Michael Atkinson
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For 861 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 6.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Secret Sunshine
Lowest review score: 0 I Am Sam
Score distribution:
861 movie reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    When it isn't TV-movie familiar, Egoyan's film is bughouse crazy, mixing in campy pulp elements that bleed pressure away from the story.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Lonesome Jim has the import of a deliberately squelched sitcom, or a home movie that's poisoned by unhappiness but shown anyway for stray laughs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Today, the movie doesn't portend Altman's subsequent tailspin into irrelevance as much as it suggests a restlessness with the comic realism he had mastered.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    However bogged down by predictable story rhythms, banally assembled shoot-outs, and climactic mano a mano, The Missing has an acidic period tone, a respect for the reality of violence, and a refreshing dearth of superhuman heroics and easy triumph. For that much, we should be grateful.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Plays best as a dry exercise in historical doublespeak and rationalization.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    It's too bad that the film is sporadically crude (a moment of suicidal angst is illustrated with a shove-zoom to the pavement), prone to mega-Italian extroversion, and far too in love with stupid pet tricks.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    First and foremost a trial run for a Universal Studios ride.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    No matter how quotable the one-liners, the movie remains a far stretch from truth or insight.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    The techies still can't manage to make two characters look convincingly into each other's eyes -- it's like watching Disney World animatronic figures do soap opera.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    The Central Park Zoo is cheaper, you can walk away from the penguins after 10 minutes, and it has snow monkeys and beer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Brothers emerges as no less or more than Bier's claustrophobic compositions and unimaginative choices.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Ends up second-guessing its own high-minded strivings, not trustful enough of its audience to be sophisticated about history and ethics, and not pulpy enough to keep us awake.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Funahashi's visual mood-making is an object lesson in how to create a sense of intimate anomie with next to nothing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Musters gobs of atmosphere and touristy menace without attending much to story or character.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    The characters talk like smart, unpredictable people, and Kelly Ernswiler is one of a kind.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Tognazzi's use of public spaces, streets, and offices is three-dimensional and exciting in a Michael Mann–ish way, and Ennio Morricone's all-bass-register piano score keeps things nervous. But La Scorta suffers from an anemic plot pulse-you could say the judge's bodyguards did their job too well, because nothing much happens-and the anticlimax is as dull as it is pessimistic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Hardly the kids'-sports movie we need, but maybe it's as much as we can handle.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    The details are eye-opening (or ear-opening, in the case of marching songs taught to the new Marines about slaughtering Arab schoolchildren), but soon Foulkrod's film backs itself into a Support Our Troops corner.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Amid the cliché and foreshadowing, Cage manages a degree of casual realism.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    It's decent, exoticized pulp with a porcelain veneer, and should be consumed idly.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    As homey as old sweats.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Zesty in a workmanlike sort of way, providing supporting henchmen Jason Statham and Mos Def with pleasingly unsensational characters given to subtle twitches of idiosyncrasy.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    If the movie works on its own insipid level, it's because of high-gear star power -- 50 times the captivator Dennis ever was, Theron is terrific at creating adorable intimacy with little help from the script or director and exudes more guileless élan than any of the film's many puppies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Dano, with his remarkably guileless meta-teen puss, is thoroughly convincing, which is more than can be said for the film's shameless climactic steal from "Five Easy Pieces."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    It's a sprightly, low-fiber comedy while the comedy lasts.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    What results is unremarkably schizophrenic--half gritty sojourn into the inner-city furnace, half Hollywood brain death.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Rarely funny and straining to reach feature length, The American Astronaut achieves sweetness via its straight-faced take on utter gobbledygook.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Like the film, Pai's character is muddily conceived and ill-focused, but the coltish, tremulously delicate Castle-Hughes is a hypnotic camera subject.

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