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 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 Hoop Dreams
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
Score distribution:
941 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Because De Niro's performance is aptly ''Scorsese-aggressive'' while Crystal effectively underplays, one can easily sit through this bottom-line disappointment with a smile painted on, waiting for belly laughs that rarely come. [5 Mar 1999]
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Truth is, Idaho is nothing but set pieces; tossed into a mix whose meaning is almost certainly private. [27 Sept 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    An overlong guilty pleasure. [12 Oct 1990, Life, 4D]
    • USA Today
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    There's no real dazzle in Bedazzled.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Visually impressive but woefully dumbed-down.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Large budget notwithstanding, the movie is such a blip on the year's radar screen that it's tempting just to go with it for the ride. But this time, the old MIB label stands for Milder Isn't Better.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie's pleasures extend even to the visuals, which are more lustrous than in any other Altman movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Ali
    Ali is no disgrace, but it's not much of a performer, especially considering that it is one of the few hyped year-end releases that coulda been a contender.
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Annaud's epic might have worked better dramatically as a smaller, more focused picture. The best scenes simply involve Law and Harris playing sneaky professional games (less cat-and-mouse than cat-and-cat) with each other.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    This dispensable comedy has a few unexpectedly loopy surprises, including an outlandishly gay detective (played by versatile actor William Fichtner), who loves the Ice Capades but loathes insurance fraud.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Even surly moviegoers may discover how pleasant it can be to actually like movie characters.
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    No, it isn't the slick and unfocused "Anywhere but Here," where mom and daughter choose Beverly Hills. Instead, it's the more modest and in most cases preferable Tumbleweeds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    This being Irving, the story straddles the sweet and the creepy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Two constants: good acting and an old-fashioned preachiness that backfires.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Jewel is more like an acting zircon because she just can't project, but at least she looks the part, and her novelty value isn't unwelcome.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie's success with viewers will depend on whether they think Vaughn is funny or tiresome.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    It's never enough of a grabber to keep the mind from wandering to the romance it apparently sparked.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie Weaver has to carry has so many nagging imperfections that Academy Award attention looks like a long shot.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    An unusual walk down the aisle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Even at its best, Ride never survives its shaky opening hook.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Susan Sarandon has never looked better in her 29-year screen career than she does here.
    • USA Today
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Here's Jackie Chan playing twins separated at birth, though not as separated as English is from the actors' lip movements in this silly, speedy, wretched dubbed action goof. [16 April 1999, Life, p.8E]
    • USA Today
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie is shrewd by giving the bulk of its piggish dialogue to Alexander, an actor incapable of projecting genuine cruelty on screen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Of all unlikely possibilities, the team has finally made a movie that, for them, is on the tepid side.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    James Coburn plays father in what may be the best performance of his career. [30 December 1998, Life, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Seeing this movie won't get you into MIT, but it's passable fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    At 120 minutes, Colors is one of the longest cop dramas in movie history, and all the clichés are packed into the second hour. It fades in the stretch - and so may too many moviegoers. [15 Apr 1988]
    • USA Today

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