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:
1258

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 67% Maverick (1994) " This movie doesn't have the wry kick of the TV show at its best. 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." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 2, 2014
3.5/4 89% Midnight Cowboy (1969) " Midnight Cowboy moves beyond realism into an archetypal tale of the Big City destroying dreamers. Joe and Ratso, like Of Mice and Men's George and Lenny, are quintessential failed, lower-class, buddy-dreamers." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 2, 2014
4/4 96% Charulata (1964) " Film masterpieces, like our heart's desire, shouldn't elude us forever; Charulata is an experience every movie-lover should share." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 29, 2014
31% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) " More dialogue-heavy and somewhat less frenetic, this sequel is somewhat more to my own taste." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2014
41% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990) " As a movie, Ninja Turtles would make a better cereal. It looks like it needs a little milk and mother-wit poured over it, something to make it snap, crackle and pop." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2014
3% The Apparition (2012) " Dull, dreary, pointless and bad, sporting shock scenes that don't shock, a grisly premise that doesn't make sense, and a meager cast of mostly uninterested-looking Hollywood lookers." — Movie City News
Posted Jul 27, 2014
7% Man Trouble (1992) " It's a lazy-looking movie, amiable and smart, but so fuzzy, in its imagery and structure, that it suggests the sun is getting to everybody, that they all need a dip in the pool." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/4 25% Fathers' Day (1997) " Williams and Crystal often supply, through their ad libs, what the writers may have left out." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4% Problem Child (1990) " Sound funny? The filmmakers here think so. They've jacked this loud, lame shrieker of a movie up to the highest decibels, both aural and visual, and rammed it in our faces with almost numbing aplomb." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 14, 2014
17% Masters of the Universe (1987) " A misfiring, underdone epic that takes its inspiration not from life or literature, but from a toy line and the cartoon series it inspired." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
1.5/4 5% The Avengers (1998) " This movie -- gaudy, grandiloquent and often staggeringly silly -- is one more example of how bloated and top-heavy many "event" action movies have become." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 8, 2014
11% Father Hood (1993) " Most of the characters may be trapped in programmed spontaneity, but you can get a real lift out of the landscapes, the crisp sunlight splayed over gas stations and billboards, and the cannonade of '50s and '60s rock oldies." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 8, 2014
2.5/4 11% Batman & Robin (1997) " The movie has its entertaining flashes, but there's too much bat-jive and bat-hokum." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 18, 2014
54% The Doors (1991) " The whole movie is white hot, lapped in honeyed golds, evilly blue and black or drenched in those swoony, fiery reds. The Doors blasts your ears and scorches your eyes." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 17, 2014
34% Tango & Cash (1989) " Tango and Cash is a waste of talent and energy on all levels: unworthy of Konchalovsky, unworthy also of Stallone, Russell and every superior technical credit on the film." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 11, 2014
2.5/4 39% Armageddon (1998) " If you're going to blow up the world -- or advertise your intentions to do so -- you might as well have some laughs along the way." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 6, 2014
34% She's Having a Baby (1988) " If She's Having a Baby were a funnier movie, if the fights were more cleverly written and Bacon and McGovern played them more deftly and lightly, it wouldn't have that unpleasant edge -- seesawing between romance and paranoia." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2014
2/4 71% Léon: The Professional (1994) " The sheer craziness and excessiveness of the movie -- no crazier, perhaps, than many of the American action movies it copies -- never finds a center of gravity." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/4 99% L.A. Confidential (1997) " L.A. Confidential is a movie bull's-eye: noir with an attitude, a thriller packing punches. It gives up its evil secrets with a smile." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2014
86% The Travelling Players (O thiasos) (1976) " The Travelling Players is one of the major neglected movie masterpieces of our times." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 3, 2014
3.5/4 90% Chungking Express (1996) " Chungking Express is a breezy little Hong Kong movie that has more life, energy, humanity and sheer visual zing than most other shows you'll see in a month or so." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 28, 2014
2.5/4 66% The Rock (1996) " Since the plot is ridiculous, The Rock works best when it's most light-hearted." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 27, 2014
—— Ukigumo (Floating Clouds) (1955) " Quietly eloquent, immaculately crafted." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 22, 2014
3.5/4 96% La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore) (1973) " A classic that remains as burningly alive and shocking today as it was in 1973." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 22, 2014
76% Licence To Kill (1989) " Every once in a while, [the Bond series] pulls in its stomach, pops the gun from its cummerbund, arches its eyebrow and gets off another bull's-eye. The newest, Licence to Kill, is probably one of the five or six best of Bond." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 20, 2014
46% The Babe (1992) " It's not a bad movie. But its sentiments are faster than its reflexes. By the time it tries to uncoil a home-run swing, the ball has already vanished." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 9, 2014
2/4 46% For Love of the Game (1999) " This is no perfect -- or even half-perfect -- game. It's another movie where conventions are subbed for life lessons, where the emotions are cued by golden oldies and where the motivation (at least on the studio's part) isn't love of the game but money." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 8, 2014
88% The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) " In the years since he first played Drebin, Nielsen has deepened the role, made it more subtle, more universal, more paramount." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 6, 2014
12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) " The overall effect is of a story atomized and dying before our eyes, collapsing into smashed pulp, ground down into big-budget Kryptonite ash." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 5, 2014
9% Drop Dead Fred (1991) " Drop Dead Fred is an erratic stab at making madness sensible, a slapstick nightmare that goes too sane, that tries too hard to be both good and rotten." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 5, 2014
4% Wired (1989) " The crippling flaw in the film lies in its mix of surface daring and inner funk. Inside, it keeps flinching." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 4, 2014
1.5/4 10% Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) " The fun of the idea in Cop 3 is the notion of a huge, corny, funny-animal park, with cops and killers running around in the tunnels. But the movie gets drowned in casual brutalism, lazy shtick and telegraphed jokes." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 2, 2014
3.5/4 86% Heat (1995) " When Pacino's loud, bruised cop and De Niro's canny crook stare at each other, you can read something spent and weary in their eyes and voices. The heat is hell. So are their jobs -- but somebody's got to do them." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2.5/4 59% Disclosure (1994) " This is the least personal movie [Levinson has] made in years, and the script is more a shortening of Crichton's story than a dramatization." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
11% She's Out of Control (1989) " The script is another one of those high-concept specials that sound like they were midwifed by an agent." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 23, 2014
4/4 95% Ran (1985) " Ran is one of the cinema's greatest works, a film of true tragic vision." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 23, 2014
3.5/4 94% Fargo (1996) " Fargo, with its grotesque murders and cheery detectives, is a cold gem that takes us to the far north. Its seemingly pitiless light opens up the realms of darkness concealed beneath that world of white." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 21, 2014
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 85% 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
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