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 4.3 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
    • 43 Metascore
    • 23 Michael Atkinson
    A shovelful of silly manure from the get-go.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 23 Michael Atkinson
    Hamilton's quasi-Luddite tale doesn't make a coherent movie under the best of circumstances, and these were, apparently, something substantially less than that.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 22 Michael Atkinson
    A swamp of clichés, contrivances, and cheap ham-and-cheese hero sentimentality.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 21 Michael Atkinson
    There's nothing wrong with Down to You that a smart script and savvy direction couldn't cure.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    A clumsy, witless cartoon version of E.B. White's rather uncelebrated children's story.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    The dialogue is trite and tinnily recorded, and the actresses have the chops of high-school drama students.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    It is merely another inept teen movie ripping off better horror movies.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    It's a warped kind of romantic comedy in which the whole is substantially less than the sum of the parts.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    Yet another leaden, witless, cliché-drunk, teen romantic comedy starring the preposterously good-looking stars of mediocre TV series.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    A peerless indignity, a club-footed vomit launch of teen-horror clichés, overproduced self-importance, and scareless gore.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    This pubescent navel-gazer has only its star Holland (Brian De Palma’s stepdaughter) to recommend it, not for her acting but only for her undeniable corn-fed–Emmanuelle Béart looks.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Atkinson
    Kastner’s history is simplistic, his pacing is glacial and his film is laboriously constructed around a campy fictional trio of caricatured gay-black-girl “masterminds” planning the “revolution,” thumbing through a “manifesto” and sprinkling glitter ritualistically on a mirror ball.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 19 Michael Atkinson
    A trial of cliche, strained optimism, and dire quasi-comedy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 18 Michael Atkinson
    Invoking unpleasant memories of "Caligula" (only without the sex), Titus does no justice to Shakespeare.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 17 Michael Atkinson
    This poor movie is like an abandoned car without plates: Nobody wants to admit it's theirs.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 16 Michael Atkinson
    Greenaway has hit a brick wall, and it's no fun to watch.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 14 Michael Atkinson
    Go see this movie and you'll be...yup. You should save your money; Norm Macdonald should save his career, by quitting movies altogether.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 13 Michael Atkinson
    Struggles like a fat kid on the gym rope to conjure up even a single decent laugh.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 13 Michael Atkinson
    A treacly, ham-fisted, German-American co-production about family ties that should only have been released in the circle of Hell reserved for movie critics.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 13 Michael Atkinson
    Virtually unwatchable.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 12 Michael Atkinson
    Disheveled tripe pieced together with the good intentions.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 11 Michael Atkinson
    Dim and eye-rollingly foolish -- Call it Dumb, Dumber, Dumber Still, and Dumbest.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Atkinson
    Antitrust is anti-fun, anti-wakefulness, and anti-interesting.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Atkinson
    A stiff, clumsy, amateurish mess, one of those ethnically righteous movies likely to be endured exclusively by its story's demographic.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 9 Michael Atkinson
    Better, as they say, than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick -- but only just.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 8 Michael Atkinson
    Appears to have been written and directed by a grade-school dropout snorting airplane glue.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 6 Michael Atkinson
    Inept, unfunny, and so brimming with bad ideas it's a wonder it wasn't manufactured by mandrills rather than adult humans.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 5 Michael Atkinson
    Brand-new and uproariously unimproved.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 3 Michael Atkinson
    Sitting through the film is like Chinese water torture, for sure, and for reasons beyond the forced, idiotic campiness of the thing. For one thing, there is not one word of dialogue.