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

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Black Hawk Down
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
Score distribution:
942 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A little movie almost perfectly realized.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    In a watershed year for black filmmakers, Singleton has made the punchiest feature debut in recent memory. Those who complain that Lee's characters tangle up his plots will savor Singleton's flawlessly crafted edges. [12 July 1991]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The big story here is Kristin Scott Thomas' captivating performance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    One of those movies in which pacing, dialogue and the right actors enliven a familiar story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Both the material and the way it's delivered by the movie's comic quartet are so funny.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Thompson has had the good sense and sensitivity to get Austen right, while letting Winslet steal the show.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Some of the movie's best scenes -- knockouts, in fact -- involve musical interludes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A weeper poised to endure as one of the dominant independent features of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Nicholson has at least three magnificent moments in Hour 2. The best is a wedding toast that comes after another that will painfully remind you of every banal wedding toast you've ever heard.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This giggle does for dog shows what Rob Reiner's "This Is Spinal Tap" (in which Guest plays Nigel Tufnel) did for heavy metal.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Bedroom succeeds with performances that get some of their power from imaginative casting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Bout No. 2 is among the best closed-quarters screen fights ever, as good as (and longer than) Frank Sinatra vs. Henry Silva in The Manchurian Candidate. And Hannah does more for an eyepatch than anyone since the late Israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Has the unanticipated craft and artfully ambiguous appeal of last year's "Croupier," a movie whose art-house word-of-mouth success could be duplicated here.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Blisteringly fast, Bourne also has a strong or striking supporting actor around every corner: Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles and Clive Owen in roles that range from meaty to amazingly small.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The most imperfect of the year's best movies, Magnolia's flaws are easily forgiven because they are the result of go-for-broke ambition.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Though the comedy is sometimes more frenetic than inspired and viewer emotions are rarely touched to any notable degree, the movie is as visually inventive as its Pixar predecessors.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The filmmaker keeps upping the ante with surprises until the plot-twist beaut that concludes the picture - a shocker that, upon reflection, is probably the one ending that wouldn't have fallen a little flat.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A rousing state-of-the-art cartoon capped by an aerial-combat climax that, to its credit, isn't anti-climactic. [2 July 1996, p.D1]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    And novel insights notwithstanding, this is a plain old good movie, too.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    But let's not mislead about acting gold: Without Nicholson and Keaton, the movie would be fair. With them, it's one of the few good romantic comedies this year. What we gotta give is thanks.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Damon convincingly matches Williams recrimination for recrimination in this portrayal of mutual tough love, even with the latter giving what may be the best performance of his career.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Spielberg's must-see is so wondrous at depicting things that go crunch in the night that its human characterizations and pokey exposition seem astonishingly halfhearted… On a "people" level, Park isn't “Jaws,” but on a jolt level - oh, yes, it is. [11 June 1993, Life, p.1D]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Too lingeringly creepy to ignore. [23 Oct 1992]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The relaxed and confident Crusade is the first Jones outing to benefit from actual characterizations. [24 May 1989, Life, p.1D]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Unfaithful doesn't push the melodrama the way "Attraction" did, but it lingers in the mind as much.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Funny... and the payoff is the most provocative Hollywood concoction in a while.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A movie that is easily likable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    One of the best football movies ever, Nights in the end celebrates the game.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This is a very bloody fantasy (reds do eke their way into the black-and-blues), but it's hard to think of another film with as many severed heads whose overall tone is so sweet.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The "Age of Innocence" oozes anthropological dazzle, but Dazed and Confused may some day rate its own Smithsonian showings for clinically re-creating the High School Experience 1976. [20 Sept 1993]