For 638 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
Highest review score: 100 Brazil
Lowest review score: 0 The Cat in the Hat
Score distribution:
638 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Obvious, simplistic, and never funny, Johnson's movie may be useful only as real estate porn--Cornwall and the Isle of Man never looked so super cute.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Penn goes for larger-than-life, wrapping his pinched frown around an unintelligible Louisiana drawl and swinging his arms like an autistic evangelist... Law is no asset--looking rather sadly like John Ireland (the actor who played the 1949 Jack Burden), he has little control over his accent and zero energy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    The film is more stale than crisp, with dialogue that is at least 50 percent old aphorisms, homilies, and clichés.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Arguably the most dysfunctional culture of the past few centuries, North Korea is a cosmically mad movie waiting to happen. But for now, Heikin's is merely insubstantial.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    It's not the freshest scenario, and Baker lets Lucky sputter and moan about his fate for so long that we wonder, as his sensible girlfriend does, why we're bothering with such undiluted dickness.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    The vibe rarely expands beyond dozy Comedy Central skits sprinkled with ironic cliches rather than jokes, 99 percent earnest slo-mo quirk and 1 percent funky non sequitur (the characters sport brand names, like Plymouth Ray-Ban), most of it explained rather than performed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Never good with nuance, Kim is a beast with disarming imagery but has few resonating ideas, leaving the domino-tumble of brutality to become its own tiresome spectacle.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Mostly pathetic but on occasion grimly funny.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    First-timer Nick Tomnay has expanded his movie from a short, and the point where he ran out of ideas looms like a cliff edge.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Honestly, Courtney and his crew all seem like nice people, but if there's an unironic audience for this kind of romantic jock-cup fondling, I'm not interested in knowing it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    The dialogue is as stock as the characters, and James's visual palette never surpasses the adequate.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Treading on a shameful piece of French history, Bosch bizarrely intercuts scenes of Hitler, Himmler, and Hess working out the logistics of the exportations, in vignettes that smack of "Inglourious Basterds" farce, but otherwise, she's got a steady grip on the tear-jerking, if that's your awards-season cocktail.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    You're stuck daydreaming about a far, far better movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Little more than a résumé film for all involved, it certainly feels more Park City than Bushwick.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Following is modest and engaging, but in being strenuously clever, it surrenders any dibs it might have on being relevant, or original.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Years of HBO seasoning has given Garlin and his cast a sure touch and great timing...but the whole project is mean-hearted and lazy, and it dawdles in repetition and dead air as if it's got a 14-show TV season to spin out.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Kill Your Darlings is an undernourished and over-emphatic film.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Not exactly a hagiography, Polish's film isn't a tragedy, either -- it's just an uneventful afternoon spent with a dozing rummy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    The Rod Serling tension Byrkit is angling for never quite arrives, nor does any real Borgesian frisson. But thanks to its social setting, it does offer a vivid and perhaps intentional satirical portrait of L.A. culture.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Brown's saga, like many before his, makes for snappy prose but a stumblebum of a movie.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    It's a campy, juiced-up ker-splat, busy with clumsy pyrotechnics and never nearing the vicinity of satire.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    At its most indulgent and posturing, Piñero plays like a movie the man himself might've made, between scores.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Cannot help but be merely another debacle that Tammy Faye will survive, eyelashes and integrity intact.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Not only is the dialogue endless...it's like driving behind a 15 mph geezer on a one-way street.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Soft-boiled blarney so sluttish with Hollywood clichés it could've been made in Burbank.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Smartly written, unevenly executed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    The story is little more than overdetermined trials and triumphs. Kids won't care, but they won't fall for it either; unsurprisingly, it doesn't stand a chance of providing them with the memories the book provided their parents.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    A decked-out mediocrity with a high-octane cast.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Fawzi shoots the proceedings in clumsy, gotch-eyed spurts, and the level of incoherence is impressively high.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Agazzi's movie rather provincially hints at sexiness, humor, and satire without actually manifesting them.