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 Chicago
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
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
    • 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.

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