For 209 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Apocalypse Now
Lowest review score: 3 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 209
  2. Negative: 47 out of 209
209 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 33 Michael Atkinson
    A ponderous stage adaptation that expends only the mildest effort to overcome its staginess.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    A laughable disaster: an agonizingly long, perversely dull, childishly conceived fantasia on marital sexual angst that could only have been made by someone (like Kubrick).
    • 23 Metascore
    • 29 Michael Atkinson
    A drearily over-cynical farce.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 27 Michael Atkinson
    If Lee's intention was to cement our loathing of blackface comedy, he's succeeded all too well.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 26 Michael Atkinson
    You'd think creating confusion during something as woodenly simpleminded as Dudley Do-Right is no easy task, but you'd be wrong.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 23 Michael Atkinson
    An aimless, pointless dawdle.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 23 Michael Atkinson
    A shovelful of silly manure from the get-go.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 23 Michael Atkinson
    Hamilton's quasi-Luddite tale doesn't make a coherent movie under the best of circumstances, and these were, apparently, something substantially less than that.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 22 Michael Atkinson
    A swamp of clichés, contrivances, and cheap ham-and-cheese hero sentimentality.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 21 Michael Atkinson
    There's nothing wrong with Down to You that a smart script and savvy direction couldn't cure.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    A clumsy, witless cartoon version of E.B. White's rather uncelebrated children's story.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    The dialogue is trite and tinnily recorded, and the actresses have the chops of high-school drama students.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    It is merely another inept teen movie ripping off better horror movies.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    It's a warped kind of romantic comedy in which the whole is substantially less than the sum of the parts.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    Yet another leaden, witless, cliché-drunk, teen romantic comedy starring the preposterously good-looking stars of mediocre TV series.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    A peerless indignity, a club-footed vomit launch of teen-horror clichés, overproduced self-importance, and scareless gore.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    This pubescent navel-gazer has only its star Holland (Brian De Palma’s stepdaughter) to recommend it, not for her acting but only for her undeniable corn-fed–Emmanuelle Béart looks.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    Kastner’s history is simplistic, his pacing is glacial and his film is laboriously constructed around a campy fictional trio of caricatured gay-black-girl “masterminds” planning the “revolution,” thumbing through a “manifesto” and sprinkling glitter ritualistically on a mirror ball.