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 Topsy-Turvy
Lowest review score: 12 Falling Down
Score distribution:
942 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Even when there are lulls, the emotions seem authentic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Imagine: a pseudo-intellectual baseball fantasy loaded up, like a spitter, with seductive sentiment. You can distrust the mix, but still like the movie - and I do. [21 Apr 1989, Life, p.D1]
    • USA Today
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The story itself is surprisingly seamless, yet it's the individual components that linger.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This movie will remind a lot of people of John Ford's masterpiece, "The Searchers," without the rowdy humor and, yes, without the greatness. But it's an admirably solid effort that's as mean as it has to be, which is plenty.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A provocative dissection of human dynamics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Bottom-line funny, often convulsively so. [2 Dec 1988]
    • USA Today
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    A cautionary tale very well-told.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Grimly claustrophobic movies can make viewers put up a shield, yet Tim Blake Nelson (who directed O) invests this unusual Holocaust drama with dramatic intensity that in no way cheapens its subject matter.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    If you end up cursing, try not to forget The Abyss' spectacular oil-rig collapse, a killer chase scene, two fine leads, and one Oscar-worthy "creature'' special effect midway through. Do forget the rest - unless you really dig Casper, the Friendly Ghost. [9 Aug 1989, Life, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Irritates in the early going when many of the current-day interviews are so intentionally underlighted that we can't see what the group members look like.
    • USA Today
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This is intelligent grown-up entertainment on both a political and a humanistic level.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Don't underestimate the appeal of a heart-tugger that's this well mounted.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The film is, however, almost inevitably wistful for the past, and many of its emotional touches come from juxtaposed then-and-now footage of the participants.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Viscerally juicy....The movie is effectively cast. [25 July 1997, p.D2]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    We accept the sincerity and altruistic motives of the aging loner he (Philip Baker Hall) portrays in this consciously spare Nevada-set sleeper. [13 March 1997, p. 8D]
    • USA Today
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Beguiling Victoriana. [18 July 1997, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Though this is a tough movie to dislike, it plays more like a second draft than a final product.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Woody Allen is good for his funniest screen romp in a while, thanks to a few evenly spaced standout scenes of laugh-out-loud intensity.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The result is far from perfect, but to its many merits, add timing. You never get a movie with this kind of story in mid-August.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Often a cinematic marvel and often the year's most pungent movie medicine, Beloved always feels as if it's carrying the world's weight, and maybe it is. [16 October 1998, p. 7E]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Fortunately, a movie that needs some levity gets a comic boost from William H. Macy as a fictional racing handicapper from the golden days of radio. As if training a horse, Macy cues us to laugh every time he's on screen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    This smashingly filmed and performed one-shot is (uh, so to speak) the year's best romantic comedy. [8 Dec 1989]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Exceedingly well cast and assembled with flashy visuals and pacing by Harron, this period piece is diminished by its relative pointlessness.
    • USA Today
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Landed exactly the right actors for a script that already gets points for respecting its teenage characters.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    The finale, which utilizes vintage home movies to show us the real people we've just seen portrayed, packs a wallop. [19 February 1999, Life, p.13E]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Few filmmakers of the past 20 years have mesmerized as much in their use of crisp, color-drenched photography.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Even without the surprise of seeing Spader going for laughs and getting them, Secretary is just too original to be ignored.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Well acted by an ensemble that leans toward equality for all, Mile carries its long running time extremely well.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    It has an elusive, haunting quality, but it's too long at 133 minutes, and there aren't many movies these days that get more involving as they progress.

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