Michael Wilmington

Michael Wilmington

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Michael Wilmington's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) "It shakes you up the way many other notable foreign-language film debuts once did -- films like"Breathless, The 400 Blows or Knife in the Water. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 27, 2015
1.5/4 54% Blade (1998) "Blade is often ridiculous, mostly poorly written and, surprisingly poorly acted too. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3.5/4 95% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) "The younger actors are now more confident. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2015
7% Teen Wolf Too "The pacing is near-cataleptic and the movie's intended comic highlight is a frog-fight in the biology lab. Isn't that just what you're dying to see and hear? " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 24, 2015
88% Nora's Will (Cinco dias sin Nora) (2010) "Thanks to Lujan, it's very funny. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 18, 2015
81% Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) "Beyond Thunderdome is the third in George Miller's Mad Max series, and it closes the trilogy like a lightning blast followed by the ominous, resonant drone of thunder. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 13, 2015
0% Hot to Trot (2010) "Hot to Trot is a movie to make ninnies whinny, audiences gag and horses hide their heads. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 21, 2015
83% Casualties of War (1989) "There's a moral charge to the action, but it's also swooningly exciting, coldly scary. Every friend may be an enemy, every innocent a traitor. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 16, 2015
82% Talk Radio (1988) "Oliver Stone's Talk Radio makes you laugh, makes you mad and keeps you edgily watching for the killers in the shadows. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2015
73% Rok Spokojnego Slonca (The Year of the Quiet Sun) (1984) "A Year of the Quiet Sun is a great, beautiful and humbling work, a film of majestic compassion. Its conception and execution are thrilling; its actors magnificent. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/4 88% Naked (1993) "Mike Leigh's Naked is a great one -- a film of brutal impact, withering wit and humanity. It deserves one of the highest accolades movies can receive: Seeing it shakes you up, changes your vision. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 4, 2015
3.5/4 100% Whispering Pages (1993) "It's an art film that makes as little concession as possible to mass tastes. But if you accept that oddness, Whispering Pages can be a subtly beautiful and rewarding experience. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 3, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet Cosmic Africa "A ravishingly shot documentary journey conducted and narrated by noted astronomer Thebe Medupe. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 7, 2015
4/4 94% A Tale of Winter (1992) "Rohmer's style, over the years, has become so easy and natural that, at its best, his work never seems like fabricated drama... While this low-budget Tale of Winter may seem simple, it's a masterly simplicity. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 15, 2014
4/4 87% The Exorcist (1973) "The Exorcist, like most memorable Hollywood movies, gains its power from the way it mixes opposites: new-style realism and sexual radicalism, old-style horror and religion. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 15, 2014
4/4 98% The Night of the Hunter (1955) "One of the great movie horror tales, with one of the greatest of all movie villains. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 14, 2014
4/4 91% Eraserhead (1977) "What makes Eraserhead great -- and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch's films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it's the single-mindedness of its vision. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 14, 2014
3.5/4 98% Eyes Without a Face (1962) "Eyes Without a Face is a perfect example of how cinematic poetry can transform a seemingly disreputable movie genre. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 14, 2014
4/4 80% Underground (1995) "Kusturica takes us from wacky farce to harrowing grief to lyrical fantasy to bloody horror. To ignore any side of Underground is to do it injustice. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 23, 2014
3.5/4 56% Flamenco (2014) "A superb, impassioned concert film. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 19, 2014
85% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) "It's a great concert, but it's also a fascinating character study. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 10, 2014
89% Light Sleeper (1992) "It's a failure perhaps, but an honorable failure. If it isn't saved by grace, it has many saving graces. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 9, 2014
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 90% 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
33% 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
40% 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 72% 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
No Score Yet 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
86% 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
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