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 The Class
Lowest review score: 0 Death Race
Score distribution:
1039 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Disarming, discombobulating and disappointing.
    • 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
    First-time director Swicord brews an atmosphere of geniality and warmth and brings a modicum of momentum to a happily discursive book.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Tang Wei brings a terrible and awe-inspiring purity to an impure character.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Anderson creates a deluxe train set, for sure. All he neglects is building up an electric current or a head of steam.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Misplaced hero-worship and glibness get in the way of its amazing true story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    The movie has been hailed and marketed as this year's Little Miss Sunshine, but it has none of that movie's empathy and comic surprise. Too much of it is like a subpar episode of Freaks and Geeks, padded out to 92 minutes with pseudo-witty dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    It's doubly disappointing that all the subplots about Ace and Wallace and their fathers intertwine in increasingly predictable ways.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Intermittently fresh and amusing in a low-down yet schmaltzy way.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    You never get the sense that the director, Peter Segal, knows where the funny is, whether in his star or in the story.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The movie never generates the authority it needs to be all that it can be.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The casting in K-PAX is canny, but the picture as a whole is a clunky mix of the canny and the would-be uncanny.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    As for the Ya-Yas: They're not as much fun as the First Wives' Club.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The only gold in Sunshine State comes from its three female stars.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Holofcenere genuinely wants to make pictures that plug into an audience's need for intimate contemporary comedies. But she doesn't do enough to quench that thirst.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    From the start, this movie sets the bar high -- then, unfortunately, runs smack into it.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    It's hard to see Franklin's fingerprints on the material. It's as if he directed with his gloves on.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    What's fatal to the film is that De Niro's character, though compelling, is so temperate and wise he gives no indication of why he was drawn to a life of crime.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Poses as the story of a wild, eccentric love match but is really about a match made in limbo.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    So minimalist that you wouldn't miss much if you watched semi-awake and listened to a friend's running commentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The blend of chic histrionics and ultra-bright daylight imagery make much of the movie resemble a network soap opera with an on-location interlude. It looks as cheap as life is held in Medellin.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Divided We Fall has a lot going for it, but its Places in the Heart ending, sentimental and incongruous, helps ensure that it will not find a place in a demanding audience's heart or mind.

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