For 639 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 25% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 72% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 52
Lowest review score: 0 Mr. Deeds
Score distribution:
639 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    That the Cold War was a wasteful charade proves Bitomsky's point amply enough, but his movie is a repetitive bore.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    One of those hellishly predictable digital-monster gauntlets that makes you pity the actors.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Sandler is less goofy than spitefully self-absorbed, and most of the comedy feels like child abuse.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Since Lee is a sentimentalist, the film is more worshipful than your random "E! True Hollywood Story."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    An adept mood maker, Medem strains madly for cosmic alliances, fairy-tale imagery, and fated coincidences, but he triumphs only with two hot bodies, a cluttered apartment, and a Shower Massage.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    In the end, Ted Bundy's only justification is the director's common but unexplored fascination with the frustrated maniac; there's no larger point, and little social context. "Badlands" this ain't.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    It's an easier movie to tolerate than it should be if, like me, you're in love with Téa Leoni, who, as a lithe, lusty, strangely patient firecracker Superwife in a shag, rescues the movie from the tar pit of irrelevance. With some decent lines, she could be the new Myrna Loy.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Only Giovanni Ribisi, with a back-of-the-bus speech about the betrayals of insurgent and counter-insurgent politics, finds a genuine moment. All the same, for some unfathomable reason, Dylan's autumnal self-salute is not particularly difficult to watch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Wang mistakes affectless storytelling and character conception for rigor, and as a result huge portions of Beijing Bicycle are dull and repetitive.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    The commonest sort of cultural pasteurization.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    His movie (Jordan's) winnows the original's existentialist fable into a busy caper thriller, copping plot devices from Soderbergh's "Ocean's 11" and even straining to Wong Kar-wai its camera's way around the fleshpots of Nice. It's all pizzazz, and the pizzazz is all borrowed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Gave me a craving for something nouvelle, not a half-hearted Hollywood co-optation.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Irritatingly repetitious and piled high with long-foreseen conclusions.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Written, directed, and edited with the offhand shoddiness of a day worker thinking about his evening beer.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    What's more disappointing is how filthy Invincible is with missed opportunities for Herzog to be Herzog.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Polished and visualized with a sharp sense of place, writer-director Robert Connolly's drama is propped up by bogus science (the relationship between stock undulations and the Mandelbrot set is never made plausible), and the characters are paint-by-numbers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Zucker's frenzied trifle is painless, with a few decent running gags -- and an ocean of bad ones.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    A big, stupid bull with bodacious tits, but that's not to say it doesn't dish out some lite hardy-hars.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Cliché-density aside, Roger Donaldson's perfectly rote movie is childishly naive about the reality of the CIA as it stands in the official record and in the public mindset.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Campbell is the movie's primary power source. His steely gaze and overbearing quietude are forever tainted; "Once and Again" doesn't stand a chance in Lifetime reruns.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Eccentric enough to stave off doldrums, Caruso's self-conscious debut is also eminently forgettable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Desperately avoiding the risk of even a half-second of boredom, the movie is wall-to-window-to-door noise, babbling, and jokes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    It's a shame that, somewhere in his mystagogical handstanding, Fresnadillo forgot the real world.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    An air-conditioned bus tour of Punjabi ritual. Nair stuffs the film with dancing, henna, ornamentation, and group song, but her narrative clichés and telegraphed episodes smell of old soap opera.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Prince Chatri Chalerm Yukol's movie is lovely, large, and tedious, subscribing blindly to storybook stereotypes (this warrior is brave, this prince is noble, this consort is evil) and acted, for the most part, in a passionless monotone.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Has a customarily jovial air but a deficit of flim-flam inventiveness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Bumrushed onto American screens like late-breaking news, the Japanese TV doc Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times is a relatively thin slice of Chomskiana -- a chapter from any of the man's many interview volumes, or even an hour of his C-SPAN dialogues, has more political substance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Has only its stylized designs to recommend it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    I have a friend who insists Allen should make a western, if only because the demands of genre might force the birth of new ideas. His movies do create and service an innovation-free comfort zone that makes most TV sitcoms seem adventurous.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Jonesing for headlines and gossip-buzz, Wonderland is too look-Ma for its own good -- the simple story of a doomed hop-hog over his head in bad shit could've hit the nerve if left to tell itself.