Michael Sragow

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For 1,039 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 3.1 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 Venom
Score distribution:
1039 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    In the Valley of Elah is too inept and diffuse to be a howl against the war in Iraq. At best, it is a manly whimper.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    If only De Niro or screenwriter Eric Roth had the instinct to play some of this for laughs or even outrageous burlesque. Despite their conviction and intelligence and their game, amazing cast, all they do is eke out a series of straight-faced dramatic reversals and personal betrayals that leave the dramatis personae, and the audience, numb.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    A Mighty Heart has the surface tension of a first-rate docudrama but neither the passion nor the vision to encompass its powerhouse subject.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    If you haven't had enough of Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan weepies like "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and "You've Got Mail" (1998), The Lake House gives us Mopey in Chicago and You've Got Snail Mail.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Terrence Howard has stolen 50 Cent's thunder - and his lightning, and his storm clouds, too - twice in one year.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    See it with people who take it for the trash it is, and you can cheer the baroque killings and laugh fondly with Forest Whitaker as he tries too hard to create a domestic sociopath to match his role as "Idi Amin."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    In Stay, the director, Marc Forster, fresh from "Finding Neverland," turns Manhattan into a nightmarish dreamscape and his characters into self-destructive ghosts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    The movie mostly proves that cutting-edge humiliations are best absorbed in 25-minute segments on HBO.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Thanks to Suvari, audiences laugh nervously at the mortification of soul and flesh, but she doesn't really do them much of a favor. She simply keeps them watching as a would-be gross-out comedy turns into would-be gross-out tragedy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    The saving grace in an exuberantly graceless movie is Clive Owen. This actor is bulletproof. Even in a sick-joke jamboree like Shoot 'Em Up, he mows down the competition and gets his laughs without losing his composure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Despite the dominant air of foolishness, the filmmaking is lush, lively and intelligent, but the gap between the direction and the script is appalling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    With Tristan & Isolde, the core must be a passion that enlarges two outsize characters and seems as momentous as the rise and fall of a kingdom. Too bad this film's Achilles' heel is its heart.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    First-time director Swicord brews an atmosphere of geniality and warmth and brings a modicum of momentum to a happily discursive book.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    It's one big miss.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    It's seductive in its buildup but overall as subtle and, alas, as humorless as a hatchet to the brain.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Intermittently fresh and amusing in a low-down yet schmaltzy way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Contains a dozen winning moments of humor, uplift or exhilaration. But are they enough to justify a 154-minute running time?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    A strictly by-the-book sequel: It doesn't cheat series fans but it doesn't offer many thrills or surprises or lingering puzzles, either.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    To Pellington's credit, the performers eschew sentimentality.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    It's Cheadle's rich emotionality and sense of humor that have gone seriously missing in Traitor.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    In "Jaws," you didn't know whether to laugh or to scream. In The Host, the yocks rarely mesh with the yucks.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    As social commentary, Fun With Dick and Jane wears Leno-thin. As a big-screen sitcom, it's a procession of hit-or-miss touches that cancel each other out.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    It's sad that with everything it has going for it, this movie plays like a tall tale -- something too good to be true.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Kate Beckinsale is too good for any of the guys in Snow Angels and too good for this movie. Her inventiveness exposes just how puny this movie is.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Misplaced hero-worship and glibness get in the way of its amazing true story.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Disarming, discombobulating and disappointing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    As a documentary, the film is woefully underdeveloped.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Cache is the feel-guilty movie of the new millennium.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    It's absolutely the classiest big-screen version of chick lit we're ever likely to see. But it still has all the lasting flavor of a Chiclet.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Caught up in its own macho symbolism, Jarhead fights a losing battle to show the human cost of warfare.

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