For 1,144 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Clark's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Short Cuts
Lowest review score: 12 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
1144 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Director Richard Attenborough's Chaplin is catastrophic only partly because it tries to squeeze in topics, subtopics and more. [24 Dec 1992, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Fortunately, Games' finale is lively enough to keep viewers from cursing on the way out; there's a monsoon, a speedboat chase, a fire, explosion, the usual. Yet does it really exceed action genre expectations? Not really. Even enthusiasts may exit Red October's sequel feeling a little blue. [5 June 1992, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Shots is intermittently funny - but never, even on its own terms, important. [31 July 1991, p.6D]
    • USA Today
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    'Burbs is a messy mix of Gremlins, Neighbors, Rear Window and Arsenic and Old Lace. [17 Feb 1989, p.6D]
    • USA Today
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    It's gratifying to see a comedy can have no redeeming social value yet be full of hearty laughs.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    T&H isn't art, but it's surprisingly good ''arf'' - and I know what I like. [28 July 1989, p.5D]
    • USA Today
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Smith is looking more and more like a developing major talent, so it could be years until we get a handle on this movie's legacy. The film is not only defensible as a cute one-shot, but also as a positive sign for the future.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    If you can imagine a relatively solemn take on this theme, RoboCop 2 is it. Though Irvin Kershner's direction is competent, there's not a whole lot of eye-twinkling in evidence. [22 June 1990, p.2D]
    • USA Today
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    There's nothing very rockin' about seeing Gene Hackman give a rare indifferent performance as a Navy admiral trying to effect a rescue for which his hands are tied.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    For the first time in years (even counting his excellent work in “Internal Affairs”), Richard Gere's acting gears aren't too obviously apparent; Julia Roberts, though the breadth of her emotional range remains in question, is beautiful and can act - a not-bad blueprint for continued employment. [23 Mar 1990, Life, p.4D]
    • USA Today
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    A less-than-middling melodrama whose subject matter and talent never click as much as its credits portend.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    JFK
    JFK is provocative, a technical primer and an ensemble treat with unusually well- realized star cameos. [20 Dec 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 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
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Look out for everything, and listen, too, because Suspects is one of the most densely plotted mysteries in memory.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Brothers never catches fire the way Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" did. And you almost feel during subpar special effects that sweaty stagehands are pushing the trees around.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Richard LaGravenese's flashback script craftily tones down Waller's wind, adds a germane subplot and strengthens the novella's framing device. [02 Jun 1995, p.D1]
    • USA Today
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Mike Clark
    Ultimately grim, Liam is ripe in humanity --and even comedy.
    • USA Today
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Mike Clark
    Long, lumbering, pretentious and for some a possible laff riot. [23 Dec 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Mike Clark
    Deliberately downbeat, it's best as a two-person character study, stumbling a bit whenever it extends its parameters.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Mike Clark
    When the cast starts wondering where the roadkill is, someone says, "Follow the smell." Good tip: That's how you'll know where Wax is playing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Though Hour 2's heavy emphasis on physical and emotional confrontations stimulates dramatic momentum, this respectable superstar meeting is finally, of all things, ordinary. [26Mar1997 Pg04.D]
    • USA Today
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    Despite haunting moments in this fabricated fling between a headstrong Native American and an English sea captain, the film isn't as chirpy or majestic as recent Disney fare. [16Jun1995 Pg. 01.D]
    • USA Today
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    A hopeless if harmless boxing picture whose principals just happen to wear uniforms outside the ring, Annapolis is set in a U.S. Naval Academy where no one ever seems to attend class.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    Compared with other films Costner has directed, Range isn't a folly like "The Postman," nor is it quite as over-elaborated as "Dances With Wolves."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Mike Clark
    Emperor is like Full Metal Jacket - uneven, fuzzy, imperfect, and one of the reasons the movies were invented. [20 Nov 1987, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 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
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Clark
    There's nothing super about the movie, aside from a loopiness that affords it a certain guilty-pleasure cachet.
    • USA Today
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A film dealing fully with Hoffman's final years might have had a lot more punch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Mike Clark
    A promising debut by young writer/director Jacob Estes, this story of a botched revenge plot still isn't likely to break out even in multiplex August dog days.

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