Michael Atkinson

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For 873 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 7.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Lowest review score: 0 The Cat in the Hat
Score distribution:
873 movie reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Distant, enigmatic, fragmented, and possessing a dead-eyed steeliness in the tradition of Michael Haneke, Tsai Ming-liang, and Ulrich Seidl. The Guitar Mongoloid is a quilt of moments, set pieces, and voyeuristic opportunities building to no specific thematic idea.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    A delicacy for mature filmgoers who are able to derive as much pleasure from a perfectly, sympathetically crafted essay as from a well-spun yarn.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    In the Fog has the inevitability of an avalanche, and only our overfamilarity with Nazi-tribulation scenarios, and perhaps its excessively punctuated ending, could slow it down. A better anti-summer blockbuster is hard to imagine.
    • 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.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Resnais's lightheartedness is infectious as he dispenses with the cinematic "reality" he never quite trusted, shooting the six-person farce on obvious sets, with curtains for doors and flat theatrical lighting.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Myers has hit upon a genuinely original schtick, and that fact alone is immeasurably groovy.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    At its most contemplative, The Trilogy is a stirring and shrewd portrait of lives lived in oblivious parallel. [Note: From a review of the entire trilogy.]
    • 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.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    However schematic, the movie percolates with immediacy and genuine warmth.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Uniquely jacked into a ripe sense of antique-nursery Victoriana and buzzing with a pre-adolescent metaphoric charge, J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan is a primary text of modern culture, and P.J. Hogan's live-action rendition is the only one, screen or stage, to completely uncage this changeling and give it flight.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    As news, it smokes CNN.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Fleder's forgettable thriller has a convincing edge, and Douglas remains unchallenged as Hollywood's most tremulous and disquieting dad-under-pressure.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    The first punk tragicomedy, a chain-whipped cartoon meditation on Good, Evil, and Free Will that is as seductive as it is tasteless. That Kubrick misjudged the distance between comedy and cruelty seems to be unarguable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    To many eyes, Berlin was the saddest city in 20th-century Europe, divided and lost, and as city symphonies go, Siegert's is pragmatic and optimistic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Like a Hollywood dolt, Majidi strives to overwhelm us with emphasis, but it's the reality he was savvy to load his movie with that's touching.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Slick and grown-up as Richard Gere himself, this intricate fiscal thriller takes a dead bead on extreme privilege.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Thrusts us into a high school senior year like no other.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Built to outrage, appall, and indict.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Roth never fully exploits the woods around him, and the homes of the locals are far too middle-class, but because so many clichés are discarded amid the flesh rot, even the patented "Night of the Living Dead" coda feels sharp-edged and genuine.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Most of all, it's an early chapter of Demy's courtship with the provincial France of his youth, with the most bewitching generation of French actresses, and with movies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Because it's so carefully parceled out and so evocatively framed (in widescreen), Wrecked is an absorbing ordeal, perhaps less for its survival narrative than its metaphoric heft.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    My Joy is a maddening vision and one of the year's must-see provocations.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Just as fabulously cartoon-Gothic as "Sleepy Hollow."
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Often stark and ravishing, Nostalgia for the Light is most moving as a manifestation of the filmmaker's stubborn righteousness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Actually lighter, wittier, and more original than it has a right to be.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Promiscuously inhabiting several planes at once, Reygadas's restless inquisition may already be this year's movie to beat.
    • 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.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 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.

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