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 Time of the Wolf
Lowest review score: 0 Branded
Score distribution:
856 movie reviews
    • 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."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Tiresomely simple, the film introduces a subplot involving betrayal and political informants in the eleventh hour, but by then you're either smitten by these guileless Zulu lads experiencing "freedom" on the waves or you've checked out.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Would that Harris had simply let the images and their historical context speak for themselves. His narration is simplistic and narcissistic... and the textual ideas he and his interviewees present about the intersection between race and imagery are hardly fresh.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    All of the filmmaker's fine work and good intentions cannot make this repetitive and finally tiresome saga fly.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    A watchable mediocrity at best.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    No matter how quotable the one-liners, the movie remains a far stretch from truth or insight.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Atkinson
    Just another basketcase with a blade.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 49 Michael Atkinson
    Predictable, tame dreariness.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 48 Michael Atkinson
    A modest project with an agreeably modest point of view, but it cries out for a sharp, believable naturalism Kusama simply doesn't supply.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 54 Metascore
    • 48 Michael Atkinson
    Its characters and plot are almost wholly negligible. It's just a party.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 47 Michael Atkinson
    Strains our patience with overacting and photography so sumptuous you can't help but ponder why so much bloodshed and mayhem is being so expertly prettified.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 52 Metascore
    • 45 Michael Atkinson
    Crammed with interesting ideas, visuals, and people, but Stone buries it all in a s--tstorm of technique.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 55 Metascore
    • 44 Michael Atkinson
    Few other 1999 films are as filthy with tantalizing elements as Agnieszka Holland's The Third Miracle, and of those that come close, none other is as pointless, confused, or unsatisfying.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 44 Michael Atkinson
    A pale, derivative little Brit ditty that will be forgotten almost as speedily as it was dumped...into theaters.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 44 Michael Atkinson
    Whatever extraordinary ingredients are necessary to fashion a 1776 home run, this movie doesn't have them.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 43 Michael Atkinson
    Isn't terribly revealing, and though it is interesting to watch Condo paint, it's only interesting for so long.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 43 Michael Atkinson
    X
    It's gibberish, but when X works at all, it works not on the brain, but on the gut.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Atkinson
    An empty, affected exercise, executed with just enough style to make you wish McQuarrie had a motive beyond his own career.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Atkinson
    A thoroughgoing mediocrity that musters up just enough low-down chuckles to remind you that you're not watching another Freddie Prinze Jr. yawner.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 41 Michael Atkinson
    Hardly a ripping, inspired children's film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 41 Michael Atkinson
    Provocative but lame-brained polygamy comedy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 41 Michael Atkinson
    Has only its actors to keep it afloat.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 41 Michael Atkinson
    Aims low and cheats on an ending, but meanwhile it's a bottom-shelf hoot.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Vertical Limit's real problem is its digitized sheen. Every shot seems to have been CGI-enhanced, so the movie has an overpasteurized, Velveeta-like glow -- processed movie food.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    The movie is typical Hill-pulp: modestly scaled and efficiently cheesy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    de Broca's efficient fencing-mania melodrama brings little that's original to the table.

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