Michael Atkinson
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For 856 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 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 A Mighty Wind
Lowest review score: 0 Strippers
Score distribution:
856 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Atkinson
    As a portrait of a man barely qualifying for a cinematic portrait, Benjamin Smoke is a trifle, but when Sillen and Cohen turn their cameras on the weedy, workaday, hellhole America that Benjamin calls home, the movie comes alive.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 75 Metascore
    • 57 Michael Atkinson
    Aviva Kempner's utterly conventional documentary plays like a lost chapter from Ken Burns' "Baseball."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 56 Michael Atkinson
    Feels repetitive and impacted.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 56 Michael Atkinson
    A pale imitation of the original Winnie the Pooh Disney shorts of the '60s, but a vast improvement on the current Pooh TV series and straight-to-tape specials.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 55 Michael Atkinson
    The film has a standard trajectory, but the details are unpredictable: Kitano fluctuates between goofy pratfalls. . . and elliptical pathos.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 55 Michael Atkinson
    It's a polished, beautifully made movie with a rotten heart.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 23 Metascore
    • 54 Michael Atkinson
    If you're expecting an experience approximately as dumb, badly acted, and childish as a pro wrestling match, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 53 Michael Atkinson
    Showing the sex seems to be the film's raison d'etre, which gets you only so far.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 53 Michael Atkinson
    Might be structured like a soggy house of cards, but it's shot beautifully and acted expertly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 52 Michael Atkinson
    As fascinating as the case is as history, however, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy is a TV show, not a movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 52 Michael Atkinson
    Likable, but frustratingly lazy, Ghost Dog has coolness running all through it, but little substance.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    It's a TV show and a facile one at that.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    It might be worth enduring the Limburger to see Fraser morph from freckled-faced Rod McKuen dweeb to seven-foot albino ball star and never miss a beat.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Wastes a ton of potent material.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Though rife with incidental plot holes, Foote's movie feels right even when nothing important is happening...which is much of the time.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    An entrancing glimpse of true underground Americana.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Kid-pulp screenwriter Goyer (Dark City, Blade I and II) manages some mature textures but his movie never surmounts its manipulative ideas.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    While the line-readings are often dead-on, Fishburne's movie suffers from the usual one-room claustrophobia and Mametian repetitions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Green Dragon's portrait of refugee angst is decidedly glossy; the grief and lostness are glimpsed rather than explored.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    As homey as old sweats.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Exploring a specific generational moment in mid-century Italy's social weft, Amelio's family saga might be his grimmest film, if only for the tragic exploitation of fraternity.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Pretension looms, and for many the web of symbolism will be too thick. But Rampling, to her credit, helps hold the nuthouse together.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Artless but seductive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    A Matter of Taste's largest handicap is restraint: It's too tasteful. The climactic crisis is a broken leg, and the off-screen denouement is unimaginative.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    It's tempting to read Abu-Assad's view of his ostentatiously wealthy heroine and her debutante narcissism as satirical of a certain cross-section of modernized Palestinians amid the occupation, but the placid, earnest way her dilemma takes up emotional space in his film suggests half-bakery.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    But Monsters, Inc. -- directed by Pixar soldier Pete Docter, not by master digital comic John Lasseter -- turns out to be stingy on context, commentary, and the prism-ing view of pop culture that made the earlier films mint.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Amid the cliché and foreshadowing, Cage manages a degree of casual realism.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    The characters talk like smart, unpredictable people, and Kelly Ernswiler is one of a kind.
    • 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.

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