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 Play
Lowest review score: 0 Branded
Score distribution:
881 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Mild as satire and completely unconvincing as tragicomedy.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The loss of the first film's hurtling who-am-I? story engine is keenly felt, and too much time is spent observing the characters get on and off planes, trains, and automobiles.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    All of the filmmaker's fine work and good intentions cannot make this repetitive and finally tiresome saga fly.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Slick and grown-up as Richard Gere himself, this intricate fiscal thriller takes a dead bead on extreme privilege.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Hardly the trippy icon the doc’s title suggests, the artist is now more like everyone’s slightly seedy hedonistic granduncle, happiest sketching cartoon pigs and walking the moors of County Cork.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    At its most contemplative, The Trilogy is a stirring and shrewd portrait of lives lived in oblivious parallel. [Note: From a review of the entire trilogy.]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The tale's faux-fable simplicity is cunningly eloquent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    The upshot is a general fog of two-dimensional characterization, slowly churning plot gearwork, and an ineffective air of forced lyricism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 84 Michael Atkinson
    An explosive experience...and you have to love the movie's rabid energy and lust.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Far from creating a pungent portrait of a society gone mad with blood and greed, Schroeder's movie strives for political points while it's whiffing on simplicities like character, motivation, and believability.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Atkinson
    It's a film, a rather gorgeous one, of glances and ephemera and delicate metaphors.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    What's abundantly clear is how far this kind of moviemaking has come from any knowledge of real criminal life; it's a geek's ineffectual daydream of mayhem.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Not a farce, or comedy or drama, but essentially a doodle interrupted by nouveau ballet performances, the entire contraption assembled to please the ego of Neve Campbell.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Atkinson
    Accomplished, middlebrow costume-drama entertainment. It's not so simple that it could be mistaken for the work of, say, Lasse Hallström, and yet it's not so sophisticated that audiences of "Chocolat" would be mystified.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    However defined, the movie's a moody piece of Wellesian chiaroscuro (shot by Max Greene, né Mutz Greenbaum) and an occasionally discomfiting underworld plunge, particularly when the mob-controlled wrestling milieu explodes into a kidney-punching donnybrook.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Ray
    Hackford's movie falls into a meandering saunter. As the music grows dull, so does the movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    The Weeping Meadow shares the awed sense of solemn apocalypse with his (Angelopoulos) signature films, but it's lighter, more musical and folktale-ish.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Although it's thoroughly retooled, H.G. Wells's scenario doesn't allow for many soft landings, and the extreme respect for havoc on view quite properly keeps the Spielbergian cutesies to a minimum.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    The Fall of Fujimori is more-or less-than the flip side to last week's Film Forum Peru primer "State of Fear": It's a prismatic shudder, a maddening manifestation of historical ambivalence.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    The film is a vehicle for Applebroog-appreciation, daughterly and otherwise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Plenty of twisty scripting makes the queasy damage seem conceptually neat and tidy, as if that's a good idea, but what we need here is a little more meat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 76 Michael Atkinson
    One of the year's best imports and one of the very few queer movies that transcends its sexual orientation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    As the monks themselves threaten to nod off, the film's impressive narcotic effect enters the bloodstream-or so it may seem only for the unenlightened like me.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Busting with clips from films Haskell Wexler shot and directed, the doc is a rare thing: an ingenuous portrait of a thoroughly Four-Square Artist, Assembled With Love And Rockets Inside A Family's Spite-Tainted Gates.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Michael Atkinson
    A superb, wise, and witty Taiwanese film about being single and what to do about it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 61 Michael Atkinson
    It's yet another serial killer movie, a plot element that by this point in time, far from being disturbing or fascinating, is just plain dull.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    The hair may thin considerably under Brick's hat after a while, and Hammett redone remains Hammett half done, but while the plates are in the air, it's a spectacle of nerve.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    A sealskin-slick, cat-and-mouse romance-caper trifle with a hard-on for wealth that feels downright Trumpian.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Still, the textures of Refn's wallow in bad behavior are completely convincing, if the plot-stuff is a little familiar and if the overarching notion that, as Quentin Tarantino said somewhere, "gangsters have kitchens, too" seems by now valid but no longer terribly fresh.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    A modest and mildly pretentious mediocrity in the Woodman canon.

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