For 937 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 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
937 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The skating scenes are their own reward: It's hard to think of a movie since 1950's "Sunset Boulevard" that has gotten more dramatic impact out of a pool.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    But purely as an exercise in style, this movie has its moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    It's fairly solid fun, though, without breaking any new ground, just as January's remake of "Assault on Precinct 13" was.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Flowers is smartly observational -- but a little screen heat would be worth a bouquet.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Preposterous yet solidly entertaining.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Indeed, Eve's milieu is fresh and specific enough to make even Jackson subordinate to Kasi Lemmons, the writer (and sometimes actress) who dreamed up this story for her directorial debut. [07Nov1997 Pg08.D]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    His complex personality comes through in this surprisingly affecting minor pleasure, though perhaps one shouldn't be surprised when two of Hoop Dreams' key makers reunite for another smart sports pic. [24Jan1997 Pg.03.D]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Shot in semidocumentary fashion, it builds to a more visceral climax than one initially expects. [26Nov1997 Pg.09.D]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    But it does mine Murphy's gifts, and the payoff is both nutty and funny. Sometimes even touching, too. [28Jun1996 Pg.01.D]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This is a blueprint for mainstream moviegoing, but be forewarned that the finale is surprisingly down-and-dirty. In this case, though, the violence blisteringly redeems what has been a merely OK thriller. [8Nov1996 Pg.01.D]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The milieu here is unforgiving, which makes fighting for basic rights important. You get a sense of why Bob Dylan -- who performs on this soundtrack -- wanted to bolt this frigid part of the map.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    With one of the year's busiest scripts, Little launches 76 zippy minutes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The result isn't quite a Michael Moore movie without the hubris, but it's reasonably close. It's thoughtful, and you have to take it seriously and with respect.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The story's presentation is easy to take. And lot of this is because of Lathan, who is funny by not trying to be.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Transforming Clouseau's perennial nemesis into a more urbane smoothie, Kevin Kline delivers like a pro.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Thing's opening hour is fast-paced, though not fast enough to obscure the reality that "American Graffiti" and "Diner" had sharper writing and certainly more psychological depth. [04 Oct 1996, Pg.01.D]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Despite implied fidelity, we might as well be watching William Shakespeare's The Cable Guy. Yet the film's skewed stylistic flourishes capture enough of the original's spirit to provoke more respect than rejection. [01Nov1996, Pg. 01.D]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Talk about the limitations of using the four-star rating system to assess a movie both glorious and dreadful, with the dreadful components glorious as well in their own bent way. [23 Feb 1996, p.1D]
    • 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.]
    • 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]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Though Robocop is too well-crafted to be entirely loathsome, it's at best an amoral goof. Yet like the comparably silly Lethal Weapon, it cynically pushes all the right action-audience buttons. Better duck - here comes a monster hit. [17 Jul 1987]
    • 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]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Though not exactly dynamic, the movie offers insights into a specific culture. Ashley Rowe's photography is exquisite, and Driver has never been better. [14 Aug 1998]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Despite appealing performances and kinetic football scenes, the storytelling is mostly conventional.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The film is an impressive effort, yet often a trying one.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Cult director Sam Raimi has come a long way since giving us killer tree limbs in whichever (I've repressed it) Evil Dead pic had them. With good leads and a few bucks, he's come up with a high-octane revenge piece mentionable in the same breath as its predecessors. [24 Aug. 1990]