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 Topsy-Turvy
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
942 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    The movie tries to juggle motherly love sentiment with wanna-be snappy ripostes with a violent streak that extends to threatening a grade-schooler with blinding and busted kneecaps. [11 Oct 1996, Pg.03.D]
    • USA Today
    • 16 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    I don't mind that Nights is a potty-mouth benchmark; crude verbiage is appropriate to the leads, as well as the film's subject matter. This is, however, an amazingly mean two hours. Even the funniest gag involves Murphy's fatal shooting of three men. [17 Nov 1989, p.6D]
    • USA Today
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Rambo III is hardly the first Stallone-y baloney to climax with a commie wipeout; it is the first to palm off its star as the product of a Buddhist monastery. Like, whew. Rambo in a monastery is almost as stomach-turning as E.T. in a brothel. [25 May 1988, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Underdrawn and overheated, Cool World will leave you cold. [13 Jul 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Long, lumbering, pretentious and for some a possible laff riot. [23 Dec 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Whatever reason Denzel Washington may have had for deigning to grace a melodrama as scummy as Virtuosity, the actor has wound up with something that is even worse than 1991's Ricochet in his otherwise creditable filmography. [4 Aug 1995, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Timecop's conversation piece is the scene in which Van Damme springs into the air amid hand-to-hand combat, finessing a perfect split atop his kitchen counter. Though definitely ooo-and-aaah stuff, it falls short of landing Timecop the 3-star review earned here by Van Damme's Hard Target. [16 Sep 1994, p.5D]
    • USA Today
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Icky and incompetent (special effects aside) in equal parts, this groaner makes 1994's "The Mask" look like something you'd study in a film graduate course at NYU.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    When the cast starts wondering where the roadkill is, someone says, "Follow the smell." Good tip: That's how you'll know where Wax is playing.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    A pitiful update that saddles poor Cedric the Entertainer with the unenviable task of taking over Jackie Gleason's premier creation, Ralph Kramden.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    The movie's biggest drawback is a failure to deliver what's promised.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    That sound you hear is from jet engines gassing up, about to zoom Underclassman to DVD-ville.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Geared to 16-year-olds who can't name the governor of their state, this movie ought to be closed down by the health department.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    As an artsy but minimally bohemian type, Russo maintains her dignity, an extraordinary accomplishment.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Why would a distributor suddenly yank an animated family film from its intended wide December opening until mid-January? Could it be that the advance word of mouth wasn't very good-winked?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Remarkably, the plot has much in common with "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," yet that bundle of fun has enough vision to make even its Barry Manilow interlude seem appropriate.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    This is a movie in which you rarely know where you are or who's doing what to the next person.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    It's one bad apple.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    The word on Rollerball is "troubled," though troubled is what you call a high school junior with 50 snakes under his bed. Catastrophe is more like it.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Gere has never seemed more squirrelly.
    • USA Today
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Clean up the language, and this little roach of a movie could play the bottom half of a double bill with Rowan and Martin's “The Maltese Bippy.” [26 March 1999, Life, p.9E]
    • USA Today
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Drawn out and dishonest in equal measure, Sam fights it out with "The Majestic" for the title of worst "important" movie of the year.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Only the makers of "Freddy Got Fingered" might crack a smile because it now has competition for worst movie of the year.
    • USA Today
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    You keep waiting for there to be more, but there never is -- other than the fact that it all gets gorier and uglier as the dyspeptic look on Jones' face progresses from a four- to a six-a-day scotch-and-peppermint schnapps hangover.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    This Paramount release doubles the insult because it rips off the title of one of the studio's best-remembered Jerry Lewis comedies.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    A race-car drama full of flashy but empty images and a soundtrack that makes you feel as if you're being shaken on a motel rumblebed.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    The only good thing about Impostor is the appropriateness of its title for a film posing as the first 2002 release.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Kid's tone is off 100% of the time. The young actors are irredeemably bland, and two of the adults (Michael Des Barres' bank president, James LeGros' Storm Trooper-like security guard) are hammy enough to make James Brown seem controlled.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    The trouble with indulging Taking Lives is that it's taking your time.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Suspense takes a vacation in sequel. [13 November 1998, p. 6E]
    • USA Today
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    No comedy this vile should be brazenly foolish enough to give itself this title. [25 November 1998, p. 3D]
    • USA Today
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    A little soon for any movie this millennium to reunite overacting Matthew Lillard, underacting Freddie Prinze Jr., feigning mousy Linda Cardellini and the more obviously lip-glossy Sarah Michelle Gellar.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Dead-carcass spinoff of Jay Ward's animated TV favorite.
    • USA Today
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Murky, pretentious and torturously inert.
    • USA Today
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Imagine a movie so broadly conceived that it was written, directed and all parts were played by Charo — billed in her '70s heyday of Love Boat gigs as the "Cuchi-Cuchi Girl." That's what you get here.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Structured loosely enough to work in all the excrement and incest jokes necessary to seem hip these days.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Here's a late-August dog-days atrocity from the "aren't farts funny?" school of filmmaking.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Wow, dudes. Pu-trid. (1989 February 20, p.4D)
    • USA Today
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    There's nothing sleazier than sleaze that fails to titillate, and this drab blight on a hot cast is as sleazy as a preordained hit ever gets. [07 Apr 1993 Pg. 08.D]
    • USA Today
    • 22 Metascore
    • 12 Mike Clark
    An air of self-congratulation hangs over the empty tank of gas called Jawbreaker, as if writer-director Darren Stein just can't wait to dazzle us with the gaudy visuals he's soldered onto a standard-issue black-comedy script.
    • USA Today
    • 56 Metascore
    • 12 Mike Clark
    Hopped-up Falling Down is a technically proficient grabber that exploits white-male angst while adeptly juggling two stories filmed in contrasting styles. Slick, maybe facile, and with a nasty streak, it is nonetheless 1993's first consistently engrossing movie. [26 Feb 1993, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 14 Metascore
    • 12 Mike Clark
    With its long takes and a talky script involving an influx of revolving-door eccentrics, Nuts has the feel of a badly filmed play - akin to, say, any 12 of the worst Neil Simon screen adaptations. [21 Dec 1994, p.6D]
    • USA Today