Michael Atkinson
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For 862 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 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Play
Lowest review score: 0 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Score distribution:
862 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Michael Atkinson
    A remarkable debut, and its first half is a genuine jolt.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 73 Michael Atkinson
    Rarely falters but neither does it ever take flight.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 73 Michael Atkinson
    A thoughtful, stunning piece of work in what, of late, has been an otherwise arid indie landscape.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Has an intemperate vitality that's hard to resist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Michael Atkinson
    (Paradis) delivers what might be the most affecting film performance ever given by a supermodel.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 64 Metascore
    • 71 Michael Atkinson
    The film's details are spot-on, its tone ludicrously ironic, and its casting deft.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 25 Metascore
    • 71 Michael Atkinson
    Follows a predictable low-comedy path, but does it with such fierce appeal and beautifully wrought wit that it doesn't feel quite like any comedy American theaters have seen since the equally underrated "Grosse Pointe Blank."
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    May be an elaborate stunt, a bungee jump, but even so, it's forceful enough to leave a rare palpitating residue.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Ishii's rough-hewn film may be the nastiest entry in its dubious but resonant subgenre since "I Spit on Your Grave." It's a black pearl for anyone who likes a little existential psychosis with their semi-softcore exploitation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Much more so than any movie actually about spiritual discipline, the new Chinese film Mongolian Ping Pong could be a meditational object-- if, perhaps, it wasn't a sneaky comedy and, to boot, one of the most breathtaking cinematic records of landscape and sky ever filmed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Dead flesh is a ruling motif, but Gleize's airy, observant personality makes even the graphic dismemberment of the bull, scored with flamenco stomps, buoyant and fascinating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Perhaps little more than an object lesson in the end, the movie's nevertheless a sobering day trip, more for its hints of a forgotten history of culture collision than its sensible but rote socioeconomic sympathies.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    The movie's shake-and-bake mix of "reality" and crumbling subjectivity is too deliberate to be about character--it is, rather, a game of movieness, a masquerade of Grand Guignol–as-psyche, virtually a parody of the surrealist's notion of consciousness bagged and tagged on celluloid.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    The Fall of Fujimori is more-or less-than the flip side to last week's Film Forum Peru primer "State of Fear": It's a prismatic shudder, a maddening manifestation of historical ambivalence.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Farnsworth brings a smidgen of scary energy to the social hellfire, and his newbie cast often out-act the pros.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    The filmmaking is fresh and unemphatic, and the acting is generally gripping.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    An unassuming, unadventurous, but likable dramedy about dying and grief.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Arbeláez indulges in occasional twinges of Hollywood "emphasis," but mostly the film glides on its matter-of-fact textures.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    An earnest, roughshod document, it serves as a workable primer for the region's recent history, and would make a terrific 10th-grade learning tool.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    By now, grandchildren are ever-present, and stasis has set in. Apted's entire project is awesome in scale but subject to inevitable diminishing returns.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Little in a Jaoui film is particularly original, but it's all perfectly convincing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    The Weeping Meadow shares the awed sense of solemn apocalypse with his (Angelopoulos) signature films, but it's lighter, more musical and folktale-ish.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    One of the year's thorniest releases.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    If anything, Na's film is too much of a good thing, exceeding credibility too often (the punching-bag hero is far too lucky - good and bad - and absorbs a hilarious amount of punishment) in its pursuit of despairing violence. But that's the Korean way, and Na nails down the bottom feeder realism while slouching toward video-game hyperbole.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    The most supremely odd American film of the year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    There's no missing Kellstein's unstated horror during the fight sequences, which traffic in queasy blood sport absurdity that overshadows "Battle Royale" and "The Hunger Games," because the cherubs are eight and because it's all too real.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Soldiers is righteously explicit about the damage artillery does to human flesh, and for its part, it proves relentlessly unpleasant.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    As the monks themselves threaten to nod off, the film's impressive narcotic effect enters the bloodstream-or so it may seem only for the unenlightened like me.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    After 9-11, a sick, scandalized lame-duck mayor became a national hero for simply keeping his composure on TV. Keating's film is a comet out of the past, but it's focused, if only circumstantially, on the future.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    It's a gut-twisting story handled, largely and predictably, with asbestos mitts.

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