Michael Atkinson

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For 863 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 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Mulholland Dr.
Lowest review score: 0 Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back!
Score distribution:
863 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Obsessives can be seductive, and Toback is interesting for the same reasons his films are often unendurable: He's not an artist so much as a giant pop-cult testicle pumping absurd energy in a rampaging, self-justifying gout.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Wittily conceived but clumsy as a newborn calf.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Elling is nothing if not carefully controlled hokum -- both actors, the director, and screenwriter all worked it through first as a stage adaptation of a novel by Ingvar Ambjornsen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Stilted as a beach house, the movie crawls from one harangue to another.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Everyone in the film is a walking cliché.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Dryly cynical; the scenarios pit plump, amoral, industrialized Jews against draconian, wife-beating, tribal Arabs.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Mattei is tiresomely grave and long-winded, as if circularity itself indicated profundity.
    • 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."

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