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

Michael Atkinson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Under the Sand
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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Gay jungle sex (gasp!), gone-native intellectuals, tribal rituals (gulp!), cannibalism (none of which the film shows, by the way) -- it sounds like a "Weekly World News" front page, not the thematic fodder of a highbrow non-fiction film.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Indulges in enough grubby histrionics and costume-adventure cliches to give you fifth-grade flashbacks.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Opting for this refried mash over Lee's rentable beauty is like choosing canned beans over an Asian feast.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Apart from the historical eminence of the poetry itself, Pandaemonium is about nothing much at all.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Far from creating a pungent portrait of a society gone mad with blood and greed, Schroeder's movie strives for political points while it's whiffing on simplicities like character, motivation, and believability.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Messy, frantic, and repetitive, Everybody Famous! takes on both vapid pop culture and the mindless hoi polloi that consumes it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Demonstrates that even if you live in a country intimately familiar with fascist occupation, you might still not have the least clue how to communicate that experience on film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    An absurdist semi-romance between two traumatized somnambulists.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Exhausting and fruitless: Having seen it, you know nothing more about strippers or the stripper mentality than you did going in. What's the point?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Wacky, vividly conceived but mundanely executed cartoon fantasy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Watching this movie go through its simplistic dramatic motions, you begin to understand why some actors stick to summer stock and live Ibsen revivals.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Atkinson
    Documentarian Anailín Lucy Mulloy’s eye for the decaying textures of modern Cuba on the ground is sharp, and there are passages—as the dull characters mope and kill time and work up snits—in which you wish the movie were simply nonfiction. As it is, everything feels fake except the Centro Habana barrios themselves.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 33 Michael Atkinson
    A ponderous stage adaptation that expends only the mildest effort to overcome its staginess.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 32 Michael Atkinson
    A tepid, pretentious indie that flies from the memory like a tissue in a twister.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 32 Michael Atkinson
    Joffe's latest is a formless, inanimate lump.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 31 Michael Atkinson
    An earnest but fatally amateurish and stereotypical melodrama about fraternity hazing.
    • 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.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 31 Michael Atkinson
    Oak-stiff and witless, but a few scenes muster up embarrassed chuckles.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 31 Michael Atkinson
    Flows like day-old cement.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Atkinson
    A laughable disaster: an agonizingly long, perversely dull, childishly conceived fantasia on marital sexual angst that could only have been made by someone (like Kubrick).
    • 23 Metascore
    • 29 Michael Atkinson
    A drearily over-cynical farce.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 27 Michael Atkinson
    If Lee's intention was to cement our loathing of blackface comedy, he's succeeded all too well.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 26 Michael Atkinson
    You'd think creating confusion during something as woodenly simpleminded as Dudley Do-Right is no easy task, but you'd be wrong.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 23 Michael Atkinson
    An aimless, pointless dawdle.