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 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Eureka
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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Brilliant, mind-boggling.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Myers has hit upon a genuinely original schtick, and that fact alone is immeasurably groovy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Never takes off, and much of the time Pool seems lost herself, resorting to clichés, redundancy, and dead-end allegory.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    May not quite be more than the sum of its creepy parts, but as a reality-is-fear launch into workaday darkness, it clearly points toward the horror genre's best destiny.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Confident, mature, deeply conceived, and convincingly inhabited, it's a surprisingly humane film -- despite the close-range shotgun spray.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Actually lighter, wittier, and more original than it has a right to be.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Like being jacked directly into Linklater's alpha waves, and the experience is bracingly new to movies.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    The bubble-kid moms can whine all they want, but Bubble Boy is a liberated movie --liberated from tastefulness, of course, but also from logic, suffering, consequence, and temperance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    The nerviest, oddest, most outlandish and idiosyncratic American indie debut since "Buffalo 66," Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko defies description.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Sweet and fiercely humane, Song’s layered family portrait is decidedly Buddhist: silent when it needs to be and steadfast about approaching inevitable tragedy with care and patience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 79 Michael Atkinson
    Formally astute, visually arresting, and fearlessly horrifying.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Michael Atkinson
    The summer's best cinematic equivalent to a lazy afternoon in the shade with a cool drink.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 78 Michael Atkinson
    May not have enough story to sustain its narrative momentum, but Gray just might be our best shot at a new Coppola.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Michael Atkinson
    It's a satisfying swan song.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 76 Michael Atkinson
    A film that's bound to be loathed for its irrationalities and narrative drunkenness, just as it will be beloved for its original risks and manic visual energy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 76 Michael Atkinson
    One of the year's best imports and one of the very few queer movies that transcends its sexual orientation.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 74 Michael Atkinson
    An adroitly made, perfectly acted little nightmare.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 74 Michael Atkinson
    A near-perfect confection, a beautifully executed Hollywood all-you-can-eat salad bar of glamour, plot twists, breathtaking Mediterranean vistas, and jazz.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 73 Michael Atkinson
    A thoughtful, stunning piece of work in what, of late, has been an otherwise arid indie landscape.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 72 Michael Atkinson
    Rodriguez has made a movie for kids, and the most and least that can be said about it is that parents, while hardly being catered to, will experience profound relief that the movie knows how to entertain and does so.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Michael Atkinson
    (Paradis) delivers what might be the most affecting film performance ever given by a supermodel.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 71 Michael Atkinson
    The film's details are spot-on, its tone ludicrously ironic, and its casting deft.
    • 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."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    For audiences new to this type of moon-mad magical realism and unembarrassed romanticism, Orfeu can spellbind.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Though Lee's movie is dripping with action and beautiful details, it's aimless and, eventually, tedious.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Filthy fun, if not much more.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    In terms of raw wit and fearless satire, the South Park kids put Mike Myers and Adam Sandler to shame.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 68 Michael Atkinson
    A brooding, stunningly realistic portrait of familial self-destruction that raises far more questions than it can possibly answer.