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

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Insomnia
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
942 movie reviews
    • 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]
    • USA Today
    • 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
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Though there are scenes in Always (both intimate and spectacular) I love, the film does seem a bit asking-for-it-weightless following an Indiana Jones sequel. Yet if, as I suspect, many reviewers elect to carve up Always, the film will pick up its devotees - now or down the road. [22 Dec. 1989, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    However flawed, this film proves two things: Davis is still peaking as a lead, and Hanks is in a league with funny male leads of any movie era. [1 July 1992, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 31 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Slap Happy. [16 February 1996, p.D4]
    • USA Today
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Despite a cast and production that seem to promise one of the year's first movies of any note, Cool never translates its promo-photo flashiness into authenticity on screen.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Mostly avoids being cloying but flirts with being precious. Yet Boyle is enough of a stylist to make it all passable. It's one of those films for which fans and detractors can see the others' viewpoint.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Boorman's troubles usually come from going over the top (atop Exorcist II, there's always Zardoz). But this is one of his few misfires that almost anyone would call tepid.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Sporadically amusing but sometimes slogging.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    By contrast, other Hornby screen adaptations are "About a Boy" and "High Fidelity"- superb comedies both and, in Fidelity's case, a treatise on male obsession with far more depth and even more laughs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    With major stars, a name director and grown-up subject matter, this middling drama is less a movie to recommend with vigor than to covet on general principles.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Though the journey ends on some fun notes after a sagging middle, Galaxy never fully breaks out.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Ultimately, the movie doesn't make it, but there's enough going on to make it more arf than barf.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The early going -- say, an hour -- is spent in a fatigued daze. A few powerful jabs eventually punch things up.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    There are some notable oddballs in the filmmaking debut of performance artist Miranda July, whose lead performance in this Sundance winner for "originality" is the most appealing thing about it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A showcase for Vince Vaughn's rantings and Owen Wilson's standard but affable chum act.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    It's for people who have always wanted to see Willie Nelson ("Uncle Jesse") lob Molotov cocktails on a freeway and smoke weed with Joe Don Baker, who plays Georgia's governor.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Director Iain Softley employs intriguing camera angles to heighten some of the suspense. It's too bad the movie goes over the top and falls apart in the last third.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Garnering a chuckle or two, but no more, are Donal Logue from "The Tao of Steve" (now there's a comedy) -- and, as a desperate magnet for both the slacker and "dude" demographics, Jon Heder from Napoleon Dynamite.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Intelligent but not particularly involving.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Roll Bounce rates a friendly nod. If it doesn't exactly kick out the jams, it does move them around a little bit.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The big surprise in Polanski's Oliver is the lack of a discernible personal stamp, especially from such a directorial master of the macabre.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    McConaughey will never be an actor who lets you into his soul, but he's credible as a good ole boy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    For a big-screen disposable, Doom has a few jolts, a few good laughs and an attractive female lead to whom you want to say, "What's a nice girl like you doing on a Mars like this?"
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Fanning and Russell make this watchable family entertainment, if not necessarily at today's prices.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    All three actors give it their all, but Monaghan stands out with a sexy yet oddly down-to-earth variation on the Midwest girl gone wrong, thanks partly to a dark dysfunctional family secret.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Of all things, this movie has the same problem "Ghostbusters 2" had, which is this: You can't take bigger-than-life screen types and toss them into everyday, regular-folk situations.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    This is one glum outing, with occasional pings of wry wit and hearty chuckles.