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 4.6 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
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Even the great Lily Tomlin can't muster a funny reaction to a Polish joke. It's an everything-including-the kitchen-sink comedy -- and the sink has rusty pipes.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The indisputably gifted Jim Carrey shows the side of him that just wants to be loved - the Riddler on Ritalin, the Mask unmasked. And it turns out to be stultifying.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The only way sober adults will keep awake is wondering how the lead mobsters on "The Sopranos" -- who also are amateur film critics -- will rank the movie next year on HBO.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Excruciating...The movie proves to be singularly unfunny and static almost from the non-get-go. Virtually nothing happens; the movie is all premise.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Life as a House mounts a brutally insensitive attack on its audience's sensitivities.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Smith appears to have poured his creative energy into the cheerful come-on of the title and left nothing in reserve for the movie. He fails to wring any memorable comedy from shoestring porno filmmakers because his own filmmaking is just as amateurish and slovenly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    So witless it wins most of its laughs when Czech-speaking characters spout obscenities that get translated into English subtitles.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    To top it off, the ending is a clumsy cheat. Of course, I was rooting for the news gal to expire and the film to die a quick death.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Collateral Damage isn't jingoistic; it also isn't exciting. It's a depressed rabble-rouser.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    What's more annoying than the screenplay's relentless assaultiveness is its odd, sordid cuteness.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    This chick flick never should have made it out of the incubator.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    By the end, Pootie Tang feels as long as Kevin Costner's "Wyatt Earp."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Too bad you can see this sort of thing done more amusingly every week on ABC-TV and Comedy Central.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The whole narrative is too hollow and rickety as well as gimmicky for Muccino to breathe much life into it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The movie is a monument to egomania - and I don't mean Alexander's.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Equilibrium doesn't tread softly on our dreams; it tramples them.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The Emperor's Club is a beautiful fraud -- as gracefully proportioned as a Christopher Wren academy, yet as devoid of content as a prep-school promo film.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    If this version had been called The Poseidon Adventure, audiences could have sued for truth in packaging.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Bride Wars has possibly the worst comedy idea since "Springtime for Hitler," with almost no room for redeeming camp.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The best reason to see it is Kate Bosworth as Sandra Dee.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The collateral damage of action products like Ballistic is to the sensibility of the audience.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    This film isn't the most awful comedy of the year (that would be Bride Wars or New in Town), but it may have the grossest antihero.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    A brain-dead buddy-movie tearjerker with semi-tasteful romance and tasteful gore mixed in with the derring-do.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Bomback's script is the worst thing a thriller can be - a flip-flopper, using quick character changes for plot twists. And Langenegger's direction rarely sustains a mood or tone, only a sleek veneer of luxury and knowingness.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Dramatically, it's a ghoul's parade of grieving folk finding solace and then danger through a tenuous connection to the after-life.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The film is so busy that every minute is exhausting. It's as if the filmmakers were idealistic teen-agers afflicted with a group case of Attention Deficit Disorder.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Most of the film simply wallows in gangsta hyperbole - it's all bling bling, bang bang.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Solondz is still stuck in an adenoidal whine.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Pleasantly meanders around a group of people who pitch projects and pitch woo on the Riviera.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The one actor I wanted more of was Williams, who imbues Jack's dad with a robust, sometimes domineering wiliness that suggests a real person. Of course, these silly, inept filmmakers probably cast him because he plays a good guy and his first name is Treat.

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