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 Brazil
Lowest review score: 0 Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back!
Score distribution:
862 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    A decent little exercise in nativist outrage, Rolf de Heer's The Tracker, with its dynamic between indigene and colonial oppressor, could've easily been a western.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Pure, irrational, claustrophobic, gritty, unpretentious.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    A competent, earnest ethnographic video doc that never quite rises above its own best intentions.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Israel's one-man new wave, Amos Gitai, surveys his nation's hardscrabble quotidian in Alila, which dallies with both Kiarostamian spirit and Altman-esque fabric, examining the intersecting lives of a dozen or so Tel Aviv residents.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Harmless and affectionate, The Dish gives its clichés breathing room, and so a few are pleasantly surprising.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The tale's faux-fable simplicity is cunningly eloquent.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Casting Tokyo as a neon wilderness thick with aged "perverts" and teenage pimps, the movie frames a critique of socially permissible pedophilia as indelible as Harada's eavesdropping mise-en-scène.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Murray is always pleasurable company, and his barely suppressed soulfulness might've supported this dawdling big-fish story if its insistent larkiness had abated and let a little reality in, as had "Rushmore."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Instead of hitting the gas and allowing the scenario to rock 'n' roll with g-forces, Reitman keeps his movie small, unvaried, slack, and deliberately and oddly, completely smoke-free.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The cast is largely nonprofessional, and the story has the simplicity of myth.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    It's all about the performances. Kechiche is reserved and superbly troubled, but Wright Penn, her stardom-crippling reserves of bitterness and bile rising to the surface, is a scary monster in full bloom, and her habitation of this wacky role makes the movie worth its weight in pixels.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    It's a shame that Jeepers Creepers cops out -- as American genre movies have been doing for years -- and plays it safe with an F/X-heavy creature that no one would believe in a thousand years.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The naked, artless display of nerve and rebellious bile is altogether unique in modern movies.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Rock is brave, fully invested in his character, and with a wide-open face and foolish grin, outrageously funny. It's a singular performance achieved without condescension or camp. Who'd a-thunk it?
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Plays like "The Honeymooners" might have if Ralph Kramden were from Pakistan, but with less laughs and more ignorant spite.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Hribar's film is not remarkable or ingenious in its creation of ethnic gusto and peripheral naturalism, but it's adept enough for a pass on M:i:III.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Hilary and Jackie tries far too hard to dictate emotional involvement right out of the gate, and you're left counting off the doom-laden cues for things that are sure to return full circle.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    It's boilerplate Miramax: a sentimental import with lovingly photographed Euro locale.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Electric Shadows is committed to movies-as-escape swoonery, but the script's late disasters are also predicated on cinema and filmgoing, suggesting an ambivalence the rest of the film seems oblivious to.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Taking the medium slopes and never venturing into extremities, Shepard gets all of his laughs if not the ironic heart-tugs, and his cast is perfectly in tune. (Davis in comedic-observant mode is funnier than most American actresses in fifth gear.)

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