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 The Straight Story
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
942 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The big story here is Kristin Scott Thomas' captivating performance.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A movie that rudely flings feces at the breakfast table isn't for everyone.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Funny... and the payoff is the most provocative Hollywood concoction in a while.
    • 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]
    • USA Today
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The rap sequences are shot and edited with the excitement of a crisply broadcast sporting event, which in a way they are.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    As for the breathless 45-minute climax, no screen fantasy adventure in memory can match the showmanship.
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    In a possible breakthrough role, Law would seem to be the big winner.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    To see someone even attempt bittersweet treatment of this subject is surprising, but to largely pull it off is a major feat.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This is one movie in which you don't feel the long-ish running time, in part because there always seems to be a surprise (as well as a new street guerrilla) around every corner.
    • 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]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    It's also as good as "Out of Africa."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This is one inspiring movie despite extremely tricky subject matter -- better than "Shine" and among the most affecting ever made about co-existing with mental demons.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Some of the movie's best scenes -- knockouts, in fact -- involve musical interludes.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This is a rare twisted crowd-pleaser for longtime fans as well as novices -- or for those that don't know an arachnid from an insect.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Despite its title, Punch-Drunk Love is never heavy-handed. The jabs it employs are short, carefully placed and dead-center.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    If Martin Scorsese's staggeringly ambitious one-of-a-kind finally has too many flaws to be great, it has as much greatness in it as any movie this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Doesn't sound like a very prepossessing title, but prepare to be taken aback by "what's in a name." [6 July 1994, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Like the first half of "Best in Show," the movie is so deadpan that sometimes you have to pinch yourself to realize how potently satirical it is.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Romantic comedies with two low-key leads can be asking for trouble, but one senses that the actors must have clicked on some fundamental level.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    It plays even more like a bent version of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" for the new millennium. Slinging a line of bull but displaying genuine affection for the youngsters he's bamboozling.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Bill re-establishes that Tarantino ranks with "Boogie Nights'" Paul Thomas Anderson as one of the few Hollywood filmmakers of the past 25 years with the stuff to win a lifetime achievement award.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    You get the sense that there's probably more to the story than you get here. But the movie's moral will soon be indelible: You just can't fake it in the Internet age.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    And novel insights notwithstanding, this is a plain old good movie, too.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    This is a filmmaker who instinctively knows that a shot of Santa sitting at a bar as Ricky Nelson sings Jingle Bells will be no-frills funny.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Has enough tasty bait to satisfy an array of moviegoers: Burton fans, Albert Finney fans, fans of tall tales well spun by experts and fans of movies that don't look like any other.

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