks. [21 February 1996, p. D6]
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Stately but static. [23 December 1997, p.3D]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Gives Dennis Quaid one of his best screen showcases.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Emmerich might have had a masterpiece, but he'll have to settle for what comes close to being a must-see movie today.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Imagine: a pseudo-intellectual baseball fantasy loaded up, like a spitter, with seductive sentiment. You can distrust the mix, but still like the movie - and I do. [21 Apr 1989, Life, p.D1]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Pace and performances dominate, with popped salutes going to Keifer Sutherland, Kevin Pollack, Kevin Bacon and especially Nicholson's smiling barracuda. [11 Dec 1992]
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    An equitably rude comedy about abortion, brazen by definition but also fairly droll. It's probably too schematic to reward more than a single viewing, but as a provocative one-time surprise it may become a specialized sleeper. [13 December 1996, p.4D]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Potty humor to spare. [26 July 1996, p. D4]
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Engrosses if it doesn't fully convince. [18 October 1996, p.1D]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Stylish, brisk but lacking in human dimension despite an attractive cast. [22 May 1996, p. D1]
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Easy to tumble for. [9 February 1996, p.D4]
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The chuckles here come from the leads' interplay, crying on each other's shoulders and cheering each other up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    There's a lot here to feed crime-fiction enthusiasts.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The new version has the zip of a 96-yard punt return and all the ingredients to inspire the celebratory crushing of empty beer cans.