Michael Sragow
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For 1,035 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Boys of Baraka
Lowest review score: 0 Margot at the Wedding
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Bad Company is about an undercover brother, but it will never be confused with "Undercover Brother."
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Made is an amateur-hour buddy movie.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The surprise behind Town and Country isn't that the director started filming without a finished script, but that he ever thought he had the start of one.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The movie gives us a time machine that resembles a twin-engined Mixmaster and a script that was tossed together inside one.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    A one-joke movie. What makes it misfire is that its one joke clashes with its one idea.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    A visionary sort of horror movie should ponder three words: "Bram Stoker's Dracula."
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    As a spy film, The Sum of All Fears is flaccid, and as an expose of nuclear threats, there's not enough information.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    It's a mishmash of "The Bridge on the River Kwai," "From Here to Eternity" and "The Great Escape," with everything complex and entertaining siphoned off.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The Safety of Objects is just another stilted comic-dramatic essay examining the mold in the white bread.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    You won't believe the story director George Clooney and his goofball TV host are trying to sell. Really.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Without Duvall, this movie would be as wet as Waterworld.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Maybe this is a psychological thriller after all: Every thinking member of the audience will be driven insane.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Because this Four Feathers is an utter botch, it might make savvy viewers feel that the subject matter is hopeless.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Isn't serious enough to fulfill its ambitions, or funny enough to compensate for its failures.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Shyamalan plows the same old ground of juiced-up surprise endings.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
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    The movie's own style is strictly an anti-style, all pre-packaged post-punk.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    However you pronounce Bythewood -- I assume it's by-the-wood -- his work here is strictly by the numbers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Despite these flaws, people sick of gross-out films and teen-sex comedy may be so hungry for farce that they laugh.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    It has graceful layers and folds and a nice swing to it, and Jackson moves superbly in it. Unfortunately, I'm talking about the kilt, not the movie.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The unearned air of moralism that wafts through 15 Minutes pollutes its entertainment value.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Manipulates the audience.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The film is hapless. The gap between the moviemakers' ambition and their wit is dizzying. It's as if they thought they were filming The Importance of Being Unimportant.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    A mistaken message is a price a filmmaker pays when he tries to load weighty themes like the cycle of violence on an overgrown boy who scoots around on a bicycle.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    8 Women would probably be a looser, giddier salute to show-biz ideas of femininity if it were performed by eight drag queens.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Plays like Abbott and Costello Meet Conan the Barbarian.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    And Witherspoon? She does the American equivalent of a mechanical British performance: She hits every note too perfectly. There's no shadow to her smile.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Like Adam Sandler's "Mr. Deeds," this is a hybrid, hipster-cornball movie that wants to celebrate common folk but unapologetically uses words like "trailer trash" to describe them.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Rock Star neither touches a raw nerve nor garners any resonance as a period piece. You'd be better off renting "This is Spinal Tap."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Ends up neither fish nor fowl. It's a misanthrope's "E.T."
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    If it worked, The Fast and the Furious would put viewers in the same position as the policeman protagonist, attracted to speed but appalled by crime. Instead it sentences you to an hour and a half in a high-decibel limbo.

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