Michael Wilmington

Michael Wilmington

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Tribune , Film Comment Magazine , Las Vegas Weekly , Los Angeles Times , Metromix.com , Movie City News
Critics' Group:
Chicago Film Critics Association, National Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
1221

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
74% Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby) (1987) " It has the likability of the first movie. The people who made it have carried over much of the original's weightless, sweet-tempered flavor." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/4 56% Legends of the Fall (1994) " There's a vast psychodrama being played out on the Ludlow ranch, battles between generations, philosophies, races and sexes. And the landscapes, photographed by John Toll, majestically backdrop all the personal and cultural furies." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2.5/4 79% Seven (Se7en) (1995) " Unfortunately, most of the scenes in Seven are unlikely, which means that by the end of the movie the duo is battling not just an insane killer but an off-the-wall screenwriter." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3/4 84% Bottle Rocket (1996) " Bottle Rocket is a beguiling surprise, a terrific little movie comedy about a slightly addled gang of young criminal wannabes." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 4, 2014
4/4 97% Casablanca (1943) " Nobody lights a torch like Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa or carries one like Humphrey Bogart's Rick." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 26, 2014
88% RoboCop (1987) " Verhoeven's strong suits have always been visual energy and a Rabelaisan realism: a gutsy, jovial way of ripping through social systems." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 11, 2014
3.5/4 93% Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) (1994) " Eat Drink Man Woman may not just amuse and entertain you. It's likely to make you very hungry, too-perhaps for more than food." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 10, 2014
75% The Lost Boys (1987) " There's always room for fancy trash, and this movie -- about a gang of punk vampires terrorizing the new kids in town -- seems capable of providing some. Then the characters open their mouths." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 21, 2014
2/4 71% The Ref (1994) " It's not a bad idea, but it's not a good movie, either." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 6, 2013
0.5/4 75% The Santa Clause (1994) " A feeble attempt to revive the tradition of heartwarming family seasonal comedies that gave us Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, The Bells of St. Mary's and many others." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 6, 2013
84% Lethal Weapon (1987) " At center is the first big, juicy mythic-hero part Gibson has had since Mad Max." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 6, 2013
4/4 94% It's a Wonderful Life (1946) " The most well-loved of all Christmas movies." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3.5/4 84% Gremlins (1984) " A horror-comedy about cute little Christmas toy/pets who turn into murderous monsters wreaking havoc on a Norman Rockwellian town." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3.5/4 96% Miracle on 34th Street (1947) " A Christmas season evergreen." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3.5/4 88% A Christmas Story (1983) " [A] richly remembered tale of Christmas past." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 4, 2013
86% A Midnight Clear (1992) " A Midnight Clear -- not quite a great war movie but certainly a sensitive, bright and supremely moral one -- shows how courage itself can be a kind of insanity." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2013
2.5/4 80% While You Were Sleeping (1995) " It plays like a movie dreamed up by people in a studio marketing department who'd decided to bare their souls." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3.5/4 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas has a grotesque charm, a pie-eyed magic." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 3, 2013
100% The Witches (1990) " Real darkness seethes beneath the "Once upon a time" surface, mostly due to Henson's seemingly curious selection of the brilliant and audacious Roeg to direct." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 25, 2013
88% Delicatessen (1991) " Delicatessen is a fearsomely intense movie that mixes moods with formidable assurance." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3.5/4 93% James and the Giant Peach (1996) " One of the brightest, giddiest and most outlandishly exciting of all the Disney Studio's recent major feature cartoons." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 18, 2013
92% The Little Mermaid (1989) " The Little Mermaid -- impudent, grandiose, a multilevel crowd-pleaser -- almost returns the Disney animated features to their glory traditions of the '30s and '40s." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
87% River's Edge (1987) " River's Edge is a contemporary horror story about teen-agers, but it contains no slasher scenes or serial homicides. Its monsters are all too real." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 11, 2013
2/4 47% My Fellow Americans (1996) " The movie suggests we get the government we deserve, but do we really deserve this movie?" — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 22, 2013
4/5 89% Near Dark (1987) " There's a ghastly humor in all this, and Bigelow brings it out without overindulging it. Faced with a nearly repulsive subject, she makes the blood flow inside it, stream out over the cuts." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
3.5/4 92% Carrie (1976) " A voluptuously shot horror movie." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 6, 2013
