Michael Atkinson
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For 851 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 Branded
Score distribution:
851 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
    • 44 Metascore
    • 32 Michael Atkinson
    Joffe's latest is a formless, inanimate lump.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 32 Michael Atkinson
    A tepid, pretentious indie that flies from the memory like a tissue in a twister.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 31 Michael Atkinson
    Flows like day-old cement.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 24 Metascore
    • 31 Michael Atkinson
    Oak-stiff and witless, but a few scenes muster up embarrassed chuckles.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 31 Michael Atkinson
    An earnest but fatally amateurish and stereotypical melodrama about fraternity hazing.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Watching it is a smidgen like listening to the same monkey-walks-into-a-bar joke for the 105th time, but for the Spierig brothers, it is clearly a demonstration of fast-cheap capabilities and a one-way ticket straight out of Queensland.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Amy Goodman's narration, though correct, has a petulant, Spanish Inquisition ring to it, only made more childish by the film's cheap idealization of the senator from South Dakota as some kind of pacifist Savonarola, overdue for canonization.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Despite this ripe framework and the talent on deck, ILYW is not a satire...Rather, it becomes a cold-serious, dead-air brood about how tough, lonely, and desolate it is being a celebrity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    This all-digital indie is, by genre standards, either a misfired doodle or an attempt to Lovecraft-ize the popular movement. Or both.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    The dead-end social points Gonick is making are so blunt they're hardly points at all anymore, but the galleon anchor that's weighing down this well-intentioned homey is the amateur acting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Garcia's tale bemoans the loss of easy wealth for a precious few. Poor people are absolutely absent; Garcia and Infante seem to have thought that peasant revolutions happen for no particular reason--or at least no reason the moneyed 1 percent should have to worry about.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    An utterly empty-skulled genre mechanism and nothing more.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    If you're considering the scenario via Japan's ubiquitous pedo-porn tendencies, you're too educated for this exhaustive, manga-based bloodbath, which trails after these angsty teenyboppers on a scorched-fake-earth path through hundreds of growling baddies of every genre size and type.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    The movie hardly has enough beef on its bones to make a meal. The very notion that movies about torture are considered "horror," and are more profitable now per foot of celluloid than any other type of independent film, is what's qualmy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Cannot help but be merely another debacle that Tammy Faye will survive, eyelashes and integrity intact.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Yim's film is kneecapped by its soundtrack twice over.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Allegiance to Chekhov, which director Michael Cacoyannis displays with somber earnestness in the new adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, is a particularly vexing handicap.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    The notion of grievingly happening upon your dead beloved, young and lovely again, is simple and potent, but the film's airless amateurism, belabored ethnicism ("Oy gevalt!"), and trite dialogue kill it in the water.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Every other line is a coy Oirishism, and Brosnan, despite being Irish, isn't any more convincing than twinkly-eyed barmaid Julianna Margulies.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Agazzi's movie rather provincially hints at sexiness, humor, and satire without actually manifesting them.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Tries to show the oh-so-human side of Gospel-hawking, His Word, the Path, and so on.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    Gardos, an experienced film editor, has little narrative sense, and decent performances (except from Kinski, who just worries and huffs around) are left out to dry.