Michael Sragow
Select another critic »
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 March of the Penguins
Lowest review score: 0 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Pious, high-minded and bad history.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The dramatic content in Memento is as blank as Leonard's post-traumatic mental state.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Without Duvall, this movie would be as wet as Waterworld.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    In this movie, when the honeymoon is over it's really over.
    • 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
    The result is as flat as a year-old beer commercial.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Ends up neither fish nor fowl. It's a misanthrope's "E.T."
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Shyamalan plows the same old ground of juiced-up surprise endings.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    If you put the word Tired first, it would perfectly describe the movie.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The movie goes awry from the opening shots.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Needs a story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The result is a flabby, episodic phantasmagoria.
    • 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.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Most of the film is one big blooper reel. There's not enough of a gap between the rejects and the finished movie.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    You don't want to look at anything else when Zeta-Jones is on-screen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    You won't believe the story director George Clooney and his goofball TV host are trying to sell. Really.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Michael Sragow
    Was the Swedish director, Mikael Hafstrom, taking revenge on the American star system?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Michael Sragow
    The surefire laugh-getter centers on using a tampon to stop a nosebleed. Watching this movie, I had to hope it could stop brain-drain.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 33 Michael Sragow
    The second movie, Dead Man's Chest, is everything you feared the first would be: a theme-park spectacle lasting 2 1/2 hours.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Michael Sragow
    If you're not a fan of M. Night Shyamalan's convoluted, teasing thrillers, you'll find that getting into this movie is like cracking a puzzle in which the constructor keeps breaking his own rules or grabbing new ones from ultra-thin air.