3.5/4 95% Peeping Tom (1960) " It still packs a wallop. Maybe that's because, in cinema, we're all peeping toms. And the camera, in skillful hands, can be an exquisite instrument of terror." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 5, 2013
4/4 100% Battleship Potemkin (1925) " The most brilliant of all Soviet silent films." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2013
4/4 97% Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922) " It's not just a great horror movie. It's a poem of horror, a symphony of dread, a film so rapt, mysterious and weirdly lovely it haunts the mind long after it's over." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2013
3.5/4 93% Out of Sight (1998) " A darkly amusing and sly romantic comedy about an accident-prone bank robber (George Clooney) who falls in love with the sexy federal marshal (Jennifer Lopez) on his tail." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/4 92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " The great Hollywood battle films have told us repeatedly that war is hell. Saving Private Ryan, more than any other, is the one that shows it." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3.5/4 91% Face/Off (1997) " In Face/Off, Woo sweeps us away again, into a world of wild action, heroism, villainy and double faces that turn deadly." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/4 96% Supercop (Police Story 3) (Ging chaat goo si 3: Chiu kap ging chaat) (1992) " Sly and Schwartzy, eat your hearts out. Chan's the man." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 1, 2013
4/5 94% Ruthless People (1986) " The characters here aren't just bad; most of them are truly vile -- human slime. And the film makers chew them up (especially two nefarious bonbons played by Danny DeVito and Bette Midler) with the toothsome glee of jolly cannibals." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
4.5/5 95% Midnight Run (1988) " Who said movies always have to be original? This one is redeemed by execution and brilliant talent: De Niro, Grodin, director Martin Brest, composer Danny Elfman, most of the cast and technicians." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/4 95% Apollo 13 (1995) " Apollo 13, one of the most exciting adventure movies of the year, proves that science history can be just as thrilling as science fiction." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/4 92% Persona (1966) " One of the screen's supreme works and perhaps Ingmar Bergman's finest film." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 23, 2013
2/5 48% Flatliners (1990) " The movie's problem, like many others recently, is that it isn't any deeper, dramatically or psychologically, than its own trailer. It is the trailer: the long version." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 1, 2013
4.5/5 97% The Princess Bride (1987) " Heroic fantasies, we often feel, should be lighter than air, hot as dragon fire, fast as a sword in sunlight. And that's mostly what we get from the delightful The Princess Bride -- along with some bracing humor and foolery." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 28, 2013
4/4 89% Trainspotting (1996) " Trainspotting is a searing pop-art portrait of a lost generation blowing out its brains. As they rail, chuckle, shout and dive into darkness, you're trapped yourself between a bellylaugh and a scream." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2013
3/4 84% Safe (1995) " You'd have to be cranky or blind to deny Haynes' artistry and vision. There's a dark power, a tremor that runs through the movie like the rumble of a secret dread." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 24, 2013
4/4 94% The Truman Show (1998) " It's a satire/comedy/fantasy about the future of television and the people caught in its omnipresent electronic net: a supremely intelligent jape about a man named Truman Burbank." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 19, 2013
4/4 88% The Usual Suspects (1995) " It's a nerve-shredding suspense movie about corruption, a bravura actor's show full of deliciously twisted cops and robbers, and a complex riddle packed with unexpected turns." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 18, 2013
1/5 8% Problem Child 2 (2004) " Louder and dumber, more preposterous, unfunny and pointless." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 5, 2013
2/4 15% North (1994) " It's a prime example of what can happen when hip, slightly cynical establishment filmmakers try to make a deeply sentimental movie." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 5, 2013
1.5/5 5% Caddyshack II (1988) " On and on they come -- Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Jackie Mason, Dyan Cannon, Randy Quaid -- all trying to crack us up, all failing miserably." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2013
2/5 16% The Super Mario Bros. (1990) " Ultimately, it's one more stop in the arcade, beckoning, waiting to soak up time and money." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 30, 2013
3/5 11% No Holds Barred (1989) " The movie never takes itself seriously and director Tom Wright (TV's "Beauty and the Beast") has fun with the wrestling montages. Hogan himself has an appealing screen presence -- like a gallant teddy bear who goes berserk every 10 minutes or so." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 29, 2013
2.5/4 11% Bushwhacked (1995) " Bushwhacked isn't much of a movie. But it made me laugh more than I'd like to admit." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 28, 2013
1.5/5 10% Fire Birds (1990) " Lean, mean, clean and empty-hearted, Fire Birds is a video-game recruiting poster with a bomb ticking inside--a bomb that never goes off." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 28, 2013
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