For 949 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 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Pulp Fiction
Lowest review score: 12 Jawbreaker
Score distribution:
949 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    A Hitchcockian chase...A crowd-pleasing airport-pursuit pic. [27 Dec 1995, p.D1]
    • USA Today
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    It's a tough entry into the tough black-comic genre; don't be surprised if it becomes a classic. [31 March 1989]
    • USA Today
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    And novel insights notwithstanding, this is a plain old good movie, too.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Though less than the sum of its brilliant parts, the Coens' latest will still be must viewing in 32 years. [21 Aug 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Fury, I Am a Fugitive, Wild Boys of the Road and Emperor of the North come immediately to mind as definitive Depression movies. This little gem, which may get overlooked, deserves to be on the same list. [20 August 1993, p.5D]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Rock actually rocks out as one of the year's most purely entertaining movies (just keep thinking: Bill Murray as a ventriloquist).
    • USA Today
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    The one movie families search for every Christmas for an outing, the way "Something's Gotta Give" was last year and "Jerry Maguire" was in 1996.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    It's a case of actors and strong writing coming together, and it's uncommon in contemporary movies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    One of those movies in which pacing, dialogue and the right actors enliven a familiar story.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    It's gratifying to see a comedy can have no redeeming social value yet be full of hearty laughs.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The new version has the zip of a 96-yard punt return and all the ingredients to inspire the celebratory crushing of empty beer cans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Deliberately downbeat, it's best as a two-person character study, stumbling a bit whenever it extends its parameters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    There's a cold intelligence at work here. Though its pleasures are plentiful enough to reward a second viewing, only Nicholson has saved Warners from a wing-clip. [23 June 1989, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The story itself is surprisingly seamless, yet it's the individual components that linger.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    It's a sweet tale, but the movie's real subject is Zhang, the camera's muse that the lens adores.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    In contrast to big-screen bummers we see every week, this movie conveys genuine sorrow.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Consistently compelling without being truly memorable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    It's fast, easy on the eyes, full of funny putdowns and cast well enough to have two memorable villains.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This movie is so much the opposite of uplifting that you think Gary Oldman ought to be in it. But it's honestly made, and its second half does linger in the memory.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Pace and performances dominate, with popped salutes going to Keifer Sutherland, Kevin Pollack, Kevin Bacon and especially Nicholson's smiling barracuda. [11 Dec 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    For a movie that earns its R-rating for drug content and violence atop language and sexuality, it leaves you with the next thing to a mellow smile.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Land has a lot of funny moments, which are no less serious for being so, especially when the script turns politically prickly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Talk about the limitations of using the four-star rating system to assess a movie both glorious and dreadful, with the dreadful components glorious as well in their own bent way. [23 Feb 1996, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    But it does mine Murphy's gifts, and the payoff is both nutty and funny. Sometimes even touching, too. [28Jun1996 Pg.01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The filmmaker's new subject, the German occupation of France, has been treated with the seriousness it deserves in countless movies over the past half-century. This treatment is light and breezy for a change, though not altogether frivolous.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This movie is more wistful and winking, though it's obvious Mario is still working out emotional baggage with his tyrannically driven old man.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    One can't underestimate the appeal of any movie constructed around Sean Connery's charm.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    As a successful careerist who tries purging his neuroses in a coin-operated batting cage, Crystal is funny enough to keep Ryan from all-out stealing the film. She, though, is smashing in an eye-opening performance, another tribute to Reiner's flair with actors. [12 July 1989, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Transforming Clouseau's perennial nemesis into a more urbane smoothie, Kevin Kline delivers like a pro.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Shouldn't be overrated, but it's the first film of the year - and it's mid-February already - capable of keeping a grown-up awake.
    • USA Today

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