Michael Sragow

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For 1,041 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Funny Girl (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Deck the Halls
Score distribution:
1041 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Sin City is a seedy tribute to rugged masculinity disguised as a rogue's gallery, all the better to please college boys who like their sentimentality slicked with grunge.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Maybe the best way to see Serendipity is to take a cue from the characters and wait a few years.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    In Spy Kids 2, Rodriguez tries to hold his family-spy saga together with the digital equal of rubber bands and chewing gum.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    This movie asks us to "accept the good" in life - not a bad message. But to overpraise Things We Lost in the Fire would be to accept the mediocre.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Even with the great Ken Watanabe lending command and compassion to the role of General Kuribayashi, it's a formless slog across a treacherous field.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    You have to grasp at straws to make even "poetic" sense of the narrative.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Dubowski's movie is an act of hope that the basic human needs of the gay Orthodox will someday be reconciled with their faith.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    "Everybody loved him. One woman understood him," goes the ad line. But the movie makes you wonder how anyone could love this screw-up and why anyone would have a problem understanding him.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    It's a bad joke that District 9 will be hailed for its "originality."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Denzel Washington does a cocksure turn in Training Day -- That may be enough to transform a shallow picture with delusions of grandeur into a crowd-pleasing hit.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    It's a family film done as a trip film. It is a trip, but it's a bad trip.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The one perfect aspect of Jennifer's Body is its title: No one is going to like this movie for its brain.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    At the end of Napoleon Dynamite, you're glad the geeks have their day (even Kip's chat-mate turns out be a winner); you're also relieved to be rid of them.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The movie leaves you in an awful tangle of amazement and disbelief: Amazement that Tuvia Bielski did turn a group of civilians into a nimble fighting force and a commune that could defend itself, but disbelief at his accomplishment's stagey and banal rendering.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    Owing more to the sword-and-sex-play fantasies of 12-year-olds than the traditions of Old English poetry, Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf will allow adolescents to have their cheesecake - and beefcake - and eat it, too.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    Everyone from the ensemble appears to be acting in a different picture. Zaillian strands them all.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    If Pride had concentrated on a gifted coach's teaching and training techniques, it might have been a contender. Instead, all the overheated melodrama evaporates our rooting interest.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    As an action comedy, it's just a bad trip.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    You begin yearning for more cuteness from the anthropomorphic animals: a pelican, a sea lion and, best of all, a bearded dragon lizard. They're a lot more amusing than Foster, who pours on the angst.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    This rendering of the turbulent second marriage of England's King Henry VIII proves too heavy-footed for the old movie two-step of setting up a morality tale, then exploiting it for heat and titillation.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    I managed to get through the biker extravaganza Hell Ride, a narcissistic piece of soft-core porn and macho camp, by mashing it together in my mind with the equally woeful, family-friendly biker comedy "Wild Hogs." After all, both are full of hellions gone to seed.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    In the movie, the unconverted will hold their ears as the banal tunes blare out in multichannel sound. And they'll wince as the camera closes in on every heart-tugging moment.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    The plotting is so rickety that the action hinges on suspicions roused by a character carrying a cigarette lighter and matches. Is that more rare or suspect than a man wearing a belt and suspenders?
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    Like a party where everyone is so desperate to have a good time that it makes you miserable.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    This Heartbreak Kid makes the mistake of trying to be semi-heartwarming.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    This movie doesn't have a mean bone in its body; the problem is, it doesn't have any bone in its body.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    Wild Hogs puts the "ick" into City Slickers.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    The movie version of Love in the Time of Cholera doesn't have the drive or the dynamism to be an artistic nightmare. It's more like a dead dream, the kind that leaves nothing more behind in the light of day than a sickly cloud.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    Shyamalan has said he wanted to create the best B-movie ever made, but it fails to be the best C movie of the month. (Stuck or Zohan are better C movies.)

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