For 952 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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Minority Report
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
952 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Don't say you weren't warned. There are instant clues that this ill-timed Michael Douglas vehicle is a dually unfortunate viewing experience.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Leaves a bad taste, not only because of its bad-luck timing, but also the staleness of its script.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    One of the most violent opening scenes in screen history…Yet given such a visually adept exercise, the rest seems transparently off-the-cuff. There are obese trailer-camp porn stars, heavenly visions, a climactic rendition of Love Me Tender and no-point references to The Wizard of Oz - all of which top this two-hour farrago like a soggy tarp. [17 Aug 1990, Life, 4D]
    • USA Today
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Desperately conceived by even the most insipid standards of contemporary teen-queen cinema, A Cinderella Story operates under a rotting pumpkin of a supposition.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    This come-down of a series capper is so arch and pompous amid its clanks and collisions that you can only snicker at the verbal wind that obscures the din of marauding machinery.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    All this dreary movie has is a terrible whodunit payoff.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    A bottom-rung Bette Midler vehicle disguised as a biopic of novelist Jacqueline Susann, the movie is a wannabe satire shackled by misplaced reverence.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Hip-hoppish Honey is in the harmlessly junky "let's put on a show" tradition of "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo," minus electricity but with a budget for supporting-cast navel rings that 1984's break-dance sequel certainly didn't have.
    • 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
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    The filmmakers, who include the hitherto ace action director Jan De Bont ("Speed", "Twister"), have neither hearts nor minds in gear. [13Jun1997 Pg.04.D]
    • USA Today
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    A contrived, unpleasant and very drawn-out affair.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Just about any golden age Hollywood hack could have made a zestier drama about one of the greatest rescue missions in U.S. military history.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Neither the actors nor their characters engender much affection.
    • USA Today
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Live dies around the time Carpenter allows 10 minutes of gratuitous Piper-David eye-gouging, an apparent bone to wrestling fans. Forget the amusing premise; a full crate of magic glasses couldn't make this a bearable movie. [7 Nov 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Even the special effects alone aren't worth the price of admission.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Anyone who sees this movie is going to be 20 minutes ahead of it, though there won't be that many after Weekend 1. With domestic disturbances, someone calls the cops. With this DOA, someone had better call the coroner.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Even if this movie wasn't based on a computer game, Starship Troopers' reputation would still have just shot up another 50 notches. [19 March 1999, Life, p.11E]
    • USA Today
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    The murkiest-looking movie since Ben Affleck's “Daredevil” and about as lacking in charm.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    You don't envy the three soldiers who get shot for desertion, but you do identify with their desire to flee.
    • 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.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Suspense takes a vacation in sequel. [13 November 1998, p. 6E]
    • USA Today
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    It's one bad apple.
    • 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.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Gere has never seemed more squirrelly.
    • USA Today
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Dead-carcass spinoff of Jay Ward's animated TV favorite.
    • USA Today
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    That sound you hear is from jet engines gassing up, about to zoom Underclassman to DVD-ville.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    As an artsy but minimally bohemian type, Russo maintains her dignity, an extraordinary accomplishment.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Wow, dudes. Pu-trid. (1989 February 20, p.4D)
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 9 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Here's a late-August dog-days atrocity from the "aren't farts funny?" school of filmmaking.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Murky, pretentious and torturously inert.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    The trouble with indulging Taking Lives is that it's taking your time.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    Structured loosely enough to work in all the excrement and incest jokes necessary to seem hip these days.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    The movie's biggest drawback is a failure to deliver what's promised.
    • 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.
    • 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

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