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

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
Score distribution:
941 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Shot in semidocumentary fashion, it builds to a more visceral climax than one initially expects. [26Nov1997 Pg.09.D]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A cautionary tale very well-told.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Impressive yet always self-conscious, Perdition has more class and less sass than any movie in a while.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Smith is looking more and more like a developing major talent, so it could be years until we get a handle on this movie's legacy. The film is not only defensible as a cute one-shot, but also as a positive sign for the future.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    For the first time in years (even counting his excellent work in “Internal Affairs”), Richard Gere's acting gears aren't too obviously apparent; Julia Roberts, though the breadth of her emotional range remains in question, is beautiful and can act - a not-bad blueprint for continued employment. [23 Mar 1990, Life, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    JFK
    JFK is provocative, a technical primer and an ensemble treat with unusually well- realized star cameos. [20 Dec 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Look out for everything, and listen, too, because Suspects is one of the most densely plotted mysteries in memory.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Richard LaGravenese's flashback script craftily tones down Waller's wind, adds a germane subplot and strengthens the novella's framing device. [02 Jun 1995, p.D1]
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Though Hour 2's heavy emphasis on physical and emotional confrontations stimulates dramatic momentum, this respectable superstar meeting is finally, of all things, ordinary. [26Mar1997 Pg04.D]
    • USA Today
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Compared with other films Costner has directed, Range isn't a folly like "The Postman," nor is it quite as over-elaborated as "Dances With Wolves."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A film dealing fully with Hoffman's final years might have had a lot more punch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A promising debut by young writer/director Jacob Estes, this story of a botched revenge plot still isn't likely to break out even in multiplex August dog days.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    It won't be a waste of time to watch these people — on cable, and probably not too far in the future.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    If it's conventional, it's also competent. Thanks to director Charles Stone III (of the famed "Whassuup?!" Budweiser spots), the clichés at least have a good beat.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie's success with viewers will depend on whether they think Vaughn is funny or tiresome.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The film does what it can to dramatize the bond, but Richter has a disproportionate acting load because his co-star's emoting is below the water line. Happily, he carries it. [16 Jul 1993 Pg. 08.D]
    • USA Today
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    At least a more satisfying basketball saga than last year's "Coach Carter."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Jumbo budget and the same talent notwithstanding, the element of surprise is missing. And ghostbusters, it seems, need that every bit as much as their targets. [16 Jun 1989, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Like it or not (it's hard to dislike), it's less a movie than a concept searching for one. [9 Dec 1988, p.6D]
    • USA Today
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Designed to be a date movie, Rules could have stronger male appeal than many comedies of its ilk.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    The movie is so aggressively ingratiating that it's probably not to be fully trusted, yet it works suprisingly well on its own limited terms[14 May 1999, p. 8E]
    • USA Today
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Glorious picture-postcard photography. [10 July 1998, p.8E]
    • USA Today
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    It has been said that no one sees a movie for the sets, yet an exception might be made here for Horizon's visually staggering production design -- truly an event itself. The story, though, is such a transparent variation on the Alien ouevre that your tolerance may hinge on how much you can shrug this off. [15Aug1997 Pg03.D]
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Though the journey ends on some fun notes after a sagging middle, Galaxy never fully breaks out.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A lot of this goes down surprisingly well, even if Panettiere, through no fault of her own, is saddled with phony precocious dialogue that makes her sound like an ancient sage.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Even at its best, Ride never survives its shaky opening hook.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    [A] socially conscious sprawler... Sayles' latest never bores during its 21/4-hour unreeling. But neither does it soar, despite finessing a complex flashback narrative set in 1957 and present-day. [21 June 1996, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Enough low-grade laughs to entertain significantly more than some of the more prestigious year-end releases.

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