Michael Atkinson

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For 878 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 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Lowest review score: 0 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Score distribution:
878 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Spear's portrait of unpaid, passionate fastpitchers could give filmmakers of all budgets a notion of how real Americans speak.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Despite the soft-spoken Smith, a type-A British liaison self-named the Turbocharger, and the apparent involvement of the IRA, the doc prioritizes flash over facts, leaving you pining for the New Yorker exposé it could've been.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Some of the buckshot hits its target: Shrek's second sidekick, assassin-turned-comrade Puss in Boots, is voiced by Antonio Banderas as an outrageously mock-dramatic Spaniard with most of the pig-pile screenplay's best toss-offs.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Either way, Kim's rather clumsily acted film remains monstrously effective ookiness, with crepuscular cinematography (by the Hollywood-destined Kim Byeong-il) that suggests a nightmare endured from inside a suffocating velvet pillowcase.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    This might be as perfect a new-millennium Halloween creepshow as we can expect.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Beneath may be an earnest goof, but any intended irony is so spiked with rainy-day-matinee movie love that the result is an oddly guileless horror exercise, unscary but rather adorable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The omnibus film usually saves its home run for the climax, but Eros begins with the best third, Wong Kar-wai's "The Hand."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    What can a movie tell us about the painter that the paintings do not? The effort has done no favors for Picasso or Rivera or Bacon.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The movie does what any self-respecting politician would do: sidestep the issues, soft-pedal mortal costs, talk a fat game, and divert your attention away from history with exercises in spectacle and power.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Madagascar's relaxed density is a relief given the DreamWorks tendency to overbear, overblast, and overcaricaturize.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Though bourgie audiences looking for a sun-warmed romance will be slapped; the movie may look pretty and may plod, but it also leaves a bruise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The voyage is never less than interesting, even when you have no idea where it could possibly go.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Produced by veteran Chicago doc outfit Kartemquin (and correspondingly bullshit-free), Siegel’s archive-and-talking-heads narrative revels in forgotten details—like Ali, during his suspension from boxing, appearing in an Off Broadway musical about slavery, the taped footage from which is eye-popping.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    The material it does pull off is daring and sharp.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    At times you can feel Van Sant trying to loosen the movie's windpipe-folding collar, but he doesn't get far, except with Busta Rhymes, as Jamal's gone-nowhere big brother.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Arresting, visually accomplished documentary.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Repetitive, aimless, and as frustrating as you'd imagine any two-hour music video to be.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Plenty of twisty scripting makes the queasy damage seem conceptually neat and tidy, as if that's a good idea, but what we need here is a little more meat.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    A low-bore DeLillo-ness plays at the movie's edges, but does it aggregate into a substantial something? Not really, but the traces of postmodern dread, however Haneke-lite it all may be (isn't everything Haneke-lite?), can tickle your short hairs if you're prone.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    As amusing and sharply performed as it is, Lisa Picard quickly grows thin and dull. Perhaps it would have been better as a real documentary, with Kirk and DeWolf simply playing their pathetic selves.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    A tepid and surprisingly dull farce stamped from the "About Mary" mold.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Even more of a party-hearty-Marty potlatch of silliness than its predecessor. The franchise having been established, Verbinski, Bruckheimer, and Co. have been liberated to indulge in absurdities, pile on the so-old-they're-new-again clichés, and make jokes at their own expense.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Glossy, gruesome police drama.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    At once arch, derivative, and, in the end, bizarrely lyrical.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Juliet is never less than eye-catching, but is rarely more.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Davis has energy, but she doesn't bother to make her heroine's book sound convincing, the gender-war ideas original, or the comic scenes fly. Instead, the film is buttressed by song montages and jokey chapter titles.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Mild as satire and completely unconvincing as tragicomedy.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    A movie of one billion cigarettes, Hannah Arendt is about moral reason, not personality. It could do worse than lead you straight to the woman’s books.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Virtually plot-free, the movie's organic cultivation of Argentina's economic tension and ethnophobic woes is smooth as silk.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Michael Atkinson
    Directors Jenner Furst and Daniel Levin go for montaged ambience, and Levin's lyrical camerawork limns a beguiling, modestly Wong Kar-wai–ish rhapsody out of very little. When Levin's lens is focused on Shirtcliff's unwashed hair and spectral eyes, the film grabs hold of something sweet and sad.

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