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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The movie goes awry from the opening shots.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    It's no compliment to say a movie is "all of a piece" if the piece is all worn out. For all its surface harshness, this movie is a star vehicle at once rickety and cozy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    A visionary sort of horror movie should ponder three words: "Bram Stoker's Dracula."
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    If you put the word Tired first, it would perfectly describe the movie.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    This movie makes it official: No matter how awful, even the networks and basic cable are now officially hipper than the studios.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    A hollow excuse for an erotic mystery.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Beyond Borders keeps angling for a peace prize; it might have won more hearts and minds if it came together as a movie.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Failed marital farce.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Under the guidance of Jon Avnet, they're (De Niro/Pacino) both playing New York police detectives - partners, no less - in the cop-and-serial-killer tale Righteous Kill, and they're thunderously mediocre.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The only hope for Inglourious Basterds is that audiences will embrace it the way the Broadway crowd did "Springtime for Hitler": because it's so bad they think it's good.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The biggest crime of Van Helsing is that it resurrects classic monsters and fails to make them scary. With a full 132 minutes of feeble jokes and gimcrack phantasmagoria, it's not spine-tingling - it's butt-numbing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The only reason to see Nights in Rodanthe is to check in with Diane Lane.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    As sweet and hopeless and silly as a doting dad framing his second-grader's latest finger-painting and calling it a Matisse.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Luhrmann steals good ideas, fair ideas and terrible ideas - anything that once moved him when he was a little boy. He's turned Australia into a more-than-you-can-eat buffet of colorful kitsch.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    You won't believe the story director George Clooney and his goofball TV host are trying to sell. Really.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Plays like Abbott and Costello Meet Conan the Barbarian.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    It's disconcerting to see Ferrell, a master of macho psychosis, adopt the stop-and-go dithering of Woody Allen-style neurosis.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The unearned air of moralism that wafts through 15 Minutes pollutes its entertainment value.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    What's wrong with Latter Days is that its banter is pedestrian and its lessons forced.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Isn't serious enough to fulfill its ambitions, or funny enough to compensate for its failures.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The problem with Confessions of a Shopaholic isn't conspicuous consumption. It's ostentatious idiocy.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Shyamalan plows the same old ground of juiced-up surprise endings.

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