Michael Atkinson

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For 881 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 67% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Terrorizers (1986)
Lowest review score: 0 Bewitched
Score distribution:
881 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Atkinson
    The lovely ball-&-socket meeting of the two artists' sensibilities is what makes the doc sing, even if it is a chronicle of a death foretold.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Though Maclean uses every trick available to make up for the missing inner voice, we never get into Crudup's mellow loser like we should. Maclean's got an incisive eye, but it's poised on the outside of the terrarium looking in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Wacky, vividly conceived but mundanely executed cartoon fantasy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Atkinson
    Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is more than just another bid for respectability, like "13 Assassins" -it may well be Miike's best film, a patient, ominous piece of epic storytelling that conscientiously rips the scabs off the honorable samurai mythology.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Machuca is still a half-measure. Wood is fastidious about period set design, but not much else; rather than burning with experience, the film feels opportunistic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Atkinson
    Easily the best directorial debut of the year, and possibly the most mature and haunting film to ever come out of Scotland, Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher is a throat-catching masterpiece of lyricism, observation, and stone-cold realism.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Most of all, it's an early chapter of Demy's courtship with the provincial France of his youth, with the most bewitching generation of French actresses, and with movies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Brothers emerges as no less or more than Bier's claustrophobic compositions and unimaginative choices.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Yamada's decidedly undazzling yet expressive filmmaking approaches classicism, from a sensei training session captured in one lengthy shot to the final showdown, seen with shifting points of view that suggest a relativist unease with the cut-and-dried judgments of war culture.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    The actors are all on target (particularly Penelope Wilton as Shaun's relentlessly cheery mum), and taken on its own shaky legs it's a wittier genre coda than "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Michael Atkinson
    It's a satisfying swan song.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Atkinson
    The Dance of Reality may be Alejandro Jodorowsky's best film, and certainly, in a filmography top-heavy with freak-show hyperbole and symbology stew, the one most invested in narrative meaning.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Atkinson
    Garrone's film grows in your head afterward, making royal hash out of a cultural paradigm we'll be loath to remember years from now—if, by then, everything hasn't become "reality."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Michael Atkinson
    Suzhou River might be more pulpy than profound, but it still sings its old song better than we've heard in years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 74 Michael Atkinson
    A near-perfect confection, a beautifully executed Hollywood all-you-can-eat salad bar of glamour, plot twists, breathtaking Mediterranean vistas, and jazz.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Atkinson
    Suzuki has made the ultimate meta-movie, a self-parodying, surrealist gangster daydream as intoxicating and insubstantial as an absinthe swoon.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 57 Michael Atkinson
    Aviva Kempner's utterly conventional documentary plays like a lost chapter from Ken Burns' "Baseball."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Emblematic of the man's (Oshima) career: ironic, ambiguous, sublime.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Pure, irrational, claustrophobic, gritty, unpretentious.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Hitting the ground in his ultra-naturalistic mode, Assayas only uncages his star's formidable smile once or twice and never demands our empathy, making Clean a uniquely pungent portrait of dependent personalities and the strain they put on the social weave.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Polished and adroit ado about next to nothing, Hodges's film owes everything to Owen, who nails the vaguely unsavory, unreadable, half-lidded hunks that inhabit every profitable entertainment-industry outpost.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Michael Atkinson
    (Paradis) delivers what might be the most affecting film performance ever given by a supermodel.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 75 Metascore
    • 47 Michael Atkinson
    Strains our patience with overacting and photography so sumptuous you can't help but ponder why so much bloodshed and mayhem is being so expertly prettified.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    As it is, Duris, capable and dull, is no Keitel, 2005 is no 1978, and The Beat That My Heart Skipped is no "Fingers."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Some of the buckshot hits its target: Shrek's second sidekick, assassin-turned-comrade Puss in Boots, is voiced by Antonio Banderas as an outrageously mock-dramatic Spaniard with most of the pig-pile screenplay's best toss-offs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    As much as Lady Vengeance spins around its implacable protagonist like a rabid dog on a rope, the film becomes in its last, galling act an unlikely but stunning ensemble piece.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 79 Michael Atkinson
    Formally astute, visually arresting, and fearlessly horrifying.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Metropolis is "A.I." without tears.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Arresting, visually accomplished documentary.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Buoyant with quiet smiles and unpretentious fondness.

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