For 941 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Crumb
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
941 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Rocket flies with comic-kaze crooks. [21 February 1996, p. D6]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Aside from the "Nutty Professor," this is the funniest Murphy comedy since the Reagan Administration.
    • USA Today
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The presence of "Election's" Chris Klein as the male contingent's most sensitive member only emphasizes how much smarter that high school comedy was.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    His complex personality comes through in this surprisingly affecting minor pleasure, though perhaps one shouldn't be surprised when two of Hoop Dreams' key makers reunite for another smart sports pic. [24Jan1997 Pg.03.D]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Just a good time at the movies, but it's still a smarter two hours than most "good times" are.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Williams is impressively restrained as well as funny, so fans need not fret. It only means that instead of Good Morning, Preppies, we're given a bittersweet, even eerie Goodbye, Mr. Hip. [2 June 1989, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    There's more terror than entertainment here, though. I've seen a lot of movies in my life I couldn't wait to see end; this may be the first good one.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This is a blueprint for mainstream moviegoing, but be forewarned that the finale is surprisingly down-and-dirty. In this case, though, the violence blisteringly redeems what has been a merely OK thriller. [8Nov1996 Pg.01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Stately but static. [23 December 1997, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    More than a quarter-century ago, Redford played a young CIA employee in "Three Days of the Condor." Someday, it will make a great living-room double bill with Spy Game -- the actor then and now.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The movie has a couple of surprises, including a major plot turn at the end that leads to a memorable resolution somewhere between happy and wistful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Beauty is about two-thirds the serious-edged romp it would like to be, which still leaves a lot of room for tony fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Indeed, Eve's milieu is fresh and specific enough to make even Jackson subordinate to Kasi Lemmons, the writer (and sometimes actress) who dreamed up this story for her directorial debut. [07Nov1997 Pg08.D]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This time, he (Ang Lee) has Kevin Kline, Joan Allen and Sigourney Weaver trudging through ice both emotional and literal -- an omnipresent metaphor but not one unduly sledgehammered. [26 September 1997, pg. 1 D}
    • USA Today
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Alas, what you've heard about Sofia Coppola (as Michael's daughter) is true; she swallows words and speaks “valley girl.'' What a difference Winona Ryder would have made. [24 Dec 1990, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Girls isn't fabulous, but you do feel its characters really have connected.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Between Jackson's opining and De Niro's hopeless alibis when he messes up, Jackie is good for a bundle of bloody ho-ho-hos.
    • USA Today
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The milieu here is unforgiving, which makes fighting for basic rights important. You get a sense of why Bob Dylan -- who performs on this soundtrack -- wanted to bolt this frigid part of the map.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Both female roles are unexpectedly meaty, so much so that the film loses something once the far more lively Stone is dispatched. Hour one (more satirical) is better all around, though the falloff isn't fatal. [1 June 1990, Life, p.2D]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A long-on-video 1993 release now restored to its original Cantonese with different music and more audio pop.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Stylish, brisk but lacking in human dimension despite an attractive cast. [22 May 1996, p. D1]
    • USA Today
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Recalls the pumped-up energy of "Pump Up the Volume," as well as its casting prowess.
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Thing's opening hour is fast-paced, though not fast enough to obscure the reality that "American Graffiti" and "Diner" had sharper writing and certainly more psychological depth. [04 Oct 1996, Pg.01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The actress may get an Oscar nomination for the wrong movie -- "Moulin Rouge" over "The Others" -- but it would be a double misfortune for audiences to overlook a performance that boosts its movie from moderate to memorable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Despite implied fidelity, we might as well be watching William Shakespeare's The Cable Guy. Yet the film's skewed stylistic flourishes capture enough of the original's spirit to provoke more respect than rejection. [01Nov1996, Pg. 01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This also is the rare combat movie that deals substantially with mourning widows on the home front.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    But purely as an exercise in style, this movie has its moments.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Though Robocop is too well-crafted to be entirely loathsome, it's at best an amoral goof. Yet like the comparably silly Lethal Weapon, it cynically pushes all the right action-audience buttons. Better duck - here comes a monster hit. [17 Jul 1987]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    It's fairly solid fun, though, without breaking any new ground, just as January's remake of "Assault on Precinct 13" was.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Preposterous to the extreme.

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