Michael Atkinson
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For 862 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 Play
Lowest review score: 0 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Score distribution:
862 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Sometimes clumsy and dry, always sympathetic, and wryly interested in the impact food has on social intercourse, Be With Me is eventually affecting once its elliptical shape becomes clear.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Full of well-observed supporting riffs, Crash might've accumulated more frisson had it cast a clearer eye on how social tension actually plays.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    For all of the film's preciousness, the pungent notion of having your young-teen self gazing in horrified disappointment at the adult you've failed to become is as fresh a thematic undertow as it is disquieting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Directors Jenner Furst and Daniel Levin go for montaged ambience, and Levin's lyrical camerawork limns a beguiling, modestly Wong Kar-wai–ish rhapsody out of very little. When Levin's lens is focused on Shirtcliff's unwashed hair and spectral eyes, the film grabs hold of something sweet and sad.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    She (Rossellini) is radiant in a profoundly ordinary and believable way, as always, and stirs up generational pathos all by herself.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    You're not sure what this is till it's over, but certainly Hawke's performance is his nerviest and most sincere in a decade.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Now, we have Jeremy Renner as another Treadstone mega man (there were nine, apparently), and though he is a likable enough pug-nosed action figure, the Damonlessness is sorely felt.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    It is, for a contemporary CGI-fraught fantasy-slash-living-video-game, not at all bad, dotted with moments of Bosch and steady on its storytelling feet.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Beneath may be an earnest goof, but any intended irony is so spiked with rainy-day-matinee movie love that the result is an oddly guileless horror exercise, unscary but rather adorable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The movie is so brisk, even-handed, and realpolitik you're never quite sure if it has anything to say.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    A pleasant old man's movie, in the end, but not one for which Boorman will be remembered.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Amelio might just be trifling around, and sometimes that's how the film feels — rudderless and unsure of its own purpose. If fuzzy thematic thrust doesn't bug you, however, the essence of Albanese as a shrugging everyman for post-debt-crisis Europe may be its own reward.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Arresting, visually accomplished documentary.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Packed with melodrama, and often it works in the passionate, easy-to-watch manner of an old-fashioned "woman's film."
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    But it's Lopez's movie, and its limitations are hers: Both actress and movie tackle emotional turmoil with a minimum of insight.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Glossy, gruesome police drama.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    For some viewers, this will seem a trial of predictability and unrelenting sweetness; for others, it's more than enough.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Sags, lollygags, and blusters too much to sustain the what-the-hell momentum that Kitano achieves in his best movies.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The voyage is never less than interesting, even when you have no idea where it could possibly go.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Pure, irrational, claustrophobic, gritty, unpretentious.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The cast is largely nonprofessional, and the story has the simplicity of myth.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    A tepid and surprisingly dull farce stamped from the "About Mary" mold.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    It's not a movie you could call dispassionate, however aimless and unfocused. It's a Molotov cocktail tossed in several directions at once.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The material it does pull off is daring and sharp.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The naked, artless display of nerve and rebellious bile is altogether unique in modern movies.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    At once arch, derivative, and, in the end, bizarrely lyrical.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Mild as satire and completely unconvincing as tragicomedy.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Has one of the most stupendously tasteless premises in cinema history, and much of the time when this movie tries to beckon a smile, the effect is closer to astonished nausea.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    This might be as perfect a new-millennium Halloween creepshow as we can expect.
    • Mr. Showbiz

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