Michael Wilmington

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For 1,532 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Wilmington's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 25th Hour
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
1532 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Most of the jokes in Eddie Murphy Raw are the kind you regale buddies with to show off. Anyone as good as Eddie Murphy should have outgrown that years ago.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Wilmington
    It's Whoopi Goldberg, however, who gives you something extraordinary. At the center of all this formula tongue-in-cheek thriller pablum, she keeps sending out weird curves and bent splinters of off-center energy. She's a remarkably empathic actress, and you only hope she'll get a few vehicles that push her to the limit.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    The movie's great end-title sequence redeems everything. Under the credits, we see and hear the real-life game veterans as they are now--including, movingly, ex-Lakers coach Riley.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A modernized version of that great sentimental horse movie, 1943's "My Friend Flicka," and it comes with the shiny trappings, high professionalism and glamorous accessories you might expect...Something is missing though.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Wilmington
    It's possible to admire or respect a movie without enjoying it too much, and that's partly the reaction I had to Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain. It's an incredibly ambitious film of sometimes thrilling visual achievement, but it didn't connect fully to my mind and nerves.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    A near-classic blend of mystery, personality, humor and terror, laced with one stunning shock after another. [18 August 1995, Friday, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Wilmington
    It has ideas as well as jolts, themes as well as special effects, characters as well as gore. But, as adapted by writer W. D. Richter and director Fraser Heston, these Things seem disappointingly diminished, squeezed and stuffed into a box too small.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    One of the most entertaining movies this year, and one of the few that shows real invention and audacity, along with big-studio technical flash. [8 June 1986, p.C27]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Wilmington
    Too rich, too loaded, Maverick may have misplayed its cards, kept its eyes on the pot instead of the players. In movies, as in poker, you can't always trust a pat hand.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    This is a movie that rocks and socks you, and has a performance by Washington that's ruthless and scary. But in the end, it leaves you unmarked.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Wilmington
    there's no joy in this movie. It's a safe, compromised, even preachy, fable; a wannabe hip romp that never gets going. [07 Jul 1995]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    The two halves of Hiding Out--thriller and teen sex comedy--never meld, working against each other rather than together. Hiding Out never escapes its absurd hook, this mechanical collision of genres. After all, if someone really needs to hide out, isn't the best plan to simply . . . hide out?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    A sports bio movie that I really enjoyed about a sport and sports hero I barely knew existed: the World Hour Record competition for bicyclists and its gutsy, tormented and most unusual champion, Graeme Obree.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Wilmington
    Three Men strikes a funny chord. The audience seems to want to believe that these guys can be domesticated, but on another level, they don't want the trio broken. They want bachelor fathers, domesticated swingers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Two suggestions as you watch it: Never take anything for granted, and keep your hand on your wallet as you leave the theater.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Wilmington
    Mystic River is classic Eastwood, classic noir. If there is still some doubt about whether this one-time macho star is actually a world-class moviemaker, Mystic River should end the argument for good. One of the best American movies of the year, crisply well-crafted and beautifully acted.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    It's a real shame that most new boxing movies try to copy the crowd-pleasing, sentiment-choked tactics of "Rocky" rather than the stark drama of "Raging Bull" or the realistic grit of "On the Waterfront" and "The Harder They Fall." Against the Ropes is only the latest sorry example. The sad thing is that, with this real-life story and subject, it could have been a contender.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    It's a movie of uncommon eloquence and elegance, acted by a truly gifted cast.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Wilmington
    Cheerful but mind-numbing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    A cute, well-acted film that tries to mix tones sharply.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Wilmington
    Everything about the movie is overscaled, overbrutal, overbroad, full of holes. Yet there's something cheerful and wacky about it; it's a light-hearted blood bath.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    There's a zest and brilliance in Neil Jordan's racy heist thriller The Good Thief that makes it almost intoxicating to watch.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Wilmington
    A film of almost paralyzing gravity and large ambitions that, almost inevitably, it can't quite meet.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Freaky Friday commits a lot of sins; luckily, it has Curtis and a few others to cover them up.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Wilmington
    There's something a little absurd about this story, but for me, it's endearingly goofy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Wilmington
    A flashy, splashy and violent chase thriller.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Wilmington
    Has some of the wit, sass and sexual candor of an "Annie Hall." But it covers the same kind of territory with more bite and bile.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Wilmington
    Despite intelligent, sympathetic direction by Gordon, a brilliant lead performance by Robert Downey Jr. and an adapted script written by Potter himself before his 1991 death, this "Detective" pales next to its predecessor.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Wilmington
    Rad
    It lives on its action and dies on its gab. It also would have been better without all those songs about catching the thunder and grabbing the lightning and going for the glory. They sound like a rejected ad campaign for Old Milwaukee. In movies like this, action is often enough--but here, it's just not radical.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Wilmington
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles never rises above its marketing-hook origins. It's a product, a commodity, a toy tie-in, a trailer for the comics, an advertisement for the cereal. It's a naked sell.

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