Michael Atkinson
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For 850 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 Almayer's Folly
Lowest review score: 0 I Am Sam
Score distribution:
850 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    The new film is more informational than resonant. But you can still sense a vacuum, a rat pit of stories waiting to be unearthed. The dark something that triggered the whole ordeal in West Memphis is still out there.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Slick and grown-up as Richard Gere himself, this intricate fiscal thriller takes a dead bead on extreme privilege.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Something of a wonder, a palm-size ball of banter and irony and earnestness that never stops rolling and almost never misses the sweet spots.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Leon’s grungy resume indie is a conscientiously modest deal in the end, with a sweet, mumblecoresque ending, but it glows with unmistakable star power.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Berberian may sound like it's more fun to pick over afterward than watch, but it's also masterfully crafted.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    With Child's Pose, the Romanian tide enters its Cassavetes phase, where the thin ice of haute bourgeoisie life cracks and opens wide.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Though we're never allowed a close-up, Hofstätter's performance comes off as an unselfconscious tour de force, painfully real and culturally lost.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Atkinson
    Faust is not your great-granddaddy's selling-your-soul fable, but something new, a dreamy immersion into the messiness of myth, where hubris and desire can get lost in the chaos of time and retelling.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 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.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 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
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Has an intemperate vitality that's hard to resist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Michael Atkinson
    (Paradis) delivers what might be the most affecting film performance ever given by a supermodel.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 64 Metascore
    • 71 Michael Atkinson
    The film's details are spot-on, its tone ludicrously ironic, and its casting deft.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 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."
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    If only this epic had enough substantial melodramatic hooks to hang this woman's beauty on; emotional traction is most often buried under acres of carefully coordinated vistas and CGI-hued flora.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Little in a Jaoui film is particularly original, but it's all perfectly convincing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Busting with clips from films Haskell Wexler shot and directed, the doc is a rare thing: an ingenuous portrait of a thoroughly Four-Square Artist, Assembled With Love And Rockets Inside A Family's Spite-Tainted Gates.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Slowly evolves into an oddly affecting mood piece.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Atkinson
    Although it's thoroughly retooled, H.G. Wells's scenario doesn't allow for many soft landings, and the extreme respect for havoc on view quite properly keeps the Spielbergian cutesies to a minimum.