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 4.8 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 Venom
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The movie goes awry from the opening shots.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Pious, high-minded and bad history.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    How does an embarrassment of riches turn into mere embarrassment?
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    A hollow excuse for an erotic mystery.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The dramatic content in Memento is as blank as Leonard's post-traumatic mental state.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    American art movies rarely come fancier or emptier than Northfork, a down-home arabesque made of angel fluff.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Needs a story.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Wonderland marks a "biopic" first: Moviegoers will know less about the real-life subject going out than they did going in.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The result is a flabby, episodic phantasmagoria.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    In this movie, when the honeymoon is over it's really over.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    What's wrong with Latter Days is that its banter is pedestrian and its lessons forced.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Gibson mounts a convincing crucifixion, but his victim is the audience. The Passion of the Christ aims its metallic cat-o'-nine-tails at the viewers' nerves.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Hanks tries his hand at a king-size heartless comic role, and flubs it terribly. He looks slack and pasty and, what's worse, sounds slack and pasty.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Failed marital farce.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    By the end, this movie's balancing act is the equivalent of network news' equal-time laws. The "fairness" becomes deadening.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    This new version may be closer to the Cole Porter biography, but it's hardly any more true to life. There is no life in this movie. It's a brittle contraption of a biopic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    You don't want to look at anything else when Zeta-Jones is on-screen.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    As a romance, Spanglish is like a wholesome flirt who drags things out and becomes a tiresome tease. As a satire of upper-middle-class Los Angeles, it's a disaster.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    If you put the word Tired first, it would perfectly describe the movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The result is as flat as a year-old beer commercial.

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