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 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 The Great Beauty
Lowest review score: 0 Strippers
Score distribution:
861 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Everything is pre-medieval and unwashed, but with Antoine Fuqua at the steering wheel King Arthur is still a comic book, if a little more "Classics Illustrated" in tone than we'd have the right to expect.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Man Push Cart is a diminutive film, finally--vying for a neorealist vibe, it lacks the Italian history makers' narrative urgency, and the sociopolitical conflict at the heart of the immigration "issue" is hardly engaged.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Dolls risks the bank on symbology as gaudy as teen anime and as heavy as a stone temple.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    For better or worse, Vanilla Sky is a genuine, albeit jejune, statement of star consciousness -- blustery with self-awe and feverish with cataclysmic self-doubt.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    David Mamet takes on the digi-tech, hard-Clancy-core intel thriller most often inflated by Tony Scott and like-minded plodders, and typically he elevates it, botches it, and exploits it for searing political comment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Foer's ironic ideas have a lovely roundness to them, and somehow the film achieves Holocaust-fiction balance without much ado or melodrama. It may be substantially less ambitious than its source material, but that may be what saves it from implosion.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Not a farce, or comedy or drama, but essentially a doodle interrupted by nouveau ballet performances, the entire contraption assembled to please the ego of Neve Campbell.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Authentic ethical dialogue is conspicuous for its absence, as is the potentially disturbing view of a normal, working-class corner of American society going not-so-quietly cuckoo.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    All in all, the movement turned out to be a godsend for Rio natives, but the film is merely a pep rally.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Taylor traipses around after Zizek on a continent-hopping lecture tour, and we get a face full of the man's tireless analysis, in a style that can only be characterized as hyperactive grizzly bear, complete with spit-spewing speech impediment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Hardly the idiosyncratic Mickey Finn you'd expect from the men behind 1998's underrated "Zero Effect" and 2000's discomfort-splooge "Chuck & Buck."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Nolte's exploding patriarch jacks up the story's antisocial wish fulfillment into a Nietzschean-anarchist's wet dream, but one can only vainly hope that the preordained sequel will head in that dastardly direction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    May be the ultimate paradigm of self-reflexive cinema, eating Godard's tail for him and one-upping the classic anti-cartoon Duck Amuck by submitting to a cunning entropy and a self-inquiry so relentless the movie never moves from square one.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Women of a certain age will kvell, but the point might be better made for the rest of us by rewatching the autumnal Rampling in Ozon's "Under the Sand."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    As is typical of contemporary Italian movies, every one of Comencini's women seems on the verge of a hysterical collapse.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Green Dragon's portrait of refugee angst is decidedly glossy; the grief and lostness are glimpsed rather than explored.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Monahan's debut has verve and charisma, but, in the end, the tension of a late-night pub shrug.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Winterbottom never provides the empathic connective tissue we expect. Love it or not, 9 Songs amounts to a common human rite fastidiously caught in amber, giving off no heat or joy but crystallized for the future.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    An entrancing glimpse of true underground Americana.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    It's "Broken Flowers" with bourbon and ten-gallons and meta-country soundtrack warbles.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Promised Lands is the only western documentary made about the war, but today, the movie seems more remarkable as a Sontag artifact than as political filmmaking.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    As obvious in many ways as its title (and its poster), Mean Creek retains a gritty working-class ambience, but it feels over-rehearsed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    A modest and mildly pretentious mediocrity in the Woodman canon.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Complain all you want about Willis's posturing and the rabbit-in-the-hat ending (predicated as it is on a vast plothole), the film is still a rarity, a studio horror movie focused on a child's traumatic stress.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 49 Michael Atkinson
    Turturro's movie is all surface, all artifice, and little substance. Actors love artifice; the rest of us wait for it to clear so we can find something meatier.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 41 Metascore
    • 49 Michael Atkinson
    Predictable, tame dreariness.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 48 Michael Atkinson
    Mangold ultimately delivers the same film any number of other Hollywood journeyman could've made from this material, and the results are predictable and stale.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 32 Metascore
    • 48 Michael Atkinson
    Somehow manages to stay afloat on a sea of pretension, thanks largely to some splashy visuals.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 54 Metascore
    • 48 Michael Atkinson
    Its characters and plot are almost wholly negligible. It's just a party.
    • Mr. Showbiz

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