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 Deep Blue
Lowest review score: 0 Punisher: War Zone
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    There's no irony within the film, but there's a whopping irony surrounding it. Just as Star Wars has finally ended, Rocky seems to be starting all over again.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    It's hard to know what these stars are ready for after this fiasco. Maybe a fitness video.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Forget chemistry: There's no biology to the star casting.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Roos suffers from fallen archness in his interminable new movie Happy Endings. He wants to be mischievous and ambitious and "human," all at the same time. He ends up with delusions of tragicomic grandeur that leave an audience fed up and dissatisfied.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Unfortunately, nothing in it rings with the faintest tinkle of truth.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The film's storytelling and image-making lack originality and vitality. Nothing sticks to your memory unless you come in with recollections of the book.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
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    The movie plays like a dunk-the-clown game at a carnival. Through intent or ineptitude, he sets up the Bush family and administrations as caricatures.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The only reason to see Nights in Rodanthe is to check in with Diane Lane.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Starts out mixing social burlesques and melodrama and ends up one more failed thriller about men behaving badly - and stupidly.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    This Women doesn't take place in reality or even in a glamorous urban fantasyland. It's strictly TV Land.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    What kills Max Payne is that the characters think and feel in slow motion. Half the time, mentally, they're just running in place.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Revolutionary Road isn't just a failed literary adaptation. It's a failure of the worst kind: It doesn't even make you want to read Richard Yates' deservedly legendary book.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    This film isn't an enjoyable martial-arts extravaganza like "District B-13" or the "Transporter" films.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The problem with Confessions of a Shopaholic isn't conspicuous consumption. It's ostentatious idiocy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The Hangover is like an infernal comedy machine. Surrender your soul to its foul mesh of cheap cleverness and vulgarity. and you howl like a delighted demon. Resist, and you feel all sense and sensibility being crushed in its cogs.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Will pop your eyes without tickling your funny bone.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Sheila Bernette, as an aged pickpocket, is less a stereotype than an escapee from some provincial British comedy of the early 1950s. But she steals necklaces and knickknacks with such finesse and gusto that she also steals the movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The low points in this movie aren't just catastrophic: they're bewildering.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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