Michael Atkinson
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For 854 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 29% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 68% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Howl's Moving Castle
Lowest review score: 0 Mr. Deeds
Score distribution:
854 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Just as fabulously cartoon-Gothic as "Sleepy Hollow."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Rarely funny and straining to reach feature length, The American Astronaut achieves sweetness via its straight-faced take on utter gobbledygook.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 48 Michael Atkinson
    Mangold ultimately delivers the same film any number of other Hollywood journeyman could've made from this material, and the results are predictable and stale.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Suggest a Clintons-at-home scenario for 2001 -- haunted by the ghosts of dalliances past.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Myers has hit upon a genuinely original schtick, and that fact alone is immeasurably groovy.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 51 Metascore
    • 41 Michael Atkinson
    Has only its actors to keep it afloat.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Even though Gray is no raw-boned rookie-he has made TV movies for decades, plus, back in the day, a single Steven Seagal floater-his movie is rather inexcusably obvious, going for "troot," but recycling dese-dose-dem clich├ęs already pressed into plastic lumber 25 years ago.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The omnibus film usually saves its home run for the climax, but Eros begins with the best third, Wong Kar-wai's "The Hand."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Atkinson
    Stunning in its guileless self-love, Smith's doodle-movie shows virtually no sign of being made for an audience. The 90-minute by-product of Smith's let's-shoot-a-movie pot party can be mystifying -- we've all stood soberly by as high friends guffaw at nothing in particular, but now we can pay for the privilege.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 23 Michael Atkinson
    Hamilton's quasi-Luddite tale doesn't make a coherent movie under the best of circumstances, and these were, apparently, something substantially less than that.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Dramatically lopsided, Assassination Tango is a spontaneous life-slice in which John J. (standing in for Duvall) fumbles like a besotted granddad toward empathic connections. That it doesn't "work" is a measure of its sincerity.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 36 Michael Atkinson
    Pushes the standard tropes of gay romance movies a few more steps toward full-blown cliché-dom.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    It's a campy, juiced-up ker-splat, busy with clumsy pyrotechnics and never nearing the vicinity of satire.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Clubfooted but earnest, Pandya's movie never forgets about its second-gen issues, but never quite plumbs them, either.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    No matter how quotable the one-liners, the movie remains a far stretch from truth or insight.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 50 Metascore
    • 27 Michael Atkinson
    If Lee's intention was to cement our loathing of blackface comedy, he's succeeded all too well.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    This all-digital indie is, by genre standards, either a misfired doodle or an attempt to Lovecraft-ize the popular movement. Or both.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Since Lee is a sentimentalist, the film is more worshipful than your random "E! True Hollywood Story."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    An utterly empty-skulled genre mechanism and nothing more.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Glossy, gruesome police drama.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Bad Guy, one of the seven films in Kim's fascinating back catalog, is another kind of cocktail--simple, bitter, served straight and in an unwashed glass.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Offers director Roger Spottiswoode a chance to have the worst actor in Beverly Hills play scenes with himself.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    The techies still can't manage to make two characters look convincingly into each other's eyes -- it's like watching Disney World animatronic figures do soap opera.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    Though a relatively sober essay on criminal organization, Tycoon is also thoroughly pulpy -- that is, crass, unimaginative, corner-cutting, and simplistic, with the visual vocabulary of daytime soap.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Not exactly a hagiography, Polish's film isn't a tragedy, either -- it's just an uneventful afternoon spent with a dozing rummy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Brown's saga, like many before his, makes for snappy prose but a stumblebum of a movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Atkinson
    An empty, affected exercise, executed with just enough style to make you wish McQuarrie had a motive beyond his own career.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Treading on a shameful piece of French history, Bosch bizarrely intercuts scenes of Hitler, Himmler, and Hess working out the logistics of the exportations, in vignettes that smack of "Inglourious Basterds" farce, but otherwise, she's got a steady grip on the tear-jerking, if that's your awards-season cocktail.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    What results is unremarkably schizophrenic--half gritty sojourn into the inner-city furnace, half Hollywood brain death.

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