Michael Atkinson
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For 854 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 Eureka
Lowest review score: 0 Mr. Deeds
Score distribution:
854 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 39 Michael Atkinson
    An orgy of bad decisions and cheap ideas.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Atkinson
    The characters aren't convincingly written, rarely if ever behave like believable humans, and consequently don't matter to us in the least.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 36 Michael Atkinson
    Pushes the standard tropes of gay romance movies a few more steps toward full-blown cliché-dom.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 34 Michael Atkinson
    To say that it's dull barely scratches the surface.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 56 Metascore
    • 33 Michael Atkinson
    A ponderous stage adaptation that expends only the mildest effort to overcome its staginess.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 34 Metascore
    • 32 Michael Atkinson
    A tepid, pretentious indie that flies from the memory like a tissue in a twister.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 32 Michael Atkinson
    Joffe's latest is a formless, inanimate lump.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 31 Michael Atkinson
    An earnest but fatally amateurish and stereotypical melodrama about fraternity hazing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 31 Michael Atkinson
    One of our very few consummate movie star actors, Washington can't quite elevate this dismal material as he's been able to do in the past, but he retains his dignity.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 24 Metascore
    • 31 Michael Atkinson
    Oak-stiff and witless, but a few scenes muster up embarrassed chuckles.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 31 Michael Atkinson
    It's a chilling piece of legal hysteria, and ripe for nasty farce. But Pooh plays it all for buffoonish pratfalls and fart jokes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 31 Michael Atkinson
    The movie is so slovenly in its animation and graceless in its writing that few viewers over the age of 9 are likely to notice.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 31 Michael Atkinson
    Flows like day-old cement.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Brown's saga, like many before his, makes for snappy prose but a stumblebum of a movie.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    It's a campy, juiced-up ker-splat, busy with clumsy pyrotechnics and never nearing the vicinity of satire.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    At its most indulgent and posturing, Piñero plays like a movie the man himself might've made, between scores.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Cannot help but be merely another debacle that Tammy Faye will survive, eyelashes and integrity intact.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Not only is the dialogue endless...it's like driving behind a 15 mph geezer on a one-way street.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Soft-boiled blarney so sluttish with Hollywood clichés it could've been made in Burbank.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Smartly written, unevenly executed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    The story is little more than overdetermined trials and triumphs. Kids won't care, but they won't fall for it either; unsurprisingly, it doesn't stand a chance of providing them with the memories the book provided their parents.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    A decked-out mediocrity with a high-octane cast.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Fawzi shoots the proceedings in clumsy, gotch-eyed spurts, and the level of incoherence is impressively high.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Agazzi's movie rather provincially hints at sexiness, humor, and satire without actually manifesting them.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    85 percent explosions and editing idiocy (a window can't break without director Peter Hyams cutting between five different angles) and 15 percent Arnold trying to grow a third dimension. Seeing him try for "sad" is like watching a dog try to talk.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Beautifully shot and littered with disquieting character business, the film is hog-tied by its own bad Big Idea.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Remains simplistic and gimmicky in the context of Iranian cinema.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Indiana Jones has never been so missed, but instead this shaggy God story hones in on the faith dilemmas of Banderas and a sputtering Derek Jacobi, so Sunday-hammy you want to rivet him with cloves.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Logic, motivation, suspense -- anything that might make the film frightening or resonant -- is buried under Dolby blams, medulla-shaming dialogue, and a rain of overdubbed hunting-knife schwings that grate like a 3 a.m. car alarm.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Yim's film is kneecapped by its soundtrack twice over.

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