For 952 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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Gosford Park
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
Score distribution:
952 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    City loses some bearings in its second half, becoming a ragged collection of punchy action scenes. Big deal. It's also one of the most enjoyably ragged examples of fuzz vs. scuz since 1972's Across 110th Street. [8 Mar 1991, p.2D]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Once this 2 1/4-hour slow-starter finally finds its rhythm, we're reminded of how gripping policy give-and-take around a long rectangular table can be.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Even when there are lulls, the emotions seem authentic.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    If you end up cursing, try not to forget The Abyss' spectacular oil-rig collapse, a killer chase scene, two fine leads, and one Oscar-worthy "creature'' special effect midway through. Do forget the rest - unless you really dig Casper, the Friendly Ghost. [9 Aug 1989, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Worth a look. It's easy to overrate -- but just as easy to undervalue.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Bottom-line funny, often convulsively so. [2 Dec 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The movie wouldn't be imaginable without its commanding star. Nicholson is in virtually every scene underplaying to great effect
    • USA Today
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Gives Dennis Quaid one of his best screen showcases.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Sky High gets Kurt Russell back to his retro Disney roots, and he's still in good enough shape at age 54 to wear a supernatural hunk's cape.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The movie, which ends on an unexpected note of wistful humor, also gleans gentle and non-derisive chuckles out of Fin's physical state.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Flowers is smartly observational -- but a little screen heat would be worth a bouquet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This is a movie to be knocked, chewed and gummed, but not dismissed. It's the first 2001 release I've rushed to see twice.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Once you're onto its wavelength (it doesn't take long), Linklater's passing parade starts to ring true. [15 Aug. 1991, p. 5D]
    • USA Today
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Though this is a tough movie to dislike, it plays more like a second draft than a final product.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Often a cinematic marvel and often the year's most pungent movie medicine, Beloved always feels as if it's carrying the world's weight, and maybe it is. [16 October 1998, p. 7E]
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A good little movie dominated by a great central performance that's likely to endure. [30 Jan 1998, p.D2]
    • USA Today
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Engrosses if it doesn't fully convince. [18 October 1996, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The five stories in The Five Senses flawlessly and even artfully create a unified mood.
    • USA Today
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Lean, mean and mordant black comedy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Potty humor to spare. [26 July 1996, p. D4]
    • USA Today
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Don't underestimate the appeal of a heart-tugger that's this well mounted.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Obviously armed with more gangster-of-love opportunities playing Pablo Picasso than he had playing Richard Nixon, Anthony Hopkins ends up opting here for wit over full-blooded passion, but it proves to be enough. [23 Sep 1996]
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A Little Princess is the first of its progeny to blend brains with entertainment. This stylish sleeper easily outpaces the studio's starchy updates of "Black Beauty" and "The Secret Garden", and even betters Shirley Temple's 1939 take on Frances Hodgson Burnett's Princess perennial. [18 May 1995, 12D.]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Exceedingly well cast and assembled with flashy visuals and pacing by Harron, this period piece is diminished by its relative pointlessness.
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A chilly oddball that's easier to admire than love.
    • USA Today

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