Michael Atkinson

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For 879 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 67% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Warm Water Under a Red Bridge
Lowest review score: 0 Crush
Score distribution:
879 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 59 Metascore
    • 41 Michael Atkinson
    Hardly a ripping, inspired children's film.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Mostly pathetic but on occasion grimly funny.

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