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 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 0 Death Race
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Never persuasively dramatize the agony, ecstasy and intricacy of composing poetry. Without that aesthetic component, all you see is that Plath's hunger for life couldn't compete with her death wish.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    American art movies rarely come fancier or emptier than Northfork, a down-home arabesque made of angel fluff.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    A hollow excuse for an erotic mystery.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Isn't serious enough to fulfill its ambitions, or funny enough to compensate for its failures.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Too bad this movie is more tepid than the average Snipes potboiler and even rustier than his mindless Blade pictures.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Manipulates the audience.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The unearned air of moralism that wafts through 15 Minutes pollutes its entertainment value.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Plays like Abbott and Costello Meet Conan the Barbarian.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Nolan pushes the twilight-zone atmosphere so hard that it loses its capacity for mystery. When it's not assaulting us with jolting audiovisual expressions of fatigue, this movie plays like a pedestrian response to David Lynch's effortlessly eerie "Twin Peaks."
    • 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
    S.W.A.T. may be an acronym for Special Weapons and Tactics, but by the end of this routine melodrama, it might as well stand for Standard Whacking and Trashing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    It's not hell, but limbo, junior high-school style.
    • 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."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
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    The movie's own style is strictly an anti-style, all pre-packaged post-punk.
    • 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The Safety of Objects is just another stilted comic-dramatic essay examining the mold in the white bread.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The apotheosis of adolescent junk. Every sequence spews or splats carnage-filled effects. It's over-the-top, but not pleasurably so -- it's calculatedly over-the-top. The only way to get off on it is to revel in its prodigal waste of materiel.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Failed marital farce.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Maybe this is a psychological thriller after all: Every thinking member of the audience will be driven insane.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    How does an embarrassment of riches turn into mere embarrassment?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    It's the oddest case yet of the Emperor's New Clothes. After all, the Emperor in the fairy tale was naked. This movie has tons of fabulous clothing. The people disappear within their wardrobes.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The serial-killer thriller of the week, should have gotten a life of its own instead of trying to steal it from Michael Pye's novel of the same name and several other movies.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    What's wrong with Latter Days is that its banter is pedestrian and its lessons forced.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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